If you would like to start podcasting, or simply record audio or musical instruments then you need a good microphone, the problem with microphones is the price. Well I put together for you a small video to show you 2 microphones that I have tried and I can tell you they are outstanding. You won’t be disappointed. I also added below information about both microphones and where you can buy them.
One last thing I wanted to mention is that with all great computer products there also needs to be great software. The Samson microphone comes with Sonar LE which quite frankly I thought was very confusing and for any beginner it can be a pain. So I found a neat free software that is super easy to use named Audacity. Below is information regarding the software and where you can get it.
Samson C03U Multi-pattern Condenser Mic
This Microphone feels great and it is made of solid construction. Works with Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista, Also works with your MAC. Plugs directly using USB and you are ready to record audio to your computer.
Following on the success of the C01U, Samson is proud to introduce the C03U, multi-pattern USB studio condenser microphone. Based on the extremely popular C03 studio condenser, the C03U delivers the same pristine audio quality and enhanced capabilities along with a high quality A/D converter and USB output.
The C03U features dual 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragms with switchable omni, supercardioid, and figure-8 pickup patterns. Perfect for recording vocals or any acoustic instrument plus the selectable patterns make it ideal for a variety of specialized recording situations, like multiple vocalists, ambient room miking, and even a group of people around a conference table recording a Podcast.
The C03U works seamlessly on any computer running Mac OS X or Windows XP, and with most DAW software programs without having to install any extra software or drivers.
Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB interface
Switchable Supercardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Pickup Patterns
High Quality A/D Converter with 16-Bit, 48kHz Sampling Rate
Dual Large 19mm Diaphragm Elements
Switchable High-Pass Filter and 10 dB Pad
Smooth, Flat Frequency Response
USB cable and carry pouch included
Download Multi language User Manual: http://www.samsontech.com/products/relatedDocs/C03U_OM_5L_v2.pdf
Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone
This small microphone attaches to clip that you can clip on your clothes like the professionals. The Audio Technica microphone works with a video camera, it is not a microphone to plug into your computer’s sound card. It has an on and off button and a small wind screen. The audio reproduction of this microphone is amazing, it is what I use to make my videos. Also the long cable allows easy movement.
- High-quality condenser in a miniature lavalier microphone
- Ideal aerobics/dance/sports-instructors
- Great for video use, this newscaster style microphone is practically invisible
- Integrated 20ft. cable terminated with a 3.5 mm mini plug for use with most cameras and home recording system s
- On/off switch for convenient operation
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches ; Weighs: 4 ounces
Awesome software to record audio. It is free and very powerful. Very easy to use with one push record button and audio editor. This software along with the SAMSON microphone shown above make a perfect combination to record audio easily and with a rich professional sound.
What is Audacity?.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- And more! See the complete list of features.
HERE IS THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD AUDACITY FOR YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/