USB Mic or XLR Mic + Mixer for Podcasting?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by NickD, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. NickD macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to be taking my podcasting and video blogging a little more seriously now, and therefore am upgrading my audio and video setups.

    The question I have for you is this: Would you recommend a USB mic, or a regular XLR mic and a mixer for my podcasting work? The mic won't be used for vocal or instrument recording, just spoken word.

    Thanks in advance!

    Nick
     
  2. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    It mainly depends on what your price range is.

    If you are looking for something for less than $100 that is USB, the Samson COU1 (I believe) gets really good reviews for good sound quality. For under $200: the Blue Mic Snowball. Really good quality, switch for directional or omni-directional, good reviews.

    Generally, you'll always be better off with an XLR mic and a good USB/Firewire mixer, but it all depends on if you can afford it. I can't really give suggestions to XLR mics/mixers because I don't do that route yet and don't really research it, but that would generally be the best option for the best audio quality.
     
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601

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  4. NickD thread starter macrumors 6502a

    NickD

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    OK. I'm looking at different options now. Let's say I got an XLR condensor mic and something like a Xenyx 802 mixer. What would be the best way to plug the mixer into my Mac?

    Also, if I upgraded to the 1204 (or is the 1202?) and got direct USB in, would that be my best choice?

    NickD
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    read the stickied primer to understand your input chain better.
     

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