Best condenser microphones according to redditors

We found 2,190 Reddit comments discussing the best condenser microphones. We ranked the 356 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/SwoccerFields · 299 pointsr/videos

I have the same headphones mentioned in this video, the Audio Technica ATH M50's, and I definitely think they were the right choice. I spent quite a while researching headphones to come to this decision too. The only problem I've had with them was about 6 months into owning them I noticed the stock pads were becoming a bit stiff. However, this was easily fixed by buying a $10 pair of Shure pads. If your budget is $200 I would get the M50X version because they have a removeable cable.

Edit: These are the headphone pads I go.

u/frem19 · 74 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're looking at something to wear all day, and I mean all day then these are it, so incredibly comfy.

EDIT1: YMMV some below have said they have found others comfier so do some research and maybe buy a few, compare, and keep your favorite pair. Others suggested the AKG K7XX, the HD598, and the SHP9500.

EDIT2: Wire is removeable although long, 10ft/3m I believe, other sizes can be purchased although not universal since it's 2.5mm to 3.5mm. just search 558 or 598 cable

EDIT3: I don't own a mic other than the one built into my webcam. I have read up on the modmic which you can attach the headphones and something stand alone would be a blue [snowball] ( or a yeti. There's a 4th option but you will have to mod the headphones sorta using the v-moda boompro, you'll have to google that. Good luck!

EDIT4: These are open headphones, unlike the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x's so that means sound does leak, and they're not isolating unless very loud. Check out reviews there are plenty of comparisons and youtube videos out there.

u/ivsguy · 53 pointsr/videos

Looks like a Blue Snowball with a pop filter. $40-60 mic.

u/HowManySmall · 50 pointsr/buildapc

I don't have a picture, but I use my Superlux HD668B, a Blue Snowball, Corsair K65 RGB LUX [MX Red], Logitech G Pro, and a Pecham Extended mousepad to cover up my swiss cheese desk.

I definitely suggest the HD668B if you want a new pair of headphones for cheap, best pair of headphones I've ever had. Removable cable, top tier sound, and you can change the earpads if you want to.


u/lawlsnoballz · 28 pointsr/buildapc

It's a blue snowball ICE, only about 50 dollars

regular one is only a bit more

And yeah been saving since last july :D

u/OverloadUT · 23 pointsr/rpg

We use three folding tables set up in a weird pattern. Here's a shot of the table from the camera that we use to livestream:

I wish I had a higher quality recent photo, but in case anyone wants to know what a lot of the elements in there are:

  • In the foreground is my bigass computer monitor. It's blacked out in our stream otherwise it would be too distracting.
  • In front of me (closest to camera) is the Ultimate DM Screen by Gale Force Nine. It's the newest addition to the table and I love it
  • The player on the left is using a Chromebook CR-48 for iPlay4e. He does all of his rolls digitally in iPlay4e.
  • The player on the right uses an iPad for both iPlay4e as well as hanging out in the chat room of our livestream. He also does all of his rolls digitally.
  • In front of each player is a Behringer C-1 Microphone for the livestream.
u/Aatlatlatla · 22 pointsr/headphones
u/_xenof · 22 pointsr/IndianGaming

Acer Nitro VG271U at ₹26990: Lowest price has been 27,100₹

Fifine K669 Mic at ₹2800: Ususally goes for ₹3500

u/shaggmeister · 20 pointsr/Rainmeter

Second Screenshot:
Desktop with just Rainmeter, iTunes, and J.A.R.V.I.S. running.

Windows 8.1 Pro
Intel Core i7-4770
2TB HDD + 2TB Ext. HD
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

  • Rainmeter
  • J.A.R.V.I.S. Mark I
  • Windows Speech Recognition
  • Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone
  • PuTTy and Xming
  • bLend (Window Transparency)
  • MightyText (SMS to Computer - Appears as notifications on your desktop)
  • DisplayFusion

    -This setup allows you to use your voice to control the computer.
    J.A.R.V.I.S. understands commands like, "Open Google" or "What's the weather like tomorrow?"
    He can be programmed with custom shell / web / and social commands ("J.A.R.V.I.S. you there?" : "I have indeed been uploaded sir.").
    Windows Speech Recognition allows you to write in Word with your voice, as well as navigate the Start menu.

    -The links on the desktop are all clickable.
    Some links display the time, date, or hardware information.

    -[OC] Every 90 seconds, the "Visuals" widget (or meter) randomly displays a different picture from a designated folder.
    There are navigation buttons by clicking the left or right of the picture. Clicking the center brings up the full-sized photo.

    -VPN Access.
    J.A.R.V.I.S. can be scripted to run PuTTy or Xming.

    -Toggle Transparency.
    bLend remains in the system tray as an icon and can be adjusted.

    -MightyText notifies you when you get a text message as long as a browser is open.
    If a browser is not open, it will still alert you when your phone's battery is running low.

    -DisplayFusion runs multiple-monitor tasks.
    CRTL+WIN+X moves windows across screens.

    Rotating circles, World Clock, Google Earth, News Feed, Weather analysis, Up/Download information, Reminders, iTunes Widget, Disk Storage, Calender, Shutdown/Restart buttons.


    IronMan-Jarvis Theme

    BlueVision V0.2

    Rotating Globes V1.1

    Hi-Tech Desktop

    InfoSystem (System Information)

    iTunes Monitor 03 (Top iTunes Player)

    CLN (Bottom iTunes Player)


    Edit: Specifications, Features, Formatting, Added link to a screenshot without Google and cmd running.
u/dvtnlx · 20 pointsr/leagueoflegends

I like his commentary a lot and I think he has huge potential, so here a few little things that he could improve:

  • Get a widescreen monitor. 4:3 is very offputting if you're watching it on 16:9/16:10. I personally like the newer IPS panels, but an average TN will suffice.
  • Buy a better mic. The audio quality is very important if you are doing a lot of commentary and the average headset one isn't good enough most of the time. A lot of streamers/casters use this one since it's rather cheap, solid quality and looks awesome
  • Adjust your webcam angle and position. The image should contain mainly your upper body and your face while the camera is placed on the same level as your head or shoulders like this. Basically you want to give the viewer the impression that he is sitting right in front of you since it helps with presenting your personality and content. If you need a decent webcam with better quality and a better stand a lot of streamers use this one.

    If you have trouble with funding your hardware I'm sure redditors will be glad to help you out a bit.

u/djwohls · 19 pointsr/gadgets

I have had a lot of luck with these: Blu Snowball Mic

We use them at my work for small conference rooms.

u/Hjalfar · 18 pointsr/headphones

In the future, you can get Shure 840 pads for like $10 or even shure 440 pads for $7 if you need a replacement

u/RansomOfThulcandra · 18 pointsr/cynicalbritofficial

TB and Jessie normally recommend the Samson C01U.

Here it is on its own:

He may have meant one of these kits:

u/Comafly · 15 pointsr/Cynicalbrit

TB, Jesse, and Dodger all talked about this in an old episode of the TGS podcast, and they all pretty much said produce, produce, produce. This is paraphrasing, but it amounted to: Find something unique that you can bring to the table - delivery, humour, editing, content, etc., get a decent microphone if you intend to do voice work, and keep making regular content. It takes months and years to find an audience, but as long as you stick to it, you will build one eventually.

It's also what most top youtubers say. If you're interested you should check out partnersproject! The interviews have a lot of little gems of information, and they talk with people like CorridorDigital and Freddiew.

Hope this helped!

u/Spockrocket · 14 pointsr/ffxiv

Some constructive criticism. There is some potential here, but your sketches were all very predictable and/or unfunny. You're either rehashing jokes that everyone has already heard/seen a thousand times before, or your punchlines are falling completely flat due to lack of proper comedic timing and buildup. Take some time to study some of the comedic greats, and really focus on how they build up their jokes over the course of the sketch and how they deliver the punchlines.

On the technical end of things, see if your voice actors have the resources to invest in better microphones. Particularly the "new Lalafell woman"; the low quality of her audio really took me out of the moment. You can often find good quality microphones on the cheap if you shop around online. Generally speaking, headsets tend to have lower quality mics than what you'd want in a voice acting gig. Headsets are sufficient for talking on Skype or Mumble or whatever, but when you're doing voice-over work, you really want a good desktop mic. The Blue Snowball is a good option for amateur voice work. Good quality for the price you pay.

u/jayman951 · 13 pointsr/Twitch

I understand there are better mic's out there. For someone that doesn't need top of the line, its a good value buy for a casual/entry level person. Here are the links for those shopping mics.



u/SamisSimas · 11 pointsr/anime

Guest or Regular: Guest

User Name/Other Names: samissimas

Age Group: 18-19

Reasons for Wanting to Join: To show how patrician my taste in chinese cartoons is, (Read: Discussion)

Past Discussion/Analysis/Review: I've written a series of reviews that can be read through here

I have school, so scheduling would have to be planned more than a few days ahead, and I might be generally unavailable for the times you'll suggest, but I think I have something to contribute, so I'll put my name as back burner here.

This is my mic in case anyone is worried about audio quality

Edit: I know /u/bobduh doesn't really hang out here as much, but maybe he's interested? Has anyone reached out to him?

u/rainzer · 9 pointsr/videos

He (the youtube animator) uses:

I asked him.

Mounted on a shock mount. Probably the recommended Samson Spidermount.

u/ZoranTheBear · 9 pointsr/Planetside

If you don't want to pay for anything(Most bolded text should be clickable, otherwise google it):

Recording software: MSI Afterburners Recording feature to record. I suggest looking up youtube guides for it.

Livestreaming: OpenBroadcaster is a fantastic streaming program. Completely free with a lot of features.

Video Editing: Windows movie maker for simple stuff to put stuff and clips together.

-Now for what I use-

My Recording software: Dxtory. I use it because I have a ton more options than Fraps. Not to mention Fraps takes a lot more CPU than Dxtory does. Which for Planetside 2 is a god send. I also use a lagarith Lossless Codec with it. I suggest [THIS] video tutorial to get you a similar setup I have.

Video Editing: I use Sony Vegas Pro 11 because I won a legit copy from TGN ages ago. The latest is Sony vegas 12 (Which I'm sure a lot of people pirated. Which I don't blame em' it's tons of cash). I don't feel like buying the new version since it's practically a "big" patch with each new version.

Microphone: Any "decent" turtle beach microphone will do excellent when starting off. But, I use a C01U USB condenser microphone on a studio arm with a hand made pop filter. Sounds great for my type of voice.

Making videos, depending on what the video is. Takes a looooooong time, or just a few minutes. If you just wanna throw some clips together to show friends your MLG pro skills. My free option will do you nicely.

u/_AntiSaint_ · 9 pointsr/headphones

I made a post about this awhile ago but get the Shure 940 or 1540 ear pads. I put HM5's on my first pair of 9500's and it murdered the sound quality. The 940's really keep the integrity of the sound signature and ever so slightly boost the bass.

u/Artemis_of_Bana · 9 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

Just from a sound person point of view, you wouldn't want the metal piece over the open bit of the mic. Also, this mic has a built in mic stand mount, so I'm curious where that part could have gotten off to, there should be a little hinge right near the USB input, if you're gonna Macgyver somethin, start there, it should be as easy as putting another pivoting stand mount with an interior thread. Also, this thing has a pretty round cardioid pickup pattern, which means it should be placed about a hand width away from your mouth, with the flat end pointed almost at your nose. Meaning, I don't know how the hell you're going to use this thing mounted this way, and actually capture decent sound.

edit: here, if you dont like this mic anyway, [spend less money and get something better] (

edit 2: proper words.

u/SeafoodDuder · 8 pointsr/buildapc

If you can do around $10-$12 more then can't really go wrong with the Blue Snowball. Other than that, I'm not sure.

u/defan752 · 8 pointsr/swordartonline

Going to just throw out a few points:

I'm assuming that you didn't listen to the episode after you recorded it because it seems to only record one side of the conversation, that is, we only hear one person talking. Might want to look into that.

Also, what recording equipment are you using? If possible, buy a good microphone (Blue Snowball is good for starters and inexpensive) and a pop filter to eliminate the booming sounds that we hear when you guys make the "p", "b", and "s" sounds. (This one is good and also inexpensive)

Your intro music could also be quieter, and it would help to just remove the voice speaking, as it's kind of annoying.

u/thepensivepoet · 8 pointsr/Guitar

Either a microphone (sennheiser e609) and a USB interface (scarlett 2i2 or similar)


a direct USB microphone (blue snowball, also good for vocals or misc room recordings).

u/brother_bean · 8 pointsr/sysadmin

I'd say for me, if I were making my own home office and wanted to trick it out:

At minimum a dual monitor setup, but it would be nice to have 3 (I have dual monitors and also the laptop screen running them so it works out to 3.) A nice monitor arm that will hold both (or all 3) monitors to keep the desk clutter free. Something nice that makes both monitors adjustable for you (maybe even a 90 degree rotation so you can code on a vertical screen when you feel like it.)

A nice condenser mic with an arm for it as well. I figure if I were working from home I would probably be doing conference calls more regularly than if I were in the office, so a good condenser mic will make my life easier and make sure I can communicate well. Maybe a blue yeti or blue yeti snowball with a nice boom arm for it like so so I can use it when I want it and then push it away when I don't.

In the same vein, a decent webcam that can clip on to my monitor (or buy one of the above boom arms and attach the camera to it, probably smart for only $15 so you can move it around.)

Definitely a great office chair since you can justify the expense and you're going to be sitting all day.

This one is great regardless of working for home or working from the office, but a nice mouse. I just got a Logitech G502 the other day for gaming as well as work purposes and MAN. I never knew what I was missing out on. I have thumb buttons/extra buttons programmed to copy, paste, delete, winkey + e to open an explorer window, ctrl + t for new tab, and also a key combination to switch my active window to my other monitor so I can quickly move stuff between them without having to click and drag.

Since you're working from home and don't have to worry about bothering other people, I'd definitely buy a nice mechanical keyboard. They're a dream to type on. I used to have an office to myself so I bought one and I miss it dearly now that I'm in a cubicle. In my opinion, well worth the expense.

Again since you're not in an office you could get a nice speaker. Bluetooth to keep the cord clutter down but really anything works. You can go budget or big here.

If you're a whiteboard person, a whiteboard to hang on the wall.

Definitely yes to the dock. I have one here at my office and it's so flipping nice being able to plug in one thunderbolt cable and keep the clutter contained to the back of my desk behind my monitors with the dock.

I'd probably buy a nice standing or desk light that still uses filament bulbs to make it warm/easy on the eyes. Ample lighting. And probably a plant or two just to make it look nice and feel good being there.

That's all I can think of. Can you tell I'm living vicariously through you? I know you said must haves, so if I were going to buy the above in order, it would be monitors > dock > mouse > blue yeti snowball > mic stand > camera > camera stand

u/jojo7623 · 8 pointsr/REBL
u/hoopera · 7 pointsr/letsplay

I don't like to be harsh, but when I give feedback, it's always best to be straight.

It looks to me like your trying to be almost exactly like Pewdiepie. You did the whole "realization in 3, 2, 1 WTF" thing that he has done a few times before. You also did the whole dance music thing with the kid, and even had the dad call him a disgrace.

Your mic is....really bad. Maybe you should look into investing in something else? I use a Blue Snowball, and it really gets the job done. Here's a link to amazon:

Listen, if people want to watch Pewdiepie, they'll go watch Pewds. You need to be yourself! It's your channel, make it about you!

EDIT: Don't downvote the guy! Everyone has room for improvement :D

u/IMissMyZune · 7 pointsr/makinghiphop

I'm assuming you have a physical location to record & some type of computer.

Do this:

Get ahold of $100-$500. Buy a microphone & either some really nice headphones or some studio monitors (i recommend headphones if you can't do both). My first mic was a Blue Snowball. I love using my Audio Technica headphones. Probably not gonna win you any grammys but it will teach you some things until you can afford a better setup.

OBTAIN... in whichever way you see fit... some software to record on called a DAW. From the free software Audacity to something like Logic Pro X or Studio One. Just get one. There's hundreds of tutorials on youtube on how to use them. You're also going to want to get some Vsts. Google will be your friend for this section lol.

Practice making songs on here in the cypher & collab call threads. There's also a billion beats on youtube that nobody's going to know you used if you just keep it between yourself and some friends.

Do that for however long it takes for you to feel that you're good. There's plenty of forums out there like gearslutz and this one and some others that you can get info on.

When you feel like you're good start buying beats and all that stuff. Until then you're going to have to practice and learn what you sound like and what makes a good song otherwise it'll be a waste of money. It's much cheaper to collab with people though...

For networking if you make a good song and start sharing it with your friends it'll get around since you're still in high school. That's already 2k potential fans & they all have people that they know. Start with them. It's NYC and the world is much smaller than you think...

EDIT: Also never pay to do a show and stay on the lookout for scammers.

u/novel__ · 7 pointsr/truetf2

There's no way you can be on a team without a mic.

Price an issue?

  • This Clip On Mic is only 8 dollars and is pretty high quality too.

  • If you can afford to go higher I can recommend a Blue Snowball for $60.

  • Also, maybe a CAD U1 for $30.

    Even a headset will do. Make sure you enable push to talk and are using headphones.

    Are you afraid? Get over it. Sorry for the bluntness, but consider your team to be friends. People you'd play any game with and still have a good time. If they aren't people you can relate to, don't join their team. It's that simple. Find people you can relate to easily. Find people that won't yell at you. Find people that will crack the occasional joke and laugh at stupid/amazing plays. You will create incredible bonds with these people, and have lifelong friends. These people must be more important to you than a random lobby player, so talk to them!

    And to be honest... most teams don't take people who can't/won't talk. Even if you were Clockwork or Ruwin.

    So, get a mic.
u/squidwalk · 7 pointsr/truetf2

If you get combo phones/mic, you'll be getting a worse setup than getting them individually. Gaming headsets aren't worth the extra price.

When it comes to headphones, you have to consider your purpose. For TF2, you won't want to hear outside noise and you want something you can wear for a while. That usually means cans. I couldn't imagine wearing buds for such a long time, it would irritate the heck out of my ears. I use Denon AH-D1001s myself, and I can't complain. Before I had the money for those though, I rocked Sony MDR-XD200s. They also sounded great, and were even a little looser on my head. And if you don't like them, they come with so much cord you can hang yourself >_<.

For mics, you don't really need much clarity for voice. I used the basic Logitec Desktop Mic for a decade until it blew out, then I replaced it with a Blue Snowball for podcasting. A friend that does TV editing used it professionally for years, and it's a great mic.

So if you're going cheap, you'll be way better with the MDR-XD200 and the Logitech desktop mic than with an $80 headset.

u/Zediac · 7 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

If you only need the cardioid pattern, as in you only need to record yourself talking into it, then get the Samson Meteor Mic.

It's half the price and half the physical size for the same sound quality. It's my gaming mic. If you want to use a boom arm then the feet "leaves" are easy to remove.

If you need multiple recording patterns then something like the Blue Yeti is the better choice.

u/Alimo123 · 7 pointsr/ultrawidemasterrace

I use it for discord and talking to friends. This is the mic I'm using

u/gabmartini · 6 pointsr/argentina


Arranqué el proyecto Economista del medio el año pasado como una forma de llevar el laburo de analista de consultoría macroeconómica a un espectro de población más amplio, lo cual implica menos jerga y biribiri financiero. Este año se sumó la periodista de Infobae Jorgelina Do Rosario y empezamos a cambiar el formato del programa: hemos ordenado los temas y sumamos las entrevistas que le dan un valor agregado enorme al oyente. Estamos muy contentos con el resultado hasta ahora, tanto en calidad del material como en escuchas.

De la misma manera que como mejoró el material también mejoró el hardware con el cual grabamos. En su momento empecé con un mixer Behringer Xenyx 1202FX, un micrófono Shure SM58, unos auriculares Audio Technica M40x y una Zoom H4n. Luego de mi viaje a Japón me traje micrófono un Audio Technica 4040 (large diaphragm condenser) y ahí terminó el avance en hardware en 2016. En términos de software editaba (y sigo editando) el archivo crudo con el Logic Pro X de Apple.

Este año invertimos y nos trajimos (via Amazon Europa) un mixer Allen & Heath Zed60 10fx y un segundo micrófono Audio Technica pero el AT875r (un shotgun cortito condenser que es una maravilla). De backup tenemos dos micrófonos Audio Technica 2100 (los que son USB/XLR) que en relación precio/calidad son muy recomendados para los podcasters amateurs. En resumen, nuestro lineup de materiales es de primera calidad y para explotarlo al máximo, estamos intentando mejorar el tratamiento acústico del área donde grabamos para minimizar ruidos indeseados.

Como te decía, estamos muy contentos con las escuchas (en número general y en público en particular, es decir, los quienes). Hemos recibido comentarios de gente que nos sorprendió y eso nos motiva. Todavía no es LA masividad en escuchas pero queremos estar acá invirtiendo en esto para que cuando explote el podcasting en Argentina (porque va a pasar, que no te quepa la menor duda) tener una buena base y experiencia para seguir proyectándonos.

Lo lindo es que se están acercando algunos sponsors interesados en el material asi que significa que hay proyección a futuro. La verdad que al día de hoy estamos muy a gusto y cómodos laburando en el proyecto, que es para nosotros ahora lo más importante.

Por otro lado, una de las cosas más copadas que me pasó es poder grabar con una persona que conozco y confío de hace muchos años. Al principio hacerlo solo era más un desahogo pero laburar con alguien en esto, que aparte sabe y se mueve en el medio, tiene algo muy especial y divertido. Ese es un item que taché de mi lista de pendientes.

En materia de proyección a futuro y ToDos, creo que seguir mejorando y buscando calidad para ofrecer el mejor producto disponible en el mercado. En materia de hardware todavía tengo la espinita clavada por el Shure SM7b con su respectivo Cloudlifter pero por ahora estamos muy contentos con el equipo con el cual grabamos.


u/Derel1ct · 6 pointsr/asmr

For ear to ear type things you're going to really want 2 separate mics, a normal stereo mic just won't give you really noticeable stereo sound.

Assuming that you're recording on a computer, something like 2 of these would be better in my opinion.

In the future, something like this would be good before stepping up into something more professional.

u/pumpkinbundtcake · 6 pointsr/pcgaming

Most people would recommend a Blue Snowball but I really like the concept of the Modmic. Honestly though, I used a three dollar desktop microphone I got from Microcenter and, while I wore the headphones to get rid of background noise, I was getting compliments on the microphone quality.

Edit: I forgot about the Zalman clip-on but that seems like such a pain.

u/YoungCovii · 6 pointsr/hardwareswap

The microphone you have is a blue snowball non ice version. The Blue yeti is a completely different mic.

u/ConflictNerd · 6 pointsr/Yogscast

I believe they currently use something like the sE2200a which has been discontinued. If I'm not mistaken, Lewis uses the sE2200a II and the same mic was used to record Simon's vocals on Diggy Diggy Hole (based on the live-action video).

I personally use the Badaax UM900 (not to plug, but you can find an example of me using it here) which isn't exactly studio quality, but certainly gets the job done nicely. If you're looking for something that's more entry-level, there's always the Samson CO1U, the Blue Yeti, the Blue Spark Digital, or the Blue Spark.

All of these are very good microphones, and you should be able to find various tests of them on YouTube. Hope this helps. :)

u/123kyran123 · 6 pointsr/buildapc

There are actually a few great ones for less than $110!

  • Samson Meteor.

  • Blue Snowball. I highly recommend this one! It's great quality and picks up your voice very nicely.

  • Blue Yeit is an excellent alternative. Better than the two above mentioned mics, but is $110...
u/rolypolypanda · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Just feel like mentioning that a larger soundstage is nice for gaming, but will mean that sound leaks out of the headphones. If you live with roommates or in close-quarters (like a dorm), you absolutely should buy closed-back headphones or (even better imo) some nice in-ear monitors.

I just picked up the Massdrop x NuForce EDC in-ears and they are brilliant. Perfect for, well, every day carry. Throw them in my backpack, great for jogging, snug fit, crisp and deep profile.

Just throwing that out there.

I use the ATH-M50's at work. I replaced the ear cups with slightly larger and softer Shure ear cups, and I had to get a knit wrap for the headband, which was starting to flake. Overall, I highly recommend the ATH-M50 cans, they sound punchy and fun, but still flat enough to not overtly influence music to the point where I feel like using a software EQ. No amp needed, I plug directly into my MacBook Pro and play Spotify high quality @ 320 kbps.

u/nosliwhtes · 6 pointsr/podcasting
  • Script that intro. Do not wing it.

  • Have a topic and stick with it. No banter from square one (some during convo is ok but get back to the topic soon).

  • Get a good Microphone.

  • Split your show into sections so that your audience stays attentive.

  • End your show like you start it -- scripted, fam.
u/ChickenSteve · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you're mainly going to use a mic, I would highly recommend a studio/usb condenser mic like the Samson Meteor. Just try to stay away from Blue's cheaper usb mics (i.e Snowball, Nessie, and under) ;3

u/Jaybreezy0524 · 6 pointsr/PS4

I was in the same position as you OP, the Sony Gold headset was really hurting my left ear. I bought these ear pad replacements last week and installed them on my Gold headset.

I don't have pain anymore wearing them. At $16.xx, it's much cheaper than buying a new pair so it may be worth a shot for you.

u/Lefthandedsock · 6 pointsr/battlestations
u/Plastic_sporkz · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For headphones I use these
For my mic I use this With a scissor boom.

u/Karma_Vampire · 6 pointsr/Twitch

A good microphone is probably the most important thing a streamer can have, other than of course a great personality and good social skills, so buying him a microphone would be a great idea. I read that you're looking at spending a maximum of $200. For $200 you should probably buy a USB microphone, as they don't require any kind of external hardware like a mixer or an audio interface. They're generally slightly worse quality, but that doesn't really matter because the audio quality will be compressed anyway, and only audiophiles would be looking for studio quality audio from a gaming livestream.

The higher quality option is an XLR microphone, but they require an audio interface. This will generally be a more expensive option because audio interfaces are usually just as expensive as microphones, so I wouldn't choose this option if I were you. An XLR microphone, a microphone arm, and an audio interface will cost around $250 if not more.

If you decide to go for a microphone, I would say you should go for an AT2020 USB microphone. It's by far the best option if you want good audio quality for a good price. You could go for the Streaming/Podcasting pack if you want headphones and a microphone arm included, which maxes out your budget. It's actually a bit cheaper than buying the mic and a good microphone stand seperately, plus you get a pair of decent looking headphones to go with it.

I can't really vouch for the microphone arm and the headphones as I haven't tried them personally, but Audio Technica is a really good brand. I would be surprised if it wasn't superb quality.

Let me know if you have any questions :)

u/Nixxuz · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Seems like what you need. I have no experience with mics though;

Or...I guess I get downvoted because I didn't recommend some expensive pro mic...whatever. Not really the sub for it anyway.

u/Tacanacy · 6 pointsr/PS4

I've used many headphones/headsets for online/competitive shooters: AKG K52, AKG Q701, Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600Ω), HiFiMan HE-400i (the revision), HiFiMan HE-500, HyperX Cloud, Koss Porta Pro, Monoprice Monlith M1060, Philips Fidelio X2, Philips SHP9500, Sennheiser HD598, Sennheiser HD700, Sennheiser HD800, Superlux HD662 EVO, Superlux HD668B, Superlux HD669, Superlux HD681 EVO, Tritton Pro+ and Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven, and AD700x is the one I recommend regardless of budget unless people have other preferences. Games top out very early, and around the $100 mark, diminishing returns set in hard.

There are three sonic properties that determine the performance of headphones/headsets for online/competitive shooters: soundstage, imaging and (instrument) separation.

Soundstage is produced by the headphone, not the game. It's perceived space and environment of sound. A small soundstage makes the environment around you sound confined or boxed in. With a large soundstage, the environment sounds much more open, spatial and natural. You probably have to experience it yourself to understand it.

Imaging is inherent to the audio content. It's how accurately the locations of sounds/objects are reproduced.

Soundstage and imaging are generally best achieved with open-back or semi-open-back headphones, which means the headphones have cups with grills/perforations/openings that allow sound to freely pass through, unlike closed-back headphones that have cups with solid shells which isolate sound from passing through to some extent. Soundstage and imaging constitute positional audio. You could say they are the stereo equivalent of virtual surround sound. I don't think stereo, no matter how large it is, sounds fully three-dimensional as virtual surround sound at all times. Dialogues and very loud sounds like tanks, jets, trains, etc. near you tend to sound very intimate and dominate in either ear when you don't face them. Virtual surround sound has its drawbacks too: it compresses and degrades the sound quality. I find it most noticeable with rain, waterfalls and splashing water; they sound akin to white and pink noise. Subtle details become faint or not audible. When headphones already have decent soundstage, imaging and separation, I find that virtual surround sound diffuses the positional audio and the ability to pick up and locate/track audio cues.

Virtual Surround sound varies a lot from processor to processor (CMSS-3D, Dolby Headphone, SBX, etc.) How you perceive it compared to stereo also depends on the soundstage, imaging and separation of the headphone, and how games are mixed. I recommend using a headphone with a large soundstage and great imaging and separation, like AD700x, before deciding on virtual surround sound. If you absolutely want virtual surround sound, then I strongly recommend SBX from Creative, especially over Dolby Headphone.

Separation is how you discern individual sounds from a range of overlapping sounds. This is only important in games that are competitive.

Attach an Antlion ModMic 4 and you have a headset. Alternative mics: Massdrop Minimic, Neewer, Sony ECMCS3, Zalman ZM-Mic1, Blue Snowball, Samson Go

If AD700x costs too much, then I recommend HD668B. Other open-back options that are well-regarded in the audio enthusiast community are Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x, Sennheiser HD558/HD579 and Status Audio OB-1. I strongly advise against HyperX Cloud if you don't need sound isolation. For closed-back, I recommend AKG K52, Superlux HD662 EVO and especially Superlux HD669 over the Cloud. Status Audio CB-1 is another well-regarded option, which is compatible with the V-MODA BoomPro mic.

u/askylitfall · 6 pointsr/recording

Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid - Black

Here's a similarly priced mic from a much more reputable company, it's USB over XLR, so you don't need to buy an interface, and it isn't a Chinese knockoff

u/Vzey · 6 pointsr/podcasts

The Blue Snowball is a decent cheap microphone at $50
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Audacity is a free audio editing software that has a lot of tutorials to make your audio top quality.
[Audacity Download] (

As for a computer, you can do it on any laptop it’s just the speed you want your edits and final products to compile is related to your processing power.

u/SlowJamzzz · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're interested in non-usb mics, you could always look into condenser microphones. I wanted to get a mic separate from my headset, but didn't want to spend the $$$ for the blue yeti, and I thought the snowball sounded poor for he price. So I looked into different Newer and another mic brand. I ended up going with this kit for $50, and I think the mic quality for the mic is pretty solid. Having it come with a scissor arm is pretty sweet too. So I'd say check out mics like the nw-700, nw-800, etc just to see what else is out there.

u/Catholic_Joe · 6 pointsr/Kerala

First of all, a round of applause to you guys.

അനിയൻമാർ പൊളിച്ചു !! I've been trying to get myself to start an explainer podcast- connecting film theory, literature, and ideologies - How-to-think as an alternative to what to think centered podcast.But I chickened out,.

So Kudos men!!

A few suggestions - 1)try not to talk over each other.

2)If you manage to put out atleast 30 hours, you could prolly invest on this mic is too good for its price if you are recording from a single room. I use it to record everything - vocals, guitars percussion, what not..

3)Name - give it a malayalam name - something from your local language- I am assuming you guys are trichur/ekm based on the lingo.

4)Time stamps !! in youtube!!

u/dabordoodle · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

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InnoGear Heavy Duty Microphone Stand with Mic Microphone Windscreen and Dual Layered Mic Pop Filter Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stands for Blue Yeti,Blue Spark and Other Mic

u/Reddit4Play · 5 pointsr/rpg

You're going to have a few options here.

The first is obviously a headset. This is by far the easiest solution, since it's all-in-one headphones and microphone. The headphones are isolated from the mic, too, which means you don't need to worry about echo or picking up any noise otherwise coming out of your speakers.

Since you say you'd rather not wear a headset, though, that's out of the picture, I guess.

The next best option, I think, is some combination of headphones and mic (it's more of a pain in the ass to set up, since the components are separate, but it might get you a bit more quality, too). If that's not possible, I guess speakers and mic is it.

As for the microphones that you can pair with whichever sound output is your choice (speakers or headphones), you have a few options there, too.

The easiest of these are basically designed as PC peripherals that use either USB or 1/8th inch analog line in ports. Pretty much anything that comes up when you search "desktop mic" on Google will fit into this category. From general consensus, one of the best of these mics is the Blue Snowball mic. It's got very good quality and it's relatively cheap as far as high end desk mics go, and the USB format means it's usually easier to get working than the line in kind. If you want to get really fancy there are some good lapel mics out there, too, but frankly unless you're roleplaying on your tablet while walking around your house you can probably make do with a desk mic.

Beyond this stage is what might be termed "professional mics", at which point you need to become concerned with knowledge of condenser vs. diaphragm, phantom power, and audio interfaces (largely because your PC doesn't have an XLR-in port, which is the cable these microphones almost always use). This is probably somewhat above your price range and needs. If you really want I can explain more about them, though.

So now back to your specifics -

> I'd rather not wear a headset.

Headset's the easiest, but any mic paired with headphones is just as good (albeit more annoying to configure). Mic + speakers will often get you echo and unintentional pickup, but there's not much you can do about that as the end-user since echo cancellation is usually handled by the VOIP software and not your microphone.

> I'd like to be able to just talk normally and have the microphone pick up what I'm saying.

All microphones do this, since if they are turned on they are always transmitting data to your computer - including whatever you happen to say. Not all software does this, but if you configure your software of choice to pick up any noise over a given threshold (including a threshold of 'always on') you will get this effect.

> Ideally something that works in such a way that even 'push-to-talk' becomes redundant.

I'm not sure what this means. If it's important and I haven't covered it yet, please feel free to elaborate.

u/Aeather · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/XWingLaserbeam · 5 pointsr/GTA

Absolutely. I have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership at a discounted rate through my college, and I'm using Premiere Pro to do the editing.

I'm using an Elgato capture card and a Blue Snowball mic. Maybe it was a bit crazy to go with this particular setup with no experience, but I really like the quality and the result. Links below!

EDIT: I found my Snowball mic at Best Buy for $49.99 -- about $9 cheaper than Amazon.

u/asmrhead · 5 pointsr/asmr

For me at least the sound is way more important than the video quality. Laptop mics have an unfortunate tendency to pick up fan and hard drive noise, especially when you're trying to record something like whispering.

I'd HIGHLY recommend a USB condenser-style mic. You can get a good one for under $100 (right now I see that the classic Samson CO1U is discounted on Amazon, MSRP is over $200, it's listed for $77. Or the CAD U37 is under $50 and comes with a (cheap) mic stand.

Having said all that, I'd say just try it with what you have and see how it sound/looks before spending money.

u/Release_the_KRAKEN · 5 pointsr/GoodValue
u/yojoe600 · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

Black is $55.74 at Amazon

They are nice for the price.

u/LeoPantero · 5 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Samson Meteor Mic. There's something about sounding really crisp during a skype conference call. Plus it's good enough to do a podcast, etc with, if you should ever need to.

u/ysheth · 5 pointsr/headphones

Bruh, you might want to look into buying these pads right here for your phones.

I popped these onto my m50s a while back and they're ultra comfy and i can wear them all day.
Here's what they look like now: COMFY AS FUGGGGGGGG

u/MoostacheMan · 5 pointsr/letsplay

Take a look at the AT2020 USB mic. I bought the AT2020 plus deluxe as my first mic, and I'm loving it. Works great with windows 7.

Mic test and review of the AT2020 (not me):

u/BEANBAG_DERULO · 5 pointsr/makinghiphop

samson C01U is def the way to go, pretty cheap too. quality is unmatched - i just recorded this on it earlier


u/Deathcubek9001 · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I actually just ordered the Superlux HD668B because my buddy told me they were pretty damn good. He (and some youtube videos I watched) also said it was worth spending the extra 8 dollars to buy some velour earpads and replace the standard ones.

As for a mic, I picked up the Neweer NW-700 Condenser Mic for $36. I'm not into recording my voice for videos or what not, but for the price this thing is lightyears better than the webcam mic I was using in Skype.

u/I_GIVE_ROADHOG_TIPS · 5 pointsr/Competitiveoverwatch

I know a lot of podcasters that use this cheap thing.

u/CIockwerk · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Of course, I'm happy to help! As for cheap mouse mats, I have this and love it. It's huge though, so you'll want to measure your desk to make sure it'll fit. If not, just about any mouse pad will do. Don't spend a whole lot of money on it (like getting one that's RGB). As for headsets, Amazon has a bunch that are great, and fairly cheap that you can look at. Personally, however, I would recommend getting a stand alone microphone like this guy and using a pair of headphones or earbuds. It might be a little more pricey overall, but I've found that most headsets are really uncomfortable for long periods of use. I splurged and bought some Bose headphones and have a standalone mic that I use. All personal preference, though. Now, for desks and chairs, I'm not sure about. I would maybe check your local Target for a desk, or IKEA if you have one nearby. I'd say the same for chairs. Don't buy a chair just because it has "gaming" in the name, either. Get a chair that you're comfortable in, who cares what it looks like?

Anyways, that's my two cents!

u/GloryBoy300 · 5 pointsr/ChiefKeef

Yeah actually heres a link to the one I use it works amazing

u/varii_ · 4 pointsr/tf2

If you want to have a popular youtube channel, you have to work hard at it my man. I can tell by watching a few of your videos that you are relatively young and I have to tell you by being young and posting here desperately looking for attention or views it will rub people the wrong way. Because to some, It just seems like from an outsiders perspective you're just looking for an easy way to get subscribers or views. Being young doesn't help either because there are many people who will be pretty mean to you because of your age or your voice.

As far as tips go however? There is a lot that can be said.

Point one: Increase the quality of your videos. Download a better recording program and learn how to use it.

I watched a few of your videos and I just have to be frank the video quality isn't very good but don't fret! There are programs that can help with this.

There are many to chose from but these are the main three:

two of these are not free however. OBS is a free alternative that many use and it is pretty good!

If you do not like the fact that fraps or dxtory are not free, you can torrent or pirate those programs however, some people might think negatively of you claiming it is stealing. (But that doesn't matter anyways because pretty much everyone torrents or illegally downloads these two programs but don't tell people they do)

Anyways, to learn how to use these recording programs there are tons of tutorials on youtube to help you learn how to use any of those three, so good luck finding one that works for you.

Point two Now that you've downloaded an recording program, you should learn how to use an editing program to edit and compile the videos you recorded!

There are many editing programs but the main two I see being used are:

Like before, these programs are not free and are more on the pricey side so if you don't think spending a lot of money is worth it (and I do not blame you) Just download them for free like everyone else who makes youtube videos basically does but they don't tell people that they do.

learning these programs will take some time and effort and it might be a little challenging especially in after effects for a beginner but if you really care about improving your youtube channel you should practice using these programs, how will you do that though?

Well like I said before there are a number of youtube channels that have tutorials to help you with learning about those two programs. Just find a program that suits your needs.

Sony vegas is a little more easy to understand and pretty much can suit the basic needs of creating videos.

But after effects has a lot more to offer on the effects and editing side but is a little less easy to understand.

Point Three Buy some new equipment to be able to record your videos at a good quality.

You could make an entire thread out of the best microphones or the best audio equipment or the best PC setup.

All I'm going to say about this though is, invest in a computer set up that you can record comfortably with.

Today, you can actually purchase a desktop computer for about 500 dollars that can record videos surprisingly well!

for example, this build is 520$ and can handle recording videos amazingly well!

as for recording equipment? if you want to sound professional when recording videos, I highly recommend getting a studio quality microphone because I watched a few of your videos and your microphone and audio quality is kind of, subpar. So here are a few beginner microphones that are cheap and can make your audio quality sound better!

These microphones are relatively cheap and offer amazing sound quality for their price.

Now you need a pair of headphones to compliment your microphone because why would you buy a gaming headset if you purchased a microphone already. so here are a few I suggest, a few of these are more on the pricey side but I highly recommend them.

It's all about fitting your price range and preference.

Find a set up that works for you.

Point four don't forget to be yourself, have fun and keep making content!

Having a personality an audience can relate too is great and all but you should just stay true to yourself and remain genuine when creating content.

There are many people trying create and make TF2 content like you. So having too many copy cats of the same content creator or personality can just seem boring. Why go to someone who creates virtually the same content of someone else? That's redundant and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

And you should also try to always make content. Never stop making content, making content is the way you get your name out there. Just keep creating content and be dedicated, never give up making stuff.

So, try to have fun with it and think of creative ways to attract an audience to your content. What new fresh idea and creative content can you offer that nobody else does?

If you can do that while remaining true and genuine to yourself your audience and you don't give up. I feel like you would be able to grow as a creator.

That is all the tips I can give you, I'm not much of a content creator myself but from an outsiders perspective I hope this helped you in anyway.

Good luck and have fun with it man.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Hey Parov buddy, these are all great questions and totally normal. Sounds like you're ready to take your music-making to the next level. Good on you. I did laugh when you mentioned plugging the electro-acoustic into your computer: not because you were doing something wrong, but because it brought back memories. That's exactly how I started with digital audio, and it shows you're trying to figure stuff out on your own instead of buying a bunch of expensive toys and not knowing how to use them. That's a good attitude to have. I'm going to try explaining your options without hitting you with too much jargon, all right? I apologize if I repeat stuff you already know, but it helps to keep things straight in my head when I'm writing.

Basically, what you're trying to do is convert the sound you're making into an audio file on your computer. To do that, you need the following:

  • You + instrument
  • A microphone
  • An interface between the microphone and your computer
  • Software to capture the sounds you're making

    We already have you and an instrument, so that's good. Next is the microphone. You mentioned singing, so I'm going to go ahead and recommend a large diaphragm condenser microphone. You can get these really cheap nowadays, don't worry too much about getting the 'right' model. I used to record using a computer mic, and the first time I heard a friend's recording with a large diaphragm condenser microphone it blew me away with its clarity. It was this one to be exact, and it's only $50! Of course, every musician who knows a little bit about microphones will tell you it's a piece of shit, but trust me, compared to what you've been using it's a fantastic way to try out home recording without breaking the bank. You can search for a better one than this Behringer (I use a Rode M3 which isn't a large diaphragm but is great for my needs), but trust me: a reasonably priced large-diaphragm condenser mic is a good introduction to home recording. It's great for vocals and acoustic guitar especially.

    Next you need an interface. This is just a box that you can plug your microphone into that plugs into your computer via USB/Firewire. It interprets all the sound it receives through the microphone, turns it into a digital signal and feeds it to your computer. Since you're starting out, the exact type doesn't really matter too much, but make sure it has at least one XLR input. XLR basically means 'microphone', though other instruments can use XLR cables. My electro-acoustic classical guitar has an XLR output, for example. You know guitar leads and inputs/outputs? XLR is the same, except for microphones. So your interface has to have an XLR input, or you'll have nowhere to plug your microphone into.

    So you've got your microphone set up, plugged into the interface, and the interface is plugged into your computer. You have your guitar ready, so what's next? That's software or a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It captures the information from your interface (which is capturing information from your microphone, which is capturing information from you playing) and turns it into audio files you can manipulate and save. You mentioned Audacity. Avoid Audacity. It's almost completely useless. There are many fine commercial products like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Audition and GarageBand. I would personally recommend Reaper. It's totally brilliant, easy-to-use, updates all the time, it works on both Windows and Mac, and it's free to use forever. The only drawback is that it will annoy you with a pop-up if you haven't bought a license, but that's a small price to pay for such a fantastic program. It also comes with a bunch of decent effects and plugins.

    That's pretty much the low-down on the most basic home recording set up, but one last thing: a DI box. If you're going to record directly into your interface (ie without a microphone), a DI box is a good investment. You can get them very cheap nowadays, and they're ideal for recording electric guitar and bass. You plug your guitar into the DI box, then plug the DI box into the interface. It allows a nice, strong signal to be recorded directly to your computer, which can then be manipulated with effects just like on an FX pedal. Guitar Rig is a popular choice, but you can get many decent free alternatives.

    When I was starting out it felt like everyone used so much jargon that it was like they were speaking a different language, so I hope some of this has been useful to you. Good luck, you're gonna have a lot of fun. Just try not to get too frustrated!
u/_soulcrusher · 4 pointsr/CoDCompetitive

Monitor view

Since I seem to be one of the only PC players here I decided to show what my setup is looking like.

Pc Specs:

-Intel i5-4670k @ 3.4 GHz

-AMD Radeon 7950 3GB


-120 GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD

-1 TB WD Black

-ASROCK Z87M Pro4 Mobo


-Logitech G430 headset

-Blue Snowball White Microphone

-Asus VS248 24" 2ms

-HP W2072a Black 20" 5ms

-Razer Naga 2012

-CM Storm QuickFire Rapid, Cherry Blue switches

-Logitech C920

Steam id

u/Poonchow · 4 pointsr/DnD

Any voice-oriented, directional mic should be good.. Webcam mics are notoriously bad at picking up random background noise, but some directional mics will pick up one sound really well and block everything else out. Maybe something like a Snowball Mic? I'm not super good with audio stuff. You might have to do some test runs via skype and see what works.

u/JacobTheWhite14 · 4 pointsr/raspberry_pi

Just ordered mine after using a friends. It is by far one of the best.

u/OfficialGarwood · 4 pointsr/roosterteeth

Do not use that capture device. It's only standard def and will look utter shit or won't run.

For capture devices there's a few options out there some more expensive than others. RT use Black Magic's Intensity Pro which is an actual capture CARD that fits into your PC, it's rather pricey and records uncompressed footage so it's better for advanced users.

I suggest looking at the Hauppauge range of capture devices such as the HD PVR, HD PVR 2 etc. I have the first HD PVR model which is component only but it's worked for me fine for years though to future proof I suggest getting the PVR 2 since it supports HDMI.

Editing software; either Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas on PC and Final Cut Pro 7 on a Mac but seeing as you're on a PC the former applies to you.
Very expensive but there are "ways" to acquire them for "free" if you get my drift...not that I condone such actions ;)

Mic-wise; I use a Samson C01U USB condenser mic but I've heard many good things about the snowball mic. I suggest, though not very necessary to get a pop filter also to stop all the popping sounds or the audio clipping if you accidentally blow into the mic.

Watch a TON of YouTube videos about editing; it's can be a hell of a lot harder than it looks but once you learn your away around the software of your choice; you'll get faster and better each time, the more effort you put in; the better quality your work will be.

This should be said; all the hardware and software in the world can't change a bad commentator; be confident when performing voice over; get used to your own voice, you'll be hearing it a lot and make sure you always have a topic at hand to talk about dead air is the worst and keep all the "erm"s to a minimum!

Hope this helps.

u/RaN96 · 4 pointsr/letsplay

Quality Test. Have to break a rule here, SORRY!!

Items, Old Setup:

Blue Snowball


ProLine Stand

Items, New Setup:

Audio Technica AT2035

Rode PSA1 Stand

Line 6 POD Studio UX2

Required XLR Cable

I also plan on picking up Noctua NH-D14 and an H440 soon to replace my 650D and H100i.

u/Ladybonerthrow86 · 4 pointsr/GWABackstage

So for recording with my Samsung Note 5, I use the voice recorder app already on there. I've never had an issue with it. I use the Stony Edge Lapel Mic, which just plugs into your headphone jack for anything with the phone now. Haven't done a commute ramble with it yet, but I will.

For other recording purposes, I use a Blue Yeti Blackout Edition, and have a Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone, Cardioid Mode(Gloss Black) for mobile use (i.e. traveling). I have a generic pop filter I picked up at a music store, and a DR Pro Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom for streaming and recording at home.

The Yeti is a pretty popular mid-price mic for GWA peeps. Snowball is a GREAT starter mic though. My dream mic is a toss up between the Shure SM7B and the AT2035 (both please?)

For desktop recording/editing, a lot of people use Audacity, which is what I started with. I now use Reaper Pro to record, and Izotope RX6 for editing.

Disclaimer: None of these Amazon links are referral links, and I earn no money from them

u/Fusionnex · 4 pointsr/audiophile

Separate Mic! No need to limit your options by only looking at headsets. Get a decent set of cans and get a separate microphone. This is what i did but you can swap out any solid set of cans in your price range. Drop 250 for akg701's Here and get a 15$ 8$ mic, amazing solution if you have the power to drive the headphones. If you are super picky about microphone quality go for a blue microphone.

u/united654 · 4 pointsr/headphones

I've had these phones for about a year. I would recommend doing two things to improve the comfort, that is if you don't find them comfortable.

  1. Buy these if you think the ear pads are too small, or if they pinch your ears.

  2. I felt the phones were putting too much pressure right below my ears on my upper jaw. So I bought a sweat band and attached it to the bottom of the headband. They fit so much better now, and even though it looks silly, it feels great.

    I have to say that these two adjustments have made a world of difference. Cheers, hope you enjoy some great sounds with them.
u/DeathKoil · 4 pointsr/buildapc
  • Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. Good weight and decent button placement.
  • Keyboard - IBM Model M 1391401. Buckling spring keyboards are great!
  • Headphones - Sennheiser HD598. Open back gives a huge soundstage for gaming. Amazing headphones.
  • Microphone - Samson Meteor. Very accurate microphone that is very sensitive, so be careful what you say on the other side of the house. If the mic is open everyone will hear. In Discord you can adjust the sensitivity so that it is only open when you speak and that works quite well.
u/Cadd9 · 4 pointsr/Guitar

If you have a hard limit on staying at or below $70, I say you should get a Samson Meteor Mic. It's a plug-and-play USB condenser mic. You could use Reaper to record with the Meteor mic.

Here's something I recorded with the mic:
A string of song intros. Here's someone using it for an acoustic guitar.

With that mic, you have to play around with both mic sensitivity and placement for it. I believe I had that at something like roughly 21/100.

u/mysistersacretin · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

Shure HPAEC940 Replacement Velour Ear Pads for SRH940 Headphones (Pair)

u/bmw_e30 · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have M50's and I've read that 598's are ridiculously comfortable. I hated the stock ear pads on the M50's but, I picked up these and they made a world of difference. I can now wear them for hours and hours on end with no problem whatsoever. I didn't notice a huge change in sound either. For reference here are my M50's with the velour pads on them.

u/skeletonmage · 4 pointsr/ColoradoSprings

I would stick with a USB condenser microphone. They're phenomenal as they have a built in condenser and some have built in noise reduction. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do post editing to the show (like running a condenser and noise reducer over your audio), but it helps shave a lot of post work off.

I run the XLR version of the Audio-Technicia AT2020. What I'm linking is the USB version and you may be able to find it used, or cheaper, elsewhere. It's a phenomenally powerful microphone for little cost.

If you want to go XLR, because you feel like you need to do some on the fly mixing, a Scarlet interface + the XLR version of that microphone is a great combination. You can go more advanced with a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB (what I am running), but if you're just starting out keep it simple.

Also pick up a microphone boom, pop filter, and a shock mount (that particular shock mount has a pop filter with it). Keep it off your desk and about 5-6 inches from your mouth when podcasting. You want to reduce all extra noise including mouse clicks, keyboards, or bumping your desk.

If that's too expensive, a Yeti or a Snowball are great introductory microphones. There is a reason everyone uses them. I cut my teeth on a Samson CO1U, but eventually upgraded to the AT because the sound quality is a bit better. Just...always get some kind of arm or tripod or something and keep the microphone suspended.

At the end of the day, as long as you're using some kind of condenser microphone, it doesn't really matter. Post production can help make the whole podcast sound a lot more enjoyable. Just make sure you're consistent, have decent audio quality, and are excited to podcast. I wrote up some dirty tips and tricks here if you're interested.

Good luck!

u/MookieFish · 4 pointsr/makinghiphop

I use this mic for any vocals I do and I get pretty decent results for a bedroom. You can find cheaper mics than that, but make sure you get a large diaphragm condenser mic and make sure its XLR, not USB. It doesn't come with a mic stand. I learned that the hard way

You'll need an audio interface as well. That's probably the cheapest interface that's worth getting as well from what I hear.

About $250 or so for a cheaper setup, but it's a one-time purchase and the added quality is worth it I think.

u/Dougie_1 · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

Not a bad mic. Especially if you have prime, hard to beat the price for even a basic mic. Not sure how much shipping is, if you don't have prime.
amazon has a ton of reviews for it, seems solid.

u/LukeLC · 4 pointsr/VoiceActing

Depends on how you define inexpensive.

A good beginner setup would be a Neewer NW-800 + single-channel phantom power box of your choice + a clip on pop filter. Should cost you around $60 for the whole setup and get you condenser XLR quality that'll beat any USB mic in the same price range and much higher.

Links for reference:

  • Neewer NW-800
  • Phantom power supply
  • Pop filter

    Do yourself a favor and use low-end, but real audio equipment like this instead of a Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti. Using those two mics is like writing "I have no clue what I'm doing" on your VA profile, but so many people do it. A Yeti Pro is the minimum you should go for in Blue mics, otherwise the people hiring you WILL be able to tell you're on a USB mic and they WILL use it to gauge your level of experience against you. As a general principle, XLR is a much better look when you're trying to get hired doing voice work.
u/Solarbg · 4 pointsr/podcasts

This was the first kit I bought, for sure a good bang for your buck.


If you are using an audio interface or mixer, I would recommend buying an XLR to XLR cable to replace the XLR to AUX cable that this kit comes with.



u/rqueenston · 4 pointsr/lapfoxtrax

good mic not necessary but definitely recommended. as an example of a bad mic, all of Figurehead was recorded using headphones pressed up against my face as the microphone. if you didn't know you could do that, now you do. good cans actually produce a pretty damn good recording. good cans will also have a mesh-like cover usually which doubles as a bit of a pop filter.

imo avoid USB mics unless it's all you can do, every one i've used from Blue's offerings (yeti, snowball) to M-Audio mics has had a really fucking weird frequency response and been awful about room noise no matter how much carpeting i have.

currently i use this set: which requires phantom power. i have a behringer mixer for that (which i use for a bunch of other stuff as well). it kicks the ever-loving crap out of every other mic i've used, which is bizarre. i have use roland and sennheiser condenser mics and many USB mics and this one comes out right on top, especially for the price.

to reduce room noise, you can throw down a rug or blankets or even put a sock over your mic. you'd be surprised how much it helps.

play with EQing and compressing on your vocal track. a bit of a noise gate before all that can help too. i prefer it over noise reduction at this point, since noise reduction can be pretty artifacty, and if you're going to do pitch correction or other effects, that artifacting can get really noticeable really fast.

as for the best place to start: wherever you want. i just used headphones as a mic for a long time and if Figurehead is anything to go by, it'll work for most people while they get started, and will teach you a lot about EQing your recordings.

u/shab1b1 · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I know that a lot of streamers use the audio technica microphones so here's one. There is also the Blue Yeti. In terms of budget microphones, there is the Blue Snowball and the CAD u37. You also might want to consider an audio interface as well. Here's an excellent combo, cause its awesome.

u/Zakreon · 4 pointsr/magicTCG

If you plan on recording more in the future, look into getting a condenser mic setup like this. Even if you use it for other things like simple voice chat, the difference in audio quality is huge. You can find lot's of videos on youtube on their quality and how to set them up (it's pretty easy)

u/EzeeMunny69420 · 4 pointsr/buildapcforme

Well, I'd start off with a basic desk mic that will offer superior voice quality over a headset paired with a decent pair of headphones. My personal recommendations for this would be:

The mic, a Fifine K669B:

The headphones, a Philips SHP9500:


The K669B should provide great sound quality for talking, it's a perfect entry level mic that outclasses anything you'd get in a headset and the SHP9500 is an open back pair of headphones with great sound quality. Open back headphones allow you to hear things around you as they don't seal up to isolate the noise. They're perfect in a home use setting as you don't need to block out noise.

u/spankymustard · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Here's my recommendation for a podcast starter kit:

u/IWannaCuddleUrButt · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

That little mixer doesn't have a USB out, so you'd have to go with this little box in stead.

The XM8500 is an alright mic for the $20 price tag, but don't expect too much. To be honest you might be a lot happier with a cheap condenser + pop filter.

I've used both mics when I was starting out. I'd only use the xm8500 in the rehearsal space where the quality doesn't matter. The condenser will sound 'nicer' (i.e. less disappointing when you're trying something for the first time)

I wouldn't call it a 'decent' setup, but should be fun to dick around with for $100.

u/dbspin · 3 pointsr/podcasts

Please please don't make the mistake of buying a USB microphone. Read back over this sub. Literally dozens of people who painted themselves into a corner by buying equipment that couldn't be used together or expanded on. Even if you only have 50 dollars, you're better buying a cheap XLR mic (like say this) and run it in with something like this.

See here for my recommendations for slightly more expensive setups.

Honestly, if you're just dipping your toe in the water, you might be better just getting a cheap mic for your ipad / iphone, that you can use for skype etc, than buying a mic that'll be a lame duck for literally anything other than one person recording to software.

u/HybridCamRev · 3 pointsr/videography

If you really want good sound, please don't plug your mic into the 60D. The preamps are terrible.

Instead, you might want to consider a [$50 Behringer condenser mic] ( and a [$33.63 iRig PRE XLR to TRRS adapter] ( and record to the [free Rode Rec LE app] (

Alternatively, if you don't want to record to an iPhone, you can buy a [$175 Tascam DR-40 4 track recorder] ( in place of the iRig PRE.

With this setup, you will be able to record high quality sound to your iPhone or external recorder and sync it to your video track in the edit.

Congratulations and I hope she says yes!

u/NapoleonsUlcer · 3 pointsr/spicy

This is just the ticket -

I'd also suggest shooting in at least 720p.

Edit: The mic would have to be connected to a laptop, however. It's a great mic for the price.

u/LiquidDetergent · 3 pointsr/buildapc

/r/headphones can help you out! Make a submission with some information on your preferences and you'll get recommendations you can't go wrong with.

I would recommend against a headset, especially those advertised for gaming. Usually these do not deliver great audio quality. Instead, buy a standalone or attachable mic. If you're a casual user that just needs clear VOIP, get the Zalman attachable mic. If you do recording work (commentaries, livestream, etc.), invest in something like a Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti.

u/raygan · 3 pointsr/applehelp

You can't really record directly from the iPad to the Mac. I think you're probably going to want to look into getting a webcam. Nearly any USB webcam will work with the Mac.

This is a nice one on the cheap but not super cheap end.

You may also want to get a microphone. Many webcams like the one I just linked have one built in, but these are usually pretty low quality. You might give it a try first with the built in mic but if you want higher quality audio I recommend a nice USB mic like the Blue Snowball. Optional, but it'll make your videos sound 100% better.

All of these can be used as direct input for iMovie. iMovie is great for basic video editing and can upload your work directly to YouTube. It's great software that comes free with every Mac.

u/D_A_K · 3 pointsr/gaming

The mic I use, and one I've heard recommended a lot for a desk mic is this:

It's pretty powerful, USB, it's a bit large, but has a decent look to it imo. Lots of people use it for podcasts and whatnot. It may do.

As for a 3.5mm mic... you're pretty much looking at stuff like those logitech desk mics for $20 and stuff like that, likely not the best bet. That zalman clip-on is more or less the goto for that style, otherwise you're largely looking at USB solutions. If it's not past your budget and you don't mind the beast sitting on the desk it's your best bet.

u/Sadimal · 3 pointsr/Ocarina

Blue Snowball is a good start. You generally want to look at wide diaphragm condenser mics for wind instruments.

u/zachjoshary · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'd recommend trying to find a good quality head set and a stand mic. Its what I am planning on doing and I thinks it's the best option. Many headphones come with a detachable mic or one that retreats into the head set as not to have an obstruction in front of your face. blue snowball this is a decently priced mic. I agree with the hyper x clouds. Seek like a solid head set. But there are multiple out there for under 100$. I'd recommend checking out

u/KuroZwei · 3 pointsr/buildapc

If you're looking for a mic to clip onto your headphones, maybe take a look at [ModMic] (

For a separate solution, maybe the [Blue Snowball] (

u/FiveMinuteFools · 3 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

Thank you for the help. Also, I appreciate the feedback on the Podcast as well!

We are all on Skype and use Snowball Mics. We used to use MP3 Skype Recorder as it was free but it was buggy. We have since upgraded to Audio Hijack and edit with Audacity. There is some cleanup needed still but it has gotten easier.

Good luck on the Podcast!

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/youtubers

Blue Snowball $48

ATR2500 USB $57

CAD U37 $47

Personally I use the Blue snowball (DON'T get the ICE version). It's a favorite among newer YouTubers. Same with the ATR2500. Haven't used the CAD U37, but heard good things. If you have more money look into the Blue Yeti or the AT2020 mic. Also the Rode Podcaster.

Don't forget to get a Pop filter which will help a lot. Also I suggest using Audacity to record, (and it is free). If you need help with Audacity, here's a good video to get you started

u/neophyte_DQT · 3 pointsr/smashbros

I do amateur filmmaking a bit, for traveling around a Blue Snowball mic is really nice. Amazon Link Here

Really portable, quality is not bad, and if it gets fcked up no big deal fairly cheap. Don't know how easy it is for you to bring stuff when you're traveling but could be an option

love your streams regardless keep it up :)

u/PrSqorfdr · 3 pointsr/Bass

Blue's Snowball is an excellent mic, records anything, costs well below $100 and plugs straight into your pc. Seems like a perfect solution to me.

u/wetshrinkage · 3 pointsr/singing

I am assuming you don't have anything to plug the microphone into. A SM58 requires an interface, and it's an XLR microphone.

I am guessing you are looking more for a USB microphone, and if that's the case, the Blue Snowball mic is at your price range, and pretty decent quality.

u/Nebulous_Idea · 3 pointsr/skyrimmods

Blue Snowball microphones are phenomenal quality and $60

u/eegras · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you're gong to be doing it for YouTube or something I'd recommend saving up a bit more and picking up a Blue Snowball.

u/dino340 · 3 pointsr/Nerf

Blue snowball, one is the best mics for doing any sort is recording on a budget. I bought mine for streaming and ended up using it as a permanent desk mic for everything. If you're willing to sirens a bit more their yeti mic is about 120 bucks and probably one of the most popular microphones around for making podcasts or doing voice overs.

u/A_British_Gentleman · 3 pointsr/halo

Your first point about getting a good mic is so true! I've seen way too many videos with some low quality, noisy recording and it's just not worth listening to. For my videos I either use my Sennheiser headset mic (although I don't like how loud my breathing sounds with that) or my Samson C01U which sounds fantastic.

I'd also recommend cleaning it up in something like Audacity to remove any static in the background.

u/xmirabellax · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I would advise anyone to just buy the Blue Snowball instead of the iCE, it's 11 dollars more right now and 2x better at least

u/perfectbebop · 3 pointsr/boardgames

With only a single USB camera you're going to be limited in stream quality regardless so you are going to have to be creative in your production. doing it all live will capture everything, including your friend who can't figure out what he is going to do until its his turn and then spend 20 minutes deciding (Damnit Tim) which won't make for edge of your seat viewing since you can't edit out the down time.

Audio is going to be super important so you will also want to pick up a quality compressor USB mic that will be able to pick up a broad range (as opposed to literally just in front of the mic). Blue Snowball mics have worked well for me in this regards.

Not familiar with Open Broadcaster, so I'm not certain of what it provides that connecting directly to Youtube/UStream for a broadcast wouldn't already do, again especially with only one camera. From the site it looks like it'll broadcast your video games but I could be wrong. Graphic overlays?

From an ease of use perspective if you haven't done this type of thing before, I'd suggest sticking with Youtube. Easy to use, and with proper descriptions/tags will become more searchable by others who are looking for the games that you've previously played as it'll automatically make them available via youtube (one less step for you).

All this said, after a couple of broadcasts to work out the kinks/see if folks are still onboard with doing it, I'd recommend getting a domain that you can point to your youtube channel/website so its easier to share/promote. is easier to remember than or

All this said, it can be fun, but make sure that your players are onboard with it. for the sake of showing you what minimal effort can get you, here is a live stream recording of Dice Hate Me Games Brewcrafters playtest that my group did a little over a year ago using the onboard mic/camera to a macbook pro via google hangouts on-air

u/Link1017 · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

Why don't you just use a microphone? This is a great example, albeit a little expensive.

u/CAvalanche11 · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Am a good friend, helped him pick out about 90% of this stuff.

Headphones are Sennheiser HD 598 special edition (the amazon exclusove ones), but those are discontinued, newest version are the HD 599

Mic is Blue Snowball USB

He also uses a FiiO e10k DAC for headphones also

u/ProPeeves · 3 pointsr/letsplay

The Blue Snowball is available for only 40$ as well!

u/IYellAtVideoGames · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I'll paste my comment from the last time a question was asked about mics.

>I use the Blue Snowball microphone in all of my videos. I have for years and honestly, this mic is fantastic. One of my achievement guides should show off the quality since there is very little game audio in the video.

>Plus it's got a 6 foot USB cable, and I'm pretty sure this damn thing is indestructible. I accidentally knocked it into a bowl of milk and it got completely submerged and still works without a hitch. I should repeat that just in case it's not setting in properly: It was completely submerged in liquid and took no damage whatsoever.

u/nicolass1101 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A better combo would be a mic and headphones. Here's a good mix.



u/Gramma2Slo · 3 pointsr/promos

The Yeti is $90 on Amazon.

And the Blue Snowball is a cheaper option that performs at nearly the same quality.

u/lockefox · 3 pointsr/Eve

As 2 ISK, there are the mics we use:

u/rawriorr · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Overall pretty nice, i think the h100i at 80$ is a much better buy simply price wise, but up to you.
Otherwise. lowered PSU to 750W to take off 40$.
The GTX 980 is shit. Please dont buy it. Its a 10% performance increase for a 60% cost increase. If you need stupid top end. Get a 970 SLI. Not a 980. (reference Really, a single 970 if overclocked should be more than sufficient (the 970 overclocks to about 105% of the stock 980.)

Aside form that, i changed all your peripherals because they were just shitty items. Added a good gaming mouse, a mechanical keyboard (though the Corsair k70 would be a much better item, granted its twice the price but you have the budget now.) Added audiophile headphones (see for reference) and a condenser mic instead of a headset. Headsets arent great. If they would prefer an attached mic. you can purchase ModMic 4.0 for 35$. Also changed Mobo, because based on reviews. Its leagues above the rest. Seriously though, dont change the peripherals back XD These are signifffffffficantly better :P And dont buy a 980 or ill slay a kitten. Thats right reddit.
Another option on the mic is this if you want to go up in price a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor | $378.95 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler | NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $135.55 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard | ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard | $264.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory | $194.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $202.86 @ NCIX US
Storage | Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $101.46 @ OutletPC
Video Card | MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card | $349.99 @ Amazon
Case | Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case | $98.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) | $69.99
Other| Custom Vengance C70 Case Filters| $51.20
Other| Razer Tourney stealth mechanical keyboard with Orange switches.| $60.00
Other| Redragon Mammoth 16400 DPI mouse.| $28.00
Other| Philips CitiScape Uptown Audiophile headphones.| $50.00
Other| Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone| $38.00
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $2114.96
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 21:44 EST-0500 |

u/Aymanbb · 3 pointsr/EDM

Yes but M50x is the top of the line that you should get. It's also the most stable and popular one out of all, the others are kinda the "little brothers" of M50x.

I have had my pair for 7 years now, not even the x version but the older one and they are superb.

Few things I'll say off the bat though: Buying SRH840 EARPADS and replace the default m50x's ones is going to change your life. They fit perfectly and the comfort is so much better.

I had to take off the m50x after an hour or so as my ears starts to hurt. Once I bought the 840 earpads I could have it on literally all day without even noticing it's there. Such a massive difference.

That being said, despite M50x being incredible and fucking amazing for the price you're paying, it's also designed for mixing use, so it might not have the biggest soundstage or listening experience. It's amazing for hearing details, and has a nice bass. But I think there could be, not sure, something out there that is more based around soundstage and a wider listening experience, maybe lacks more in details but gives you a better party going in your ears.

But at the very least I can confirm that M50X is better than any other MX with a lower number. My brother has a M30X and the 50 completely blows it out both in sound quality + comfort.

u/kevinwoodward · 3 pointsr/dubstep

Fucking love my Shure-440's.
$90 right now

Also, get these if you can as they are way more comfortable

u/snowe2010 · 3 pointsr/programming

try replacing the pads. These are the ones I got

u/thatrocketguy · 3 pointsr/headphones

The M50's are a low impedance set of headphones, I think it is 38 ohms. Now a lot of high end headphones have a high impedance, up to 600 ohms or more. What this means is for the same voltage output from your source, the higher impedance headphones will be more quiet. That is where the need for an amp comes from, to increase the voltage output to the higher impedance headphones to get louder music. Unless you are unhappy with the volume output of the headphones, don't bother with buying an amp. They also color the sound, which you may or may not like, but that's just a personal opinion.

I would suggest these for the M50's:

Also, if you are worried about the long cord, get the coiled version. It's still something like 3 feet unstretched, but much shorter than the 9 feet I think the regular one is. And for getting a DAC, they only make them for iphones I believe, which is why they all have the iphone jack. Android doesn't support it quite yet, doing a google search turns up very little on the matter, but if it did it would use the USB on the phone. If you are talking about getting a DAC for your computer and if you are using onboard sound then I would suggest it. I noticed a marked improvement to my M50's when I upgraded my computer from onboard to a HT Omega Claro Halo XT sound card, I'm sure a nice DAC would do the same, many recommend them over internal sound cards like I purchased.

u/urgentmatter · 3 pointsr/gadgets

Samson makes some great mic's. I use a Samson Meteor to record meetings in large conference rooms and sometimes for movie audio, works beautifully.

u/wolf39us · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Then what you truly want are headphones (not set) and a microphone.

Here's a couple of suggestions

u/Mukor · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I picked up a Samson Meteor a few years ago to use for podcasts and home guitar and vocal recording. It’s around half your budget.

There are people who say you won’t get any decent quality with a USB mic and that you should invest in something like an SM58 plus an audio interface (i.e. spend your entire budget). I have absolutely zero complaints with that USB mic but on the other hand I don’t have pro ears. On the other other hand I’d seriously question whether at my ‘occasional home production’ level of skill, differences in mic quality (beyond the very cheap and nasty) have any tangible impact. Of course, it’s also not as scalable/versatile as a traditional XLR mic, if you decide next year you want multiple live mics on the same recording or to run it through a desk for live use then USB isn’t the way to go.

u/therealocshoes · 3 pointsr/microphones

Holy shit I'm so sorry, lol. I got distracted.

So there's a couple of things that might be for good. There's two distinct types of mics so I'll recommend some from both types:

Condensers - these are typically very sensitive but they sound pretty nice, too.

  • Blue Snowball iCE and Blue Snowball - I think these are the same, but the iCE just has the one pattern - they're both pretty good

  • ATR2500 - Also good, and has a headphone jack for direct monitoring

  • Samson Meteor Mic - also has a headphone jack for monitoring

    Dynamic - they typically aren't as sensitive and still sound pretty nice. It's probably better to get a dynamic, although your computer is quiet enough that you might be able to get away with it. IIRC from any given distance a dynamic picks up less room noise, but that can make it harder to pick you up at an acceptable level as well so keep that in mind.

  • ATR2005 - this is a little over budget and for that I apologize, but it's a pretty great mic. Headphone output, comes with a stand to point it at your face (as do all the others), sounds great (there's lots of videos of it, it's pretty good sounding), has an XLR output so if you upgrade to a mixer you can keep using it... nice little piece.

  • ATR2100 - the 2005's little brother

    Unfortunately those are the only two USB dynamics I personally know of. Over on /r/podcasting I'm sure /u/BangsNaughtyBits knows of some more good ones that I don't know of.

    My personal recommendation would be the ATR2100, but I encourage you to look at them yourself and ask questions to find out which one fits you best. Also keep in mind this is just for your sub $75 price range request.
u/Dyllionaire15 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Absolutely, and I don't think it would look bad with black pads on white headphones personally.

Here are the ones I bought. They took a little effort to put on there, but are very snug and don't move around. (The amazon picture isn't correct, as it looks like they are the plastic/leather pads, but what you get is the velour)

These Shure pads apparently work as well, although I don't have any experience with them. Looking at the reviews they seem like they fit a little bit looser and can freely spin a little bit.

When I get home tonight, I can take some pictures of them on my M50's if you'd like. I love them and well worth the $20 I say.

u/DrSquirtle · 3 pointsr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

The Shure earpads ( fit on the MH50X, got those, so comfy!

u/mvrk10256 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Sound Review:

First let me say that the best way to describe them is to say they are nothing like my HD650s. Really if the HD650s are dead north, these are dead south. They have pronounced mids and highs, small bass, but they are exceptionally clear. You hear details that simply did not exist before. They take quite a bit of power to drive (the OTL wouldn't drive them properly). Anyone should be able to build these for less than $200. I would say that at that price point these are a great value. I dont know that these will be my go to headphone, but they are definitely different than anything I have ever used before.

EDIT: Do not use self adhesive felt on the drivers, get non adhesive stiff back from Michael's or similar. This will give you nice strong bass, with excellent extension. These bad boys sound amazing now. Now if I could just get the pads to stay on better...

Original thread.

Stuff to buy:
Fostex T50RP
Sticky Stiff Felt
Modeling Clay
Shure Replacement Pads
Double Sided Scrapbook Tape
Silverstone Audio Block

u/i8ramen · 3 pointsr/headphones

Well done. The leather pads didn't last too long. I got myself these to replace them.

u/QuipA · 3 pointsr/headphones

Please, stop spamming other people's requests!

You cannot use a condenser mic with your motherboard. You need an audio interface with XLR input or a USB mic.


If you want a setup with a XLR Microphone, a popfilter, an audiointerface and a scissor stand $110 will not cut it at all. You need at least $250+ to get a decent setup going.

u/GinkoWeed · 3 pointsr/microphones

A blue yeti is actually pretty good. It's just a tad over-priced.

Maybe the Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic, with this stand?? Comes to a bit under half your budget, and ignoring the stand, completely overkill for your uses.

u/illuxion · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It's odd because I find the modmic4 to be a bit bass heavy for my voice.

AT2020 is very popular as is ATR-2500. This seems like a good starter pack though I haven't heard that mic personally. Pick up a mic boom and pop filter as well. Room acoustics can play a bit to it too, if you want to improve the sound from there look into a mic shield, though I'd go the DIY route, from there the sky is the limit with room treatment and an empty wallet.

Hit youtube and search best USB microphone and go from there. There's tons of videos.

u/ibizzet · 3 pointsr/headphones

When it comes to mechanical keyboards, condenser mics will pick up those clicks and possibly annoy those you're playing with...

You can go two routes with this:

  1. You can buy a mic and an interface, an interface being like a [Scarlett 2i2](Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First, along with a dynamic mic (more directional, usually used on a stage because they're less sensitive) such as a [Shure SM58](Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone, Cardioid

    The great thing about this route is the interface also serves as a DAC, a headphone amp, speaker volume knob, and you can also record your voice or instruments if you need to!

  2. This would be going straight up USB mic such as the [Blue Yeti](Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition which is a dynamic mic, or the [Audio-Technical AT2020USB](Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone which is a condenser mic (picks up more sounds, usually used in a studio for vocals).


    Remember, when it comes to this stuff, don't always go with the cheapest option. Remember the saying "If you buy cheap, you buy twice." Think about what you want going into the future (i.e. do I want nice speakers, to record anything in the future, etc.). Let me know if you need anymore information!
u/123unmun123 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Personally, I use the ATH-M50x Audio Technica Headphones, they are really good quality. And for my mic, I use the AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Mic. And those have treated me very nicely.

u/Tristan_Afro · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio Technica AT2020USB+

It's on sale on Amazon atm for $120, so you could throw in something extra like a pop filter for example and still be in your budget.

u/k5josh · 3 pointsr/TheMotte

Blue Snowball, $50 Reliable, decent sounding budget option

AT2020 USB, $170 Nicer, will last pretty much your whole podcasting career.

u/orange-cake · 3 pointsr/buildapc

My setup right now is a pair of HD598s and an AT2020 USB+, and while I'm certainly not a hardcore enthusiast, from what I do know, it's one of the better/best combos you can go for without worrying about getting an amp, dac, or any of that. They both have different and/or newer versions available, but any jump up in tier will probably see a huge price hike (the hd600 would've been as much as the 598 and mic together, idk if you could justify that).

Both of them sound incredible compared to anything I've used in the past, and as a daily driver to bring with you places I couldn't recommend the 598's more (provided you buy a shorter cable; they're basically studio headphones and come with only a 3m one that's a huge hassle), and you can't do that with a headset!

Alternatively you can get a yeti, it's in a similar price range to the at2020 and I've seen a lot of good reviews. Personally I needed a mic that worked well with my super-deep voice, and I had read of some issues with the yeti that I haven't experienced with the at2020. I could be totally off base there though, I don't think it really matters too much! And if you do want to look into a DAC or and amp later on, the non-usb vesion of the at2020 is a good choice too

Tl;Dr for about $300 on sale you can get a great separate headphone and mic situation instead of dropping the same on a headset that might be lacking on one or the other.

Edit: autocorrect hates short words smh

u/Sherlocked_ · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

That's all stuff I plan to go over in the first couple videos. I want it to be completely transparent on everything I'm doing. I am brand new at all of this. I know a lot about marketing and SEO so I know how to get things out there. And I watch a lot of youtube so I have an idea on what production quality and stuff I need. But to answer your question. Not positive yet, but I'm on a Mac and at the moment I'm looking into this microphone from blue for audio. There's a cheaper version here I've seen good reviews for but I the other one isn't a lot more and is a bit more adjustable and cooler looking. :) Ha but I know that helps.

u/HookedOnAnAnchor · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I have the Blue Nessie Microphone.

It is amazing getting the background noise away, but I notice that it gives me a ton of bass in my voice. I use EQ to bring up the treble, but it only helps so much.

Is there a certain trick I could use?

Or should I get a new microphone?

I have heard the quality from the Blue Yeti, and I think it sounds like it'd be better (although I haven't personally used it).

u/PowderedWigMachine · 3 pointsr/buildastudio

Pro Tools definitely isn't necessary if you're getting Logic Pro, but if it fits your budget at the end, go for it.

For Headphones, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro, or Sennheiser HD280 Pro if you want to allocate more of the budget to other gear.

Assuming you're not going to doing large sessions, the Steinberg UR44 interface should meet your needs and is very budget-friendly.

The Shure SM57 is a must-have for any studio, great for electric guitar but can be used for just about anything. The SM58 should also definitely be considered.

You'll also probably want something like the Audio-Technica 2035 for recording vocals (or other instruments), and a couple of other mics that I'm sure other people will recommend.

The Yamaha HS8 is a great monitor that you'll find widely used in studios all over the world, and won't break the bank. This package also includes stands and cables.

edit I know it wasn't asked for, but price out what it costs to have someone come and tune a piano in your area. If it's reasonable, take a look on Craigslist, you can often find used upright pianos in great shape for free, being given away by people who are moving and don't play enough to justify the effort of moving it.

EDIT BACKUP DRIVES! Unless the people there have their own way of backing up the things they record, or even if they do, get a couple of hard drives and back things up often, just in case any tragedies should happen.


That's all I got off the top of my head, I'll come back and edit this post later if anything else comes to mind, hopefully this is a good starting out point for you.

u/meanbad · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Thanks! I'm currently torn between two (after hours of research lol)

This is the one I'm leaning toward: (Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone)

And this is the other possibility (Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone):

My primary concern is obviously audio quality, but I'm also very concerned with background noise. I've got 4 kids, and keeping them quiet is...challenging. I think the majority of my recording will be done after they're in bed, but on weekends and stuff they tend to stay up, a mix of me telling them to chill out and a mic that can filter out background noise is probably my best bet. I've already started selling my wife on me turning the guest bedroom into my office lol

edit: I'd like to officially open this up to anybody who has mic advice based on what I just said!

u/Cool_Stuff1234 · 3 pointsr/NewTubers

Continue to practice until you feel that you can overcome your nervousness. Redo the lines where you feel you stuttered, or edit them out. I've recently been given advice on my speech and audio quality as well.

This is going to be long, but I hope it helps:

My problem with my speech during recording is that air gets recorded as well (if I make popping sounds when I say a certain word such as Piano, Karen, etc.)

So, I've told to keep away from recording too closely, and I tested it out recently, and it's working perfectly!

As for the audio quality/mic, here a few links I've been given as well to improve it:

I also use audacity for audio editing (editing out stutter words or incorrect words, adding in the right words, increasing the audio volume, reducing background noise, etc)

You'll definitely get better the more you practice, and this is your first video, so it's not going to be perfect.

I didn't mean to make this long, but I hope this helps!

u/ItWasDumblydore · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

It really just has the problem of being way to expensive for quality it outputs. It's pretty much at the price point where a cheap xlr mic + usb mixer is way better, and oh dear fucking lord if you're planning to record while using the keyboard. That shockmount is way to expensive. Your only alternative is the second shock mount for 50$

If you're using it for recording while using the keyboard or voice chat while using the keyboard you want a shock mount. So it really becomes 150-180$ Setup vs



XLR to XLR cable is around 10-15$

that goes to 128$ but you can upgrade the mic later on.

u/TheGameReaperX · 3 pointsr/AskBattlestations

if she will be gaming on a Wii u you will need a capture card or a capture device that plug in via usb.

I recommend a good webcam like a Logitech HD C310 or Logitec HD C920

for a mic I would recommend a good dedicated mic, something like this or if you want your kiddo to feel like a professional streamer without breaking the bank, then [this](

Other then that, I would suggest grabbing the open broadcasting software to use to record her videos.

u/hereticjones · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Yeah I don't think that's gonna happen, man. :/

To get a decent mic on a headset for my wife we had to spend $170 for a Sennheiser Game One, and trust me, that was the absolute cheapest for a decent mic for recording when she guests on my videos or does her own.

Good luck but holy hell mate. For forty bucks best you're gonna get in a headset is a tin can and a waxed string.

If you can somehow get your hands on a decent pair of headphones, a Neewer NW-700 bundle (boom arm, USB condenser mic and pop filter) is $34 on Amazon:

u/uncommon_sc2 · 3 pointsr/podcasts

I wish someone would have given me this list when I started. For about $360 the list below gives you everything you need. I highly recommend against recording on your phone. There is also a lot of great free software out there for recording video for both PC and Mac. I use XSplit personally, even if I'm not streaming. You could probably find the light set without the green screen for a little cheaper if you want, but I wouldn't go any cheaper on the microphones, soundboard or webcam. With all this you'll have a semi-professional setup at an affordable budget.

2x Microphones ($70)

2x Microphone XLR Cables ($20)

1 USB Mixer ($60)

Light Set ($150)

Webcam ($60)

u/war_pig_s · 3 pointsr/Rainbow6

I went looking for a $60 headset and couldn't find one (I was converting prices since I'm in the UK and it didn't really work)

Those headphones look really nice for the price, After reading up on them they lack bass which makes them pretty good for gaming. This is because explosions will be less prevalent making it easier to hear footsteps. The downside is they won't be terribly good for music unless you like your music without much bass.

The other thing to take note of is that they are open back. (If you don't know what open back means keep reading) See how In the picture there is only mesh coving the outside of the headphones. This means that they will leak sound like the titanic leaks water. It'll be like you're wearing mini speakers on your head to anyone around you.

The good thing about them being open back is that they will have a nice open soundstage making it easier to pinpoint where sounds are coming from, I don't have to tell you why that's a godsend in R6S (this also applies to music, it's kinda cool really)

More opinions about the headphone that are worth reading.

I was going to suggest getting a mod mic but I'm not really sure they would work with mini speakers open back headphones since you would get really bad feedback. You would probably want a desk mic.

I own a Blus snowball. I fucking hate it's but it still regarded on one of the better USB mics you can get

u/NVSM-Lemonhug · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Get a desktop mic instead.

This will give better quality than any headset you can buy below $200.

Headset microphones are atrocious pretty much across the board due to the incredibly limiting dimensions normally required.

With a real mic you and your teammates/friends will have a much better experience. Clearer audio with better leveling and it will probably outlive your PC.

Even a cheap one will be 10x better, and if you ever want to foray into youtube/podcasts/twitch you've got the equipment.

Then, when your headset dies death buy some good headphones without a mic. Before you know it you've better quality equipment at a lower price.

u/WarsDeath · 3 pointsr/Gaming_illuminaughty

I mean obviously im not the only one thinking this based on the comments or upvotes, a simple $50 [mic] ( that isnt by your headset or speakers, or using push-to-talk would be simple fixes for most of those problems, also i appreciate the insults, its really showing me that you're trying to make a better platform that when you get simple criticism that you go there, if you want to get more likes and views, the simple fixes help, otherwise dont talk about lack of support when you attack the audience

u/-life_starts_now- · 3 pointsr/emergencymedicine

I love your voice and your video style. You really need to invest in a better audio setup, though. It sounds like youre 15 feet away from the mic.

Near professional quality audio is very simple and essentially plug and play these days. Well under 100 bucks can get you a decent mic, boom stand and pop filter. A good mic example:

u/letsgoiowa · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace


No! Do yourself a favor and get either this

or if you have less room, this instead.

u/justcasual · 3 pointsr/podcasts

You don't need to get super fancy (especially starting off). If you're audio sounds like a phone call, that's going to be an issue that will deter listeners. But mediocre audio quality will not hinder your growth, bad content will.

A few recommendations:

Cheap mics:

This works great as a portable mic:

I also used this to clip onto my headphones before:

Actual mics:

I've heard good things about the Snowball but I've never used it:

If you want an actual mic, this is the cheap mic I buy all my cohosts. It sounds perfectly fine. I've been using it for over 2 years now:

You don't need a mixer. Instead, I would use zencastr to record the audio. It has a free version but I pay for the unlimited one ($12).
Otherwise, you can just record your own individual audio with Audacity which is free and GREAT!

u/Cuddlemetocomfort · 3 pointsr/LongDistance

Check if you can trouble shoot the camera and the built-in mic first if you haven't. I have a very finicky old camera with built-in mic in my desktop that i have to unplug and replug the camera every time i turn off my computer. Sometimes I have to play with the skype settings to make it work.

I understand the headphones built-in mic since my SO has gone through a million and one pair and its not the comfiest for him. I use an in-ear earphones and its better for me and its my go to. I'm using these earphones for all around because they are cheap and they sound great for the price and pretty durable.

If you want a separate one and to invest, buy a nice quality mic that has a lot of reviews. I suggest going to amazon and reading the reviews there. I have heard a lot of good things with Blue Snowball mics and you can even use it for gaming or recording audios.

I hope it helps and you find something that works! Best wishes to both of you!!

u/Zynismus · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

On-ear is also an option. Koss Porta Pro is cheap and has a lifelong guarantee, and then you could just stick an AntLion ModMic on it. Both run you just about under 100$.

Btw, a Blue Yeti is decent and also usually doesn't cost 100$.

I also wear glasses, and decent headphones aren't going to be uncomfortable, they just cost more. It's an investment, but if you want something cheaper and portable I think the Koss are very decent.


Koss Porta Pro:

Some other recommendations:

SoundMagic E10:

These will actually sound amazing depending on the hardware you run them on. The better the source, the better they sound. They can sound as good, if not better, than In-Ears that cost double as much! They're rather neutral.

Yeti Blue Snowball:

(Actually only 50$ right now)

u/Vap0_r · 3 pointsr/kingcobrajfs

Why the fuck isn't he using his brand new "selfie stick" for his cooking videos...


Do you guys think he'd be able to figure this out?

u/coleslawcola · 3 pointsr/battlestations

I got it in a kit, I think it’s this one

(although mine came with earbuds too 🤔)

I really like it, pretty adjustable.

u/AdventureFilm · 3 pointsr/MMA

You need a condenser mic. They're like $30 and can plug right into your laptop to sync with your video. It will make your audio sound professional.

Half of what makes a video good is the audio. Same with a movie. Audio can make or break a video. Not shitting on you guys, just shooting you over some helpful tips. They're cheap and make all the difference. If a podcast is something you guys really want to do, you've got to get yourself better audio. You could get a single mic to sit in the center table in-between you guys, which range from $30 to $100 to thousands, but you can get something that does the job well for $100 or below.

For instance check out Rhett and Link they have a similar setup as you guys. But notice the audio? No echo, clean, sharp. That mic is probably a few hundred or a few thousand dollars but you can achieve the same results with most mics. The technology in mics are very simple.

Check out this mic $30 Condensor mic. Plugs into USB. High quality audio that plugs right into your laptop. You can set it in the center of your table, check the audio levels before you start, you can even put on headphones and talk a bit to make sure it sounds good, remove headphones and start your podcast. Keeps the workflow smooth and offers good results. I'm not saying you have to buy that exact Mic or anything, just a suggestion as there are many mics that will fit your need especially on a budget.

Best of luck guys, keep it up.

edit: oh and eventually you'll need to be in a room that has less echo in general. You can hang blankets outside of the camera, throw some rugs out, buy some cheap audio absorbing foam for the walls (out of sight of the camera of course) and that will also drastically reduce the echo.

u/juhurrskate · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I got this one because I wanted a new pop filter, but there's a cheaper version without. Holds the Yeti up just fine, have been using it for about two weeks with no issues.

u/kd5vmo · 2 pointsr/Hawaii

You can pickup a serviceable DSLR shotgun mic for not too much...

Just watch that auto gain control, that can ruin some takes.

If you get a bit more of a budget, look at the zoom h4n and a cheap shotgun mic. Issue is when you try and sync the audio and video in post there will be drift. Timing is always slightly off and it compounds over time, so 5 min into the interview the audio may be slightly ahead or behind the video (if you do just a straigt shot of the 5min interview)

u/JohannesVerne · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Condensers are fantastic, if you have a quiet, acoustically treated space. The clarity you can get is much better than what you will find in a dynamic mic. The downside is that they pick up everything. Dynamic mics have a lot more mass (relatively speaking) in the diaphragm than what you find in a condenser's capsule, so they aren't going to pick up the softer reverb or background noise (more mass = more energy needed to move it).

So if there is still some soft echo or room noise in your recording space, a dynamic may be the better choice. If you've gotten rid of all the room noise and did a good job with acoustic treatment, a condenser will give you a clearer sound. If you have a very noise-isolated area, and great acoustic treatment, you will notice more noise from a cheaper condenser though. The internal circuitry in all condensers causes some self noise, and cheaper condensers are going to be noisier.

You may also want to consider the tone you're going for. If you want a radio broadcast sound, a dynamic is the way to go. If you want more clarity and a fuller frequency response, you'd need a condenser. You also may want to keep in mind that so long as the audio is good, most listeners aren't going to be able to tell much difference.

People listen to podcasts over cheap earbuds, car speakers while in traffic, on their phone, etc... The biggest change in quality for the average listener is going to come from acoustic treatment. A well treated space with no background noise is going to sound pretty good, even if you're using a cheap $50 dynamic. Poor treatment and background noise are going to make your audio sound bad even if you're using $1,000+ mics. So once you have your studio space built up, mic selection isn't really as big of an issue. You do still want a good mic (just because everyone doesn't listen on great headphones/speakers doesn't mean you should ignore those that do), it's just not as essential as the recording space itself.


As far as mics within your budget, a large diaphragm condenser like the Lewitt LCT 240 Pro sounds fantastic, or it you want something with a tighter polar pattern the Audio-Technica AT875r has a clear tone and is highly directional (it's a short shotgun mic, but if you have acoustic treatment then it's fine to use indoors).

If you want a condenser with very little self-noise, you are going to need to save up more unfortunately. There are some good options that aren't too expensive, like the Lewitt LCT 440 Pure or Rode NT-1, but they still are a bit outside of your current budget.

u/josecouvi · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

I have the Audio Technica AT875R and it's pretty good. I believe it requires 48V Phantom Power, though, so I'm not sure if you have that capability.

u/HybridCameraRevoluti · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Any mic will give you hiss with the 5D Mark II because the preamps on your camera are noisy. If you want clean sound, you need a preamp. A [JuicedLink Riggy Assist with 2 XPR inputs, phantom and audio meters will set you back $399] (

With a decent preamplifier screwed to the bottom of your camera, as seen [here] (, you can use an [inexpensive AT875r pro shotgun mic] ( (cheaper and higher quality than a Rode Videomic "Pro" prosumer mic) mounted on your hot shoe with a [$13 shock mount] (

This setup will allow you to record high quality sound directly to your camera without syncing.

Good luck with the new job!

u/vandaalen · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

I'd heavily recommend saving a little bit of money and buying a cheap condenser mic and an audio interface.

I've always had problems with USB mics, mostly with latency. Also the inbuilt audiointerfaces suck. I've looked for the blue yeti that's been mentioned here and is has only got an 48khz/16bit A/D converter.

I've found a new Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface for ~$105 at ( I use it myself and I can recommend it. For some more money you will get an 2i4, which offers some more value. Either case you will have two Focusrite preamps which are really good.

Even if you start with the cheapest Behringer condenser mic the quality should be better.

Or if you are willing to spend even a little bit more you could get a Rode NT1a, which really is a decent mic compared to its price.

You will also be much more flexible and if you can spare some more money on a better mic later, the Focusrite will still be good to use.

Edit: Oh. And not to forget: You will also have a native ASIO driver if you are using Windows.

u/-Argih · 2 pointsr/mexico

Sacado del faq del server de discord de /r/microphones

How much money should I spend on a microphone

  • Under $100. $50-100 offers a lot of great options. Then, spend the rest on acoustic treatment.

  • $200-1000 mics may offer more options for your taste but aren't necessarily meaningfully better

  • Expensive microphone will still result in bad recordings if money isn't spent on improving the recording environment


    Usualmente recomiendan el Behringer c-1

    Y necesitarías una interfaz con phantom power, la más económica que no es una basura es la Behringer u-phoria um2

    Te recomiendo si sabes inglés le des una vuelta a su server de discord, sí ayudan y tienen un canal de "preguntas noob"
u/Nebuchadnezzar-II · 2 pointsr/singing

In that price range, pretty much all companies use the same cheap capsules, so it doesn't matter if it's Marshall or Oktava or whatever madeup store brand name. That's not as bad as it sounds, since they aren't really horrible considering the price. There are however no microphones that are great for recording both vocals and instrument, especially not for $50. A normal condenser mic for vocals probably won't suck for acoustic instruments though , so I don't know why I wrote that.

Tldr; buy something like this.

Oh, and the audio quality difference between quarter inch and XLR is zero. Microphones usually use XLR, but that's just for technical reasons (ground connects first, they're lockable, no short circuits while plugging in etc.)

u/SnowblindAlbino · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Assuming you are recording with a computer, do you have an audio interface and/or a mixer with phantom power? If not, you'll have to confine yourself to USB mics. The one I usually recommend is the Blue Snowball, which is about $70 and works quite well for voice/narration. I have perhaps 20 mics and a decent home recording system but still use the Snowball for podcasts and quick projects sometimes because it's reliable, easy to setup, and sounds good for the price.

There's also a cheaper version (called the Snowball iCE) that is a simpler design with fewer features for about $25 less. I haven't used those but it might be worth a shot, especially if you're just doing a single voice in a quiet room.

u/Hypsicrates · 2 pointsr/GirlGamers

I'd suggest a pair of headphones and separate mic like most people suggested. Sennheiser has a bunch of great headphones.

For a microphone, I don't really know any good ones that connect via 1/8"|3.5mm jacks, but I do know a good USB mic for around $70, the Blue Snowball.

I see a few people saying to get a clip-on mic, but if you are going to do that, I feel you might as well just go with a full headset.

Edit: It seems Amazon has a bundled deal where you can get the Blue Snowball microphone, Sennheiser HD 202 II headphones, and a pop filter for the microphone for just under $140. The headphones can be connected via 1/8"|3.5mm jack. Store page

u/FoxyMcLoud · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

Nothing for 50 bucks is worth your money.

If you just want decent/better than average USB mic, get the Blue Snowball

u/ChainsawReaper · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I bought this $150 desk (Dimensions
36" H x 56" W x 23.7" D<< The website is wrong on D, I remeasured). It holds Three monitors( two 23"'s and one 15.5"),mouse, keyboard(14.5"), 7" Tablet, Snowball Mic, and a pair of Fluance SX6's with room to put down a large book and piece of paper. I did removed the shelf that is on top, which left one little hole(1/3 of an inch) in the corner of the desk but other than that. It is a great desk.

u/ZokeCero · 2 pointsr/news

My boyfriend went through security with this kind of ball-shaped microphone in his suitcase, complete with various wires (power/USB,etc) in a box. Basically showed on xray as what everyone pictures as a cliché-looking bomb.

Hilarity ensued.

u/Kong28 · 2 pointsr/technology

Always nice to see fellow $30 planners. I'm also a big user of Google Voice plus Groove IP. Here is my current setup:

  • Galaxy S4
  • Ported phone number to Google Voice, so it rings on cellphone + desktop + tablet if need be and depending on what time it is.
  • Google Voice + Groove IP for making calls on my cellphone or tablet
  • Instabridge which is great in the city. If people know the password and put it on Instabridge, all users will automatically connect to that WiFi even though they never knew the original password! I just use it to cut down on overall data usage.
  • Desktop using Blue Snowball mic which I got on sale for $40. Audio quality is amazing.
  • I strictly use the free calling using the Hangouts app on my computer. I use the chrome plugin but you can use the actual Google+ site as well. This way I can either make calls from my computer or they ring on my screen and I can answer that way.
  • I'll just add in MightyText, which I use to text from my computer. Basically makes it so I can leave my phone at home if I want to and I won't miss a thing!
u/agentgruer · 2 pointsr/katawashoujo
  • I am not a voice actor for the anime, just a writer for it

    Personally, I recommend either the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball

    I own and use the Blue Yeti, and my work places uses them too. They are wonderful mics, but are a bit pricey. I haven't used the Snowball, but it is still a great sounding mic. A good handful of pod-casters swear by the Snowball, and Day9, the Starcraft caster, also uses it for his daily videos.
u/CeaselessIntoThePast · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I recommend the Blue Snowball for a budget recording mic, I love mine and know a lot of guys who don't record often enough to get a more expensive mic that use this one.

u/Chorrbs · 2 pointsr/Twitch

The Zalman Zm-Mic1 clips onto the wire of your headphones and is pretty good quality for under $10.

The Blue Snowball is a great desktop mic to start out with. It's great quality for the price as well. Many people use this when they are starting out and I think it is personally worth the investment. I have loved my since I bought it.

u/irrelevant_query · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

While thee AntLion ModMic are nice and allow you to use great headphones while gaming, I'd recommend looking into an alternative like the Blue Snowball Desktop Mic.

The reason why I say this is because the Mic cord on the AntLion will get tangled on your headphone cord unless you mod the two cables together. I personally prefer the Blue much more than my ModMic when paired with my DT990s.

u/MY_CUNT_HAS_WINGS · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Since you say you will be recording into your computer,without any other gear, then you would need a USB mic. The Blue Snowball is the mic I've been using for quite some time, and for the price, I love it. Bear in mind that there is no pop-filter on it. If I'm allowed to shamelessly self promote, this was recorded with a Snowball mic, and it sound fairly decent, though the mix needs some work.

u/Guitardude7 · 2 pointsr/gamegrumps

Did some research. Found you three options.

  1. Samson Meteor Mic This one is probably my least favorite of the three I found but it works. It has a bit of an airy sound to it which may be fixable with a Pop Filter. Works fine for your budget though I don't know how it'll do in your group style. Here's a test if you're curious how it sounds.

  2. Blue Microphones Snowball This one is a bit better. Pop filter recommended.Doesn't sound too shabby though long distances might be a problem. Here's a test for you.

  3. Audio-Technica ATR2500 this one is a step down from what I own. It's also the most expensive though you can buy used or refurbished if you need to. Since this is a condenser mic, it handles distance a lot better and the audio comes out clearer. Out of all of these I recommend this the most. Here's a test if you're unsure.

    Hope this helped!

u/FatEskimo97 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You can probably find these for lower prices than in the links, but I'm just providing some main ones:


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50x:


Mic: Modmic 4.0 (microphone that attaches to your headset):


OR (you can mix-and match too. Like if you want the Modmic with the M50 or the Snowball with the M50x, go for it)


Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50 (older version of the M50x I linked. Lower price and just as good. Only problem is that I can only find them in white, but you could probably find black versions on eBay):


Mic Blue Snowball USB Mic (awesome quality mic with 3 different recording signatures you can switch to. This is actually the mic I have and I use it for gaming as well as recording myself/my band playing guitar):


Extra: Pop filter (you really should get one of these with a real microphone. They reduce the "popping" sound caused by the fast-moving air against the metal and pieces inside the mic that you'll get when yelling into the mic):


Here's a video that kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It shows both what a pop filter does as well as shows you the Blue Snowball:


If you decide to go with the Snowball (my personal recommendation. Even better if you play instruments and feel like recording) you pretty much need to get the pop filter. I'll answer any other questions too.

u/Jdmera775 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I wouldn't say they are worth it I use a blue snowball mic and a pair of brainwavz deltas and they work just as good as my gold PlayStation headset

u/1984Society · 2 pointsr/techsupport

I've had so many problems with Realtek drivers not registering headphone mics - sometimes it would work great, sometimes wouldn't work at all - that instead of trying to kill myself to use it, I just bought an actual microphone.

Blue makes a great USB mic that you've probably heard used before and didn't even know it

u/supremetoaster · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This is my setup, Headphones and Microphone The headphones may have been a little expensive, got them as a gift. Was interested in Aurvana 1 but it wasn't available anymore.

u/Limro · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

You could go for the Snowball. It's a good start.

Then go with Audacity to record in (it's free).

u/SloppyCandy · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Like free standing? I use a BLue Snowball simple but works. IDK about recording.

u/-Gamebomb- · 2 pointsr/LetsPlayCritiques

I definitely think you should invest in a better microphone. If you can save up some money and get your hands on a Blue Nessie or a Snowball, it would be the best idea. They are relatively cheap, and you can plug them directly into your computer without the need of an audio interface (meaning they are USB microphones, not XLR). You also might want to invest in a better camera for yourself. I can see that there is some frame bleeding, and I can assume that you're using a webcam. Got an iPhone? Those work better than most personal digital cameras.

Are you capturing your game footage, video footage, and audio with the same program? (Programs like Game Capture HD can do this) If so, you have more control over your content if you record everything separately, then sync them up on editing software.

But overall, you have some great content! People will definitely enjoy your content more as you evolve as a Let's Player, and you'll definitely be able to grow your fanbase. Just keep yourself consistent and try to be as entertaining as possible.

Good luck!


u/jacob_ninja_potato3 · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

For camgirling, you're going to want an external webcam and mic, regardless of what computer you choose

For webcam, start here , and this is probably the way to go for a mic

u/RazorChiken · 2 pointsr/letsplay

For under 50? Most likely a blue snowball or a CAD U37

I could give you plenty of links to XLR ones but they'll cost you more than 50. These are your best bets for quality!

u/werdnaegni · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

I know someone who has and likes this:

I admittedly know very little about such things, but I'm guessing you need a USB mic since you probably don't have a dedicated interface, so I think this is a good option for you.

u/fikshunn · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

Blue Snowball is $53 new on amazon currently

u/Osmarov · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The blue snowball is a very good microphone for the price...

u/OverdoseDelusion · 2 pointsr/gaming

Blue Snowball

  • Superlux HD668B and you'll never go back to a terrible "gaming" headset again.

  • Sound quality above all

    >I can hear Ana farting two floors above me, 30 degrees to my south with these headphones, i can feel the rumble of the cheeks

  • Mic Quality is important

    > Mic Quality is excellent, check your polar pattern and you're good

  • lifespan

    > Don't break shit, these will last a hell of a long time unless you are smashing shit with a bat

  • Size/Weight/Comfort

    > Get Velour pads for the headset and it's like clouds kissing your earholes, stock pads are shite.

  • surround sound?

    > Refer to Ana farting on Sound quality.

  • wireless?

    >You don't need wireless, you don't wanna go anywhere, just sit and play vidya.
u/KARMA_P0LICE · 2 pointsr/computers

If you're recording youtube videos, it's worth it to spend a little more to get quality sound:

The Blue Yeti mics have great reviews and that one's on sale right now.
lurk /r/buildapcsales for more sales if you're not sold on that mic.

Another option might be to use your iPhone as a PC mic (never tried this on iOS, but I have done this on Android when I forgot my microphone at a friend's house).

u/CookieMunzta · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

No, I use a Blue Snowball mic.

u/arcticishere · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Textured White) I recommend this great sound quality

u/fluffyclownfish · 2 pointsr/audio

If you haven't sprung for anything just yet, I'd just like to point out that the problems you described could just be caused by a slow internet connection (on either your or your friend's side). If this is the case, then no matter how much you spend on your microphone, your poor friend still going to end up with cruddy audio.

Short of switching to a completely different network provider or paying up for a better connection, you should probably first try out how different software works for you. Tpommes' suggestion of Discord is a good place to start, since in my personal experience Skype really isn't much good.

If you've determined that that isn't the problem, I think a USB Onmi (or multi-pattern, if you're using it for more than just the situation you described above) condenser mic will be what you're looking for. These can be found on the cheap, and I'd start with something like the Blue Snowball, which has half decent sound quality, isn't exorbitantly priced and also features multiple pickup patterns.

If you need any terms clarified, feel free to just ask me or there are a number of helpful resources on the interwebs. Good luck!

u/EndlessPitofPureHate · 2 pointsr/hardware

the blue snowball gets a lot of recommendations.

u/foopsius · 2 pointsr/drums

Go for a Blue Snowball. It's an inexpensive USB condenser microphone with a -10dB pad mode that's great for loud room recordings. My buddies and I were in the same situation a few years ago, and we've used it to record pretty much everything we've done as a unit. Our workflow was basically position the mic, record into Audacity, and export as wav when finished. Here's one of many recordings we've captured with it.

u/motionglitch · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The Blue Snowball is one of the most recommended mics here.

u/mydickcuresAIDS · 2 pointsr/Music

If you have any interest in a USB mic this one is pretty good for a cheapo Blue makes the only cheap mics that are of any use.

u/RedSky1895 · 2 pointsr/DnD

C920. Buy once, cry once - the resolution is only part of the equation of good pictures across more than 3ft of distance. Do you have an area microphone for the table? If not, a Blue Yeti or Snowball will do nicely without breaking the bank (relatively speaking, in any case). You can use the microphone on the webcam, but all of them suck in my experience. Try it first, but be aware that you may desire more.

u/Kadori · 2 pointsr/audio

The go to usb mic upgrade right now is the Blue snowball.

u/JDrums94 · 2 pointsr/drums

I've gotten some pretty good results with this in the past if you can swing the cost.

u/DrProfJohnson · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I'm just starting out so I may not be the best help but here it goes...

We've done videos so far with either 3 or 4 people. We use the Blue Snowball Microphone and it's been pretty fantastic thus far. It's works great in groups.

We have that mic plugged into a MacbookPro (Which is hooked up to the TV) which is running the capture program Screenflick. Screenflick is pretty phenomenal and quite simple to use. The one issue is that it records both game audio and mic audio into one track so any kind of ducking or advanced editing isn't going to work.

That was our initial set up and it worked pretty well, however we ran into the issue of the mic picking up TV sound which made the videos sound... subpar. So I picked up a Belkin 5 Way Audio Splitter which has been working flawlessly so far.

I have a relatively simple set up but it's been pretty powerful so far. Let me know if you have any questions! :)

u/Bournestorm · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Interesting, I'll add it to my shortlist, thanks man

How do you think it would compare to this other Samson?

u/iEatWoofers · 2 pointsr/audio

I hear the Samson C01U is pretty good for podcasting & broadcasting. A twitch streamer I like uses the Shure SM7B, and I think it sounds pretty good.

u/Consider_Phlebas · 2 pointsr/metalmusicians

At that price range your options are pretty limited, but I'd say get something along the lines of this USB mic - it comes with a cut-down version of Sonar, which is a reasonable DAW. You'll also be needing a mic stand and a pop shield (by no means forget this - it's cheap but super-important!). If you decide to upgrade your setup after that, or want to wait and expand your budget a bit, feel free to PM me.

u/RuckingFetard · 2 pointsr/SquaredCircle

You can get a USB podcast mic on amazon for around £50. I believe the best one is a Samson COU1A or something. I'll look about and try and clarify the name...

EDIT: It's a Samson CO1U

u/ParagonJenko · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Microphone - Samson C01U

Stand - Scissor Boom Stand

Pop Filter - Samson SAPS01

Shock Mount - Samson SP01

u/eeyore134 · 2 pointsr/gaming

I did a ton of reading up on this before making the purchase and I'm really happy with it. It's the Samson CO1U and I'd suggest getting a pop filter for it as well. I've never had any complaints about voice quality with it. You can get just the mic for a good bit cheaper, but I think the kit with the shockmount and stand is worth the extra money. Been considering a boom for it just to free up desk space since it has a pretty large footprint, but it's been more than fine without one.

u/Bubbabeba · 2 pointsr/gaming
u/saltandpippa · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

I looked up your mic and it seems pretty decent sounding, so I'm guessing it's part mic placement and part room. I read you have a couch in the room, I actually sit down on the ground with my mic on my couch so that it absorbs the reflections a lot more since the room is hardwood floors and pretty bare walls.

I'm using just a usb mic, a pretty cheap hobby one too, but once cleaned up, it sounds pretty decent lol. I've got the Snowball mic, which is the Yeti's cheaper sibling mic basically. You can hear it here in my verification. It does the job, but I do clean it up a bit in audacity after (and Adobe Audition if the particular recording calls for it lol)

u/LtRoyalShrimp · 2 pointsr/GameCapture


There are two ways to do it:

Use an optical mixamp(Something like the Astro mixamp, just plug your audio technica's into them)
With this method you will need a USB mic, or the PS Camera to talk in parties. I would recommend the Blue snowball, which is known to work.


Get a headphone/mic splitter, plug it into the PS4 controller. Then, use a 3.5mm stereo splitter, and plug in your audio technicas, and the other end into the aux port on the HD60.

Make sense?


Source: I work at Elgato Gaming (Proof)

u/Shugbug1986 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It would have to be either this mic or this headset for Let's Plays and Reviews/other stuff on youtube!

u/Failadran · 2 pointsr/MLPLounge

The Blue Snowball is the best desk mic for users on a budget.

u/DiscipleTD · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Try this (Blue Yeti Mic) and this mic stand


These might look a little like his buddies. But the mic is very recommended from streamers and such, I personally us it and it is great. If he likes his headphones then a new mic would be another step to improve his audio.


I would say that I am not sure this is ideal for him, just trying to help as much as I can based on the original post!


EDIT: This is a cheaper mic made by the same company that is also a great option. Best of luck!

u/rebelx · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

This is pretty obvious, but still good advice. Quality parts do come with premium pricing, but that doesn't mean you can't score a deal here or there.

When I realized that I stayed on the computer for far too long as a result of my studies/work/gaming, I bought a Steelcase Gesture.

When I realized that I literally have my glasses on my face during every minute of my wake time, I bought "high definition" 360 lenses.

When I realized that I hated public transportation, I bought the Bose QC15 so I could block out the hoodlums and focus on music, podcasts, etc.

When I realized that I like to use voice communication a lot when gaming, I replaced my cheap voip mic with the Blue Microphone Snowball.

I'm still cheapening a bit out on shoes (Allen Edmonds are next on my list), but for now, I'll make do with a pair of nice Rockport dress shoes that I just purchased.

u/wasdie722 · 2 pointsr/battlefield_4

I've been using the Blue Snowball for the past few years. It's been working great for me.

u/The0therWhiteMeat · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

would you kindly gift me The Walking Dead

This is something that reminds me of my gaming experience. My friend /u/killiano92 and I made youtube channels and we'd play games together like Primal Carnage and Get On Top, trying to make ridiculous commentary that people would want to listen to but our audio was always subpar, haha.

u/Laetha · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

Could be wrong, but it looks like a Blue Snowball with a pop filter.

Actually quite affordable, but a great mic nonetheless.

I'd actually be curious to know what OP uses it for as well and how it's going. I've been considering a Blue Yeti myself.

u/psikeiro · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I loved it, while it worked, had to fill out a return order on amazon yesterday since it started clipping on any system I connected it to, even after troubleshooting. Picked up the Blue Mics' Snowball instead, so I can let you know how that one is when I get it.

u/grimandperilous · 2 pointsr/rpg

We have been using this microphone. Plop it into the exact middle of the table, put it on omnidirectional mode and let 'er rip:

u/kinectking · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Blue snowball

Great mic. I use it and its on sale. I decider to shoe you the black because I feel its the most ironic because the company is blue, its name sake (the snowball) is white, and it is black XD

Jokes aside its wonderful and the best for the price, hell, its good for 100 bucks. Great for 50

u/micahz3 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A similar thread showed up around summer this year that prompted me to up my audio game. At the time I had a Logitech G630 headset and the mic boom stopped staying up so I needed a replacement. It was good luck that I saw that thread! I bought Tascam TH02-B with these replacement pads. Also got Blue Snowball and FiiO E10K DAC. I love my audio setup now!

u/Rafbys629 · 2 pointsr/mac
u/TheCarWashChannel · 2 pointsr/Monstercat

Yeti - $105

Snowball - $59

I got my Snowball off Amazon.

u/ladyoddduck · 2 pointsr/GirlGamers

I just bought a Blue Snowball and it is incredible. It doesn't pick up a ton of background noise and the sound quality is excellent. It makes my voice sound...richer somehow. I don't know what I'm talking about.

Anywho, whatever route you go, I'd suggest trying to pick something unidirectional so you don't get a bunch of background noise when you're recording. My first mic was omnidirectional and super sensitive so you could hear everything. There is a way to cut out noise using Audacity though and that really helps no matter what audio quality you have.

u/red286 · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Amazon has the Blue Snowball (standard brushed aluminum version) on for just $70 currently.

u/coniferhugger · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

We are using a Blue Snowball microphone for Skype conferencing with remote employees in team meetings. It works okay, but people still have to project their voices for it to be picked up.

u/Dan_Jackniels · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

The Blue Snowball microphone is only around 70 USD and is very good for vocals but I'm not sure for the instruments though.

u/MrLukasBrown · 2 pointsr/ElgatoGaming

I guess you are looking for a USB mic?
Actually the blue snowball is at 50$ at the moment on amazon:

  • Blue Snowball Amazon
    Another option in the same price category is the Samson Meteor.
    A little bit cheaper is the Samson Go Mic. I do not own a Samson myself but I heard they got good mics for little money.
    Always keep in mind that quality got its price. So depending on how serious you are with youtube, investing a little bit more might pay of in the end.
u/CaptainTitus · 2 pointsr/apple

I've been pleased with this Blue microphone. Very good performance per dollar.

u/AlecMachet · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Lightworks is the place to go for editing, if you don't mind the learning curve, though for simpler things, you can mix the audio using audacity and cut it together in Avidemux

For microphones, I typically use some fairly simple vocal microphones particularly these or a pocket recorder like this one and get pretty good sound out of them. It's also worth noting that this microphone is often recommended for beginners in Let's Plays and podcasts alike and might be more your speed.

A built-in pop filter is probably not recommended. For the vocal microphones you can pick up some pretty cheap pop filters or position them slightly to the side (though still pointing at your mouth). For pocket recorders and the Blue Snowball, it's a non-issue, as you're not speaking right up on it.

u/Casters4eva · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I bought these they're a little loose but so much better than the stock ones.

u/account4werk · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Here is the amazon link for the Shure pads:

In terms of taking off the ear pads and putting on new ones, it is very simple and takes a minute or two. The hard part is finding replacement pads that are comfortable and don't change the sound too much. I had to return the Brainwavz sheepskin because they changed the sound of all my headphones. They turned the ATH-M50x into bass cannons so I don't recommend them.

u/fuzzypeter · 2 pointsr/gifs

I had the ATH-M50's before as well, and I would hold on to them actually, just read this if you would like some more comfort:

TLDR version: Replace the M50 pads with these

u/emalk4y · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I have the original M50 (same as M50X, without the detachable cable), and while they're great, they get uncomfortable after a while, as the earpads are a little too small, and tend to get warm very quickly.

I grabbed the Shure SRH-840 Replacement Earpads and swapped out the original earpads from the ATH-M50 with these, amazing world of difference. I can now wear the M50 for more than 2 hours without any ear fatigue. Highly recommend. There's a velour option too for the earpads if that's your thing. Sound signature between these and original M50 earpads is nearly the same, maybe 1-5% sound leakage, but leads to a more open sound.

u/RecklessGod · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I've used headsets for years, and have a blue yeti mic from 5 years ago. I went through 5 headsets... On the other hand my White Audio-Technica ath-m50 which I used daily with a amp for about 2 1/2 years and going. Right now the max you would be spending on this combo would be $250.

I didn't use my headphones for gaming because at first, I didn't think my Ath-m50s would sound as good as 7.1 virtual surround sound software for headsets. I thought since they were for gaming they would sound better than using headphones. After my gamecom 780 broke, I just started using my ath-m50 and it blew headsets out the water. Headsets have an irritating constant buzzing noise from their virtual surround sound. I noticed it mostly in logitech g930s and dampened in gamecom 780. Don't get headsets ever, I have spent about $450 on headsets...

As far as headphones I have right now (used with music and amp):

Sennheiser HD 598

2x White Audio-Technica ath-m50

I would go with what will last long and Sennheiser HD 598 or Audio-Technica ath-m50 headphones would be my choice.

Headsets that have broke:

Turtle Beaches x31(1 year use)

Tritton surround sound headset(6 months)

2 Logitech g930(1 year use each, but a lot of problems kept happening)

gamecom 780(1 1/2 year use with epoxy on the hinge cracks)

Also a $12 upgrade for people not saying ath-m50s are comfortable, Shure HPAEC840 Replacement Ear Cushions

u/RumpleForeskin1013 · 2 pointsr/trees
u/m00k0w · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

One main issue is that most headphones/earphones have loud spikes along the frequency response. The ear and brain has a curve called the equal-loudness contour that defines how loud sound has to be to be perceived at an equal level. The problem is 99% of headphones don't follow this, and have certain frequencies at which they are upwards of 30db louder than at others.

This causes a big problem where at even a normal volume level, that one area is super loud, and most people don't notice because across the whole spectrum, the average loudness level seems normal. That is why you can ear the snare hits or clicks across the bus, but not the other frequencies. Unfortunately it is also at high frequencies that hearing damage happens more readily.

A pair of affordable headphones that most accurately matches the ear's equal loudness contour is the Superlux HD 681. You can buy them from ebay or amazon for $50 or under:

Superlux HD 681 on Amazon

Make sure you get the HD 681 and not the 681 EVO. This company is little known because they mostly make recording microphones. Coincidentally these cheap headphones are preferred by artists and recording mixers/engineers over thousand dollar headphones because of the clarity/quality due to this reason. Their sound signature matches the ears equal-loudness contour. THEY SOUND AMAZING because superlux actually knows how to design headphones for quality rather than looks. This is not a subjective claim - this is the objective reason behind why they sound good. You might want to also get the ear cushions called HPAEC840 for best comfort.

In theory headphones designed like these sound objectively perfect and will not create holes in your ear's hearing response because they won't damage small areas without you realizing. You can have the volume higher without unnoticeably feeding your ears sounds that are 30db higher.

Still, listen to music quieter and discover that the level you listen to is actually creating distortion. At a level most people deem normal, it is actually loud enough to cause your ears to engage mechanisms to dampen sound to protect themselves. Most people don't feel the mild ear pain and significant distortion that comes when you have sound over 90db, because they're just used to it.

Some people haven't damaged their ears and have also psychologically preserved their sound sensitivity by not raping it with distorted noise, and will continue to be able to hear as well as notice a pin drop until they're 100 years old.

u/daddy_dafoe · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Shure HPAEC840 replacement ear pads Can work... little loose, less base with tingier treble but It does the job. You can also get the some of the brainwavez ear pads but it does kinda make the sound less enjoyable. To fix this you’ll have to get some kind of low density foam that fits the earcups... I can’t provide link since it’s unknown to me where to get it. But both options are ok. But better with the foam padding in the ear cup

u/LeThanhLong · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/kiwiandapple · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Sorry for taking my time /u/KryptoHyde, I had some people come over & played some games with them. Board games that is, I got wrecked in monopoly.. :(

Anyway, here would be my suggestion, similar to /u/bluesam3's suggestion.
But I've also added in a new keyboard, mouse & headphones.

I'll explain the changes that I've made and provide a couple reviews for other parts.


u/RunJumpStomp · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I use a Samson Meteor Mic, I think its a great choice, and cheap.

u/Kenblu24 · 2 pointsr/gamingpc

Corsair k95 Wish they had mx blues, but dang are the k95 and k70 sexy.

Samson Meteor Mic

This is the Yeti.

Shitty lighting is because, well, shitty lighting :(

u/MisterKpak · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Please, for the love of god, don't get a yeti. They are so overhyped.

Look into the Samson Meteor Mic. I used it to make a few radio commercials. For a pop filter, check this out. Finally for the arm, take a look at this

This is the setup i used until...yesterday when i got some pricier gear. But it works very well.

If youre looking for sound quality, these items should leave about 50 left in your budget. Consider getting REAPER, a professional quality DAW. Allows you to add equalizers and compressors and just sounds a million times better than audacity.

Credibility: Chief Engineer and former production director at WNYO 88.9FM in Oswego NY

u/TehSerene · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Just another pebble in the pond but I really love my Samson Meteor Mic.

Not sure how many other people suggest it but its from Samson which is an older mic company that has a good rep for nice mic's.

u/throwawhey2 · 2 pointsr/reckful This is a great microphone for the price, reckful used this one for years and it can handle both guitar and vocals at the same time I'm pretty sure.

u/Perverse_Masquerade · 2 pointsr/gonewildaudio

As a matter of fact, I do.

All prices in USD, and based on Amazon.

Price | Microphone | Manufacturer's Product Page |Amazon Link
$35.82 | Samson Meteorite | Samsontech | Amazon
$49.00 | Blue Snowball iCE | Bluemic | Amazon
$69.99| Samson Meteor | Samsontech | Amazon
$129.00 | Blue Yeti| Bluemic | Amazon

EDIT: I will mention that the Yeti is used by u/alwaysslightlysleepy

u/Icon_Arcade · 2 pointsr/gaming

Samson Meteor Mic is great for this.

Not too expensive. Records great audio, and looks great.

Best feature is the audio out feature on the actual mic. You can listen to yourself live. I found that there can be a good amount of latency with other USB mics. In other USB Mics the sound is picked up by the mic, sent to your computer for processing, then sent back out through your speakers or headphones.
The audio jack on this mic solves that latency problem.

50 Bucks.

u/JimmyTheDoor · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Nice battlestation! There's not much to improve but maybe more monitors for Elite: Dangerous ? :)

About the headphones I would suggest Sennheiser HD 598, they're fantastic headphones and arn't that pricey. They're actually about half price right now for 160$ so if you can spend 10$ more I would definitively get these. You can save the money by buying a Samson Meteor Mic(Yes, Samson not Samsung) instead of the blue yeti which is IMO a little overrated and bulky.

For sub 150$ cans I would look into Sennheiser HD 558. These headphones are meant to be used in a quiet environment since they're open, if you have childrens of dogs always making an awful lot of noise I would consider closed/noise canceling headphones :)

u/I_AM_INTELIGENT · 2 pointsr/PoetrySlam

Keep making these! My feedback is:

1.) Get a better mic. I use this one. I get pretty good quality recordings from it. I also have a pop filter. Here's an example recording with the mic.

2.) I felt like you were jumping around in a lot of different places. I don't feel like all the lines work together to create one vision or support one theme.

Great stuff :-).

u/Diver808 · 2 pointsr/letsplay

One other mic selection to check out is the meteor mic by samson, I got one and it has been bad ass in all ways, and wont break the bank. If you are having audio issues with your voice the best way to fix it would be a quality mic that can properly pick up on your lows.

u/Muffin860 · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

Looks like the meteor mics are $50 brand new.

I'll offer $30 shipped.

u/Lucky7hirteen · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I'm pretty sure its a Samson Meteor mic.

u/Internetz_Hero · 2 pointsr/gadgets

This one, for example gets rave reviews and is compared to the yeti, but is $70 instead of $130.

Are you looking for a microphone?

You can actually spend even less than that and have an excellent mic. I paid ~$30 for an Audio Technica and it is really, really good.

u/nachoaddict · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yeah for sure :) The first time you switch out pads it takes some getting used to stretching them all the way around. I used these but I found them to be quite a tight fit for the m50's which means slightly annoying to put on your cans. They aren't a perfect fit so the lip of the pads that holds onto the ear cup doesn't go all the way in like it does for the stock pads. If this is confusing I can provide some pictures but they do feel more comfortable after you've completed the mod. A lot of people liked to use these Shure pads too though I haven't had any personal experiences with them.

u/MooseChamp · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

These are open back so they change the sound signatue. I mainly use mine for gaming so that isn't too much of an issue for me.

As for prolonged use, I'd say someone could wear these for a long time, they are definitely deeper than the original pads. But if you're ears perk out more than normal then take a look at the other suggested pads such as this. Every now and then I'd take off my headphones but that is more of an issue with humidity than soreness. I am not saying that there isn't any soreness, this slight soreness would come

My only real gripe with these particular pads is that they are slightly too large for the headphones and therefore the pads can rotate around changing it's orientation. It is simple to change them back, almost second nature.

u/humbertov2 · 2 pointsr/headphones


However, it's a recommended mod to use [these pads] ( ) for added comfort.

u/Rcmike1234 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

My brother ordered these to replace the normal pads. Not sure how well they fit, but when I tried them they seemed to fill rather well.


u/Garvis · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Amazon! here's the link. They don't exactly fit the headphones perfectly but are still a hell of a lot more comfortable than the stock pads.

u/Kasendou · 2 pointsr/PS4

The hard plastic inside the earcups slopes inward toward the front of your face (guessing to better support the Virtual Surround Sound).

If you have big ears (more towards the front of your face), then this can put pressure and cause a bit discomfort during long gaming sessions.

I bought some replacement ear cups that were about 3mm thicker (and velour material) which were easy enough to replace. The existing cups are twist off and the foam can be pealed off.

These are the ones I bought, but they are a very tight fit, so maybe try to find something that is slightly larger.

u/Blindsleeper · 2 pointsr/headphones

I actually replaced mine with shure 940 pads, which didn't end up changing the sound noticeably, and are more comfortable.

These are the pads:

u/SpencerWood · 2 pointsr/headphones

Get these. I have them, they are thicker than the stock pads and much much more comfy.

u/SysUser · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here's the parts list. Every fan in the case (and CPU cooler) were replaced with 120/140mm Noctua Industrial fans. These things are awesome, hyper efficient, and can move a lot of air. They typically run under 1500RPM. The videocards are overclocked with MSI AB, +100 core and +400 mem, +120/90 on power and temp. The CPU is overclocked to just 4.375GHz.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor | $599.99
CPU Cooler | Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $124.89 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound | Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste | $12.99
Motherboard | Asus X99-DELUXE II ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard | $399.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $262.69
Storage | Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $186.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage | OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $178.21 @ Amazon
Storage | Intel 540s 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive In Raid | $138.01 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel 540s 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive In Raid | $138.01 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) | $679.99 @ B&H
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) | $679.99 @ B&H
Case | Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case | $189.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | SeaSonic 1050W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $209.99
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Monitor | Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 165Hz Monitor | $799.00 @ B&H
Keyboard | Corsair STRAFE RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard | $129.99 @ Best Buy
Mouse | Corsair M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse | $49.99 @ NCIX US
Mic | AT2020+USB with Auray pop filter
Webcam | Logitec C925e
Sli Bridge (coming soon!) | EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGE HB (1 Slot Spacing) Model 100-2W-0026-LR

u/BigMan7o0 · 2 pointsr/Twitch

The Elgato software has a MAC version, so you should just be able to buy an Elgato capture card, a mic, and have it work just fine.

As for a good quality mic, something like an AudioTechnica USB mic will be great quality, however it is a bit pricey.

if you want a cheaper but still decent quality mic, the Samson GO is actually really good for the money, and is what i use. if you want a sound demo of it i can make one, or i can link you part of one of my videos where i am using it to do commentary type stuff

u/draggingalake · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone is something I preferred over the Blue Yeti

u/ControlX · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I've never used this headset but from skimming through reviews I've seen some people having issues with the mic and earpads, as a general rule of thumb having your microphone separate from your headphones is the way to go because in the event of one of them having issues it's much easier to just replace one rather than having to buy a new headset.

If you have prime there's good deals on the 598 SR, Blue Yeti and AT2020USBPLUS, I haven't used these microphones but I can recommend the 598s.

u/demevalos · 2 pointsr/headphones

I use the AT2020 USB and it's great, an XLR mic isn't necessary. There are plenty of good USB mics

And generally, an audio interface isn't going to be as good as a dedicated amplifier anyway.

u/Dark_Azazel · 2 pointsr/audio


Headphones I swear by. Haven't used that USB mic but I know a lot of people who have.

u/magaman · 2 pointsr/youtubegaming

I love my Audio Technica AT2020, they do have a USB version so you can go right into your PC

I'm lucky enough to have a nice little sound mixer so I use the XLR version, but it's a great price and works very well.

u/arsme · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Oh yours is XLR, got it. I was thinking about getting the USB version of that.

This one:

Or a yeti I guess

u/sugar_man · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

If you can stretch to 120 then there is a great mic that would work well. It can connect via usb to either the mac or windows laptop

Audio Technica 2020USB

You can get a b stock version of it from reverb for about 80

u/YoungBonesGaming · 2 pointsr/letsplay

You'd need at least three mics to cover each seating area. For best results you'd need five, but three would work if you're willing to sit a little closer than normal. It would also be worth getting a mixer that has enough inputs for all of those mics. And also make sure that mixer has a USB slot to go into your PC, otherwise you'd have to get an interface as well (made that mistake myself)

Personally I'd start with three of these and the mixer (Something like this) and work your way up to 5 mics.

I wouldn't bother going for a shitty budget mic because it'll just make it way less cost effective to upgrade down the line.

It's going to get expensive fast to do well.

u/yacoose82 · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

Something large diaphragm condenser. It'll give you the ability to pick up the subtle nuances of your voice and usually has a larger dynamic range than a small diaphragm condenser or any other type of mic (minus a great ribbon mic). The drawback is a lower SPL (loudness). So just don't go trying to mic and electric guitar amp.

In a field where mics can cost from a couple of dollars to tens of thousands...

I'd recommend the Audio Technica AT2020. It's a great entry level mic with a great range and decent SPL. It also comes in a USB model as well.

Additionally, any mic for recording should be used with a good pop filter. You can even make one.

Former audio engineer.

EDIT (Nov 26) All of the above was typed on my phone late at night where links are difficult to do (and I was falling asleep).

Here's the AT2020 and the USB Model

Additionally, the v67g is a great mic. I used to own one but gave it to a friend.

u/Clint99 · 2 pointsr/microphones

For reference: this would be the AT2020 USB+.

Thanks for the answer! I will probably still wait for sales and the sort, but now I have a very clear understanding of both mics. I checked out the specs and they are exactly the same, so I guess it doesn't really make a difference. I'll wait for whichever drops lower I guess! Although I must say, I like AT2020's look better.

I saw this test as well, they kinda sound the same (I think the Yeti is a tad louder while the AT is a bit "deeper", so to say).

u/akterror98 · 2 pointsr/leetcode

Thank you for the feedback! I’m glad you liked it and I hope to do more videos about this. I am trying to explain stuff as clear as I can with high production. I did change my terminology sometimes so that was something I’m trying to be consistent with.

I used the Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black

u/JackCloudie · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Well, fuck. I forgot to post my own.

u/your_friends_cat · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would recommend a dedicated mic:

u/Verseratops · 2 pointsr/voiceover

I picked up the Audio Technica AT2020+ USB microphone right now and it's pretty damn good for what I'm using it for. I got it for $148 on Amazon.

u/Def_Not_A_Programmer · 2 pointsr/battlestations

This is my WIP setup. Totally open to all questions, suggestions, and criticism. Below are some additions coming.

The goal is to be this guy.

Things to come.
All of the below is shipping to me right now, in a week I will add them.

u/SaltyHeadPepperyFace · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

Sure thing:


pop filter

Now to built my pillow fort:)

u/DeezjaVu · 2 pointsr/Twitch

> Most of the time, for the price of those USB microphones, you can get a mic AND a mixer with some change left over.

I don't know about that tbh. The Blue Nessie for instance is about $65 on Amazon right now.

If you go the mixer route (which I think is overkill and really don't recommend for streaming), you'll need a mic stand, pop filter and shockmount as well.

u/ImKraiten · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I personally don't record consoles (I'm a PC guy) so I'm not the most knowledgeable person on this subreddit, but I know a few things so here are my recommendations.

From the reviews I've seen this capture card looks pretty good for the money, AverMedia as a whole produce quality products so you could really choose from any of their selection:

And as far as mics go for your price range you could get a blue nessie, which is pretty good for the price as far as I know:

For Video Editors, I'm not sure which ones are good for practically $0. You could always go with Windows Movie Maker if need be.

u/AngeredSpoon · 2 pointsr/Games

Are you gaming on PC or console?
If you're on PC, you could go with an ear-bud/microphone combo.
Something like a Blue Nessie or snowball With a pair of earbuds could work.

u/Shadowdust1 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You could get an AT2020 and a cheap 48V phantom power converter. Or an AT2035 and a cheap 48V phantom power converter.

u/itsthevoiceman · 2 pointsr/AskMen

> Ooh, nice. The Electro Voice RE-20 is my goal microphone.

I like it, but I prefer a warmer sounding condenser mic. I've got an AT2035 at home. But the RE-20 does the job for the studio and the sound they're looking for.

u/kaeles · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

I have a similar setup, though it's all digital.

Here's what I do, and then I'll suggest a setup for you.

My equipment:
vocal mic - at2035

audio interface - umc404hd

midi pedalboard - fcb1010

midi controller - maudio code61

I have both my vocal mic at2035 and guitar plugged into my UMC404HD.

The UMC404 allows you to record 4 input channels (2 stereo) into the computer via USB, it also has midi inputs if you want a midi controller that isn't USB.

That allows me to monitor the input directly and to monitor after passing both through ableton live. The direct input monitoring (using the mix knob on the umc) doesn't have any effects applied to it since it's only the mic and guitar that are straight into the recorder.

The UMC also has 4 output channels, which allows you to send some outputs to the monitors, and some to the headphones, I use this for "cue" tracks and the metronome, which gives me a click track in my headphones, but not over the output I would use for playing live.

I then have a code 61 that I use for pad drums, midi control and keyboard input.

I want an FCB1010 to do the looping and etc inside of ableton itself, so it's a single contained unit and everything goes through my laptop, but currently I just program my sustain pedal on the keyboard to trigger looping.

What I would do for you is...

If you're using an amp / pedals for your guitar, get something like a shure sm57, plug that into the UMC, and point it real close to your amp so that you're capping it without any room noise.

If you're looping guitar, you can have the looper pedal connected in line before your amp.

If you're only wanting to loop vocals, you can inline the looper pedal to the mic before input to the computer/umc.

You can loop both with a single pedal, but at that point, your output probably should go into the computer only, skipping the guitar amp. You can direct monitor that, and have it inputting to the PC. You can have midi / etc backing on the PC playing back at the same time into your headphones/monitors.

I personally use amp modeling VST on the PC and just playback my guitar through my monitors anyways.

A much cheaper (but still good) alternative to the code61 is the akai mpk mini 25.

If you want to skip a loop pedal and only loop in software, this is specific to ableton, there are a few ways to do that.

I've seen 2 main methods.

  1. Map a pedal switch to the "session record" button in ableton. It's the empty circle to the right of the transport controls at the top. When you hit this, it triggers midi / audio recording for every armed track in the session view. I know this will overdub midi notes, but I think it will simply overwrite audio.

  2. Map a pedal to arm/load/play the looper VST on a track. If you want to loop more than 1 track, you can set the track output to be send only, set the looper on a send, and direct the audio output from those tracks to the send with the looper on it. This will allow you to trigger the looping for any track thats getting sent to that single send/fx channel.

    Here is a video explaining one of the ways to do looping.

    If anyone else knows better ways to do looping in ableton, I'd love to hear about it.
    Hope this helps.
u/Pointythings88 · 2 pointsr/animation

Yeah I could suggest a few.

[Blue Yeti] (
MXL 990 Condenser Mic
Audio Technica AT2035 I have owned all of these and they might be pricey for you, but any one of them are worth the investment. My favorite is the AT4040, but that is like $300. The AT2035 is a great alternative to that and it's what I use a secondary. Anyone of these are fine just read some reviews check out their manufacturer's webpage. It's important to get a good mic that is right for you. For example the Blue Yeti was nice, but I have a kinda high pitched voice and it was not picking up mid frequencies as well as I would have liked.

If you don't feel like spending that much a couple of good mics are:
Audio Technica ATR2500 $66 on Amazon.
MXL 770 $60 on Amazon

EDIT: Forgot to mention. We actually have pretty similar voices oddly enough as it is. Another thing I noticed was the amount of essing (the his sound while pronouncing s) and a little bit of pop on hard consonants. I would lean towards getting a mic with a good mid-range focus and a pop-filter.

u/downthehollow · 2 pointsr/letsplay

should i spend the money on a sound booth or would it be better to save my money and try to upgrade to. this microphone with this mixer?

u/riskymilk · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/H1D13BY3 · 2 pointsr/Beatmatch

Much appreciated - I'm still trying to lock down all the music making subs.

For anyone curious moving forward, I think this is my pick:

BTW, do you know if there is a sub specifically for musical instrument/software reviews? like a BIFL but for Midi's, Mic's, Software, etc.?

u/Joe_Paquin · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Here’s my personal recommendations:

For an interface, this is the best bang for the buck on the market right now (again, in my opinion), especially if you’re just starting out :

For a mic(s), it really depends on how extensive (and what) you’re going to be recording, and specifically if you plan on recording real drums or not. I’d recommend just getting one or two mics to start with, and getting more slowly over time, because if you use sampled drums in the beginning (which is a reality for many small home studio owners), you can do quite a lot of work with 2 mics. I’d recommend the following:

Any large diaphragm condenser in this price range will get the job done, but here’s what I use:

An SM57 is a standard in many studios, and is also versatile and good to have around:

Now, for a monitoring situation (a.k.a. How you’re gonna actually listen to what you’re recording and mixing), it’s not the smartest idea to invest in monitors (which will eat up a substantial amount of your budget) without investing in treatment for the acoustics of your room. You could easily spend $500 on these two things alone, so I’d recommend just getting a pair of decent headphones for starting out. I know mixing on headphones is a whole can of worms on its own, but while you’re learning, it’s really not gonna make a difference, as long as you have something better than apple Earbuds (not that they aren’t useful). Just get something where you can really understand the sound of it, and reference on a lot of different systems, especially your car. (Disclaimer, I wouldn’t recommend spending more than $100 on headphones, and try to look for something with a relatively flat response, instead of something with cranked bass and hi end, so you can hear as accurately as possible)

As far as DAWs go, I know how appealing it is to buy the same program that people at the top of the industry might be using, but the truth is that most DAWs nowadays can essentially do the same thing. If you only take one of my recommendations, let it be REAPER. You can use a fully functionally demo for as long as you want, and chances, it’ll do everything you need, especially while you’re starting out. Hell, I know professionals that swear by it, and for good reason; it’s insanely flexible and useful, and for the price point (basically free, but if you end up sticking with it, you really should buy a license, it’s only like $60), you just can’t go wrong.

Edit: Unless you’re gonna be mixing 50 track songs right out of the gate, your MacBook will probably be just fine for the time being

Hope all of this helps, good luck!

u/TheLegionlessLight · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Wish I had seen this before I bought a Behringer Xenyx 802 and an Audia-Technica AT2035. I just can't get rid of all of the background noise from my wife in the living room with me watching tv (an office would be dope but not right now).

u/StayFrosty7 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio Technica ATR-2500 for $75

CAD u37 for $50

Snowball iCE for $50

Samson Go

Samson C01 for $70

If you can pony up a bit, the Blue Yeti Blackout for $130 will blow these other mics out of the water (not to say that they're bad, but this one is really good in comparison).

Also, don't forget to get a stand (preferably a scissor stand for your desk) and a pop filter.

u/SpaceGhost1992 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Looking to finally transition from a "gaming" headset to an actual microphone and just over-ear headphones. Can you give me your opinions on these choices?



I'm a little limited on budget so I want to stay around this range.

u/Xfocus · 2 pointsr/battlestations
u/UrinalMint · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Another option is the Samson Meteorite for $39.99 on Amazon

u/doctrineofthenight · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

I'm not sure if he's talking about a different mic or just made a type-o but I keep hearing great things about this mic for the money. You can look up a mic comparison done by Andrew Huang on youtube that shows how great this little thing sounds on vocals for only 20$

u/Drakowicz · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Don't expect anything else than crap for 5 bucks.

I need a decent mic and i'm a broke cheap fuck as well, and i've been told that the NW800 was the mic i needed.

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u/movie-editor · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Actually, an affordable USB condenser microphone is all you need.

For example this one. I have Samson Go which is even more portable.

You can plug it to your laptop (or even smartphone) and use free Audacity software to record and edit your song.

Please don't hesitate to ask anything. I wish you and your old man the best of luck!

u/D00G3Y · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I think if you're all facing the mic it would work very well. It is a budget mic and it does have good sound quality. For podcasting tho I am going with a different mic the Neewer NW-800 it's probably as good as the blue but isn't USB. My issue with the snowball is range but if you're using it for conference calls you can just adjust the gain.

u/Keyster420 · 2 pointsr/NewTubers

Wow! I'm really surprised that you don't have more subscribers. You were really entertaining and funny through the video. If I was to critique anything is that you should do more videos like this on your channel and maybe look at the camera a bit more.

You just earned a new subscriber😎

My brother uses this mic and it works really good.

u/timeforariskywhisky · 2 pointsr/HardwareSwapUK

This one - under £30, brand new, boom arm included. I've been using mine for about a year and it's been great, especially paired up with Voicemeeter Banana!

Though it plugs into mic jack, not USB!

u/ponchato · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

This one is $15 cheaper and of known good quality: Neewer NW 700

It's the one I use on my YouTube channel and since I got a proper XLR mixer, nobody has complained about the quality.

What I'm saying is, cheap doesn't always mean low quality.

u/palciii · 2 pointsr/microphones

[Microphone from for max 4o€ - Chat in games]
I am no streamer or anything, I just want good audio when I play with my friends.
I like this kit:
Another possible solution is
but it is over my price and without any kind of stand which can cause recording of background noise or my mechanical keyboard.
I will connect that mic into Realtek® ALC1150 sound codec.

u/PowDrumDad · 2 pointsr/Minecraft

I bought 2 of these bundles. One has great sounds connected to the newer computer while the older computer has sufficient sound. The stand is great.

u/TwinMonkeys · 2 pointsr/nfl

Amazon: I am conflicted

On one hand, you're an evil corporation who abuses your employees

On the other hand, I got this neat gadget for a decent price and fast shipping

It is hard to say how I feel

u/ten_vrah · 2 pointsr/Gifts

Edit: I added links to Amazon products that are pretty nice and fit into your budget, if none of these work or you wanted advice on finding similar ones on slightly cheaper budgets just let me know and I'd love to help out!


I realize some people like them, and I mean no disrespect to u/MNLegoBoy but please do not get him a steam controller. I own one and me and everyone I've ever known who used one absolutely hated it.


If he only has one monitor in his setup I would highly suggest getting him a decent second monitor to have discord, youtube, or whatever else he wants up while he plays. It can be really helpful and never hurts to have.


If that doesn't work, you know about his setup...

and he uses a headset with a built-in mic I would suggest getting him this microphone and this interface. Even though they're cheap they're more than good enough and make people feel more legit because they're more like a streamer setup.


and he really likes his headphones/has really nice headphones but doesn't have a headphone stand or mount for him to keep his headphones on and keep his desk organized.


and he's into fighting games or older arcade games you could get him a fighting stick (be careful on this one, if he doesn't have room or likes using his KBM I wouldn't suggest it. It might also help to get one on a higher budget.)

u/wolfcry0 · 2 pointsr/audio

I'm pretty happy with my setup, I use this mic with a Behringer UMC204HD.

Compared to my modmic headset setup I had before it's much clearer and has way less background hiss/noise. I have it set up about 3" from my mouth typically.

The downside is that it doesn't move, so I can't move around quite as much while talking but that's not a big deal.

u/FallenTF · 2 pointsr/letsplay

This is the usual price for these no-name condenser mics (even though it may be on "sale"), being slightly cheaper than the Neewer NW-700 with boom arm.

Like /u/AlanDavison said, I wouldn't trust plugging any of these mics into a 48v power source unless they specifically mention it.

u/ScouseLite · 2 pointsr/mixer

Generally speaking, the more software you use, the more things can mess up when trying to link them into OBS. I personally never recommend software mixers just as they have a nasty habit of screwing up when live.

One thing I can't stress enough when it comes to audio, don't go too cheap! Fundamentally, you do have to spend a little bit to get a setup that works. An entry level audio setup will still set you back around $100.

For entry setups I'd recommend looking at the Neewer kits on Amazon. They do need a phantom power source too, yet they're still better than using a basic headset mic. From there, with them being all XLR based, you can use essentially any usb mixer you want. Behringer have a huge range of these with USB output to hook them into PC, starting around $40 too.

u/KaosC57 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Personally, I wouldn't bother with a Modmic 5. My recommendation is going with a Neewer NW-700 Kit with an Arm and Filter, an XLR to XLR cable, and a Behringer Uphoria UM-2 Audio Interface. Plug the Neewer Mic in through XLR to the UM-2, and plug your 598's in with the large jack (1/4" IIRC) and plug the UM-2 in through USB. You get a knob to adjust gain on the Mic and the Headphones, and it's all managed through USB!

Links to things:

Microphone Kit

Behringer Interface

XLR to XLR Cable

u/Tuskony_on_Twitch · 2 pointsr/Twitch

I have a neewer 700. It was like $30 on sale including the mic, stand, shock mount, etc.

With a little bit of audio software it sounds really good for it's price.

Check out some of my vods to get an idea of the audio quality.

For the price I can't say enough about this mic.

u/AndroidVegeta · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

This is what you want! Comes with everything you'd need and a microphone that's just as good as the ones you mentioned...just a fraction the price. Look up reviews on YouTube or read the ones on Amazon, shit's legit and under budget.

Edit: I have the same kit minus the XLR power adapter. Mic just plugged into my motherboards mic input and it works fine. So you might could get the non-powered kit and save more money:

u/sparker3d · 2 pointsr/Twitch

There is another good cheap microphone that I use myself, I think it is a great option, Neewer NW-700 It comes with boom arm, pop filter, and everything you need. It does require a 48 watt phantom power supply which you can get with a Bundle with the mic or buy one separately. Though one thing I would recommend is a different Pop Filter as the one that comes with the microphone can be very annoying.

u/Edolas_Meh · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

Hello everyone,
I've spent around $70 to create a starter microphone kit
Although obviously it isn't top quality, I feel that it is fine for what I will do (streaming, podcasts).
I've set everything up but I have ran into a couple problems. When I download drivers for the Behringer audio interface, although I have everything plugged in I keep getting "Timeout 0x0005 error". I switch to Asio4All and I download it but I cannot access the hub as it doesn't access. Any help?

u/alexconte · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Hi wailord40

First of all thank you for your reply.

I was going to later ask for tips on lighting and sound. That would defientely be my follow up question. I just want to figure out the cameras as they have been the most complicating ones. As you understand this is an extremely low-budget project so I was thinking of two main options:

  1. One option would be these mics from neewer.
  2. Second one would be lumiere mics either wired or wireless depending on the budget again.

    I have a massive lack of understanding how sound works (technical aspect) so any connectivity issues, sound cards etc. I would have to rely on the knowledge of a couple of friends (music producers) that are willing to help.

    Would you have any thoughts even if that would be regarding the audio aspect of the setup?

    edit: I don't worry about the mics/cables to be shown in camera. It can definetely have a podcast-y vibe.
u/GODDZILLA24 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

(For tl;dr just look at the parts in bold)

I'm not the first nor will I be the last person to say this, but pretty much every brand is gonna be on this list. Personally, I've never had a large issue with any brand, nothing of the caliber to make me not buy from them again.

I feel that you should avoid certain products or product lines. Here are some things that I avoid/know of, for your consideration:

  1. Gaming headsets are nearly always garbage. Get yourself a nice pair of headphones, and a separate microphone. Here's my setup. I use the products right below. They're all fantastic, I've been using them all since last summer, and am happy to answer any questions about them. I also know some good alternatives.
  1. In general, a cheaper product is more likely to be lesser quality. I know, this isn't true for every single product, but that's why you should always do your research on something before purchasing it, no matter what it is (tip for being a smart consumer).
  • Example: Corsair's cheaper line of power supplies, the CX line, is of lower quality than their RX series. I've used both, and have had issues with neither, however I have heard of people having issues with the older CX series (it was revised, I think in 2015?). The RX series is more expensive than the CX series, but has higher quality components, and a higher effciency rating. Do your research.

  1. Since it is the most controversial brand on the list: Razer is a very hit and miss company. I have had 3 of their mice: The Deathadder Chroma, the Lancehead, and currently the Basilisk. I loved the Deathadder, but I decided to upgrade when the Lancehead came out, after trying it at Best Buy (the wireless version). Ended up not liking the Lancehead after 6 months, it didn't fit my grip well (and wireless version has a more "premium" material that's super sleek, looks nice, but isn't grippy enough for my taste (their usual material is better). So I ordered the Basilisk off of their website right when it was released (October 2017), after doing a fair amount of research, and I love it. No issues with the mouse so far. The software used to control it, Razer Synapse 3.0, is still in development, so it's pretty broken right now (it's shit currently, forgets my profiles from time to time, but I only change sensitivity so it's not a big deal), however it doesn't look like gamery trash like 2.0 did, so it's an improvement. I also had an OG Black Widow with Cherry MX browns that I found at Goodwill - worked good as new, ended up selling it to a friend, he still has it, it still works - I think it's about 6 years old now. tl;dr not everything Razer makes is shit.

    The 1TB Western Digital Blue HDD is probably the most popular component that I have never heard critizism for.
u/posthardkyle · 2 pointsr/podcasting

This is the mic I got from Amazon. I'm using the arm that came with it, and the pop filter as well.

u/6memesupreme9 · 2 pointsr/Kappa

Then youre a fool because this shit is literally entry level, has what you need and its pretty good when you consider the price. This is an upgrade an everyway (Blue yeti mic is slightly worse than this but not a huge noticeable amount). After that mic youre looking at several hundreds price range.

So no $100 isnt entry level unless youre talking about doing something other than twitch/discord shit. You dont know what the fuck you on about fam.

u/SPYDHOOM · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Any combination of these is good, I've also included a deal on amazon USA that has audio technical awesome audiophile headhones 199$ -> 70$;

---------------head phones-----------------


u/razer981 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Kingston HyperX Cloud 2

Edit: Or you could go with really good headphones and an external mic, like this Sennheiser HD 598 and this Blue Snowball

u/WexAndywn · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Looking into grabbing this. Is anybody familiar with it? How is it?

u/FlamingSnowball · 2 pointsr/microphones

About 50 Euros, this should work for what you're needing.

u/RS_Hauntedpearl · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Heard good things about these headphones and for a great mic check out the Snowball

u/speedx10 · 2 pointsr/qatar

thats the cheapest u can get.. around 290 riyals i think including shipping.


Most good condenser mic start at 450+ riyals to 550 riyals.


I assume this is for Podcast / Gaming.

u/IDontWantToArgueOK · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

General consensus is to get the headphones and mic separate. Gaming headsets have too many compromises.

I use these and they are great. And this is a very popular mic.

u/GiggaFlicka · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

Based on what you mentioned as your budget, I'd recommend purchasing a USB type of condenser microphone. Unfortunately, anything under $40 isn't going to sound too nice when recording. Your best bet is to up the $40 to $50-ish and get a Blue Snowball.

It's a nice mic and it'll do you justice over any other mic in the price range. As for headphones, I'd buy these:

u/jotology · 2 pointsr/audio

This is a great answer. Thank you!

I've made worse than $11 mistakes, so that's not a big deal.

I'm guessing my next low budget option would be something like this:


I would like to keep using the high-end noise canceling headphones, as they make it much easier to hear what's being said by the others on the call who don't always have very good mics either.

Thank you!

u/xdigitdex · 2 pointsr/college

Skim through the materials already covered, but any essential concepts should be written or typed. To make note taking even faster, I use Windows speech recognition software to write down notes on a word document to review later. If your computer doesn't have a built in microphone, I would suggest getting one of these. They are some of the best budget microphones and really pick up words well.
So far tonight in about 2.5 hours of studying general psychology, I was able to make 4 chapters of vocabulary terms and practice question sets, and I am now only 6 chapters behind lecture. Anyway, good luck catching up!

Edit: I read the whole motivation thing right after typing and I would suggest treating school like a 9-5 job (even though it takes money from you). This mindset has really helped me make college one of my top priorities every day.

u/zsbtiger · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you really want good mic and audio quality I recommend not getting a headset as usually there cheaply made with bad sound/mic quality(Not all gaming headsets but the majority) but getting high quality headphones and a high quality mic like the
Modmic(68$ cad) (

Or getting a blue snowball (67$ cad) (

I am not familiar with good wireless headphones so I cant recommend any.

u/SoupaSoka · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I actually have a Yeti because I record a lot of videos for YouTube, but maybe the smaller/cheaper one from the same company is a good alternative? Beats $5 Logitech crap, but not as expensive as a $100 mic.

u/egamble · 2 pointsr/audiophile

This is a bit of a tricky setup, but as long as you only want to use the microphone on your PC it is pretty achievable. Also if you want to play the sound off your PC and use a gaming console, you will require a mixer to play both sources. If you don't require this it makes your setup less complicated.

Either way you will need an HDMI audio extractor, this should work: Plug that into the output of HDMI switch then:

Setup 1 - With mixer. plug the output of the HDMI audio extractor and your PC (using 3.5mm to RCA cable). Headphones plug into mixer. This will not sound as good as option 2.

Setup 2 - With DAC. . Plug the output of the HDMI extractor (using an optical cable) and the PC in using a USB cable. Select one or the other using the toggle switch and it will play that source out to the headphones.

I would recommend setup 2, as the external DAC will be of higher quality.

As far as microphones go, try a USB one (this is a decent cheaper one, you can go more or less expensive: to reduce the audio noise your friends are telling you about.

u/GentlemanOctopus · 2 pointsr/letsplay

If you're specifically thinking of recording the Wii U, you're going to need a capture card between the console and your PC. While I haven't tried to record any gaming on a VCR since hooking a Nintendo 64 up to one back in the day, I'm not sure that would work with a newer console (as I'm pretty sure the Wii U doesn't support the old red/white/yellow AV cords).

Elgato Game Capture HD60 is what you're looking for (there's an older "Elgato HD" that will support older consoles but not newer ones). Now that's a $US150 option, so I guess that depends how much you plan to spend on your daughter's make-believe. On the plus side, you shouldn't have much trouble reselling the Elgato down the line if she's just going through a phase, or indeed you could just keep it if you decide to do some game capturing of your own.

The Elgato comes with its own software. It's not too terribly difficult to set up the first time, and after that you barely have to do any set up ever again (especially if you're recording from the same console every time). It has the ability to record video/game audio and your commentary audio too. All you need is a mic-- even a headset mic would probably suffice for your daughter, but there's plenty of condenser mics out there if you want to splurge).

Out of curiosity, what channels or videos does your daughter watch? I'm fascinated by the idea of anyone under the age of 10 being interested in Let's Plays.

u/Oh_Alright · 2 pointsr/anime

Yo super late to the party.

Was picking up the house a bit, I've got my whole computer setup, and one of these guys coming in the mail either tomorrow or Thurs.

Discord works great for me, I use it for practically everything anyway.

And yes, I'm super interested still.

u/SobiGaming · 2 pointsr/youtubers

Hey Naff!! I just got back from a trip, so sorry for the delayed response! First off, I love the organization of your reply! I'm such a sucker for nice formatting and structure haha! Thanks so much for the kind words and I'm glad my feedback was useful!

  • 2a - great points and I completely agree there were a few (all reasonable) options to make this one work.
  • 3a - haha BGM will be the bane of us all. It can be so hard! Again, your levels in this one were good though!
  • 6a - I totally understand. I researched this a lot and, from what I saw / remember, I believe the Blue Snowball is great starting mic and comes at $49. There are definitely other options out there, but adding this in case it helps you guys reduce research time / get something relatively affordable.


  • 3b / edit - I had the exact same issue and would have never noticed until I read something online. I'm so glad I was able to share some useful info! Again, I didn't notice anything wrong with the quality in the first place, but I was watching on mobile.
  • 5b - Oh, interesting, I've never tried recording Skype. I mostly record Discord or for audio. If you ever experience issues, might be worth trying one of those out and
  • 6b - Hahah XD I feel like I've given a similar response to people who gave feedback to me on one of my posts when I did a one-time change as well.

    Love the mission statement! At it's core, mine is also about spreading laughs and happiness. Will try to re-collect my thoughts and let you know what I think about your AC video! At the end of the day, our videos should consist of what makes us happy, so I like your comment about not stressing out about it. :)

    You and Ric sound like good-natured, cool people. Thanks again for the kind words and hope you've been well!
u/RubberFistFight · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Alright so here's some stuff to get you started.

Blue snowball microphone.

AGPTEK MyPin capture device.

Both of these are "budget" solutions but should perform just fine for your needs. It's your call if you want to get a mic arm but I would suggest one, along with a pop filter.

The capture device should interface with OBS Studio without any major problems. It's a bit on the "no frills" side but from what I can gather it's still a pretty solid option.

Just be aware that you may run into HDCP issues with the Switch, where the capture device will refuse to accept the video stream. If that happens, you can just run the signal via a cheap HDMI splitter and it will take care of that.

u/aether_tech · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice
  1. A separate microphone and separate headphone is going to provide better performance overall than a 'headset."

  2. V7.1 is available through many different software sets, and you don't need to look at a headphone/headset that is 'natively' "3d/surround sound" capable -
    Dolby Atmos (paid); Windows Sonic (free,) - but a lot of the performance of Virtual 7.1 sound comes down to the sound-engine used in the game.

  3. Noise canceling is a completely different issue that a gaming headphone/headset wants to do. Are you sure you want Noise Canceling, or would a closed back (noise-isolating) headphone/headset work?

    If you're looking for an all in-one (headset, closed-back) package, the CoolerMaster MH751 (or the 752 with it's V7.1 USB dongle) is the best option. < $90

    If you want to get away from the headset; and get interdependent pieces: (will cost a bit more than the CM headset, but has advantages in doing so.)

    (prices are with Amazon Prime, so yours may differ - but you can usually ebay them for about the same prices I can see.)

u/ThreeSilentFilms · 2 pointsr/audio

Honestly, get a blue snowball. They sound pretty great for what they are. I wouldn’t record a record with them, but for gaming or YouTube recording they are just fine, and probably one of the best sounding options out there. Certainly better than the options you listed.

Blue snowball amazon

Source: I use one for my gaming set up and I have apogee interfaces and high end mics at my disposal.

u/Jeep600Grand · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

This guy seems to be pretty popular. I've seen a few streamers who use it and they sound fine.

u/WontonTheWalnut · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

I know little to nothing about really recording audio, or how to make stuff sound good. What i do know is that all my friends i voice chat with think my mic sounds like i wired my Nintendo DS lite to my computer and used it to talk to them. So I figured I'd do what a normal person would do and do research instead of being lazy consult reddit for advice on what microphone i should buy. I don't plan on spending a lot on my microphone, but I think i might as well spend enough for my friends to be able to hear my actual voice instead of the equivalent of what you'd hear from a usb microphone you'd hook up to your Wii to play rock band.

For the sake of accuracy, I don't plan on spending much more than $30-$40 on a mic, and if I can go lower without much sacrifice in audio quality I'd prefer that. If it helps any, I have a somewhat deep voice and I plan on using it for gaming, more specifically voice chat on discord. I am currently looking at the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone which is on the upper end of my budget. Thank you so much for any advice you can give me.

u/Mrmitch65 · 2 pointsr/streaming

For a mic, I recommend a blue snowball, its easy to setup, sounds good and has a stand.

To be honest, I really dont think that a webcam at this early stage would be such a good idea but a good one would be a Logitech C922x

As headphones go, a pair of corsair void pros would be great and have awesome sound quality. The wireless ones are great, plug them in overnight and then play all day and you are good to go! But for simplicity, I recomend the wired version as then you dont have to remember to plug them in

u/Jteph · 2 pointsr/Wishlist

Like this one?

Blue Microphones Snowball iCE USB Microphone - Black

u/kyonu · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Almost any dedicated mic will be better than your camera mic. I picked up a Snowball which is wonderful sounding, and there are other cheap options as well, but any non-dedicated mic will usually not "be up to par".

u/Tailoxen · 2 pointsr/gtaonline

I'd go with the Blue Snowball Ice, it's a pretty decent mic for a usb one.

u/WeGotLighters · 2 pointsr/Twitch

If you're willing to go a little over budget I'd pick up the [Logitech C920] ( and the [Blue Yeti Microphone] ( Both of these are quality equipment that even bigger streamers with a large budget use. If that's outside of your price range, I'd switch out the Yeti for the [Blue Snowball] ( It's still a good quality microphone for around half the price of the Yeti. I'm not sure if there is anything better at that price range but I've heard nothing dealbreaking about either the Yeti/Snowball or the C920.

As for tips, I'd recommend having some way to look at chat and whatever alert system you use (We use StreamLabs) without having to alt-tab out of game constantly. Whether it's a two monitor setup, a tablet/phone, or even playing in windowed mode, interacting with the people watching is definitely important.

u/jquiksilver13 · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Not sure if you're still doing your podcast but if you are I would recommend a better mic. The Blue Snowball Condenser Microphone is a great low cost yet high quality option.

u/Savvypirate · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

i don't know how to mix i literally just got out and have been writing for the last 10 months i put some reverb and eq on it tho using that mic

u/SilverSix311 · 2 pointsr/pcgamingtechsupport

I recommend getting some Studio Over Ear Headphones, and getting a Mod Mic or Desk Mic to go along with it. I bought an Antlion ModMic for the wife, and it works great. Sounds great as well compared to all the shitty gaming headset mics. My setup is a Razer Seiren Pro that I got on a banging deal almost $100 cheaper than typical pricing :). I have a mic stand that sits right above my monitors. It does pick up echoes if I have my speakers turned up too loud, but it's not too bad. I use voice meeter banana to route all my audio to 2 separate audio devices so I can just mute my speakers and put headphones on.


Desk Mic: Blue Yeti - ~$120, Blue Snowball ~$50
Mod Mic: Antlion ModMic ~$60, V Moda BoomPro ~$30 (V Moda Mic wont work on all headphones)
Headphones: r/Headphones | Read about headphones.


They come down to preference for the user typically. I have M-Audio Q40's with Beyerdynamic's EDT 770 V Replacement Pads. You probably won't be able to find any Q40's online, but I bought mine back in 2010 and I still use them today. I've replaced the audio cable probably 10+ times now. They are built to endure, and they are not that comfortable with the stock pads. Put the EDT 770 V pads on and feels like a cloud. I personally also have a desk headphone amp to get clearer/crisper sound.
As I said, this all comes down to preference. You need to research specific items you are interested in. Try to find reviews on reddit or forums. I wouldn't follow "reviews" that are articles on web pages. Half of those are BS and are generally favored towards the provider of the equipment unfortunately.
Typical google searches would be:
M-Audio Q40 headfi
Blue Yeti Pro reddit
Blue Yeti Pro Issues reddit
mod mic reddit


Good luck on your ventures! Let me know if you have any other questions.

PS - If you have a mechanical keyboard, invest in o-rings/pads to help with the clickiness, or if you don't have a mechanical keyboard and you are looking for one, get silent keys. I forget the actual switch types names.

u/MedicineGirl125 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Main Monitor - S2417DG

Second Monitor - Dell ST2421L

Keyboard - Arealer Roarer (Found it on Amazon for $34. Haven't ever seen it in stock again.)

Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Microphone - Blue Snowball

Headphones are some cheapo things I bought on Amazon a while back.. Due to be replaced soon.

u/podboi · 2 pointsr/buildapc

9 bucks more you can get this, streamers and youtubers use this actually.

u/Prohibitable · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you're only going to be gaming, a desktop microphone, like the Blue Snowball, would be just fine. The Blue Snowball's quality is better than that of the modmic and it's significantly cheaper than the Blue Yeti.

u/Fuckenjames · 2 pointsr/buildapc

> Under $20: Blue Snowball microphone

I had heard about the Blue Yeti so this sounded interesting. But it looks like it's never been below $35 on Amazon, so this seems a bit misleading?

u/Sotsie · 2 pointsr/DnD

Oddly enough I still have a picture of my end, but sadly not theirs.

I sat at my computer with my headphones and mic and watch the map on my main screen with my character sheet on the side screen.

On their end they would hear me through the laptop speakers setting at the opposite end of the table as the DM. Hooked to said laptop was a gaming headset (without the headphones plugged in) who's mic would pick up all of them talking and send it back to me.

Obviously this was just because they were cheap bastards who didn't wanna go out and buy a condenser mic and such.

But if you were so inclined the NW-700 has served me quite well so far and you can get it and everything you need, including phantom power, for like $60. You could likely do a bit of research and find a good conference mic or something though. I've just been using that one for both D&D and streaming.... and streaming D&D.

u/teddymaing · 2 pointsr/Brunei

Anyone know where i can get this in brunei?

u/Xa_in0s · 2 pointsr/battlestations

They are put in an L-shape and the mic is clamped. the mic was super cheap but super worth it over a normal headset mic. if your interested -

u/AFFB13 · 2 pointsr/Saxophonics

This saxophonist on YouTube called Dave Pollack reviewed this mic:

His review:

It sounds pretty good and it's $30. I think it's also a USB mic

u/Small_Time_Editor · 2 pointsr/youtubegaming

Like this one:

USB Microphone,Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for Laptop MAC or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals, Voice Overs,Streaming Broadcast and YouTube Videos-K669B

You will save almost 20 bucks and it's plug and play USB! I've had it for a couple years now and it's still pretty good and it's better than the Blu Yeti Mic in my opinion!

u/bunpop_ · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

if you can i’d go for headphones + mic set up. i have the hyperX cloud 2, and i’ve constantly been told my mic was too quiet with no way to adjust it.

I just bought Sennheiser HD 599s for $100 from the prime day deal, and $30 for the Fifine K669B.

Unsure when the 599s will go on sale again, but i do recommend the mic. My friends hear me way clearer now and say “it’s like they’re hearing me for the first time.”

u/slayer1am · 2 pointsr/podcast

I just started The Happy Apostate, it's about my departure from a fundamentalist pentecostal cult. I record with a FiFine USB mic, decent quality for the $.

Buzzsprout is pretty easy to get setup and it's initially free, though after 90 days they will take down your content. Looking around at other hosting options.

u/dayoffmusician · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers
  • bare minimum you'll need:

    instrumentals of Shakira songs, a USB mic, and audacity

  • download Shakira instrumentals off YouTube like this one with a YouTube to mp3 website (there's a bunch)

  • download audacity. it's a sound editing software.

  • buy a USB mic, or for super cheap/low quality, buy a headset mic since it's just a joke. or for even lower quality, sing into your phone voice memos, then plug your phone into the computer and find the files of you singing

  • import the instrumentals to audacity (just Google a video on how to import audio to audacity) and go into the settings for audacity and set it up so it can record from your vocal mic if you buy one (again, Google a video of this. they can show you rather than have it typed out in text)

  • sing away. record it

  • make the loudness sound correct compared to the music. it won't sound exactly like the vocals "fit" with the music but you said it's a joke so oh well haha

    here's a cheap USB mic. they're usually just plug in and go

    if I forgot something someone else please lemme know!
u/Condog_YT · 2 pointsr/youtubegaming

I use a microphone from a company called Fifine

u/astronomaestro · 2 pointsr/SmallYTChannel

So I actually have gone through a lot of mic trouble recently. I bought the blue yeti mic (~130) and it broke on me and I can’t return it, which is super annoying cause it was a bit of an investment for me.

I then got this 30 dollar mic on amazon which I used to do my voiceover in my solar video
and it worked out better then I thought. It’s not as sensitive as the blue yeti, but it did really well for voice over narration, it’s not broken, and it’s cheaper. I’m not sure how it would do for things other then narration.

I also bought this
to avoid the puffing sound that comes from when you speak into a mic close up.

Good luck with your videos! I’ll subscribe and look out for more.

u/Andr00F · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

I have a pair of the 58x jubilee on the way, and I’m going to be using my blue yeti. I also have this mic arm and pop filter combo with this shock mount that I have been using for the past couple of months and has worked out really well.

u/cloudbyday90 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Get a mic stand for it, like this. Having the mic lifted off the table eliminated that issue you are referring too. Plus it comes with a pop filter.

u/knivesinmyeyes · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I bought this one and it came with wind screen and pop filter. Great deal and it holds up like it should.

u/sagedro09 · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Someone else posted this here, but this helped a good bit. Getting the mic off of the desk along with the pop filters reduced the keyboard clicks a lot.

u/ScytheLxrd · 2 pointsr/battlestations

As far as budget option go, I highly recommend this because it comes with the sleeve and pop filter. I’ve had mine for a few months now and used it on quite a few desks and had some really good results with little to no complaints considering how low the price is. If you wanna go all-out and spend more money on something that’s considered to be better then I suggest this RODE mount.

u/akjax · 2 pointsr/Twitch

First off I think it's fantastic you want to support his interests. That's awesome!

I see that he already has a PS4 and gaming PC. As others have said you can stream directly from the PS4. If you are able to obtain the specifications - CPU (processor) model, amount of RAM, and graphics card type are the key factors - I (or many others) will be able to tell you if the computer is good to stream on or if it would need an upgrade.

I see a lot of people saying you should get a Blue Yeti. It is a great mic, no doubt, but the Blue Snowball Ice is a fantastic alternative to the Yeti if money is tight. Get some kind of stand for it though, having a good mic is nothing if it can't be positioned properly.

Something like this is very common

Personally I use one of these mounted to this

I would HIGHLY recommend starting off cheap. I always recommend this to anyone starting out, old or young, money tight or not. I have seen dozens of streamers get incredibly stoked to start, spend hundreds (or thousands) on streaming specific equipment, and then drop it entirely after a few months. Start off with the basics, don't splurge on anything high end.

If the streaming goes will, it will start to provide income! Since he's just 13 and doesn't pay for rent or food or anything he can take that income and invest it in better equipment, more games to play, etc. It could be a great way for him to learn to manage money!

All that said - streaming is something that a parent should keep a close eye on. Your child is broadcasting himself for anyone that happens to drop in. The range of people that will drop in will be incredibly wide. There will be incredibly wonderful and supportive people, there will be mean people, but there will also be people who are "weird" and may make you or your child uncomfortable without actually doing anything that most people would consider a bannable offense. For example, some people will come in and start trying to discuss their personal problems which can be hard to deal with delicately.

I would urge you to try to learn as much about Twitch and streaming as you can, and keep a close eye on chat when he does stream. Get an account on Twitch and have you son make you a "Mod" in his channel so that you are able to ban bad actors. If you have the free time, watch some other Twitch channels to get an idea of what it's like. That's probably something you can do with your son! :)

If you have any other specific questions feel free to ask, I'll help as best I can.

u/KryptoBound · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Me and the Yeti have had our long hours and stressful history, months and months of adjusting trying to get it to work properly and I've learned more about this damnable mic than I have about basic math it feels like lmao. I had a constant humming problem but I ended up solving it by just getting it off my desk with an arm stand. A cheap one too! It's not the most stable, nor the most professional, but it works for me and my set up and is incredibly cheap.


Otherwise definitely use a pop filter. From my experience you don't really need anything fancy, just a nice cheap one will do.


I don't use a shock mount. After fiddling with my Yeti for a while I don't seem to have a use for one right now so I don't really have any good recommendations for those. Hope any of this works out! Just skip around one of my VODS if you wanna hear an example of my set up but so far with the cheap stuff it's worked out well.

u/h2ogie · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

I had no idea what kind of mic could be described as a dildo, so for anyone else curious, it's just your average shotgun mic.

Since those tend to be pricy, a viable alternative would be something like the Blue Microphones Yeti or the Snowball.

Regarding shotguns, this one seems to be the best option within a reasonable price point, but the others will give a much richer sound to your voice as they have a frequency range that extends to 20 versus the shotgun's 90. Additionally, the shotgun is a condenser that requires a Phantom power line, typically from an audio interface (I don't trust much in the way of XLR to USB), which is an additional step/cost/complication.

u/BurntGlory · 1 pointr/audiophile

Quick question for all of you audio guys out there! I am wanting to do some amateur recording. I intend to buy the Panasonic G7. (Mirrorless camera) Would it be better for me to record directly into an audio interface then sync my video/audio when I edit the video, or would it be better for me to record into a digital recorder that's connected to my camera? I would be using this mic.

My main concerns were issues with syncing audio and video post production (if I recorded into the interface) I imagine this method would sound better, but would the audio sync well?

Thanks for the advice!

u/Stahl_Konig · 1 pointr/DMAcademy

If I were in your shoes....

While you can get a mixer with fewer channels, I recommend getting a mixer with at least eight XLR microphone inputs - as you might, in the future, expand the number of gamers at your table.

This is the board we use:

Then there are a plethora of shotgun microphones available on Amazon as well. The can be hidden and do a pretty good job limiting ancillary noise.

These are the microphones we now use:

(Other thoughts....

I tried USB microphones but had inconsistent sync issues in OBS.

The board we use has a USB 2.0 out and originally we used that to send audio to the OBS computer. Now we dual channel XLR out to a Shure converter to USB 3.1. The audio quality is more consistent and better - but we are always tweaking it....

In addition, we originally used cardiod lavelier microphones. However, they were inconvenient at the table and picked up way to much ancillary noise.

Obviously there are many other knickknacks you will need, and it would take forever to cover them....)

In my humble opinion, the biggest challenge that you are going to have is getting consistently good quality audio in you budget.... You might burn through $300 pretty quick....

Good luck!

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u/omnid3vil · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

I think others have said it, but your best bet is to forget about the camera and start with what you have. Even cheap phones work well enough for youtube as long as you can pump enough light into them. You are better off concentrating on the rest of your kit first.

Audio is the most important part of your video. Nothing will make someone skip your videos faster than having terrible audio quality, especially if you are wanting to do ASMR and mukbangs. If you are going to blow your budget somewhere I recommend going big on your audio. For starter mics I recommend the Audio-Technica AT875R. It is a killer mic and the best bang for the buck mic I have found so far. You will need a recorder, but to save money starting out you can record directly to your computer using a cheap phantom to usb adapter and Audacity.

The other thing you will need starting out is light. Your footage is going to look terrible if you just record with available light inside. There are alot of cheap led lights out there but for the most bang for the buck I recommend going the DIY route. A pack of high cri led bulbs is cheap and will give you more light than any similarly priced panel will. You will need a trip to a home improvement store for a fixture and extension cord. I think FilmRiot has a tutorial on this setup, and you can even build a dimmer into the cord for about $10 more. Then you can diffuse the light through a frosted shower curtain for great soft light.

The last thing you will need is a tripod for your phone. You aren't shooting anything that really needs or would benefit too much from alot of movement, so a gimbal or steadicam is just overkill and unnecessary. There are a million tripods out there, but for the sake of consistency I will link to one I found.

So there's the kit I would put together if I was starting out again. It will give you a great foundation to grow from and when the budget appears for a better camera it will still help you out (I still use my DIY lights in my home studio even now that I have a trunk full of much better lights). I'm not sure what you have lying around to make this cheaper, but by my rough maths you are looking at about $350 USD for everything on my list, and you could probably hunt around and get it even cheaper.


As to editors, I recommend ponying up the bucks for Adobe. It's a little expensive, but it's better to spend a little now rather than spend the time learning a cheap or free NLE and then having to relearn Adobe down the road if you decide to up your game. If you absolutely don't have the budget both Hitfilm's and Davinci have a free version that is pretty solid.


edit: forgot to mention software.

u/shadowCloudrift · 1 pointr/AudioPost

Thank you. At the very least, I won't have to worry about taping a lavalier under my clothes are having it visibly clipped on.

Would this be a decent shotgun mic without breaking the bank?

u/Fafoah · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

I went with the AT875r because it lacked the gain issues that the NTG-2 had, but was still pretty affordable. I mostly shoot indoors and that influenced my decision as well. I've been pretty satisfied with it so far, but it is only powered through phantom so I reccommend buying a pack of high capacity rechargeable AAs for your H4n and having spares on you at all times.

u/86e40g91 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Thanks for the suggestion! One problem is I have an A/C unit right behind my desk. This may be overkill, but would some kind of shotgun mic be a better option? Something like this:

u/cr0ft · 1 pointr/AskTechnology

Look for "shotgun" or unidirectional microphones. They're designed to be pointed at a source some distance away and pick up sounds from there rather than uniformly around you. Of course that isn't all that discreet, they need to be built in a specific form factor to work as required. Then again, why be discreet? Flaunt your nerdiness and your dedication to picking up what your teacher is teaching. ;)

Something like with appropriate cabling and something to record to perhaps.

u/FlyingLRSolo · 1 pointr/audioengineering

It's the microphone question again.

I'm currently running a cheap BM-800 into a Behringer Q802USB to my computer, and I'd like to replace the microphone with something that will give me a bassier and warmer sound.

I will be recording mostly male voices, doing voiceover or audiobook recording in a non-soundproofed environment- I've been looking at shotgun microphones to cut out some of the floor noise from the environment.

My budget would be around $300-400 USD. I've looked at:

Azden SMX-30

Rode NTG4+

Sennheiser MKE 600


But wanted some other opinions before jumping the gun.

u/k-murder · 1 pointr/podcasting

YouTube has some good stuff on shotgun mics. Unfortunately shotgun mics don’t have a good cheap option like dynamic mics have. Good ones are expensive They also take quite a bit of skill/knowledge to get them sounding good.

Maybe something like 2 or 3 of these.
Audio-Technica AT875R

u/averynicehat · 1 pointr/videography

I like the DR 60D - it's good, great price (comes with syncing software Plural Eyes as well), mounts under the camera, etc. It uses batteries somewhat quickly so buy two sets of rechargeable AA's.

Paired with the Audio Technica ATR875R, it works really well.

If you're going to film indoors, I'd suggest getting some faster glass. The 50mm f1.8 you have is great for that, but a little tight. I liked my Sigma 17-50 f2.8 for a multipurpose semi-fast lens.

Buy some lighting equipment!

u/brunerww · 1 pointr/videography

I agree with this 100%. Assuming you want your mic on top of the camera, add a [$155 Audio Technica AT-875r short shotgun] ( (plus a [$15 shock mount] (, a [$27 Sescom LN2MIC-TASDR100] ( to link the recorder to the camera and a short [$7 Hosa XLR to XLR cable] ( to connect the mic to the recorder) and you'll be in business.

Hope this is helpful,


u/orangebeard_JP · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

I agree 100%. If you wanted to add a second boom mic (one on camera and one off) I like the Audio-Technica AT875R. The Rode for off camera and the AT for on camera (it's under 7 inches).

u/thisisnotarealperson · 1 pointr/acting

Here are links to the stuff I got; you don't have to get exactly these things of course, and I'm pretty sure the mic and recorder were cheaper when I got them.



XLR cable to connect the two:

Mic stand to act as boom:

The recorder writes to an SD card. I learned the hard way that you want to get one of the fast high-performance cards rather than the standard cheap thing that comes with the device. Otherwise the data comes in faster than the card can record and it just stops halfway through. When you're a one-man crew like me and you can't sit there and watch the recorder to make sure everything's going fine, it really sucks to cut and then see the audio stopped two minutes ago. Same goes for the camera, get a high-performance card.

The main drawback to using the mic stand instead of having someone hold the boom is that you can't really move in the scene. Otherwise you hear the actor's voice get louder as they approach the mic. A lav mic would solve that problem; I've never used them so I have no experience there at all.

Oh, and I have a T3i as well, I've been really happy with it. Here's an episode of my webseries I shot with all this stuff:

u/fpneutral · 1 pointr/Music

Two types of mic:

Dynamic - Unless you're recoring professionally to release a single or something, a dynamic mic is probably what you want. Plug straight into your PC.

Condenser - Generally much more expensive and used professionally. They require phantom power + a preamp.

This Behringer C-1 condenser mic is considered excellent value for money. It's £35, then you'll need a preamp with phantom power, like this (or any other preamp for a mic, either with phantom power in it, or get get power seperately).

So basically you're going to spend ~£90 for a decent condenser mic+preamp+cables. For that money (or cheaper) you could probably get a really good dynamic mic without all the hassle.

You might want a mic stand and pop-shield, too.

As for software, Audacity is very popular, and free.

Lots of product reviews/guides on Youtube at your disposal.

u/PvtWiggles · 1 pointr/Twitch
u/iid3toxii · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Get the Mod Mic, tack it on your Bose headphones. And then on windows, right, click the speaker, select the recording devices option and where ever the mic is hooked up, right click it then select properties. After that go to the listen tab, make sure the listen to this device option is ticked on, and on the drop down below have it set to default or whatever port your headphone is attached to. That should be it, just know there may be a slight delay when you hear yourself speak.

Edit: Just saw that you know about the delay. If that's the case then something like this with any studio mic + any headphones should do

u/Hakim_Bey · 1 pointr/podcasts

Honestly, they look like shit, you're gonna get a horrible sound with these. Cheap microphones are often compared to the SM58 because, well, the SM58 isn't an incredible microphone.

Mind you, it's the usual suspect for live vocals, especially in loud environments (such as rock/punk/metal bands), but that's because it has incredible resistance to feedback with little quality loss. It's justthe 100$ can-do-anything-though-not-very-well microphone, not a standard in quality.

To record speaking voices, i would rather recommend something that can be compared to the SM57. It's the official speech microphone of the POTUS since it was created :p. But again, to capture voices, those are stage mics, not studio mics (despite their name).

But if you have a real mixer with a phantom power, there are some cheap condenser mics that will make a world of difference. Seriously, these mics capture the nicer frequencies in human voices, which makes even recording yourself with headphones on more enjoyable. Do you really need 3 of them? For the same price, you can get this one for example, or the USB version (no need for Phantom power) for 10 bucks more...

u/PeefHats · 1 pointr/Twitch

Here's what I use:

Behringer C-1

Innogear phantom power

Rolls MinimixII

I also run the minimix into a Korg Kaoss Pad Mini-KP to add effects and just play around with.

Instead of the USB, you can use the analog line-in or mic-in on your mobo, which will probably allow you to achieve a higher sample rate than USB. You'll also need to make sure that you have all the wires you need, and that they are long enough. Also, while most mixers with an XLR input will claim to carry phantom power on-board, you'll want to make sure that it provides the ample voltage for your microphone.

u/GokuDude · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Something like this would be nice. With maybe a cheaper headphone if he has to sacrifice it.

u/Coldcoffees · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I was thinking of getting this one but in the reviews it says it requires "phantom power"? Never heard of that, would it be worth getting the phantom power supply unit? Honestly I have no idea what I'm doing haha. Just wanna record some music at a good quality.

u/cyborgmermaid · 1 pointr/VoiceActing is the mic I started out with and it still holds up to this day whenever I use it. You can easily get that, a phantom power supply, a stand, a pop guard, and any miscellaneous cables for under $150.

u/phyreseed · 1 pointr/VoiceActing

I'm using a Behringer C-1 mic with a pop filter, works like a charm and it's not too sensitive. I have a basic phantom power setup for it, and pipe the output into an M-Audio FastTrack USB unit.

I'd been using my ijebus to record for a bit, which sounded like crap (unsurprisingly), and a VoIP headset, but decided to upgrade so I didn't feel like I was putting crap-sounding audio out there and limiting myself. Plus, with this mic, I can pretty readily record myself playing my instruments, which I couldn't do (with quality) with any other solution.

You're probably looking at ~$200USD to get a similar setup as this, or a touch more, but you can get by with the Blue Microphones Snowball USB Mic, which (I believe) is used by some other folks in that sub.

Hope this helps!

u/Aperson3334 · 1 pointr/teenagers

This is really good, but I would get a better mic and a guitar recording interface if I were you.

Cheap microphone

More expensive microphones

Cheap audio interface

More expensive audio interface, not sure if it's better

Also get a pop filter, although this recording didn't seem to need one.

u/UltimateBrent · 1 pointr/gamedev

Blue Snowball + audacity noise reduction sounds great. If you want to do real cheap, built-in mac mics and earpod mics aren't bad either.

u/MostUnorthodox · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

My current setup is a pair of Sennheiser HD280s and a Blue Snowball. Not audiophile grade by any stretch of the imagination but I'm told I sound clear as crystal and my cans work great for gaming.

u/forrestimel · 1 pointr/letsplay

Hey man,

Good stuff in that video, I gotta try that Cat Quest game! I have some small suggestions for video editing and then a major suggestion for sound.

For editing, it may seem really small, but how you pop things in to frame can add so much to a joke. This video on how Edgar Wright does visual comedy is great and goes over the theory of "popping" into frame. Just think of Kramer from Seinfeld.

When things come from nowhere it seems haphazard and feels choppy (referring to the master chief and bayonetta joke). Having something smoothly rush in from the side, top, or bottom of the frame can add a lot to the humor. Especially giving things weight and giving it a little animated squash and stretch.

For the sound, I highly recommend you invest in a new mic. Let's Plays are essentially podcasts with some visuals most of the time, and if the audio quality is low people won't want to listen. I understand not everyone can afford the best mics, but if you can invest in the Blue Snowball it will drastically improve your guys' sound quality and you would only need one. A $70 investment ain't bad for a mic that could last you a very long time.

But these are just some thoughts and suggestions, keep it up guys!

u/PhantomIsFrightened · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

For LANs, I recommend the Logitech G430s. For home, I recommend something like the Sennheisher HD 598s if you have a large budget and play alone in a room (due to them being open back) and pair it with a dedicated mic like a Blu Yeti. I, personally, would stray away from both of the headphones you have listed due to the fact that they are both marketed towards gamers, and generally, headsets of the sort will be of poorer quality (more on that here). If you're on a tight budget, but still want high quality sound, I'd recommend a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50Xs' with the Blu Snowball. I also saw you mention the kinds of headsets used by professional gamers. Pros usually are sponsored by certain brands, and in turn, use the brands gear (such as mice, keyboards, headphones, etc.). Additionally, pros generally use 2 separate pairs of headphones, one pair of in-ear monitors, and one pair for noise cancellation. The pair used for noise cancellation is generally one own of their sponsors. As you continue to search for a pair, please consider what I have mentioned, and feel free to ask me any questions.

u/AirdropNathan · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well if you want what most big streamers/youtubers use for 120$ the Blue Yeti is for you!

If you want something a bit cheaper I use a Blue Snowball

For the Snowball I would recommend getting a wind screen and having it in a quiet room. With my experience using it, it literally picks up every single noise in a 15' radius.

u/DoctorYogurtButler · 1 pointr/recordthis

Hey, I'm really late, and not as active as I'd like to be, but I just wanted to let you know that I really like your check, great tone and excellent pronunciation. You've definitely got talent for VO work, you should look at getting a better mic and getting demos made.

A lot of people have good luck with this one, and it's a good price.

u/Purpleandbrown · 1 pointr/buildapc

Off topic but what dictates Amazon prices? I'm trying to get a black gloss Blue Snowball microphone but it won't drop below $50. I saw it at $48 before but I wasn't contemplating on getting a microphone before.

u/MadmanEpic · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you want really good quality, I'd suggest getting a Blue Snowball and a mic stand.

u/Gojurn · 1 pointr/podcasting

Others have already asked some pretty useful questions, but if you're looking for more specifics here's what I know.

Recording & Editing Software

While I can't speak to resources for non-Apple tools. If you have a Mac you can start out with simply a good microphone and the GarageBand application.

Microphones and Pop Filters

If you're looking for a mic recommendation I've had a lot of success with the Yeti USB microphone. It's pretty versatile and the sound quality has been quite good. A cheaper reliable option is the Snowball. You can find mics for less than that but I can't vouch for the quality. No extra set up is really needed, just plug it in and record. Some people recommend a pop filter, they're pretty cheap and I've had a good experience with the Dragonpad ones. If you need an example of sound quality PM me, I'm happy to link you an episode I created using the Yeti mic.

Uploading and Hosting

Once you've recorded and edited your Podcast you'll need somewhere to host it so others can listen to what you've created. I usually upload the file to SoundCloud and then share the link or embed the player in my blog and website. There are a lot of other podcast-specific hosting sites out there but I've found SoundCloud to be free and easy.

Helpful Guide

When I first started out I came across a great blog article by Mike Cernovich that I followed to create my first episodes. You can read it here if you're interested (it's specific to using GarageBand though).

I hope this helps, a D&D podcast sounds great. Can't wait to hear what you create.

u/BL00DBATH · 1 pointr/buildapc

Monoprice Gateron blue keyboard and 8323 headphones are both highly acclaimed for value. Promo code "scorcher" for %15 off. If you need TKL then there's no shortage of Outemu switches for $40 or less, this Teswell looks good. I haven't used these keyboards but I've bought two of the headphones. I have a pile of $30 headphones that I've reviewed and none come close. Pair them with a Neewer lapel mic or V-Moda BoomPro. In the middle ground you might try this generic desktop mic or one of the many others like it, mine sounds well enough but the BoomPro plainly takes it. At the next tier Superlux 886B or Samson SR850 with a ModMic or Blue Snowball are great during sales. Don't fall for 'gaming' branding.

u/thehbrwhammer · 1 pointr/nfl

Blue microphone snowball - 2600 reviews 4.5 stars on amazon.

Figured it was good! Debated the blue yeti but didn't want to pay $100+.

I did not get a preamp, but I got a pop filter. Is a preamp that helpful vs a nice microphone?

u/Luscious_SeaL · 1 pointr/letsplay

I bought mine from Amazon and I live in the ACT so that's really weird...

Tested whether it would work for me with This Amazon Link and it does, so yeah... It's apparently free shipping too, but probably not to Australia cause shipping to Australia sucks sometimes.

u/Maverekt · 1 pointr/audiophile

Okay, so I'm planning on doing youtube stuffs, and I want to get a good mic and headset. So I already have the mic I'm getting a snowball, pretty cheap and I hear it has great quality:

So I wanna know thoughts/opinions on the mic, but also what headset should I get? I want a really good one for like listening to my commentaries, and one that looks/feels good. I was looking at some razer products but I don't like green as much and not sure on them. (more of a blue guy)

PS: Give some suggestions please, Tell me what you think :D

u/GlancingArc · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Audio technica ATH M30 is a safe bet. They are like 40$ on amazon. BTW i wouldn't recommend a headset with a mic. Id honestly say get a nice headset and a nice mic. You dont need an expensive one but you can spend 50$ on a pair of headphones and 50$ on a mic and it will be much better than a 100$ headset. My personal setup is ATH M30 and a Blue Snowball The mic is ok but it picks up everything and the headphones are great.

u/ummaybethis · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The ATR 2500 is on my list with the much raved Blue Snowball. Anyone have experience with both and can weigh in?

u/jsheradin · 1 pointr/audio
u/ArpinArp · 1 pointr/letsplay

The Blue Snowball is an excellent starter mic for commentary. I used to use one and I've since upgraded to a Blue Yeti because I was able to find one half off.

The snowball is affordable and for the price you're getting much better audio quality than most headsets will provide. It's worth investing in a decent mic like this if you want to get serious about let's plays.

edit: Here's an amazon link, it's on sale!

u/soph0nax · 1 pointr/AskElectronics

Your issue is still summing all of your signals without destructive interference. Without knowing any model number, and trusting that your drawing is right about the microphone outputs being 1/8" TRS (which, is very very super uncommon for a microphone, unless the 1/8" connections are transmitting unbalanced stereo audio, they are rarely used for balanced mic level outputs), it would honestly be cheaper to purchase inexpensive microphone pre-amps than it would be to build them.

However, once you factor in the cost of getting connectors to wire up things to interface with preamps properly, balancing the unbalanced audio from the microphone, and all of that you are going to come out spending more money than it is worth in comparison to the sound quality you are going to get -- especially with 4 microphones on a single person. The more microphones open on a single subject, the worst things can become. Read up on the 3:1 rule of microphone placement:
For every 1 unit of distance between any Microphone A (B,C,D etc.) and any Sound Source X the distance between Microphone A and any other Microphone(s) (B, C, D, etc.) should be 3 units of distance.

The distance from any given mic to the next closest mic must be 3x as far as that mic is from the nearest sound source. This must be done for all combinations of mics and sound sources in order to keep comb filtering at a negligible level.

If you're just planning on throwing up 4 microphones in front of you, they will combine destructively together and really make you angry with the results.

Try looking at getting an inexpensive USB microphone like the snowball.

u/jpat_games · 1 pointr/LetsPlayCritiques

I would definitely invest in a new microphone. The blue snowball is a great starter mic. I use it myself and love it. Here is a link. It's a little expensive, but you can sometimes catch them on sale for $40.

I would also recommend trying to move so you have a different background behind you. It just seems like there is a lot going on and I found myself looking at the stuff behind you more than you whenever I saw your facecam. If it's not possible, then it's not a huge deal.

Your commentary is good and it seems like you can come up with some good quips here and there while playing, which is a bonus. I hope this helped you out some! :)

u/TheGoodManJohnFarson · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

It probably is, which is why I recommended the $20 Behringer vs the $70 Blue Snowball. Generally speaking, condenser mics (snowball) are more sensitive than dynamic mics (XM8500). This is why they work so well in sound-proofed studios vs on stage, where dynamics really shine. Therefore, there is greater likelihood that you will pick up the fan noise/TV with the Blue. And since you are gaming, keyboard/mouse clicks will also probably be picked up.

u/jjhhgg100123 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Don't get the iCE version. Get the non ice one. The iCE one picks up every little noise (I have it). The non ice ones allows you to control two vocal directions (IIRC)

u/Princess_Pwny · 1 pointr/MLPvids

Something i'd suggest, it is probably a good idea to keep a copy of all the footage. I don't know if it will happen to you, however Hasbro has been harassing some of the bigger "let's Watchers". ContentID on youtube is pretty on the ball, so in the future you may have to start start doing something like MrCobaltSky does with his videos, just in case you have any issues.

As for the commentary, the audio quality was far better, if you are looking towards something higher again though I hear a lot of people recommend this mic, but that might be more of a "Down the road if the Lets what series becomes successful" thing.

One last thing, i'd make sure you have "Blind commentary" in the title if you have not already watched the episode, tends to be a fairly hot search term. I know that if i'm looking for a new person who does a "Lets Watch" series I gravitate towards the blind reactions.

u/sn34kypete · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

I chipped in for that and I only get 30 listeners an ep.

u/The_DuGz · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hate to be that guy but a great soundcard won't have much of an affect on bad headphones. Most if not all "gaming" headsets and headphones have terrible audio quality for the money while you could get a great pair of studio headphones for a similar price.

Most modern motherboards have great integrated sound these days.


Take a look at these:

Sennheiser HD 558

Sennheiser HD 598

They're around the price of the Tiamat 7.1 in the UK and they give brilliant sound quality since they're professional studio grade headphones along with being made by a reputable audio brand.

Pairing a pair of these with a decent quality desk mic such as the Blue Snowball would yield massively better results than trying to get a new soundcard to marginally increase the quality of the Tiamat 7.1.

If you're able to get a refund I'd 100% recommend this route instead.

u/synthet1k · 1 pointr/Twitch

Others can no doubt offer their opinions but the Blue Snowball is a commonly used mic within the community, link below. Me personally I've always used Creative mic's with noise cancellation, each their own though.

u/JayIkalima · 1 pointr/gadgets

Everyone will always recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M50's for a headset, but I'm pretty sure you're looking for a headset with deep, controlled bass, good looks, and stuff like that. V-Moda has awesome headphones and a 20 dollar add-on mini microphone that has decent audio.

The Samson Go Mic has decent audio, but I will recommend the Blue Snowball for better audio at nearly the same price. Many of my friends actually use the Snowball for their home studio setup/recording gaming commentary and more.

Just be careful; the original Snowball and the Snowball iCe aren't the same.

u/Aceroth · 1 pointr/mw3

I use a Blue Snowball that I got on sale for $50, along with a cheap pop filter. I also have a pair of Astro A40s I use in-game, and sometimes I'll use that to record commentary if I'm away from home and don't have my Blue Snowball with me.

u/theoeuf · 1 pointr/podcasts

Thanks for the suggestions. For clarity, is this the Snowball?[Snowball](

u/echelon59 · 1 pointr/trees

For a podcast you basically need a good media platform for hosting your audio. For starters I would look into a simple good microphone and hosting your stuff on soundcloud.

As for a microphone you cannot you wrong with a simple Blue Snowball Microphone that you can plug into your computer via USB and recording is as simple as using the default audio recording tool. And for editing the audio use, Audacity.

u/NotProperAttire · 1 pointr/headphones

Interesting. I'm surprised the headphones are not better. Blue makes some good microphones, the Blue Snowball is pretty iconic as an entry-level mic in my mind. That being said, "entry level". What's the price tag?

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u/mithikx · 1 pointr/pcgaming

IMO by far the best setup would be to have a desk mic and either speakers or headphones.

I got a Blue Snowball when my $20 Logitech USB mic broke after 10 years of service (dropped a box on it) and desk mics have always worked great for me, I simply can't imagine switching to any alternative. The Snowball is a bit on the big side though compared to the cheap-o Logitech mic I upgraded from.

I use speakers most of the time for VOIP chat so having a headset or clip on mic wasn't a consideration for me and the Snowball would be far better than any clip on mic. And for those times where someone has bad reverb (their mic picks up other people talking over VOIP) I'd put on my headphones or if I was doing some serious progression raiding and needed to hear instructions or on-the-fly raid calls without any potential hindrances. And for that I use a pair of old Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, there are better headphones out there now a days but mine work well enough and I don't use them enough to warrant replacing them.

Prior, I've tried many of these so called gaming headsets and many of them actually hurt my head after prolonged use, and I had to position the mic properly or I'd be hard to hear. And if I didn't want to wear the headset I'd have to have the damn thing around my neck which was a pain... in the neck so to say. Plus they've always been quite fragile in my use and would last maybe a year tops and they were overpriced so the prospect of having to replace them so often was less than favorable to me. I've had the same pair of headphones for no idea how long but over 5 years and they still work but headsets on the other hand might as well have been made out of glass.

u/Crimtide · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What's your budget? A common affordable mic is a Blue Yeti, or Blue Snowball. A favorite among the gaming community is the Sennheiser HD 598, or HD 598 SE.. they are the same, but the SE are black. Then if you want those headphones but with closed backs they are now around $50 less then the open backs.. HD 598 C's. It is preferred with those headphones, to buy a headphone amp or USB DAC to go with it.. If those don't work within your budget, let me know and we can find something else! There are many options. My personal setup is Sennheiser PC-350 headset with the Mic removed, and an AKG P220 condenser mic mounted onto a Rode PSA1 desktop boom arm connected to a Behringer Q802USB Mixer.

u/AdorableButterscotch · 1 pointr/PromoteYourMusic

You might not believe me, but I seriously like this vibe your going for. Your accent is a nice touch if you learn to use it right and practice more.


Some advice would firstly to get a better mic (Obviously). Your voice isn't bad, and if you learned how to mix and master it this could sound ten times better just from that. Also when all else fails record in your car, its what I currently do and it gets the job done as far as noise reduction and all that goes.


I'm no pro, but here's a song that I did with a $50 mic (Here: , audacity/FL Studio, notepad on my laptop and recording in my car late at night.


Don't give up and keep pushing, mang.

u/panthera_tigress · 1 pointr/shutdownfullcast

If she's in the same room as Spencer you could buy them a snowball mic like this one and they could share it but she should be louder

source: worked for the radio station and the library's film/audio equipment lending room in college

u/ThisFreakinGuyHere · 1 pointr/buildapc

yeah after you mentioned it I got curious and started googling and found this LifeHacker article which has me leaning toward the Samson Meteor or maybe the Blue Snowball. Thanks for the advice!

u/CynicaGaming · 1 pointr/Twitch

The problem with webcam microphones is two fold. First of all they pickup everything. Background sound, your sound, your neighbor taking a shower, everything. The second is they have no directional to the sound they do pickup. I would highly recommend investing in a a headset at the very least or if you want to get serious about streaming pickup a Blue Yeti Snowball. Cheers.

u/Spartantea · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

They don't, but I recommend buying a seperate mic. It will sound a whole lot better.
Get something like a Modmic (

or a blue snowball(

u/T0RB1T · 1 pointr/funny
u/totallyworkingATM · 1 pointr/hardware

Then just get one of those Blue snowball microphones.

u/RealFREE · 1 pointr/youtubers


Your channel does need improving, as you say the microphone quality needs improving, as well as the banner. I could highly recommend the Blue Snowball Ice, or the Turtlebeach PX21 headset for microphone quality (I use both)

The actual video quality is great, very clear to see, and the added bonus of 60fps. The only issue I have is the length of the videos. I know that a lot of people prefer watching a video that is less than 10 minutes long, sometimes up to 15 minutes. 45 minutes for a single video, personally, is way too long for a small channel. You could combat this by including key parts of the games only, and cutting any slow, or unentertaining sections out. This will also help create a more interesting video, and should help you get some more subscribers.

I would also recommend having an intro, around 5-10 seconds long at max, as this will show viewers that you are putting effort and time into your video, and show a little more professionalism in the beginning of your videos.

When speaking, make sure you are not saying "ur, erm" so on. This will show that you haven't really thought through what you want to say in the video. I personally have some notes on paper next to myself when recording a video which is not live, as this allows you to keep to the point, while also not forgetting what you are wanting to say. If you do this once in a while, you could look at cutting the section out. Also, try to edit the audio so that there is not a lot of silent parts. I usually record a point at a time, then edit the audio to allow it all to feed together, allowing it to sound like a single sentence. If you know what I mean.

You do have some work to do on the channel, but the majority of this will be easier over time to do as habit, and will improve the quality greatly. You have a good clear voice, you just need a good microphone to be able to show this fully.

Good luck with your channel.

u/LinkDrive · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend anything less than a Blue Snowball.

u/AllEncompassingThey · 1 pointr/headphones

That is exactly as expensive, but isn't a boom mic, which wouldn't suit my purposes.

u/ActionKbob · 1 pointr/letsplay

Hey, no problem, that's what this sub is for.

I'm sure you've heard of it in this subreddit, but I would check out the Blue Snowball USB. It's very common amongst LPers, and it's a directional dynamic mic. It's only $40, but my roommate has one and it really is a good mic for the price.

Read the reviews on Amazon, find some videos that demonstrate it's quality, and see if it's something that would suit you :)

u/WordOfMadness · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You can get a Blue Snowball shipped here from Amazon for $85.

If you just need a mic for the occasional voice chat, then find something cheap from a company that usually does reasonable quality for the price, like Somic, Samson, or Logitech. It depends how selfless or selfish your are. Your headphones are pretty low end and you might be better of getting a cheaper mic and putting the rest towards saving up for something better.

u/MissNeria · 1 pointr/GWNerdy

Slightly more expensive.. Well double the price, but my second choice, if I didn't buy more lingerie instead would have been this (I even found it on Canadian Amazon for you :P)

That has a TON of awesome reviews :D

u/SalientBlue · 1 pointr/BerryTubeLounge

No problem! For voice commentary, the mixing task isn't as complicated as music mixing (a couple audio tracks as opposed to dozens), so HD 650s could be overkill. You might want to consider something like Sony-MDR7506 headphones. They're not as accurate, but they'll handle commentary mixing just fine for about 1/6 of the cost. I had these before the 650s and I liked them a lot; my only issue was that they weren't as durable. They lasted for about nine months of everyday use before the cord went out on me. I have a bad habit of running over cords with my chair, so they may last much longer for you if you don't do that.

Also, one thing I forgot to mention was that all the mics I mentioned above use XLR connectors. To hook an XLR mic into your computer you'll need an audio interface (something like this), which will run you a couple hundred dollars. If you want a USB capable mic, Snowball mics like this one get you pretty good quality sound (on par or a little less than an SM57) without an interface.

u/BroganGames1 · 1 pointr/letsplay

I use the amazon blue snowball. Its cheap, and effective. sound quality is great as well. here

u/wosh · 1 pointr/Games

I could do Dungeon Defenders. I haven't seen a lot of videos on YouTube for it, but I haven't really looked either
Yeah I gotta get that mic. I have one picked out here:

I am hoping it will drop in price and I will pick it up then.

u/I_HAVE_PHOBOPHOBIA · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

I used to make educational screencasts so I'll put in my two cents.

The first thing you're going to need is a microphone. If you don't know where to start, you can't go wrong with a Blue Snowball. That being said, you should do your own research and figure out what mic will be good for your personal price range/intentions.

Assuming you know nothing about video editing, a great software to start with is Sony Vegas Pro. This is my, and many others on YouTube, video editor of choice; it's easy to use and quite powerful. However, it’s not the only software you can use. You could make a video similar to CCP in PowerPoint, if you have the knowledge to do so.

Once you have Sony Vegas, watch some beginner guides on YouTube and get comfortable with the editing basics. One key thing to know is keyframing. This is relatively easy to do in Sony Vegas and, if used effectively, can result in some nice looking animations similar to those found CCP's videos.

Other than that, just make sure you know what you're educating people on and that it's not too dry.

u/levelxplane · 1 pointr/techsupport

I'm not sure what you're asking, but there is no way to "attach" a microphone to that headset. You'd have to get a USB or 3.5mm microphone, but that would be a separate device.

I've heard good things about the snowball

u/Setari · 1 pointr/letsplay
  1. You're gonna need to upgrade your rig. As much RAM as you can afford(or 12-16GB IMO, some people may disagree but I run 16GB of RAM), a good graphics card (Can't go wrong with Nvidia GTX series: HDD for video storage (at least 1TB), using Windows 10 pretty much works with everything IMO that I've played so far running from when W10 came out into 2016 and it's the latest windows as well.

  2. Blue Snowball Mic 39.99USD Blue Snowball Mic(PINK FOR THIS PRICE) or a Yeti mic if you can afford it Yeti Microphone 100USD for a quality mic like the Yeti definitely is NOT a bad deal if you can afford it, but the Blue Snowball is a great quality mic as well. (And nobody's gonna see you using a pink mic and it's the cheapest right now!)

  3. By your wording you seem to think "steam games" is just a group of games with the same requirements for all of them, and they're not. Each game is going to have its own computer specs requirement, so make sure you meet the minimums for each game before you go around and buy a bunch of games to record after you upgrade your hardware. This ain't consoles.

  4. You don't need a facecam to be successful.

    Also one last tip: If you're going to be starting your own channel instead of contributing to someone else's or something, just play whatever the hell you want. Growth will be VERY slow unless you're a SEO/Marketing wizard. Just keep putting quality content out and subs and views will come.

u/jake1825 · 1 pointr/Twitch

Welcome to the Twitch Community!

Regarding the mic echo, I'd suggest to use OBS to stream. There is a Microphone Noise Gate in-built to the program, where you can tweak your microphone settings. If you know its room echo, then you could muffle some of it by putting ie. blankets around the room to cancel out any reverb or echo.

If you're still looking for a good microphone at a decent price, the Blue Snowball still stands proud in quality/price ratio. Its a very good microphone to start off. Currently its 59$ on Amazon, so 10$ over your price range, but you can trust me its well worth the savings. Keep in mind that audio makes 50% of your content and sometimes is even more important than your video.
Try and position your microphone close to your mouth without any obstructions in between. The audio will vary depending on the pickup pattern.

Good luck with the livestreams and recording. If you'd like any more help or some opinion on products, send a PM my way, and I'll reply ASAP. Once again, glad to have you in the community!


u/terlohn · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I find that these are really nice, or Blue Yetis

u/userrnam · 1 pointr/Twitch

Depends what your budget is. I'd start with a Blue Snowball mic and a cheaper headset, or even earbuds. You'll also want two monitors. I recommend using a keyboard with a set of rebindable keys that won't be affected by any games you play. This is just to make scene switching easier.

u/pcgamingmustardrace · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

For anyone looking for a cheap mic that's good quality for the price, I bought a Blue Snowball for like $30 when it was cheaper along with a like $5-$10 pop filter and it sounds really good. It's $69, but the cheaper version, the Ice, is only $49. Tons of smaller youtubers use them, my Blue Snowball has 3 different settings where it can take in sound from the front, the sides, or all over.

u/PessimusMax · 1 pointr/ffxiv

I'm an audiophile of sorts. Look, if you're looking to get good sound, kiss all PC/Console gaming headsets goodbye. Get something out there that's actually designed by GOOD MANUFACTURERS of audio equipment. Then, just use an on-desk mic. I have a Blue Snowball for that purpose.

However, I've pretty much only been using the Plantronics GameCon 780 headset. For $50, I was shocked at the quality. The best headset? Probably not, but it's pretty damn good.

TL;DR: For audiophile purposes, don't even LOOK at gaming headsets; look at actual headphones recommended by the world's audiophiles.

u/francis_at_work · 1 pointr/audioengineering
u/super_not_clever · 1 pointr/audio

I haven't personally heard them, but you can search for video reviews of the AT2020 USB and Blue Snowball.

Both have generally good reviews, and the Blue Snowball is relatively cheap. Hell, you can get it, a pair of headphones, a stand and a pop filter for $90. Not that the headphones are going to be any good, but it's somewhere to start.

Anyways, both mics have USB so they can be plugged directly into your laptop. Good luck

u/Ba11erOnABudget · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

I've gone through tons of peripherals. I think I'm finally happy with what I have now. I'd prioratize mouse and headset before anything else. Just make sure you get a mouse with a good sensor and hand fit.

Mouse - G900

Keyboard - CM STORM QF

Headphones - Audio Technica ATH-700

Mouse Mat - XXL Soft

Mic - Snowball

u/ShootAndMinecraft · 1 pointr/letsplay

Thank you dude. I'm English i live in London.

The constant quality of my videos changes from great to bad and back again which can be frustrating but that's down to a lack of time to edit everything perfectly and correctly, checking resolution/sound balancing/video quality/sound quality and so on.

I'm looking to possibly invest + upgrade my equipment soon.
This is the mic i'm aiming to get and...
Something similar to this

u/DalvaMozzerX · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

when i was starting out (i'm still a noob, though) I was using a blue snowball USB mic. I would mic amps, drum machines and vocals with it, and it got the job done.
this was done with a blue snowball usb mic and audacity

this is the snowball

u/zVulture · 1 pointr/recordthis

If you have a carpeted room that can be quiet for any length of time (bedroom, closet). You can still get in practice at home without much of a hit on your wallet. That's my current setup and all I have is a $50 USB Mic and use free software Audacity or if you have a mac Garage-band.

Example of quality I get

u/Inoka1 · 1 pointr/Eve

The sphere thing is a microphone, looks like a blue snowball to be precise.

u/tootzy-san · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I'm thinking about getting a Blue Snowball, for recording and also for talking with my friends while gaming.

The only concern I have is, that the microphone will stand to far away from me when i speak to my buddies.
Can you guys tell me how well it picks up my voice from about 40cm away? Here are some Pictures, where i would like to place it.
Picture 1
Picture 2

If it doesnt work, is there any other microphone for around the same price, that will work better?

u/LynxGaming · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace



Have any suggestions?


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u/AskMeAboutBallsy · 1 pointr/IAmA

Honest if you want a fairly good quality [USB] mic. get a Snowball (the original (ice is ok but not as good see this chart)). Brand new they are $69.99 but I got one refurbished for ~$50.

u/jewchbag · 1 pointr/patientgamers

Be careful, I got that and was extremely disappointed with quality and levels. Also, depending on what headphones you get, the clip may not even stay on. I recommend this: which I use with normal headphones, and the quality is really great. If that is too expensive, you should look into other desktop mics of the sort.

u/InHartWeTrust · 1 pointr/buildapc

Zalman Clip-on is kinda decent if you want one that is attached to your headset...but I would recommend a desktop mic for the quality of the voice capture. If you go the desktop route, I would take a look at the Blue USB Snowball. 1) they look awesome on your desk 2) they are really nice and give great sound quality, which your buddies that you play with will appreciate 3) they aren't expensive.

u/Zode · 1 pointr/DnD

You don't mention your budget, so we don't have enough to give you a more precise recommendation. I have the Blue Snowball and love it. It's well-regarded.

u/FatS4cks · 1 pointr/headphones

Personally I'm not a fan of the modmic at the price. If you have headphones with a single 3.5mm jack for the input, you can go for the boompro, which in my opinion looks cleaner and sounds a little better. However when I still had mine, it would just slightly throw off the balance of the headphones. I'm not sure if it's a common issue, but I haven't seen anyone else complain about it.

If you have some desk space to spare, I also recommend the Samson C01UCW. It's USB so it doesn't need phantom power and it will sound better than the modmic or the boompro. Downside is because it's a condenser, it will pick up a lot of sound and you'll have to play with some settings if you don't want discord, team speak or whatever VOIP program to be activated with background noise.

Honestly the only reason I see anyone getting a modmic is only if they don't have any desk space or they don't have a setup that will work with the boompro. Try to avoid any desk mics that use XLR like the bm800 because those typically need phantom power from an interface. Unless you're doing professional voice work XLR mics are a bit overkill since voice programs and games will compress your voice.

u/silentcovenant · 1 pointr/Twitch

I don't know much about mics, but I just wanted to let you know my experience(s) with the mic I just bought. I picked up a Samson C01U because it's a lot cheaper than the more popular AT2020 and and Blue Yeti condenser mics.

If you're on Windows 8+ like I am, the default USB Audio Device drivers, the one that will be installed when you plug in an USB mic, isn't as good as it was on Windows 7.

My same mic performs better on Windows 7 because of the gain settings. By default the mic is set to around 50% sensitivity level(gain). If you tried speaking into it on Windows 8, you'd have to pretty much put the mic into your mouth before you can hear anything. One Windows 7, it's still pretty soft, but at least you can see something moving on your recording software.

I have mine currently set to around 96% and my voice sounds good, but it also picks up everything else.. On Win7, to have it sound similar, I can leave the levels at around 80%.

What I do to combat that issue--I've tried searching everywhere for driver help, no such luck--I just use the Noise Gate feature on OBS, or any other software that uses that mic.

Anyways, to get back to your question get a condenser mic. The Rode Podcaster is a dynamic mic, which will most likely pick up more sound than a condenser mic. What the condenser mic does is pickup sound from a 'condensed' area, usually right in-front of the mic, not above/behind/next-to it. Keep in mind, if you do decide to go with a Dynamic mic, it isn't as sensitive as a condenser mic, so it might help with the background noise assuming it isn't too loud. Although, you'd probably have to speak louder than usual for it to be clear.

Also, if your computer can handle it, you can use Adobe Audition to de-noise/de-hiss your audio and output it to your stream/chat software. I've yet to try this method, might try it tonight.

u/tuesdaypeople · 1 pointr/microphones

How do I connect it to a computer? I was thinking about the Shure mic a lot, but it doesn't have the convenience of plug-and-play (plus I definitely can't afford a preamp or interface on top of all this, yikes). Yes, I do want it to record vocals (and all different kinds of instruments, but not at the same time - will that still work?) Some examples of the instruments I want to record are: upright bass, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, violin, drum kit (or cajon if that's not possible), etc.

Also, would you mind checking out this mic for me? I'm not sure if it's any good, but it is a lot cheaper than the others I've seen. Thank you so much for your time.

u/_Diren_ · 1 pointr/podcasts

essentialy youwant to be able to do the following -

Record localy- despite what everyone may say , recording localy is a HUGE deal. yes it means you need to learn to edit, but say person X screams in the podcast - you can edit it out. say friend y talks over someone a lot? again cut it out. you have WAY more power to do it with. i highly recomend doing it. bonus - you can do it for free. we use a program called "open broadcast studio", which allows you to record incomign sound and outgoing sound. i advise if you are new to editing you start off by recording in and out and seperate them in something like audacity, which il lget into later. but more importantly yeah it will give you all individual files. that way if someone has bad internet it dosent matter. it takes some training but you get it

common problem we found was if people use headsets with a mic and headphones ,they will not be able to record seperately and will have to record them together

next - cloud storage. sounds dumb, but if you are working with people in different places you want a place you can dump stuff you need. take up the google drive 100gb plan. its $2 a month and my god, its just so usefull. we dump EVERYTHING in ours. books we are reading for the show, music for the show, notes, recordings, it makes getting the files so much easier and we dont have to think about ever hitting the limit.

microphones - any podcast with bad audio is not a podcast at all. you need mics, all of you. fortunatly you have options. blue yeti are good but there are pleanty of other options. i advise staying away from headsets with mics as they can cause problems in recording (it registers both the mic and the audio coming in from the headphones as both local audio and audio incoming, so it screws up all your settings) you can fortunatly pick up a cheap microphone. while i have an ok one samson co1u usb studio condenser my friend got this one yesterday for £13 works fine, does the job, audio is good and yeah. there are a bunch of accessories i could recomend but the main one is pop filters, they help out a hell of a lot

Edditing: did you say a joke that fell flat? did someone fart really loud and it was out of place and reduced professionalism? check out audacity. its a free and great starting place for audio edditing.

then you need stuff like logos, ideas,etc. honestly? if you wana have fun and do it quick just do skype recorder and record calls. but despite what it may sound like, podcasts are so much more than just a few friends on a phone call together. i recomend spending a few weeks discussing things and working together on it before you start. we hvae been looking at starting a podcast for about...2 years now, and this current project we are about to launch next month has been worked on for around a month and a half prior.

u/willster206 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Thanks for the feedback:)

So just to be clear, using something like fraps would get me over 10 fps? Or would that be a case of a better webcam?

As regards the microphone we we're sharing the one on the turtle beach headset. I agree that isnt great, i was thinking of getting something like this

It seems to have good reviews although it is a little pricey but if it was worth it i would purchase it.

Thanks in advance.

u/alanpugh · 1 pointr/TagProIRL

Samson C01U, which you can get here for cheap right now, but there's only one left in stock. Been using it for an online radio show for about six years with no complaints.

u/TyrelUK · 1 pointr/oculus

For audio while recording, I use this condenser mic with a scissor boom.

It's omni-directional so should pick you up from a distance and at a different angle but I've not tried this as I only have a small room, not much room to move about.

u/rkinney6 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Get the Samson C01U and this

u/buckyboy2009 · 1 pointr/letsplay


  • Computer (laptop): HP HDX 18, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit, Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 @2.66 GHz, DDR2 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, 320 GB HDD, 1 broken interior fan, and laptop mouse buttons that don't work

  • Microphone: Samson Go Mic USB Condenser Microphone

  • Recording Software: Dazzle DVD Recorder for consoles. PC capture? Silly human, I don't want to set my laptop on fire.

  • Edit Software: Sony Vegas 10 Pro + Audacity

  • Image Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5


  • Computer (custom desktop): Windows 8.1, 64-bit, [Not near my computer so I'll updated this with all my stuff later], 1 TB HDD, 240 GB SSD, liquid cooling, and the blood of many innocents.

  • Microphone: Samson CO1U USB Condenser Microphone with a pop filter and a microphone arm.

  • Recording Software: Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition for HDMI capture, Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR for Composite/component capture, and Open Broadcsater Software for PC capture/streaming.

  • Edit Software: Sony Vegas 12 Pro + Audacity

  • Image Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6
u/xvegfamx · 1 pointr/podcasts

We have been using 2 Samson CO1U for 2 years and haven't had any really problems with recording both at the same time. We use an iMac and setup an aggregate audio device with sound flower and this lets us have multiple inputs into Logic Pro. We also made our own pop filters that get the job done and cost around $4 each to make.

u/UncreativeTeam · 1 pointr/GoodValue

I would check Craigslist or eBay for an Audio Technica AT2020 (USB version). You might get lucky. One of the best USB mics out there.

Otherwise, the Samson C01U is a solid mic, but it's definitely not professional-tier sound quality.

u/Cashin30s · 1 pointr/Twitch

Thanks for the reply, Do you have any knowledge on the AT2020 or the Samson C01UCW I plan to use either of them with a Scissor Stand and a pop filter, just me talking to it to commentary games so I dont want it to pick up my dad talking in his office but I want it about a foot infront of the monitor

u/Irideae · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Shows they are $24.99 for me. Also, not sure they're being honest about the standard price being $69.99:

u/n8poppy · 1 pointr/Guitar

The Samson C01U USB Microphone worked very well for me. It will pick up the guitar and vocals or you can record them separately. I also recorded electric guitar and keyboards with it along with some other auxiliary instruments and it came out decent enough.

You might find a used one cheap on eBay or Craigslist.

u/darkpivot · 1 pointr/ImSavingUpForThis

A cheaper alternative that has worked REALLY well for me (especially if you're not a professional but still want great quality) is the Samson C01U. And it's USB!

u/Calcos323 · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

It's a USB mic, and it has fantastic sound quality. I highly recommend this mic.

u/KnipSter · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

What do you use the Blue Snowball Mic for?

u/Unrelaible · 1 pointr/HardwareSwapUK

Also New with free delivery

I got mine from a flash sale from amazon for £49 more than a year ago. they are very popular and are in them often..tbh its more the ICE for 39.99 but its still there every so often.

-- can i see old amazon flash sales? anyone?

u/margalicious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A recording microphone.

Because I really think I can make a name for myself in the music world, but all I have to share my music right now is an old laptop mic.

Saving Private Ryan :)

u/Skeezix · 1 pointr/audio

Since you're just getting into this now, a lot of people seem to like these.

It's inexpensive and will likely do exactly what you need it to do.

Again, since you're just starting, I assume that you have no audio interface. That mic is usb powered so you don't have to get any additional equipment for it to function.

Which editing software are you planning to use?

u/briannastiii · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

This is a Blue Snowball, As you can see in the picture it has the 3 modes on the back.

u/kaXcalibur · 1 pointr/podcasts

I think your link is broken. But This is it.

u/HeadhuntG · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone, Cardioid Mode(Gloss Black)

u/elvizzle · 1 pointr/singing

I have the [Blue Yeti USB Microphone] (

You can also look at the cheaper [Blue Snowball] (

The Blue Yeti has a built in monitor, so you can hear exactly what you are singing in real time.

u/aSassyMudkip · 1 pointr/gamegrumps

Thanks! I might actually have a little extra money, do you think it would be worth it to get this mic (it was on the similar items thing on the page):

u/NBKFrost · 1 pointr/asmr

I have seen some asmrtist use this and it sounds good. Blue Snowball

u/SBP_Rob · 1 pointr/LetsPlayCritiques

I'm going to echo CoinOpProductions sentiments about the audio quality and cut scenes. One exception to the cutscenes is if you feel you can fill it with good comments about it.

If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive mic that has really great quality you should check out the Blue Snowball USB Mic, it's awesome for the price and usually you can get it for around $50-60 dollars on Amazon:

Aside from that, nice job =)

u/Finlin · 1 pointr/tabletop

I use a Blue Snowball for myself and my wife when we play online games with friends. We've got an office set up in an average-sized bedroom, and with the mic set up in the center of the room our friends can hear us perfectly. A little pricey, but not too bad for the level of quality you get.

u/JohnnyValet · 1 pointr/edmproduction

Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone - Cheap USB driven mic. It'll get you off the ground without breaking the bank.

u/ztherion · 1 pointr/pcgaming

If you have cash to spare. These are supposed to be fantastic. If not, you may have to experiment with different mics.

u/amdreallyfast · 1 pointr/Headsets

What kind of mic? I've been nearly paralyzed with indecision.

There's the blue snowball and blue snowball ice, which are commonly used, but I'm concerned about the direction-sensitive reception. I don't want the microphone to have to stand in front of the monitor and block my view just to pick up my voice. The former option has an omnidirectional mode, which may solve this issue, but I don't know.

Then there's the MXL AC404 conference mic, which a friend of mine has. That's omnidirectional only, but apparently works pretty well, but it is also the most expensive of the three.


u/caprica6ixx · 1 pointr/horror

A little feedback on the audio from an audio geek:
The dynamic level change is a bit drastic between your opening theme (which I LOVE by the way, super cool) and when you guys start talking, which forces listeners to turn their speakers way up to hear the content. I would maybe decrease the levels on the intro to match the rest of the podcast.
It sounds like you guys are sitting around one shared cardioid mic (or maybe a built-in laptop mic?) and there's a slight echo in the room, I think you could improve the sound of your voices if you picked up something like this: (it has on omni pickup mode so it would register both your voices at the same level without taking turns holding it). Blue makes great mics for basic home recording for around $50-60.

As for the film, I couldn't even get through the Innkeepers personally. I thought it was way too slow getting started and the effects were cheesy. Did really like Ti West's segment in V/H/S though.

u/FORTY8pak · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Yeah I was just being a smart-ass. I used it once or twice when gaming, I just didn't value the sound quality enough to keep it. It looks like this one. I'll get you some timestamps tonight after work if that's cool.

u/sennheissser · 1 pointr/headphones

I'm trying to figure out a good setup to work on my PS4 and PC. Let me just start off by saying I know very little about headphones and amps, soundcard thingys and such but I do know that the PS4 controller jack uses bluetooth and has compressed audio and headsets sound worse when using it. Anyways, I'm trying to figure out if this setup will work.
I want to use a Blue Snowball Mic
with Senneheiser 598
and Turtle Beach DSS to get the performance out of the 598's. Has anybody tried a setup like this? Would this even work? Is there a better/easier option to have a good desktop mic + headphones? If I'm able to put the snowball directly into the PS4 and then use the headset with the DSS plugged into the console then that would be perfect. Thanks for helping me figure this out.

I'm also strongly considering something like these just to save money and have a simpler setup.

u/PopulistMeat · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You can get AudioTechnica ATH-M50x or Sennheiser HD 598s, which I own and love, along with a Blue Snowball Microphone for like $200ish dollars all together.

u/PureHufflepuff · 1 pointr/podcasts

Well, if everyone is in the room, the phone is effective. The Yeti Snowball and Yeti Blue are also pretty effective as budget room mics. You can find video of their use on YouTube

u/silent_protector · 1 pointr/youtubers
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u/pest21500 · 1 pointr/computers

Visit your nearest goodwill or thirft store to see if they have an old rock band mic. There about £5 and work good for the money. They are also on ebay. They are cheaper usually if you find them at thrift stores. If you want something higher quality try the Blu Snowball, You could also get the Blu Snowball ICE but I don't recommend it.

u/Crazylegs2009 · 1 pointr/microphones

Fairly generic question. My current desktop microphone broke so I am looking to replace it. My biggest concern is how it will pick up my mechanical keyboard "clicks".

I was looking into the Blue Snowflake or the Blue Snowball but those are just ones I've seen suggested elsewhere. I am open to about any setup.

Any suggestions?

u/Benito911 · 1 pointr/gmod

Okay well I agree with BlueMetro because I've heard great things about blue snowballs. I found them pretty cheap on amazon and they come in a lot of colors.

u/TheSkesh · 1 pointr/PKA

Snowball is pretty good I think, it was the most used mic for commentaries and such for a while. Now people have moved to better and more expensive since they now have the means and the reasoning to get a more studio quality mic.

u/PCisLife · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

blue snowball I've had one for so long and it is really one of the best sounding, affordable mics. I recently got a mic arm with it also so I can have it up close to sound even better

u/CaptTripz · 1 pointr/buildapc

Considering buying a PC microphone for use with gaming. I already have a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's so I'm not really in need of a separate pair of gaming headsets. Can anyone recommend a good standalone PC mic around $100 or less? It would mostly get use with gaming and skype but could also find use in some minor video production (such as voiceovers). The Blue Yeti caught my eye due to the amount of reviews. Not sure if there is better for the price point.

Edit: What about the Blue Snowball?

u/Pauzle · 1 pointr/techsupport

It is supposed to work automatically -- without any drivers. Maker would be "Blue" and I can't seem to find a model or serial number on the box, but it was bought from here if that's any help.

u/roflbros14 · 1 pointr/singing

I would check out a Blue Snowball, it plugs straight into your computer through USB.
About $60 USD right now on Amazon.

u/TheSockGenius · 1 pointr/youtubers

Having good audio is crucial (Especially for a mostly voiceover channel). Now normally I would say, "stay away from mics less than 200" just because it is really an investment and you get what you pay for, but the snowball is a fantastic mic, especially for its price.

If thats still a bit pricey, I would say save up until you can afford it because anything less than that will either break the day you open it or sound similar to what you are using right now. (Keep in mind, i dont mean to sound like a jerk, i'm a nice guy i swear) And the great thing about this one, over the snowball ice is that it has a switch that will cancel out any background noise automatically.

If you want the cheaper variant, i thought i would link it, its fine but it doesnt cancel out background noise for you so it will sound pretty cruddy. But if 70 bucks is too much, this is the absolute cheapest i would suggest.

Happy hunting!

u/KangarooCornchips · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/PriceKnight · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

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u/Computerknight54 · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

Hello everyone, I've been working on making a YouTube channel but I need a few more things. The microphone on my headphones isn't too great so I would like a proper mic.
Is this any good?

Camera. I'd like a real camera to work with. Would a Canon Rebel T5 be good if I'm not taking pictures? Or should I go with something more reasonably priced GoPro Hero Session if I'm doing videos?

Software for editing. Any recommendations?

u/Anergos · 1 pointr/buildapc

Blue Snowball mic

Extremely good performance for the price.

u/Servios · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Hey man, don't worry about asking "stupid" questions, there's no such thing, and we've ALL been there before. I still seem to ask stupid questions at least once a day, and I've been doing this for some years now.

You have two options here bud. You can buy something like this which is a USB microphone, (similar, but not the same to what the last guy said) a really common choice for beginners looking to just experience recording into their computer, but the quality is still surprisingly great. It can work on ANYTHING. Guitar/vocals/drums/farts whatever.

The second option is to get something with some "upgrade" capability if you plan on doing this for a long time. That would be to buy TWO things, one would be an audio interface (which has preamps built in) which can connect virtually ANY microphone into it, which goes into your computer via USB. This is a great one of those, simple and doesn't break-the-bank But then you'd also have to buy another microphone, like the sm57 or whatever. If you did it this way, your interface could last you many many years and it will provide usually a headphone output, one of two mic inputs, as well as gain control and leveling. A little more professional, but an extra thing to buy.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

u/Spartan2744 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Do you think this would be a good one? It's not a Blue Yeti, but it's made by the same people.

u/Adam500 · 1 pointr/letsplay

I've been using a Blue Snowball I got off of Amazon. Its worked well for me so far, and was about $60 which is pretty cheap for a quality condenser mic.

u/ZephyrianNick · 1 pointr/letsplay

If you're on somewhat of a budget, either a Blue Yeti or a Blue Snowball (both with a pop filter! ) are great ways to go. I use a Blue Yeti in my videos and for $100, I couldn't be happier with it. It works incredibly well, and is something I'd recommend to anybody who doesn't make a living off YouTube. (In that scenario, there are some higher quality mics and mic setups you can get, but they can cost upwind of $200 at a minimum.)

u/TheMusicalEconomist · 1 pointr/letsplay

Do you mean the presence of a facecam? I would recommend getting a nice webcam and microphone (I use this and this, respecitvely). They're not prohibitively expensive and can get you a level of recording quality that's a touch higher than the average dime-a-dozen LP. You'll have to do some experimenting with your video editing to figure out how you want to frame it, but that comes with trial and error. For example, I elected to make my gameplay off-center so that the facecam doesn't cover it up (unless the game is widescreen in which case I have no choice), and put my logo in the remaining negative space.

u/anteedum · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Got a pair Sennheisers HD598c's & a Blue Snowball, Super happy with the sound qaulity. Got a killer deal on them as well during blackfriday/cyber-monday

u/KrustyKrab223 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Virtual 7.1 is worthless. Also, if you're considering spending 300$, no headset will do you any good in that price range.

You'd be far better off getting a actual proper pair of headphones, like the Sennheiser HD598's or the Philips Fidelio SPH9500's if you want to spend a little less. To go along with one of those, get a decent studio mic, like the Blue Snowball or the Audio Technica ATR2500

If you want the microphone to be integrated to the the headphone, look no further than the ModMic 4.0

If you want a good little headset for relatively cheap, just get the Kingston HyperX Clouds. They beat practically any other headset out there, aside from like Sennheiser Game Zero's and Beyer MX300's, but those are over 3 times the price usually.

u/shovelface88 · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

No problem bud. Here's a link to the exact mic I have, although I bought mine at Fry's.

They also carry it at bestbuy for the same price as amazon.

u/GotKwestionz · 1 pointr/buildapc

I ordered the HT | OMEGA eClaro and it should be here this week.

I want clearer sound for conference calls and lectures. It will be used with a Sennheiser PC 350 SE headset although I am considering getting a Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone and either a Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones or Audio-Technica ATH-M50S...

u/TheRabidTiger · 1 pointr/Minecraft

Another tip as for mic wise, check out the Blue Microphones Snowball. (New to reddit, so hopefully you are allowed to post links to amazon... but I'll put the link at the end of this post. I'm linking to amazon, you might be able to find them cheaper or even on amazon if you don't want their "prime" service.) It is currently listed at $66 bucks and you can't get a better microphone for under $100 that compares to that one. Another to consider, if you want to save a little and make the jump is the AT2020 (Again, posted as the second link at the bottom.) I bought mine 2 or 3 weeks ago for $110 through their prime. (Seems to have jumped to $140 right now...) Very solid mic. Works great from a distance and close. If you plan on being close to any mic, invest in a pop filter (Link at the end again). Amazon has a great one for $15 that I use. If you plan on just putting it on the edge of your desk and talking, it'll work too, but you'll have to raise the mic levels, and thus get more interference and background noise. I talk close (probably a foot or so away.) to my AT2020, and get no background noise. Haven't personally tried the Snowball, but everyone I've talked to that has it loves it and recommends it. Food for thought when money becomes available. As for your current audio, it doesn't sound bad, seem to be doing a good job in Audacity, I was going to recommend that program until I saw you already use it :-). And if thinking about any other mics, just search them on youtube, people almost always have a comparison or such video to listen to them with. (And on another note, regardless of mics that I've used, I still put an EQ on them to drop off the highs and lows that speech doesn't use. Just a good thing to throw on, usually editing software has it.)

EDIT: Also in order of necessity, mic first obviously, and then the pop filter can come later if you are having problems with the "s" and "p" letters causing peaks. I also forgot to mention, if going with a condenser mic, it's a good idea to look into getting a shock mount that fits the mic, that'll stop vibrations from being picked up in the mic too, sometimes they become audible as a low or high hum that are difficult to remove.

Blue Mics Snowball


Pop Filter

u/Ipp · 1 pointr/starcraft
  • Best reasonable price mic: Blue Snowball
  • Programs: Fraps for VOD Only, XSplit for livecasting (TwitchTV can upload to YT, so you don't need fraps if you live cast)

    I copied and pasted my response from a other caster I was giving advice to:

    You can't use viewer count for motivation. For a new caster each video is a lotto ticket, there is a very small chance one of your casts will make it on a site such as SC2Casts or Reddit but when it does you will get 1000 views and hope that 5% of those come back. Until that happens, just upload on a consistent schedule; for instance I just started live casting at 19:00 EST every day and uploading the VODs to Youtube. By setting up a schedule you are catering to "the 1%" who watch you, hoping they tell friends and such.

    If you still enjoy casting after following a schedule for a month or two, look into purchasing some gear to improve your quality. You can't look it like "I will buy a $100 mic and it will get me more views and pay itself off!". You're staying at home more and if you are like me staying at home means you are not going out to the bar; which is saving you money. It now becomes I saved $100 this month by not going out; I reward myself with a microphone.

    Don't advertise your video's until you are very happy with them yourself; you will only get flamed and demotivated. Every new caster can improve upon something; vocabulary, mic, and just over all quality. Watch every video you make and take notes until you get comfortable.

    If you want replays, I have been attaching replays to my YouTube casts lately but if you just google "SC2 Replays" you will find many replays. However I sift through them which ensures they are good games.
u/XItitan · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Thanks for the tip! I decided to go with this option as the general consensus leans towards the separate desktop mic / headphone combo. Probably going to go pick up a blue snowball as well. Just to clarify it is this mic right?

u/omnomanom · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Notice any major impact on audio quality with those replacement pads?

e:I've heard the Shure HPAEC840 replacement pads work well, and are fairly affordable at ~$15.

Tough for me to justify $40-50 replacement pads on $80 headphones!

u/Vally1 · 1 pointr/headphones

Recently got the m40x's and they feel quite uncomfortable and was looking them up and saw people recommending new pads and whatnot, should I return the headset and get a different pair or get one of these pads?

u/radbananas · 1 pointr/Music

I have ATH-M50s and they are fantastic, but I recommend buying these pads along with them. The stock pads are extremely uncomfortable, but with the Shure's I can easily listen to an entire album without adjusting them at all.

u/chickenbellyfinn · 1 pointr/headphones

I bought the shure hpaec840 pads, those were much more comfortable. After a while I actually replaced the foam in the original pads with memory foam, that was the most comfortable for me. When I bought the headphones I used to leave them stretched over my computer to break-in the headband as well, the clamping often gave me headaches.

u/Pyr0monk3y · 1 pointr/headphones

Sure srh840 earpads will fix that. They are softer too.

u/OmegaWrex · 1 pointr/headphones

These for sure. Way better then the HM5's for M50's

Shure HPAEC840 Replacement Ear Cushions For SRH840 Headphones

u/compubomb · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I like my Shure SRH 440's with the SRH840 earpads. :) Sub-$150 Excellent.

u/EinTheVariance · 1 pointr/headphones

check out the Shure 840 pads then (, they fit somewhat loosely but stays on fine and has a much bigger inner hole.

u/Scribblesocks · 1 pointr/Twitch

> Also I plan on streaming on PS4 through a PC with OBS so where should I plug in the Blue Yeti?

Plug microphone into PC as you normally would for PC games. OBS is what you need capturing the mic, not the PS4.

> Also would like to know for the headphones.

I use my Blue Yeti with ATH-m50x with Shure HPAEC840 Replacement Ear Cushions

Very comfortable and I think they sound pretty good. Though the headphones themselves won't have any impact on your microphone quality, only your personal listening.

u/Kerry56 · 1 pointr/headphones

I wouldn't get velour pads for the M50x. All reports say it sucks all the life out of the bass.

Shure 840 pads are often used, but they fit a little loosely. This can be fixed with an elastic hair band over the pads, and fitting down into the groove.

u/The_Magic_Toaster · 1 pointr/headphones

I got these for mine and it made them so much more comfortable... They're just about the same thickness but much softer and squishier so while they're more comfortable, there's little (if any) noticeable change in sound. They are bigger than the stock pads though so they are a bit loose on the headphones but they stay on.

I'd recommend them.

u/ChiefSitsOnAssAllDay · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

The M50's are a lot better with the Shure HPAEC840 Replacement Ear Cushions. A serious upgrade in comfort and soundstage IMO.

u/suspiciouscow · 1 pointr/headphones

What pads should I get for my M40x that will increase comfort without changing the sound?

I saw a thread where they said these would work but are a little loose. Is there anything with a better fit?

u/HoneyBunchesOfVotes · 1 pointr/headphones

Shure 840 or 940 pads for Phillips SHP9500?

I noticed that both the [Shure 840 pads]( ie=UTF8&qid=1520819045&sr=8-1&keywords=shure+840+pads) and Shure 940 pads will fit on the SHP9500's.

The difference is in the pad material. 940's are a velour material while 840's are leather. Which would you guys recommend?

u/kookooktchoo · 1 pointr/headphones

I know this gets mentioned a lot, but the SR840 pad mod really improves comfort. You should try it. The pads aren't expensive.

u/Mad_Economist · 1 pointr/CabaloftheBuildsmiths

Alright, I can work with that.

To preface this, I recommend pairing one of the following headphones with a clip-on microphone - either a cheaper model like a [Zalman ZM-Mic1] ( or a more expensive model like [Antlion's Modmic] ( - rather than getting a headset with an integrated mic. From a price/performance standpoint, headsets almost never stack up. The headsets made by the real headphone brands are exceedingly expensive, and with a very small body of exceptions the cheaper headsets sound terrible.

Now, onward to the headphones. When I hear "isolation", "comfort", and "neutral/warm sound signature", the first thing that comes to my mind is [NVX's] ( [XPT100] ( ([$99 via Amazon] ( I actually own a pair of these myself for use as moderate isolation movie/podcast headphones for when my house is too loud for me to use my open headphones, and they're among the most comfortable headphones I've had. While they don't take the top spot - no headphones without an AKG-style suspension strap will ever do that - they're definitely in the top five or so. Their sound isn't the most detailed out there, but they're fairly neutral, solidly built, and very comfortable, particularly given their price.

A more expensive step up would be [Shure's] ( SRH[840] ( ([$199 via Amazon] ( While I sadly haven't had a chance to try these out myself, I've heard little but good things about them. Formerly on Innerfidelity's wall of fame, and with consistently good reviews for their sound, comfort, and overall quality, they're definitely a solid choice if you're looking for a neutralish sound with some bass.

A third option would be the [Focal Spirit One] ( ([$175] ( or [$179] ( via Amazon for the black and white models, respectively). Focal has a quite a solid reputation in audio, but the Spirit One had some serious issues on its release due to manufacturing defects, and it suffered a rather bad reception as a result. These issues are said to have been since resolved, however, and the Spirit One is a very solid headphone at that price. The sound is a bit on the bassy side, but not extremely so, and is quite good for this price. Comfort may be an issue, however, as the One was quite clearly designed more for portability than comfort. While no review characterizes it as uncomfortable, it's a safe bet that it doesn't measure up to the other two in this regard.

Another rather unique option, albeit one with some inherent drawbacks, would be [Fostex's] ( [T50RP] ( ([$127 via Amazon] ( Now, the T50RP is, at stock, not the best-liked headphone. Though it is one of the (if not the) cheapest orthodynamic headphones in the world, its very poor comfort and [rolled-off sound] ( have attracted a lot of criticism. Having a pair myself, I wholeheartedly agree with criticism of its comfort, but think its stock sound is better than people give it credit for. What the T50RP has going for it, however, is an [exceptionally dedicated modding community] (, and some very high-profile modified variants. Modded T50RPs under the branding of MrSpeakers and ZMF can sell for $300, $600, or even $1,000, and experienced reviewers and audiophiles alike have claimed that they measure up to headphones in those price ranges. If you happen to feel a DIYish inclination, a T50RP can be quite a solid project to work on, and, in theory, it can get you $300-600 sound quality for a little sound of $200 accounting for the various materials it takes to mod them.

Now, there are, as said, quite a few drawbacks to the T50RP: the stock sound isn't for everyone, it requires more power to drive than the other mentioned headphones (not enough to cause issues at stock, in my opinion, but when modded it can be quite intensive to drive, almost assuredly moreso than your integrated audio can support), and it's absolutely terrible in comfort (if you do go for them, [a headband cover like this] ( and a pair of [Shure] ( or [Brainwavz] ( pads were what I used to take them from "terrible" to "pretty darn solid" comfort), and modding isn't for the faint of heart. After quite a while of tinkering, I've yet to get my own T50RP mod working properly. It's amazing value if you can make it work for you, but it's quite a significant amount of effort to achieve that.

u/Bob-Ross · 1 pointr/headphones

You can replace them with the leather pads from the Shure 840's.
Shure 840 Pads

They're taller than the stock pads, and considerably more comfortable in my opinion. Isolation is still good, and there was no decline in sound quality for me at all. They are a touch too big to fit on the M50's perfectly, but they're pretty easy to pop back on if they fall off now and again, it happens fairly rarely to me though.

u/TriplePlay2425 · 1 pointr/headphones

Considering the 6400 pads lasted me about a year and the 8400 pads have lasted a year and still look great, I would say that it's worth it because if you plan to use the headphones for a while, you (hopefully) won't need to replace them once a year for £19 a pop. Of course, I suppose that all depends on how much you baby them, vs how much they get tossed into a bag or if you wear them while the pads rub against a hat, or if you just toss them around, etc. Mine pretty much just sit on top of my desk 100% of the time that they aren't on my head. Also, I find the 8400 pads more comfortable, as I mentioned before.

I actually don't need to check, regarding the M50 pads! In short: no, they won't fit on the 6400/8400s. Full explanation: I received my M50s used, and the pads were squished down flat, so I bought some new ones (although I actually bought these compatible Shure pads). If you look at the 3rd photo shown on this product page for them, you can see the back side of the pads:

These pads (and I believe all M50-compatible pads) have the material on the back form a smaller circle that fits in a groove along the edge of the M50 cups and is just held in by that material wrapping around that edge.

The 6400/8400 pads come with a hard plastic ring glued to the fake leather material and that ring snaps into the headphone cups. If you look at the product page images for the 6400/8400 pads, you can see that plastic ring at the bottom. So the M50 and 6400/8400 pads attach differently, and won't work "cross-platform".

Side note: I remember replacing the pads on my 6400s being kind of annoying. I think you have to just pry off that plastic ring for them to snap off, but it requires a fair amount of force, and I was scared of breaking something. I don't think there's an "unlock" mechanism to make it easier. But it's been a while, and I don't really have a screwdriver or tool handy at my office desk to snap them off to take a look right now. But besides the fear/stress of that, they replaced fine with no issue!

u/asdf4455 · 1 pointr/headphones

ah understandable. If you do find the pads unconfortable like I did, I recommend you get Shure HPAEC840 pads for it. They fit perfectly, are larger so your ear fits in a lot better, and are a lot less stiff. people also recommend the HM5 pads, but I found the larger distance from the ear and driver changed the audio too much in a negative way.

u/tinamou63 · 1 pointr/headphones

Not gonna lie, the original pleather pads are quite shitty. So I switched to Shure pads. Here's a link

u/ubertome · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Awesome rig. I noticed the earpads on your ATH-M50s are pretty flat. Mine lost all its original soft cushioning and became unbearable to wear. If you're feeling the same thing, I suggest using these Shure 840 earpads to replace the crappy stock ones. The memory foam feels soooo good.

u/tyman6788 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/Metaright · 1 pointr/letsplay

The Samson Meteor costs only $70 new. I have one, and I think it sounds very professional.

u/CombustibleLemonz · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I have a Samson Meteor desktop mic for 45$ shipped if you are interested. Amazon link

u/Athrophia · 1 pointr/Twitch

For video I already have a HD PRO WEBCAM C920 and for audio I have a Samson Meteor Mic, but since I'll be duo streaming with a roommate, I'm not sure what I should go for.
what do you think about the SteelSeries Arctis 7 ?
I have a cherry mx red keyboard with o-rings, I'd like something that will pick up the less ambient noise possible.
I have a budget a bit above 1k € since I'll probably be able to sell my i5 4670k / Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H / 4x4 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz CAS9 / 2 x MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III for a bit.
Not sure how much I could sell this old hardware, but since ram is more expensive, and the I5 isn't bad, the 7950's could probably go around 70€ each and the MB maybe around 70€ as well, not really sure.
I also have a green screen, maybe not top quality, but with some testing it might work, I'll probably have to buy some lights as well to have a better chroma key quality.

u/marcy349 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I wouldn't recommend you get a Blue Snowball, you could get a much better mic for round about the same price, eg, the Samson Meteor

u/TakeCoverOrDie · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

This is the mic i was suggested. Is it worth the extra 60$ for the snowball? Also does that arm get in the way or is it pretty easy to make it less noticeable

u/UTommieTanka · 1 pointr/WorldofTanks

No idea how much you want to spend but I have this, but a cheaper alternative is this.

u/Unreal_Psycho · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

The samson meteor is 82$ on amazon but this seller has it for 60$ is this legit ?

u/Scythex · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Using a Samson Meteor Mic right now, it works very well.

u/sahbey · 1 pointr/microphones


Guys ive been doing some research for the past week for a good usb mic for gaming and streaming I dont want to spent hundreds of dollars but just a nice little something that has a decent output the budget is 60euro

I found 2 contestants:

1: samson meteor

2: Blue Snowball Ice

When I listened to audio tests i felled that the samson meteor sounded better just wanted to know what you guys thought about it

If you got some similar suggestions please do so and state why it would be better. (ps USB is highly preffered

I want to thank everyone who took their time to respond to my question in advance!

u/Shadow_DragonPlays · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

for $10 more, the [Samson Meteor] ( is cheaper and competes with the Blue Yeti.

u/Hooogan · 1 pointr/funny

Was this microphone expensive? I bought this one to record my electric guitar playing in my room. When I try record something the sound cracks. It only picks up the sound if I have the amp down very low but that isn't much use.

Can the Blue Jeti record semi-loud music?

u/Hejqiu · 1 pointr/Twitch

I recommend such microphones:

Samson Meteor

Samson C01U

Blue Snowball

There are microphones in a similar price budget, he now bought me C01U but it's a matter of taste, the quality of this is more or less everyone is on the same level.

u/lostinim · 1 pointr/GirlGamers

Sure, I have used the Samson microphones as they are quite easy to set up. I used an older one, the Samson C01U, but there is a lot of good from the Go Mic and Meteor Mic.

I do hear good things about the Blue Snowball as well, though I do not have experience with the brand.

And once you do get a microphone, I would totally recommend getting a directional pop filter for yourself, it can make quite a difference.

u/TheOldPope · 1 pointr/italy

In quella fascia di prezzo ho sentito parlar bene dello snowball ma anche di questo

Però tutto per sentito dire

edit: link sbagliato

u/dylangarrett15 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Not /u/fluffleofbunnies but any features can be matched with a decent pair of headphones, as for style just find a pair of headphones you like the look of and as for comfort, any headphones you pay a decent amount for will be very comfortable.

We aren't telling you you're wrong to get a gaming headset, we're just trying to explain that sound quality can be much better than a gaming headset and that any features and styles you look for can be attained also.

I have these headphones and this mic. The mic is a bit overkill but I used to make YouTube videos. The headphones however, are relatively cheap, great quality and very comfortable.

u/wolfishacker · 1 pointr/buildapc

ModMic which I haven't tried seems pretty cool, and comes with good reviews...

The Samson Meteor Mic has also been recommend by multiple friends of mine.

And as for the build being reliable it should be.. If one of the parts malfunctions or breaks it should be under warranty (usually 3month-1yr) and you can RMA it.

And what exactly do you mean by 800GB of SSD? Do you just mean the drive itself? Or something else?
I use the BLUE Nessie USB Mic. I would not recommend it. It was a big hassle to get software to recognize it as a microphone. The sound quality was fine, but wasn't worth the hassle.

u/shinrikyou · 1 pointr/buildapc

Did it look like this or this? I'm more inclined towards the first (cheaper) assuming there's not a colossal difference between the two.

u/mochabearblazed · 1 pointr/razer

I use the Razer kraken 7.1 v2 and love it for the look and audio quality. I never use the mic because I have a samson desk mic I love so I cant speak on mic quality at all.

u/TheLanolin · 1 pointr/Twitch

The Samson Meteor Mic is a very cheap, effective solution to your problem. I've been using it for years and while I'm going to be upgrading soon, it works wonderfully for groups and fairly well for single person recording.

u/Insert-insult-here · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

This is a better mic.

u/8ALTON8 · 1 pointr/NewTubers

Lot of people recommending the blue snowball... I dunno, I think it's a tad overpriced for what it is. Blue products tend to have a bit of a markup on them for being name brand as far as USB mics go. For the same price you could get a Samson Meteor mic

Which has more features like a headphone port for realtime audio monitoring and a freakin' mute button.

u/haragoshi · 1 pointr/audioengineering

looking for a budget audio input solution for podcasting.

I currently podcast with one friend, but would like to eventually add more friends to the podcast. I currently have a cheap microphone, but no stand and no USB adapter for it, and a wireless gaming headset.

For our first episode I planned to use the built-in mic of my laptop and the USB headset as inputs, but i couldn't get the USB headset to mix with the built-in mic.

I saw this article on best USB audio interface. My initial plan was to buy the Tascam US-2×2 to mix my non-USB mic and another cheap microphone. I would need to buy some cheap tabletop mic stands, but i don't know which brands.

An alternative would be to spend the $150 I would spend on a sound board on two new USB microphones instead of a USB mixer. One advantage of USB mics is I wouldn't need mic stands. I was thinking maybe the Meteor or the Snowball ICE

which is the better solution? USB mics or USB mixer?

If I go with the USB mixer, which cheap mic and tabletop stands should I buy?

Is there a cheaper alternative that I'm missing? I would like to start low budget and gradually upgrade as necessary.

u/khong756 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I live in 68135.

I have a samson mic. What would you offer?

Edit: This one Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome)

u/kilmanio · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

found these on for a pretty good price:

headphone: Sennheiser HD558

microphone: AudioTechnica at2020 usb

other mic options :

Blue Yeti

Samson Meteor

I don't know any other UK webstores, but be sure to check the ones you know so you get the best price!

u/omnicidial · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace - I got one of these on sale a little cheaper. Dota2 random people tell me I sound like the voice of god and comment on how good the mic sounds almost daily.

u/Cowcow1gomoo · 1 pointr/singing
u/Abs0lutelySmashing · 1 pointr/microphones

Funny you ask, I was just about to make a post asking if I royally screwed myself (excuse my vulgar analogy) for compatibility because I got a Samson Meteor Mic. Its good but it seems its compatibility is abysmal. Im gonna go out on a hunch and say that it's compatible with the Samson MK10 mainly because you can bundle it with the microphone, could be wrong though. Also from everything I've seen you can't put a shock mount on it. But this is all coming from very short answers in Amazons question section so maybe you can provide me with some insight. My initial thought was combining that stand with this shockmount/popfilter.

u/Malix82 · 1 pointr/letsplay

I use this atm

pretty darn good if you can get it ~30cm away from your mouth, but mounting options are pretty bad (didn't fit into my shockmount) and having it on table seems to cause pretty wack spatial effect (echo from table surface, I guess).

u/epicflyman · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hi OP! I spec and build custom machines semi-professionally, and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you have. I know /u/simonc95 has already given a ton of good information, but if you have any concerns on specifics I can definitely fill you in.

I will however, reiterate what was said on power supplies - DONT CHEAP OUT. The thing is responsible for keeping your machine running, and if something goes wrong could fry the entire thing. Not a risk worth taking. Stick to tier 1 and 2a from the list provided if at all possible. Personally, I'm a big fan of the EVGA Supernova G2 PSU's, as they give the option of semi-passive and fully passive cooling if silence is your gig.

Since you want to do both gaming and editing, I'd recommend sticking to Nvidia's GTX line for your GPU (AMD is fine too, but I've always held issue with the amount of heat those things put out. That's your call though.) - the Quattro's are fine for purely workstation systems, but are not intended for gaming. (A 960 or 970, or the equivalent low -mid range of the next batch of cards when they release this year - should do you just fine.)

One thing that hasnt been covered yet is peripherals - since you're planning to do photo/video editing, you're going to want something that color accurate -this points you towards an IPS panel (as opposed to a TN panel. The principle by which the screen updates pixels is the difference. TN panels are generally better for gaming as they are capable of much higher refresh rates, up to 144hz commonly, but a decent IPS will handle the games you listed just fine).

You'll have to shop around a little bit to find one with a solid color score as well as the features you want. If you want to be in 4K, as is in vogue right now, you'll need a beefier graphics card, (esp for gaming/video rendering) and a 4k monitor, which unfortunately have yet to come down in price by much.

Now, for typing, this comes down to personal preference, but if you want your hands to love you, buy a mechanical keyboard. Anything with Cherry MX switches is a pretty good option, but if you find another switch type that tickles your fancy then that's your prerogative. Mech keyboards are more expensive than your typical rubberdome, but taken care of properly (like not spilling drinks on them) they'll last virtually forever. They're also hugely customizable - you can get LED backlit keys, or custom keycaps, and even keycaps you can see through!

For audio recording, most people use Audacity, which is a free audio recording and processing software. If you want to do anythig more serious that just talk over VOIP, you'll want to get some variety of condenser microphone (as opposed to dynamic, which is commonly used in most (gaming headsets). If you'd like to have a boom style microphone on your headphones of choice, the Antlion Modmic is an excellent option. Otherwise, you can always use a freestanding microphone - the most popular has been the Blue Yeti for quite a few years now. If you just want something to start you off, the Samson Meteor mic is actually quite the bang for the buck.

Alright, sorry for the wall of text. Feel free to comment reply or PM me if you have any questions.

u/pineapplehamster · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I got the Samson meteor mic, the sounds pretty great and it looks better than the snowball imo

u/Lonxu · 1 pointr/buildapc

I went with USB Condenser mic from Samson (C03U). I've done some work professionally with it so I didn't wanna get shitty gaming headset instead.

So, I'd maybe recommend something like

I've never owned any gaming headsets so I don't know about them.

u/ResilientFellow · 1 pointr/letsplay

So you would definitely recommend it? Were there any issues with set up or anything? Also, just to be sure, you mean this right?

Thanks for your help. Btw, you guys are great, lol.

u/fabion95 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/brodoyouevencaduceus · 1 pointr/League_Of_Legends_

Not sure where your budget bracket falls into, but you can always find good microphones out of popular name brands (Razer comes to mind, I use their Blackshark headset and it's fine) but since you record a lot, you're going to be more focused on your microphone than a full-on headset, so I would recommend going for a desktop standalone. Sennheiser is one of the best makers you can come across, but not the most practical. I think your best bet is to just try one or two out that are Below $100 or so and just keep returning them to the store within a day or so if you haven't found the quality you're looking for.
Couple options I found after just searching a bit:,loc:2&gclid=CjwKEAiA3qXBBRD4_b_V7ZLFsX4SJAB0AtEVX0thRWeC0I_T8xoQ_g66W5jwC3lCUrEQkPnKLful_xoC7U_w_wcB

Hope I'm not too far off the mark, good luck brother

u/morchel2k · 1 pointr/buildapc

I would buy a Samson Meteor mic if you are serious with streaming/youtube. It's the same quality as a blue yeti for half the price. I bought one for 40€ not too long ago. Depending on your desk layout you might also need a microphone boom to cancel out your keyboard noise, but they are <15$ on Amazon.

u/agentc0re · 1 pointr/letsplay

I don't think that adapter will improve how you sound. Microphones are made to pick up specific frequencies and no in between hardware will change that. It might 'alter' it by removing certain frequencies but if you may not want that because most cheep mic's only pick up a small range to begin with. I think your money might be spent elsewhere. That's just my two cents, and I'm no expert in audio either.

If you want to spend close to nothing, you could go steal your mom's/sisters/girlfriends pantyhose. You'll want to put this over the tip of the mic and cut excess away. Experiment with layers. This will be a homemade pop-filter. :D

Also, you can try voicemeeter. I have a tutorial on how to use it with dxtory. I need up update my tutorial, but make sure to choose the MME devices over the WDM ones. I would like to note that you don't necessarily need to follow my guide to get voicemeeter to work for you. If you need help, let me know.

Money options

I use a MS LX-3000. Cost me $20 USD. Along with voicemeeter, I think i sound pretty good.

Two of my friends use the Samson Meteor and really like it. It's around $70 USD on amazon.

Then there's the whole range of podcasting style microphones. They can range from the same price as the samson to thousands of dollars.

u/OrderAlwaysMatters · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I recently bought a surface go (for general use) and was going to use that as my hardware needs if possible - using snips as an embedded assistant replacing Cortana for my use cases. I have not tinkered with bash on windows (windows 10), but it is supposed to let me run linux commands through the windows OS. I feel like it should work for something like this, but I havent confirmed how cleanly I can keep an open channel with it, and if the code I want to run can effect apps on windows (like sending a command to the linux channel listening for snips to change the song playing on spotify on windows)

If that ends up being a mess, I have a pi3 and a desktop mic I could use. I'm in a 1BR apartment, so wall integration isnt on my radar yet.

u/Sillvir · 1 pointr/Twitch

This desk microphone is used quite often by streamers and produces a nice quality:

It goes on sale often, so just keep your eyes peeled for it. Or buy it off Ebay :P

u/theguycalledtom · 1 pointr/podcasts

The standard recommended mic for beginners in this sub reddit is the ATR-2100 and its friends (2005, q2u). It has USB, XLR, headphone monitoring and also runs on iOS devices with the camera connection kit. I'm pretty sure it also has a stand included, but you still need to at least by a $5 windshield to use as a pop filter.

If you reckon you have the recording environment that can handle a condenser, you can also consider the Samson Meteor which is US$64. It obviously probably isn't as flexible as the Rode as it had a built in stand.

u/MyNameIsRu · 1 pointr/battlestations

It's a Samson Meteor, and for $50 and the amount of use it gets, it does just fine for me.

u/desigi · 1 pointr/LetsPlayCritiques

I didn't have a huge budget for the mic and I read on /r/letsplay that the Samson Metor Mic was a great "bang for buck" choice. I looked at a few review videos and picked it up from Amazon.

Just got it today. Sounds amazing compared to my headphone mic... no surprise there.

u/roobixcubes · 1 pointr/AskTechnology

Samson Meteor Mic. Even if the LP thing doesnt work out, this is a super good quality mic I'd suggest anyday.

u/_Relax_ · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I'm new to pc gaming and I'm looking to buy my first mechanical keyboard. The razer 50% off sale is very tempting. This is the keyboard I was thinking about.

Also, I recently purchased this table top mic.

The thing I'm worried about is if this keyboard will be too loud/annoying when I'm gaming with friends. I'm hoping that the "stealth" version is quiet enough. Does anyone have any insight?

u/10ofClubs · 1 pointr/audioengineering

I recently got Volca sample and keys and I have some other analogue instruments I would like to start mic'ing and recording, but I don't have a

  1. Mixer

  2. sound card or audio interface, and

  3. I'm not sure if my mic is usable for recording stringed instruments.

    I'm still dabbling in this as a hobby so I'm looking for some cheap entry-level equipment to satisfy my needs with as little extra gear as possible. I suspect I can get by without a Mixer if I need to, and my current mic is a Samsung Meteor Mic so it might be passable, but I don't have a stand or arm for it and most of my analogue instruments are stringed instruments.

    Any recommendations?
u/BlackMoth27 · 1 pointr/headphones

they do have these
which should fit and be similar to the stock pads except for velour.

honestly i don't love my hm5 pads. they are way better than stock but not perfect.

u/KyleRob07 · 1 pointr/headphones

If you order the SRH440s, order the SRH940 velour pads and that will make them much more comfortable.

u/Djzongreethesecond · 1 pointr/headphones

I got those pad's and I didn't like them. They make the sound stage a lot wider, but they kill all of the bass and make them sound... I dunno, 'tinny', imo. I use these

u/Banned_f0r_Life · 1 pointr/headphones

Get yourself some of these

I happened to own a pair of shure 940's and tried them out on the m50's, makes them MUCH more comfortable.

u/spyrosj · 1 pointr/headphones

these work too

u/baddays79 · 1 pointr/headphones

The replacement pads for the Shure SRH940s also work really well on the M50s. They are a lot more breathable and they don't noticeably affect the sound signature.

u/MrEleventy · 1 pointr/headphones

Shure SRH940 pads work well too. I have them on my HI2050. Nicer material. Less scratchy and more plush. A bit of a warning tho, the inner circumference IS smaller.

u/Roseking · 1 pointr/TeamSolomid

Got your back.

I know it says Shure, but as long as the m50x is the same size as the m50 they fit perfectly.

u/Cleath · 1 pointr/headphones

I heard that the hm5 hurt the sound more than they help comfort. Someone on this sub recommended some shure pads but idk the full name. Anyone have those pads and care to share?

Edit: [Amazon link] (

u/giantnakedrei · 1 pointr/headphones

I use these, because I tend to wear my M50s when I go to bed (not a good idea, but whatever.) In summer, I'd be woken up by ear discomfort - burning hot ears and dripping with sweat - within an hour or two, roll over and take them off, and promptly fall back asleep.

With the 940 pads, my ears are much more comfortable, although I think they're a bit shallower than the original pads. Often times I don't even take them off (Japan in winter means they keep my ears just warm enough - bedroom gets down to around freezing during late Dec-Jan during the night.)

u/notavalidsource · 1 pointr/audiophile

There are quite a few. These will work, but they aren't the ones I got. I can take pics of mine when I get home, or you could google velour/felt pads for ATH-M50

u/5supermarioAkaChara · 1 pointr/headphones

So I love my m50x's, but the earpads are trash. I bought the HM5 pads but they sounded awful, and I found that it was because the lip that held the earpads on covered a part of the driver. Long story short i cut a bit of the lip off and now they sound fantastic, but theyre completely ruined and need tape to stay on. So my question is, what are the best earpads for the m50x's? Love the feel of the HM5's, so will these mess up the sound? Please help!

u/veni_vidi_vale · 1 pointr/headphones

Great post, as usual. One additional thought - if you do the bass port mod on your T50RP Mk2s, consider the Shure 940 velour pads. Yes they rob some of the bass (hence the bassport mod) but if you are purely looking for comfort, after the alpha pads the velour 940s are super comfortable.

u/coregmrconman · 1 pointr/FrankOcean
u/FlipnPanda · 1 pointr/headphones

I use the [Shure 940] ( velour pads with my m50s. A lot more comfortable and fit perfectly

u/axellarcos · 1 pointr/DIY

You can twist off the section of the ear cup that holds the ear pad in place. You'll have to cut off the old pads and remove all of the padding material inside. Here's a good video I used as a reference when I was doing mine:

These are the replacement pads that I used, same as the guy on the video:

One note though, some of the white stitching on the new pads will show outside of the headphones. It's a minor cosmetic issue but it feels great with those pads.

u/king_curry · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I use these. They're a little big, but they don't move THAT much and I really like the velour. Before, I couldn't stand the heat buildup.

u/ledzep7 · 1 pointr/headphones

I did this and did not like the change in sound signature at all. Way too boomy. Currently using these pads

u/ApolloFortyNine · 1 pointr/headphones

Those are cheaper and fit perfectly, and are much better than the default pads. I'm currently at 10 hours today with them on and I feel fine. I've worn them for longer and they're still fine. The default pads though killed my ears.

u/CMagex · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

If you look up mod for ath m50s on google you will find a head-fi article on it, but I bought these and they are great.

u/Bplease · 1 pointr/IAmA

These replacement earpads for the M50x's are amazing.

u/heartcoke · 1 pointr/headphones

I bought these:

mostly due to the fact that my ears would get hot/sweat if i was wearing my ath-m50s for long. I use them at work which requires me to sometimes be listening so I can't comment much on whether the sound isolation is the same, but the bass is different, not bad though just more of an open bass.

u/Amefurikozo · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I see, very informative.

I'm mostly leaning towards this as of now

It's the USB+ version of AT 2020. It has more features like a headphone jack. Can you check it out and tell me what you think?

Edit: basically i'm between this or your suggestion as of now, so your opinion on the USB+ version of the mic i was thinking matters a lot.

u/packotictacs · 1 pointr/microphones

I'm looking to buy a microphone for my friend, but I have no experience in this department. My friend isn't going professional idol singer mode, but I do still want to have some sound quality and after doing some research, I got some came up some picks and was looking for any insight.

My picks were:

Blue Yeti USB

AT2020+ USB

AT2020 with Behringer audio interface and XLR cable? Do I need this? Its didn't seem to be included in any of these.

Are these alright just for some casual recording/singing?

u/popeyetyty · 1 pointr/Trombone
u/lenswipe · 1 pointr/microphones

Option 1

| Type | Item | Link | Price |
|-----------------|-------------|------------| -----------------------------------
| Microphone | Audio Technica AT2020 | | £86.18 |
| Interface | Shure X2U | | £88.49 |
| | | Total | £174.67 |

Option 2
| Type | Item | Link | Price |
|-----------------|-------------|------------| -----------------------------------
| Microphone | Audio Technica AT2020USB | | £114.00 |

u/GadGamer · 1 pointr/Twitch

Well you could always just use your headset and a standalone mic. I can't think of any streamer who uses a standalone mic and speakers because the issue of feedback is kinda hard to solve. If you are set on using a standalone mic and speakers then your best bet is to get a cardioid microphone. These types of mics are designed to only pick up nearby sounds from a certain angle so you could possibly avoid feedback with one. Some good cardioid mics are the AT2020 and the Blue Yeti

u/iSmear · 1 pointr/singing

If you care about audio quality and your room sounds good, I'd recommend either the Blue Yeti or the Audio-Technica AT2020. The Blue Yeti has more features, but the AT2020 sounds significantly smoother than the Yeti.

The AT2020 was also designed for more of a "studio-level" purpose than the Yeti, which was designed mainly for on-the-go podcasters and radio personalities. The Yeti will bring out the bass more than the AT2020, which isn't as good for singing (it makes the singing voice sound muddy and unclear).

Do bear in mind that these are condenser microphones, which means they will be quite sensitive to room noise, as they pick up basically everything. But if you're not planning on doing any studio-level work, or if you record in a room that has decent acoustic treatment, these will be great. I use my AT2020 for recording demos when I'm away from home, and I love it to death.

u/Razzeus · 1 pointr/discordapp

Response got long winded. TLDR I'm using this now which was the solution for me:


My solution was a different microphone. Unfortunately I suspect it won't be the solution in your case. I was using this AKG Pro Audio P3S Dynamic Microphone. After some research I came to the conclusion that Dynamic Microphones aren't really great for recording vocals. At least compared to other types such as Condenser Microphones.

Anyway, before getting my new microphone I tried a cheap Logitech desktop Mic I had in storage (I have no idea why its $40, I got it for ~$8). This was better than the Dynamic Mic but not by much.

So I decided to get a new microphone. I wanted something nice so I started researching condenser microphones. The small issue with them is they usually need a preamp of some kind, as far as I could tell anyway. Good preamps can be $100 bucks and I'm not one to cheap out on hardware so I wasn't going to get a low end one.

Instead I decided on the Audio Technica AT2020 USB Plus. This way the preamp is built into the microphone and everything is converted to digital at the microphone instead of inside the computer, which avoids any interference. This solved my problem with people hearing me in discord.

u/OutdoorsBlue · 1 pointr/podcasting

I really appreciate that! I'm not a techie but take pains to read stuff and understand things. Have you ever checked out Cast? Re SimpleCast, I think it costs more than Buzzsprout though.

What mic did you buy? I am looking at either one of these:

Blue Yeti pro with boom arm:

Audio Technica, would get arm and pop filter too:

u/giri0n · 1 pointr/youtubers

I'd second the Blue Yeti; they make great mics. I have the Blue Yeti Nano for quick laptop style voice overs and podcasting, and I like it as well. It's a little cheaper, but the sound is a bit flatter (some of that can be changed in post if you like)

As an alternative, I bought this mic from Audio Technica back when I first got into podcasting/video production. Its not super expensive, and there are deals occasionally. The connection is standard USB and the audio quality is very clean. If you're recording in a bedroom/studio or other area that isn't going to get outside noise contamination, this is also a great choice, but it WILL pick up other sounds around you if you aren't careful. But I love mine, and its been a couple years and works great, plus you can accessorize with your choice of pop filters, mounting arms, or whatever else you like.

I'd say as far as cost, with audio - you DO get what you pay for, but you can get really really good quality for under $200 pretty easily. Good luck!

u/MazcuHS · 1 pointr/battlestations

> Asus MG279Q 27" 1440p 144Hz IPS
Dell P4317Q 43" 60Hz 4K IPS
NZXT S340 Elite Black/Blue (can't find on amazon anymore. this would be the follower )
Asus ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming
Ryzen R7 1700 @3.8GHz
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE 8G OC
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3000MHz CL15
Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 450W
Deepcool Captain 240mm White
Kingston KC1000 1TB
Crucial MX500 500GB
WD Caviar Green 1TB
Fostex TR-90
Steelseries Rival 600
QPAD FX90 (not on Amazon)
Ducky One TKL RGB Cherry MX Blue (Didn't fint the exact model. It's like this, but with RGB)
Microsoft LifeCam Studio
Yamaha AG06
2x Genelec M030
AudioTechnica AT2020USB+
Skagen Falster 2
Maxnomic Office Comfort Quadceptor OFC Brilliant Blue (a bit different stiching)

u/squidthesid · 1 pointr/letsplay

I definitely agree with you on game selection. I see so many people in a YouTube Gamers Facebook group covering the same games as PewDiePie, JackSepticEye, Markiplier and wondering why they don't grow at all.

I do think that it's fine to make videos on a game if you're new if you have a niche. For example, the PC version of NieR: Automata has a lot of issues, and there are plenty of user mods to alleviate those issues (by using the FAR mod, among other tools). Not many people have video tutorials on those (and none at the time I made the video, I think), so I made some tutorials on those.But that requires some research and knowhow on the game you're covering.

Between three of the videos, I have something like 7.5k views, which is not bad for a fledgling channel like mine (and I didn't really promote the videos on social media).

The AT 2020 is something you might want to link to in your article. I'm happy with my Blue Yeti, but I've heard people prefer the AT 2020.

I'd throw a shoutout for Hitfilm 4 Express as a great free video editing tool. It does pretty much everything you need to out of the box, for no cost, and you can buy reasonably priced upgrade kits to get fancier effects (I think the starter pack is worth the 10 bucks, but I didn't need it).

It doesn't seem to support MP4s with multiple audio tracks (only selects the first one), but if you're using audacity to record your mic, this isn't too much of an issue.

As for scheduling, really good information there. I actually didn't know that information about alerts.

I'd say game specific sub-reddits are fantastic for views. I do a lot of Warframe stuff, and if one of my videos gets popular there, I can easily see 10x the views on a video.

But yeah, great article as a whole and a good intro for newbies.

u/RonvidOfSmallMarsh · 1 pointr/Guitar

Check out either of these or

Small diaphragm mics placed near the soundhole will help reduce ambient and background noise so the focus is more on what is coming straight out of the hole. I personally prefer pencil style mics for this. and fyi I play black metal so really the only acoustic stuff I do is for short little intro's and interludes so I'm not exactly and "expert" but that's my two cents

Edit: I also own a blue yeti for PC gaming and I sometimes use it to do awful clippy distorted vocals, and like others said it's good for scratching together ideas, but not "studio" "recording" quality

u/day9-made-me-do-it · 1 pointr/elearning
  1. I think OBS is the most resource-friendly recording solution. I am able to record HD videos in 30 fps on a fairly medium office machine (Windows 7, i7, integrated graphics). Though to be fair, I have zero experience using either Macs or the Mac version of OBS. The OBS forums are usually a good place to look for solutions on technical issues.

  2. As long as you don't plan to record chat alongside your lesson, chat can run separately. I'd recommend at least two screens for that purpose. If you would like to show chat whenever you address chat questions, you can simply set up another scene in OBS that also shows chat. As soon as you start using scenes, I recommend using global sources instead of simple sources (look it up in the manual). Also, defining hotkeys for scene switching is a life saver for a smooth video. Also note that scene switching basically allows you to record videos in one take without the need for ex-post-edits.

  3. I haven't tried live streaming yet, but I have considered it. A platform like Twtch would be ideal, but it is restricted to gaming. Your best hope at the moment is probably Google hangouts (free) or Adobe Connect (not free). Hangout could look somewhat like this:

  4. Hardware: Computer performance aside, a good microphone should be on the top of your list. What I mean by "good" is something like this

    or this

    or this

    alongside a shock mount and proper stand. The quality of your voice transmission is the first thing people will judge you on, both positivey and negatively.
u/RookieCookieMonster · 1 pointr/singing

You can try just using your hand to redirect the sound waves from your mouth towards your ear, or you can try just closing one ear with a finger or hand. Sometimes you see people do it when they are doing licks or runs for pitch precision.

In terms of equipment, yes this is why musicians in studios wear headphones while singing. They can hear the background music and monitor their vocals as they are being recorded.


Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

One of those USB microphones with built in headphone monitors should work for you. The Rode has better sound quality and comes with a pop filter. The Audio Technica is cheaper, comes with no pop filter, and is slightly bassy sounding. You will probably want a microphone stand and a decent pair of headphones as well.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

These headphones are really nice and neutral sounding. Close-eared for good recording. The more expensive m50x actually are less neutral and will give a little bit of bass coloring to music.

Edit: If you start doing regular covers this will work well for that as well. You can download the audio files from youtube karaoke videos and then play them using Audacity as you record and monitor your vocals. Audacity is a free recording program that lets you also edit all your tracks. If you play instruments these microphones will do fine with those as well, but you'll have to be careful about placement and room reflections/modes/background noise etc.

u/axlsjolund · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well the AT2020 comes in a USB version, which will do you just fine. No need to go XLR with it unless you want to spend more money or have loftier plans. Here's a link for the USB one.

If you feel compelled to use XLR, I recommend this.

u/KingDevlin · 1 pointr/ultrawidemasterrace
u/Redtuzk · 1 pointr/microphones

I'd stay off the Snowball completely, it doesn't offer nearly the same voice or built quality as the other microphones that you listed, even the Meteor. A Yeti would fit your needs well. It offers superior quality to the Meteor/Snowball and has a couple of features that you'll probably appreciate. It's not for nothing that so many content-creators use it.

Another choice would be a RØDE NT-USB - it might be slightly outside your budget but offers similar quality to the Yeti (if not slightly better) and matches your colortheme.

There's also the AT2020USB+. It doesn't come with a particularly fantastic stand or anything, so a boomarm of sorts would be a good investment alongside it. It probably offers the best quality out of all the microphones listed above, along with having the correct color of course.

Finally, the only place I could find the black Meteor was on the US Amazon store, but unless you're willing to pay import taxes that's going to be a costly experience. The Meteor is imo the undisputed value king in all this though, sounds very good for the price. I bought one myself when they were on sale a while back for LAN purposes etc where I can't bring my entire main-mic setup.

Hope that helps you out!

u/itsfutur · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Nope, no stand. You'll need the stand and an XLR. If you're looking for a USB version of the AT2020, I think that one comes with a stand.

u/DivideaConquer · 1 pointr/youtubers

ooooooookkkkkkkk lol well i mean you guys sounded like you had a fun time :) i thought some of it was funny. the thing is i think it would of been more funny if your audio was not so bad. ALWAYS remember that people can forgive bad video but they will never EVER forgive bad audio speeking of that your recording software it was really lagy and kinda buged me after a wile. when you colab with someone make sure that they have a good mic and sound quality otherwise it will bring your video's quality down. Here are some suggestions for equipment that could help you.


1. Blue Microphones Snowball

2. Blue Microphones Yeti

3. AT2020

Facecam: (i know you said you had already ordered a facecam but i thought i would throw this one out there for you just in case also dont forget lighting if you dont have enough light into the room you will get a really bad image.)

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920


(i am glad to hear you have obs there are lots of youtube videos that explain how to set the settings for youtube or twitch so i would sugest looking that up also if you are going to do a face cam this is importent you need NEED to record it separate from your game capture otherwise you risk having the game video and the video of you being un synced try recording your game with OBS and your face cam with Xsplit)


And Free Edditing Software

Hitfilm 3 Express: (second only to adobe)

Gimp 2.0

this is for thumbnails i hope all this helps man :)

u/wombocombo86 · 1 pointr/Guitar

nice thanks. i want to do both but probably more acoustic + classical guitar than electric. i think i will go for the interface + mic.

i just youtubed the two products in my description of other people testing it out with their guitars a few min ago and it seems alright but not very satisfying. i do want better quality audio than that.

so back to the interface + mic.

for mic: i think ill go for the AT2020 but i see two products on amazon. which one would be better?


for interface: from focusrite or presonus, will i be able to find a good interface for unde 100$? if so, can you link me a good one for the best bang for my buck?

Thanks again

u/Monkey_Deee_Luffy · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You actually can just plug it into your computer, it's a USB mic.

It does have a mini stand, that you put on your desk.

Edit: Wait, I was wrong, here is a link to the same headphones with a USB interface and stand for $150.

u/d0tn3t1 · 1 pointr/Blackops4

I use off brand headphones that's pretty good, but it's plugged into my microphone.

So my MICROPHONE is connected to my PS4, and my HEADPHONES are connected to it the microphone.

Everything sounds great, but I just wanna get a wireless standalone gaming headset.

u/tonyskyday · 1 pointr/trumpet

The Audio-Technica AT2020USB would be a good option. I have an XLR version of a similar model, but that requires a phantom-powered audio interface, which would put you up above $200.


u/personofmalice · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Ah, gotcha. That rarely goes on sale, if you are really patient sometimes it does drop near $150.

u/lukeman3000 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Thanks for such a detailed explanation.

I've been using my iPhone to record videos. While getting studio-quality recordings sounds pretty awesome, I'm not sure if I want to deal with the perceived hassle of setting up multiple mics, having cables running everywhere, and etc. Furthermore, I don't think I'm good enough to warrant such a high-quality setup (lol).

I also am not crazy about the idea of having a big mic stand in my bedroom (where I play/record). Something that would take up a lot of space (or so I would think). I did some cursory searching on youtube and as I learned a little bit about dual mic configurations I was left with far more questions than I originally entered with.

I don't know. I could afford a couple mics, and an XLR to USB interface, and some kind of a mounting system. It's just kind of intimidating to me, and I'm not sure if it's currently worth all the effort given everything else.

For a bit of context, here's a video I shot with my iPhone. That video has the best audio I've ever captured with my iPhone. I know that's not saying much, but that's pretty good for my iPhone. So maybe the bar is pretty low, but I'm guessing I'd probably be thrilled with the quality from that audio technica USB mic that was recommended to me above.

What I'd really like is some kind of a simple solution. If I knew that I could set up a pair of mics easily and take it down just as easily, and maybe if I knew what the hell I was doing I wouldn't be so reluctant to try it. This appeals to me because it comes with a little tripod which I could sit on my desk, and that way I could use my webcam to record video (while that records audio). So I can be facing my desk to record, and it's relatively low profile and can be placed elsewhere without too much fuss when not in use.

Maybe a dual mic setup could be similarly convenient and low-profile; I don't know. What do you make of all this?

u/ocshoes · 1 pointr/TheCreatures

>sweet ass mixer

Ehhh.. you don't really need a mixer :P The Shure X2U takes care of that if you only have one mic to record with. Also, I'd personally recommend the AT2020USB+ over just the AT2020USB; the headphone jack for live monitoring is extremely useful, imo. That being said, I'd recommend the AT2035 over any AT2020 model if you get the Shure X2U, but obviously that requires a little more money. The nice thing about the AT2035 is that it comes with a shock mount, which imo is a must, even for beginners.

u/CormacCamus · 1 pointr/podcasts

I'd say it really depends on your show. With mine, it's just me and a mic and then I record my guests with a skype recorder, so I can't control what they're using for a mic anyway. I use an Audio Technica 2020USB+ and I absolutely love it. It's literally all I'm going to need for awhile. Any upgrading I want to do will simply be preferential on my part.

BUT, if you're doing a show with multiple hosts in the same room, /u/dbspin is right: get a decently priced mixer with the amount of channels you need and several ATR-2100's (which I used to have and is also very solid in quality).

u/ImDISCR33T · 1 pointr/Twitch

You want the right tool for the right job. The purpose of a LAV mic is to get audio when a mic is preferred to not be seen or when you really have no way to follow the talent around with a boom (for example, I use a LAV for anything Virtual Reality). The audio quality will never match a mic that has a larger condenser.

As you mentioned it's more about quality and ease of use, I would highly recommend the Audio-Technica AT2020USB ( It has a wide frontal pickup pattern and is USB. I set this up for a fellow streamer and it allowed her to put the mic next to her monitor (out of camera view) and listen to music over speakers (she refused to wear headphones). The stand that it comes with can be dodgy and I would recommend some type of mic stand that has a shock mount to prevent desk/keyboard vibrations being picked up. This will also allow more freedom of movement without mic rustling on clothing unless you are really going to take the time to setup your LAV correctly before each broadcast (cable loop and undercover please (

If you decide that having a LAV is what you would like to do, there are two sure fire options. The Sennheiser G3 ( and the RodeLink ( If money is no problem, you can never go wrong with Lectrosonics (

As far as the audio logistics, you will have the receiver audio out cable go into the mic audio in on the computer. That's if you dont have a mixer or anything like that. The wireless pack will have a dedicated mute switch in the event you need to cough or go to the restroom.

Also to note, wireless packs will chew through batteries and it's always a good idea to replace them when the pack reads one bar for the battery. Last thing you want is a dead mic mid broadcast and you have to scramble for batteries.

u/flannelman87 · 1 pointr/recordingmusic

If you want to record into your computer, this is a great option.

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

u/SardonicPanda · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

That seems to be This one on amazon and I'm listing this one here. I
m honestly not too sure on the differences but it is a different model.

u/newmilwaukee · 1 pointr/youtubegaming

That's one thing I didnt mention. It's just my basement and I wont be glueing egg cartons to any of the walls :P There's plenty of rooms I can test out the acoustics in, but not something I'll base my decision on when choosing the mic.

I love the potential upgrading, thnx for the heads up on that. but on second thought, separate interface? pre-amp? just my lack of knowledge in this field is pushing me to go with the AT2020USB and get a pop filter separate. Also, [its 41% off!] ( that seems like a good deal.

The filter doesnt look like itll attach to the mic or stand anywhere. could be wrong tho. Do i have to anchor the filter on something other than the mic setup?

I may take you up on that, I ALWAYS run into problems/questions. If you know anything about lighting, thats where I'm at now (purchasing a green scree soon) but atm, I have this lamp that I shine in my face, which is decent/better on camera, but burns my peepers! any tips on illuminating my face without going blind?

EDIT: also, there sometimes backround noise. Mostly just some humming from machines. That should be easily fixed right?

u/EdwardMowinckel · 1 pointr/GameDeals

No. It's a cheap large diaphragm condenser. If you're serious about decent audio for a podcast or whatever and don't want to deal with anything other than a USB cable, skip it and get an AT-2020 USB.

The primary reason people think it sounds good is because they've never heard their voice through anything better.

u/harris_kid · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well theres the Yeti

The Seiren

Audio-Technica AT2020USB

Or you can get an analogue mic with an XLR output and get a 3.5mm Stereo Jack Plug to 2 x 6.35mm Mono Audio Cable Going form your PC to a Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer

Obviously these are all up to you, I'm just suggesting stuff here.

u/tcookc · 1 pointr/audioengineering

FYI OP: the frequency response and signal to noise ratio are virtually identical for these two mics. the AT2035 includes a switchable -10db pad, a switchable low-end roll off, and it comes with a shock mount.

those extra feature may make it worth $50 more for some people, but not everyone. the choice is yours.

one of these two mics is absolutely your best choice for a budget vocal mic, though.

(also, we're assuming you have an interface or mic preamp and you're not trying to plug directly into your computer. if you DON't have these things, then you will need to get a USB mic, not an XLR mic. luckly, audio-technica also makes a AT2020USB)

u/ffats · 1 pointr/audio

Also, you might look into the Audio Technica AT2020 Plus if you're doing this often - it will give you some more monitoring options so you can mix the Skype audio from other people AND hear yourself so you can make sure that your side of the audio is good.

When you are not listening on headphones to your own mic, often times you can miss external noise that is being picked up (maybe a dog barking in the background or the A/C kicking on in your house).

There ARE better microphones, but I think this strikes a good balance between convenience and price for you. I can easily spend $1,000 on a setup for you! Ha.

u/Drummerboyj · 1 pointr/AudioPost
u/Mclitness · 1 pointr/battlestations

Which one is it ? Audio Technica AT2020USB Plus Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser USB Mic

Or Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Black

u/resortcarabel · 1 pointr/ChicagoList

Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

It works great. I just don't need it anymore. It's very good for studio recording and podcasting. Compatible with windows and mac.

Here is the amazon listing for the microphone:

Here is the craigslist link:

u/clowncracker · 1 pointr/Zeos

My setup is mostly for movies/TV, gaming and discord.

Would SMSL SA50 (or would the Micca Origen+ be better?) + ELAC B5 be good for a desk setup?

I already own this microphone, is that something I should incorporate into my decision?

I plan on getting a sub down the line, should I consider this in my amp choice?

Should I bother getting a sound card for my computer if I have an amp? If not, would usb or 3.5mm to RCA better sound quality? If so, does the sound card in particular matter?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

u/F1nnm13ster · 1 pointr/Twitch

I also had the mod mic and was not liking the quality of it in the vids I did on twitch or YT. What I ended up going with is the AT2020 USB Plus so far I have been really happy with it. I did get an [el cheapo arm] ( do yourself the favor and get a better arm than the el cheapo it does the job but it sucks lol. The Rode PSA1 is the arm I would get (I do plan on it when funds come available).

u/fletcherjeff55 · 1 pointr/podcasting

1). Unfortunately, I don't know if I have the link to the original podcast anymore, since it was only done once before they went their separate ways. And in order to get all of my material from the school, I'd have to go through them for distribution, and I'm not sure how easily they'd allow that.

2). My available time each week is truly dependent on the week itself. I work a part time job which is not always consistent. Usually I work late afternoons Thursday-Sunday, but the rest of the days are truly just up to where I'm needed that specific day. However, I can always take a specific day off that everyone can be free on in order to ensure I am available consistently on that weekly basis. All I'd need to know is when everyone else is free.

3). When I worked on my radio show back at the school, it was a live two-hour format with a break every twelve minutes. Often times, we would take a few things throughout the week, from general entertainment news, and compile everything together the day of before the show. Not all of the show was improved by any means, but being in a live format where there are no edits definitely makes you think about what you can say and how long you can do so.

With that being said, I do edit, both videos and audio, and I'm actually working on an audio drama in my spare time from time to time (fun fact). So, I can edit and distribute with ease for sure, that's not a problem. And as stated before, I was the main lead co-host on my show, so I have no worries being heard in a hosting format. And obviously gathering content and the like go hand in hand with everything I've already said.

4). Excuse me if I'm sounding silly here, but I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but I have been up all night dealing with some family emergencies. What it appears to be is you asking me if I'd like to be on an already existing show as a "field expert" on a specific topic. In which case, absolutely. As I said, I'm not souly looking to start my own podcast from the ground up. If someone comes along and asks to take me under their wing, I'd be very interested in doing so. And of course, guests often turn into regular occurrences, so I have no quarrels with that.

5). Yes, I do. The microphone of choice I have is a Blue Yeti, which I know may be a major turn off for many people, but it's always done me well. Obviously with any mic, the environment is important, and the only main thing that hinders my sound quality is my graphics card's fan, which when in intensive use can get loud, but can easily be edited out with some simple editing in Adobe Audition, which is what I personally use for my audio editing. Otherwise, I am not set up in a sound stage or anything, but I find that my audio quality is rarely irreversible, and as long as my graphics card isn't in intense use, it shouldn't be a problem at all.

With that being said, I am considering getting this soon, but the main problem is having the money to spend on that when I'm going on vacation with my family for a week in just a few days. With that next paycheck being a little light, it may have to wait for a month or so. But it is a future investment I do have on my mind.

6). I kind of already touched on this earlier, but I mainly work weekends in the afternoon (4-10 PM Central Time), and the rest of the week is really dependent on the day, but it tends to be about the same. As previously noted, I will be going on a vacation in the next few days, which means I won't really have my recording equipment to do any recordings, obviously. However, I will remain active in whatever forum used to communicate (Personally, I find Discord to be a good communication device, if only for text). And as also previously noted, once I know everyone's availability, I can work around it with my work schedule with relative ease.

Thanks for asking these questions. I try not to shove every detail of information into my post at once, and overwhelm any onlookers. So it's good to know that there is some interest in the post.

u/NorthFace715 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Yeah I have a pop filter, and I'm lining my closet with thick blankets on the walls to try to soundproof it a little for better acoustics. What does an interface even do? How would a USB one like this sound?

u/SelesnyaMage · 1 pointr/letsplay

I originally bought a Blue Snowball and it seemed okay enough for solo recording at the time, but I eventually had to upgrade to a Audio Technica 2020USB Plus which not only picks up multiple people remarkably well but is just so much crisper for all purposes. The Audio Technica is actually the same one used by the Rooster Teeth Achievement Hunter guys, to give you a sense of how top-notch and professional it sounds. It's absolutely worth the price, and I'd strongly urge you to save up for it.

u/NekoGamiYuki · 1 pointr/Twitch

Ah ok, that's probably the reason. Most built in microphones will not be as good as the microphones you buy in stores/online. They pick up the sounds of your laptop fan and other noises. It's alright if you're a beginner just trying to start but it'll quickly need to be replaced as some people might not even consider following you if there's an annoying sound constantly playing.

Since I haven't heard your microphone then all I can say is that if it doesn't sound like your ears are about to bleed then feel free to use it for starters(test this with a friend or some viewers). But I suggest you get a dedicated microphone for streaming.


Microphones my friends and I have used

If you're able to buy a microphone then the ones that my friends and I have experience with are the following:

  1. Pop filters are designed to stop Plosives from being heard when recording. Plosives are puffs of air that emit when saying words that start with certain letters, such as P or B. They can ruin a recording for people that over-exaggerate the begging of some words. Pop filter Example

  2. The best way I can describe a Shock-Mount is a if the mount is a cradle for your microphone. Any bumps or small movements to a Microphone NOT using a Shock-Mount will cause it to be heard in recording, meaning you'll hear all these small sounds in the background. It's easier to just show you what a shock mount does


    There's a bit more to recording your microphone, like sound proofing, but that's for another day. I just wanted to give you a list of microphones and some tips that could help you out if you're a new to streaming/recording.

    Good Luck! As I said before, if your laptop's microphone doesn't make your ears(or a friends' ears) bleed then go ahead and use it for how ever long it takes you to save up and buy a better microphone. But I suggest you not wait too long if you have the choice.

    Edit: Markup

    Edit2: Grammar

    Edit3: Reworded the first section's title.
u/DangerKitty001 · 1 pointr/letsplay

If this is still a little much, the Blue Nessie is 40% off, for $66

u/prhody2012 · 1 pointr/battlestations

Its the Blue Nessie

u/TheJessaChannel · 1 pointr/letsplay

I love my Blue Nessie and it is reasonably priced.

u/I_Photoshop_Things_ · 1 pointr/neopets

My roommate has one of these and it's quite nice. Not sure what price cap you have, but Blue makes a lot of pretty good ones.

u/JoeyJiggles · 1 pointr/letsplay

I did a lot of my research and I wanted something that was taller and away from my controller / keyboard... I bought the blue Nessi. Check out my videos to hear the quality...

Here is a link to the Nessi...

u/thisisjohnny · 1 pointr/podcasts

I have a podcast network and record all my shows with the Blue Yeti. Three of my co-hosts have the Blue Nessie and one has the Blue Snowball. I can't say there's a significant difference between them in terms of output for a podcast. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices, but if I had it to do over again I think I'd go with the Nessie.

u/cole1209 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Yea if you're using the snowball then I am surprised you got the quality this good honestly. Idk how serious you are about this. But this mic is a very good choice when paired with a nice interface like a Scarlett.

u/Beanie234 · 1 pointr/microphones
u/neo_styles · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Imo, the Yeti isn't your best choice. Sure it's USB, but I'd say you're better off getting a decent condenser and an audio interface. Behringer's U-Phoria series have super-low latency and def won't break the bank.

As for a mic, this is what I'd suggest:

Gets you the mic, pop filter, and shock mount. It does push up the budget a bit, but you should also get a pretty solid ROI should you decide to resell (bigger market) and you won't need to stand the mic right in front of you.

u/SurfingSnowman · 1 pointr/podcast

If you want something really high quality, you can go with this package:

It's a little higher than your price range, but the shock-mount, pop-filter, and XLR cable.

u/RockStar5132 · 1 pointr/Twitch

XLR. It is the AT2035 with Scarlett solo. I won't be able to do the room acoustic treatment like the foam panels for a couple months but I'll be able to get started with the VST plugins in the meantime.

u/onewordgo · 1 pointr/podcasts

There's a ton of great advice here already, but here's something I wish somebody told me at the beginning: Don't start with a USB mic. Get a Mixer and an XLR mic. I can't tell you how much I wish I'd have gone with this setup at the beginning, to allow for expansion in the future. Even just a little Behringer XENYX Q802 USB for myself and a potential guest, and an Audio Technica AT2020 XLR would have been an amazing way to kick things off. It's also crucial to include a pop filter and XLR cable, so this AT2020 bundle with the mic, pop filter, and cable all included, is a great deal. This is a much more solid investment, and as I said, I wish somebody told me this when I started.
Even better, there's this AT2035 bundle. The AT2020 and AT2035 mics are very similar in quality, but the AT2035 comes with a shock mount, which is a great addition to any setup, in order to avoid all those little bump and vibration noises.

u/forrman17 · 1 pointr/Twitch

This package seems to include everything but an arm. Which includes the XLR cable for the mic to interface connection. The Scarlett will already have the interface to PC connection I'm assuming.

I'll check that out his channel right now.

u/SJ_holmes · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys! I've recently decided to invest in a solid condenser mic and an audio interface. I would be recording keyboard, acoustic guitar, (maybe electric, but not a priority) and vocals. I am on a pretty low budget as I am also attending university, but would love some feedback on the options I have narrowed it down to, or suggestions for equipment I should consider instead would be welcome too! For the AI, I thought either the PreSonus
or the Mackie Onyx
would suit my needs just fine. For the mic, I have narrowed it down to between the Rode NT1A
and the Audio Technica 2035
Once again any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!Thanks again!

u/fridaynightarcade · 1 pointr/letsplay

The only thing to keep in mind is you could potentially pick up audio from the television on your microphone. You would have to keep the TV turned down low if you don't want to commit to a headset.

A lapel mic would work but may not be very good quality for commentary. I've never had a lapel mic that recorded all that great. You could just set up a USB microphone with a longer cord and mic stand next to you on the couch.

Here is what I use:

If I'm recording at my PC, I just slide it over next to me. If I'm on the couch playing off a console, I just slide it over to where the mic is at appropriate recording distance from my mouth. I love being able to easily go back and forth between areas since I switch between PC gaming and old consoles.

When I'm jamming on the PC, I use a headset so the game audio doesn't get picked up by the microphone.

When I'm console recording over on the couch, I keep the TV turned down low and it's far enough away to where it doesn't get picked up by the mic although I've thought about getting a headset for the TV with a long cord so I can hear the game audio... I like to hear the music lol.

u/xaviermarshall · 1 pointr/NewTubers

The best bang-for-the-buck microphone right now it the AT 2020. Countless musicians, voice actors, etc recommend it for beginners and people looking to step up their game.

If you're absolutely hellbent on a USB mic, I've heard that the Samson C01U is good, but I do highly recommend going XLR.

u/xevigold · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

I hear the blue yeti is really special. I use the Samson c01u, but it got the same reviews ass the blue yeti in terms of clarity. It doesn't matter which one you buy, if you get super good at EQing you'll sound pretty great, so learn how to mix well and stuff. You'll be fine.

u/GPow69 · 1 pointr/audio

Your best bet will definitely be the C01U. It's nice and cheap on Amazon right now, as well.

The shock mount kit is also cheap. Doesn't come with a stand or pop filter, however.

u/Audio_Noises · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Here's a link to some example clips highlighting the noises/artifacts I'm hearing (you'll probably need headphones):

This is my setup, all purchased new, in order of connection:

  1. Electro-Voice RE20

  2. DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor

  3. Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2x2 USB Recording Interface

  4. My Macbook

    Backup Mic:

  5. Audio-Technica ATR2100

    Old microphone, which doesn't have the issue:

  6. Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone

    What I've tried so far:

  • Tried every combination of knobs I can think of, including bypassing all processing on the DBX, 0 gain on the Onyx Blackjack, a little gain on the DBX and a little gain on the Onyx, both with and without the Hi-Z button...etc.
  • Removed the computer from the equation, plugging my headphones directly into the Onyx Blackjack monitoring jack.
  • Removed the DBX 286s from the equation, plugging the RE20 directly into the Blackjack (tried both with and without the computer in the loop).
  • Removed the Onyx Blackjack and the computer from the equation, plugging my headphones directly into the output of the DBX 286s.
  • Removed electrical power from the equation, using the Onyx Blackjack directly, and unplugging my Macbook from power (the Onyx Blackjack is powered by USB).
  • Removed the room from the equation, taking my Macbook and Onyx Blackjack to another room, and then outside.
  • Put a wind filter on the mic.
  • Enabled the "bass tilt down" roll-off switch on the RE20.
  • Tried talking further away from the mic.
  • Tried all of the above with the backup mic.
  • Tried all of the above with a different XLR cable.

    Nothing got rid of the noise. The weird part is, it's not always consistent. Sometimes it will appear and be really obvious, other times it will sit subtly in the background. When I tried again with the old Samson mic, everything sounded normal. If someone can tell me the technical term for this sound, I can do my research and hopefully figure it out, but I'm lost, I don't know what to search, and I feel like I tried everything.

    TL:DR - Tried 2 XLR mics, 2 XLR cables, 2 pieces of equipment, with and without the computer, went outside, unplugged everything from power, and isolated all the above variables. What the heck is this noise???
u/bigbigmoonbigsun · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

There is a used Samson COU1 going for 65$ shipped and new ones going for 75$ prime on amazon. Also I might be interested in the blue snowball, what's the price on it?

u/wow_pow34 · 1 pointr/GiftofGames
u/jamalstevens · 1 pointr/emulation

I wasn't trying to be insulting :( I love the videos and what you say is great! Seriously, the content in between the videos is really awesome! I just don't think you have the golden radio voice or whatever... ya dig? as far as mic's go, how about something like one of these?

But hey, if you have a script, I could definitely try to do some voice overs for it, that would actually be kind of fun!

u/provocateur133 · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

I picked up the small Samson Meteorite for ~$30 a while back. It seems to be fairly directional and anecdotally haven't had any complaints on the other end.

u/totopus · 1 pointr/mac

Thanks! Do you know if the Samson Meteorite is comparable with the GoMic? Asking because I have a small budget haha. Otherwise I'll save up for the GoMic. :) (Can't buy from Amazon even if it's on sale. Shipping not worth it lol)

Thank you!

u/Abstruseverity · 1 pointr/edmproduction

I dont personally have the iphone 6s, but there is mic processing built into all iOS devices as far as i know, which messes quality up in my opinion, there are a few apps that allow you to turn off mic processing specifically for recording your own audio with the built in mic. I have almost every music production app so let me know what you have. I mostly use FieldScaper by iMusicAlbum which is made specially for field recording, and has built in time warping, or i use Anytune Pro+, or Twistedwave Audio Editor for the ease of use (my opinion is subjective of course) but even with just some cheaper mic purchase you would eliminate onboard mic processing, i recently bought this..
Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone

Which i used yesterday to record some construction work outside my place, which was jackhammers, and some heavy machinery, it came out near crystal clear.

I'd definitely recommend FieldScaper, and their other app SoundScaper is freaking amazing, both solely for iOS

u/comfortablesexuality · 1 pointr/buildapc

I personally hate headset style microphones so I got a Samson Meteorite desk unit for $40, currently $30. It works just fine.

The little one you clip onto your headphone wire? Tons of reviews saying it's full of static so I passed on it.

u/CarWashKid9 · 1 pointr/audiophile

After doing a little bit of research I have come up with the Neewer NW 800 microphone to be the best for my budget.

My budget is to stay under or around $40 USD

I'm am using this microphone mainly for gaming and skype calling.

My main concern with this mic is will it pick up the sound of my keyboard, a CM Storm Ultimate mechanical with brown switches. I plan on having the mic sit about a half foot away from the keyboard (next to my mouth obviously.)

I would appreciate any advice, additional equipment I would need with this mic, or a completely different mic suggestion.

u/Ignited22 · 1 pointr/NewTubers

I think you have some great energy and a good plan to move forward. I would recommend a better mic. Something like This works amazing and gives you the ability to edit your audio as well. Other then that..keep it up! #Roadto100Subs

u/Deranged40 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Here's another mic. It requires a phantom power supply which is gonna be almost the same amount. It's stretching the budget.

u/MyYummyPancake · 1 pointr/microphones

I am looking for a microphone set-up for my desktop computer. I go on Amazon (Prime Day, mind you). And I kept getting directed to a [Neewer] ( microphone and an Ohuhu one. Reviewers of both of these products recommend heavily using it with phantom power.
What is phantom power and is it necessary?
I will also be looking to get a desk stand/clamp. any suggestions?
*are there any better products I should be looking into? I'm limiting my budget to around the $50 CAD range.

u/SNOWYtheYETI · 1 pointr/microphones

Okay so been looking to get a good mic for my gaming videos on YouTube, quality is what I aim for so been looking for a good microphone. What's the difference between these two? Also I was gonna buy the 300e but a lot of people say you need a power supply for it to make it sound better like a Phantom. Would you also need a power supply for something more expensive like a Blue Yeti? I'm basically looking for a cheap Mic that in total will cost me about £40 but im unsure which need power supplies and what is the difference between USB and non USB ones?

u/Leggo414 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Your build looks good, I have this microphone, it certainly isnt like "studio quality" or whatever, but when I listen to it, it sounds pretty clear to me:

u/AlduinDoesGaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

My current microphone is a Neewer NW-800 with a pop filter, stand, power supply, & shock mount. In total, around 100 dollars (excluding shipping and the wire/adapter)
Boom Arm,
Pop Filter,
Power Supply,
I got mine for around 65 because the mic was on sale, so I would wait until it goes on sale again to be a bit more affordable.

PS: If you want to connect this mic to the PS4, I recommend these two:
Wire, Adapter

Yes, your specs are good enough for an LP series. I agree with Pyroraptor (Audacity, OBS Studio/Standard OBS, Gimp, I use Lightworks, but you could use HitFilm. The webcam seems pretty nice. Just remember that the Neweer is a condenser mic, meaning it will pick up almost anything, so it would be a good idea to either remove any potential background noise in Audacity or use a noise removal program. I would focus on the mic and software first, webcam later. Hope this helps! -Alduin

u/Silversean · 1 pointr/letsplay

Neewer mic for $30: Neewer® NW-800 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Microphone Set Including (1)NW-800 Professional Condenser Microphone + (1)Microphone Shock Mount + (1)Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap + (1)Microphone Power Cable (Black)

$40 off of Blue Yeti: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver

However, editing your audio will almost always fix any problems you have and make it sound 10x better. I use audacity to record and edit my audio and it's free.

u/Narvarth · 1 pointr/france

Perso j'ai fait quelques montages parlant du jeu vidéo sous Linux, et ça m'a rien coûté en argent. Par contre en temps c'est une autre histoire...


J'ai un micro Neewer NW800 (18€) et une petite table de mixage Neewer NW02-1A (35€), qui fait office de préampli et d'adaptation d'impédance avec un anti pop (3€). Franchement, c'est très correct vu le prix (enfin, à en juger par ma voix dans les vidéos).


Pour les logiciels : Kdenlive pour le montage, Audacity pour l'audio (entre les vidéos 1 et 2, y'a de la compression audio), Gimp/Inkscape pour les images, logiciels libres/gratuits, donc pas d'investissement là dessus.

u/Aksen · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I bought a cheap condenser that came with one of these xlr -> 3.5mm cables and it worked when plugged into a motherboard sound card. The signal was very, very low. When I plug it into a proper mic pre it gets a full volume signal.

The mic I'm talking about is this horrid thing.

So from that experience, I wouldn't be surprised if this aukey mic worked in the same way.

u/rtey31 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Neewer microphone goes for $20 on Amazon

u/Balgrin · 1 pointr/Twitch

I found this mic the other day: Neewer Condenser

For $25 you get a decent mic with a mini-jack output, and a shock mount, which you can put on a gorilla pod or a Mic-Arm (You can build one yourself out of lamp).

Its not a big investment, so you can try it out and see if you like it. Never used one myself

u/Sjrko · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Buying a condenser mic and want advice on a mixer [im clueless]

ive had my eyes set on a NW-800 condenser microphone but it says it needs 48v of phantom power. NW800
and i dont know if the mic will work with the mixer i chose wich is
it says that the mixer provides only 18v of power Phantom power (Mic Pin2/Pin3 and Pin1): +18 V
will this work out good ? or should i look for another mixer with a 48v power?

u/thesneakywalrus · 1 pointr/audiophile

That's just a rebranded chinese microphone.

It can be found in a dozen colors, all with different logos printed on them, just search "studio microphone" on amazon and search from low to high.

May as well buy one there for $18.99.

I have one, it does need phantom power, so he'd definitely need a preamp.

u/Sirzento · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Is this enough to set up the mic? (German amazon)
and Phantom thing

Or do I need some more cables or something?

u/Badweathercolorado · 1 pointr/podcasts

8 snowballs?? How many people on your show? Those mics are meant to record a group. I wouldn't use one per person. Also, they are USB mics and aren't easy to connect more than one to a computer. The computer won't recognize that there is more than one connected.

If you want a dedicated mic per person, check out these:

That and a mixer.

Also, audacity is a great free DAW that you can use.

u/Eberhartsaur · 1 pointr/letsplay

My recording volume is maximized and currently using this My wife ordered a Blue Yeti for us to use, nad that will be here Thursday. I'm curious to know if that will fix the problem or not though.

u/maximumjim · 1 pointr/letsplay

My buddy bought a Neewer brand microphone for pretty cheap. It would well enough and is about $20.

Idk how to shorten links, but there's a great deal. Definitely better than a laptop mic, and great for starting out.

u/Rafiredog · 1 pointr/letsplay
u/TKEOP867 · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/WhatAboutCrank · 1 pointr/mixer

OK your best bet is to Buy a separate microphone, a mixer and headphones.

Gaming anything is just marketing you will end up paying a premium for something that you really don't need.

For first timers I would recommend a cheap XLR microphone into a cheap mixer. DO NOT GO WITH USB MICS or USB AUDIO INTERFACE.

If you buy a USB device that uses a regular windows generic driver. windows will muddle your audio. This is commonly known by advanced users.

Instead plug in your mic using your mixer to your mic jack on the back of your motherboard.

Here are some affordable but great mic/mixer combo you can even maybe get them on eBay for Hella cheap.

Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio


u/verybeasty1 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Here's the links

Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone & NW-35 Adjustable Recording Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand with Shock Mount and Mounting Clamp Kit 1-Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply with Adapter, BONUS+XLR 3 Pin Microphone Cable for Any Condenser Microphone Music Recording Equipment (8 feet)

Edit : here's an awesome pair of headphones, my dad has the lower end models and LOVES them.
AKG K 240 Semi-Open Studio Headphones

u/NB_FF · 1 pointr/battlestations

The case is a NZXT Phantom

Inside I have:
Intel 4790K (stock atm, will OC later)
EVGA 980Ti
12GB RAM (4x2 + 2x2)
Some Soundblaster Card

For Monitors I have a QNIX 1440p at the center and two ViewSonic VX2433wms

For audio-out I have:
A pair of Fostex T50RPs
Some Yamaha receiver that I got from my Dad connected to some $15 Panasonic speakers I picked up from GoodWill years ago
A pair of V-MODA Crossfade M-100 that I picked up for $125

For audio-in I have:
A Neewer NW-700
A Behringer 302USB (This allows me to use arbitrary inputs for audio, which can be fun)

For 'general' IO I have:
Logitech G710+ with MX Cherry Browns
Logitech G502 Proteus
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro
Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel with pedals
Mad Catz V.1 Joystick
Mad Catz 360 Controller


I have a 2008 era Macbook running a headless version of Debian (it is missing it's screen/lid thing) acting as a bouncer for IRC, among other things
I have some computer that I put together from scraps to act as a router running pfSense

u/waffleninja777 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I'm building in a month or so, but I'm coming from a laptop where all the different systems are so simple and integrated. Can I use this as a microphone for general use? i.e. Discord, Skype, streaming?

It's cheap and seems like a decent quality mic. The description says you can just power it from your computer as long as you don't need the extra phantom power supply for hardcore audio recording stuff. It's the same price or cheaper than a modmic, and seems to be of comparable/higher quality. Plus I just like the idea of having a discrete microphone. Thanks friends!

u/Routb3d · 1 pointr/Vive

Fantastic update! I just ordered a better mic from amazon. I hope it helps the audio quality.

u/the_krillep · 1 pointr/Twitch

This combined with an InnoGear Phantom Power Supply works really great as a starter kit. I bought it some weeks ago, and I was really surprised of the quality of the mic. To the price I thought it would be really horrible with all the other things that comes in the package, but it's really great. Works wonders especially if you have a good soundboard on your motherboard. The pop filter is really tricky to put on since it has a weird shape for it's clamp, so I bought this mudder pop filter and it fits perfectly on the mic. If you're on a budget or just don't want to go full ham with your blue yetis or other super fancy mics, then these items can be recommended for an aspiring streamer :)

But it's a really good guide you have made here, thank you! :D

Edit: the phantom power supply is from the uk, so you'll need a converter for it to work with your power outlet if you don't live in the uk. Else any other phantom power supply should work just as fine. There's not an XLR cable included in the kit, but they're pretty cheap and can be found in almost every electronics store or music department.

u/cswithian · 1 pointr/microphones

I'm a newly partnered twitch streamer and looking to produce YouTube content as well.

I was planning on getting a better quality mic for videos/streaming, and yesterday my headset mic broke so I figured now is the time.

I have a budget of <$150 CAD. What are the best options? I was looking at getting these two combined:

NW-700 KIT

Is there anything better? Should I look at something else? I was also considering waiting for a sale on something like the Blue Yeti but I've been told the quality would be better by getting these and it would be cheaper. Thanks for any help!

u/Doneuter · 1 pointr/letsplay

Hey McDaddy,

Great question!

I'm doing something similar and have some advice for you.

The big thing that you're going to be looking to invest in is Audio equipment. A phone can be used as a camera if you would like a facecam.

As far as audio goes, you're probably going to want to go with a Preamp and a condenser Mic. This will allow you to work from the preamp, and fine tune the audio before it even gets recorded in the computer.

  • A great and Affordable* preamp that I have used for a while can be found here: Behringer Xenyx Q902USB

    This Preamp simply plugs into a USB slot on your computer, then you plug in a mic, preferably with an XLR cable in order to be able to use the features of the Condenser Mic.

  • A good, and extremely cost effective condenser Mic w/ Vice Arm and Pop filter can be found here: Neewer NW-700

    This DOES NOT come with a straight XLR Cable, so you would need to buy one was well, but they run about $8-10

    IF that is not affordable enough (We're looking about the $120-150 range currently), you could go with a cheap USB Mic. Someone below suggested a Blue Yeti mic, which wile good quality, is honestly not necessary.

  • I suggest this mic, which is what I used before working with Condenser mics: Samson Go Mic

    Beyond this, the only other thing that I could think that you may need beyond a computer would be a capture card, but ONLY if you are recording from a console. Even then you most likely only absolutely need one to record from a Switch or something that is from a previous generation of consoles.

    With decent internet you can stream a PS4/XB1 straight to your PC using PS4 Remote Play App or the Xbox Console Companion App respectively, which you can record in OBS.

    Feel free to DM me if you have any questions!

    *Not exactly the most budget friendly, but it's a great value for what you can do with it.
u/KnightEffect23 · 1 pointr/VoiceActing

Personally, I got on the XLR train as fast as i could. IMO they are pretty much always better. although the price is usually the issue, my first XLR was very cheap and way better.


Also you kind of need to get the Phantom power and Adapter that it recommends below the image of the mic. If youre not already aware, the phantom power is essentially a box that powers the microphone. The computer cant to it on its own so Phantom power is usually a must.