Best multipurpose condenser microphones according to redditors

We found 1,286 Reddit comments discussing the best multipurpose condenser microphones. We ranked the 225 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Multipurpose Condenser Microphones:

u/melonzz · 652 pointsr/DotA2

if you are 6k and are unable to afford a microphone i will send you one PM me address and a screencap of your mmr.

i will also send you a link to multiple perfectly capable $5-20 microphones and if you're a fuckin american 99% of you can afford a goddamn mic, USING it though...

edit: im gonna write down names and addresses over the next 48 hours then do one big order, if you wait longer than to tell me your details you're SOL


$15!!! --->

$8!!! --->

ALSO $8!!! -->

If none of those options work for you check out my handy microphone-match-maker, handcrafted to pair the player with a communication device that fits his/her/its budget!

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/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/1upforever · 44 pointsr/gamegrumps

"Huh, expensive microphone? My Blue Yeti is kind of showing its age, I wonder if I could afford it"

>One google search later


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/vanoreo · 24 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Mouse: Logictech G502. It is widely considered to be the "best" mouse for PC enthusiasts.

Keyboard: Will heavily depend on your preferences, but I have a DASKeyboard 4 Ultimate with Cherry MX Blues (tactile click). I have also heard nice things about the Corsair K70, and Strafe. If you are new to mechanical keyboards, I would recommend checking out the subreddit /r/mechanicalkeyboards for more information.

Headset: I just use an old set of Turtle Beach X12s I've had forever, because I usually just use my soundbar, but a buddy of mine prefers to use a desk mic and some Audio-Technica headphones.

EDIT: Saw your budget in the other comments. You should probably go with the Strafe for your keyboard. Most others below $100 aren't as high of quality. Personally, I think you should get the Strafe, the G502, and the headphones/mic combo.

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/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/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/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/CSfalcolx · 7 pointsr/buildapcforme

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And this corsair commander pro

Also this mousepad

And a mic to if you need it

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/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/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/_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/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/headphones

Try these bad boys. Mega comfy.

u/iao_ · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I found that with replacement pads I get quite a bit more clamp force, which was really lacking for me until now. Pretty much any of the Brainwavz pads or other similar sized pair should accomplish this as anything is thicker than the standard ones included with the headphones. Personally I chose these Shure HPAEC1840 Replacement Velour Ear Pads and, with its medium thickness, it was still enough to make a big improvement. It's also just enough so my ear cartilage doesn't press up against the inside, which got irritating after awhile.

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/karishbhr · 4 pointsr/headphones

Link to the pads: Shure HPAEC1540 Replacement Alcantara Ear Pads for SRH1540 Headphones

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/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/CaptainSouthbird · 3 pointsr/gamegrumps

Well, first of all, you probably want to scope what you're going to do, and also figure out how much money you want to spend to do it. I mean it's kind of vague to just want to match their equipment and it might be extreme overkill for you to do so. Like you don't need "breakaway cables" to switch your consoles (per the GrumpOut vid)... in fact, I highly recommend switchboxes as a much saner thing to do there. :P

But to the question:

> I don't know where I could order or purchase them

... this may or may not be a simple answer. Depending where you live, Amazon sells just about everything you could possibly want. Not saying you should necessarily buy it from them, but you'll probably find everything you need there.

But getting back to cost, definitely consider what you can spend, because even just one Sennheiser MKH 416 microphone (as they have just stated they use) costs about $1000.

/u/FabbrizioCalamitous already answered adequately about capture cards of course, so no need to repeat that.

Honestly I think getting good audio equipment and a good environment to make your voice sound excellent is one of the most difficult aspects of the setup. There are just so many factors when it comes to audio; reflections in the room, how your mic is mounted, quality/type of the mic, vibrations from the street, etc. Few of us have a real "studio" type acoustically-sealed room to get really good voice recording, and it seems anything and everything easily gets in there and makes a mess of it. But of course unless you're really well off you probably can't afford to set up a room like that or afford Sennheiser MKH 416 mics. (Or at least can't justify the cost for something extravagant before your YouTube channel has taken off.)

Most likely what you ought to do is Google around a bit and try to find a more modest starter kit. If you start to earn a decent viewerbase you might start considering upgrading incrementally. I mean, even the Grumps started out with just a mic on a table in the living room. They graduated to much grander setups over years of time.

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/Tacanacy · 3 pointsr/PS4

Mic or headset?


  • Antlion ModMic 4

    Attaches to headphones using a clasp system and is easy to attach and remove. Is compatible with all headphones. Comes with and without a mute switch.

  • Massdrop Minimic

    Attaches to headphones using a clasp system and is easy to attach and remove. Is compatible with all headphones. Has a mute switch and is modular. Is only available via drops on I recommend requesting it if you want to wait for it.

  • V-MODA BoomPro

    Connects to the headphone's jack, replacing the headphone cable. Is compatible with Philips SHP9500 and Status Audio CB-1. Has a mute switch and a volume control.

  • Neewer 3.5mm Clip on Mini Lapel Microphone

    Clips onto your clothing. Has no in-line controls.

  • Sony ECMCS3

  • Clips onto your clothing. Has no in-line controls.

  • Zalman ZM-Mic1

    Clips onto your clothing. Has no in-line controls.

  • Blue Snowball

    Has various placement options. Has no in-line controls.

  • Samson Go

    Has various placement options. Has no in-line controls.

    You can use various audio controllers for volume control and mute toggle:

  • Fosmon
  • Insignia
  • Lucid Sound AdjustR

    To connect the ModMic, Minimic, clip-on mics and other 3.5mm mics to DS4 or an audio controller, you need a TRRS / 4-pole Y-splitter (three black rings on the connector). The BoomPro doesn't require a Y-splitter. USB mics are plug-and-play.



  • AKG K52

    Sound: Has a wide and deep soundstage, good imaging, clarity and detail retrieval and decent separation. It doesn't over- or under-emphasize the bass or treble. The bass can sound a little muddy in e.g. blasts and explosions.

    Build: Is closed-back and over-ear. Durable and very lightweight. The cups tilt and pivot, so they should adjust to the shape of your head nicely. The earpads have decent quality and are soft and removable, but they're shallow.

  • Philips SHP9500

    Sound: Has a soundstage with medium width and depth. It has good imaging, separation and detail retrieval and very good clarity. It doesn't over- or under-emphasize the bass or treble.

    Build: Is open-back and over-ear. Durable and lightweight. The cups tilt and pivot and the cable detaches. The earpads have good quality and they're soft and removable, but they're very shallow. Replacing them requires modification or buying/making 3D printed rings that the new earpads attach to. Modifying is very easy and quick to do and doesn't require special tools or extra parts. I've made a tutorial. 3D printed parts can be bought from Mod House Audio and Thingiverse. The clamping force is very light, so I don't recommend the headphone for children or if you frequently move your head down and have an average sized head. For aftermarket earpads, I recommend Shure HPAEC1840. These tighten the clamping force for a little, and personally, I love the comfort and fit with these.

  • Superlux HD668B

    Sound: Has a wide and deep soundstage, I'd say 50% bigger than SHP9500. It has very good imaging, separation, clarity and detail retrieval. It has emphasized treble and a small boost in the mid-bass.

    Build: Is semi-open-back and over-ear. Sturdy and lightweight. The cups tilt and pivot. The cable and earpads are detachable. The earpads have bad quality and are shallow, so I recommend replacing them with earpads from HiFiMAN.

  • Superlux HD681 EVO

    Sound: Has the same soundstage as HD668B. It has very good clarity and good detail retrieval, but has poor imaging and separation. It's warm sounding with deep bass.

    Build: Is semi-open-back and over-ear. The cups tilt and pivot. The cable and earpads are detachable. The earpads have decent quality and are soft and detachable, but they're shallow and the drivers stick out quite a bit, so I recommend taking out the loose felt inside the cups, unless you're sensitive to treble, and replacing the earpads with earpads from HiFiMAN, or earpads from Brainwavz if you want much more depth. These are expensive, but they have great quality, they are made of memory foam and are very soft and roomy, and the sound quality is absolutely worth it.

    I also compare to AKG Q701, Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x, Beyerdynamic DT990 (600 ohms), HiFiMAN HE400i, HyperX Cloud, Philips Fidelio X2 and Sennheiser HD700, which I got for gaming, except for HE400i, but it's great for gaming. I don't recommend HyperX Cloud / Cloud II / CloudX. I strongly advise against them if you don't need closed-back. My evaluations derive mostly if not only from gaming (so take it with a grain of salt for music entertainment listening). I can't emphasize enough that perceived performance in headphones is relative.


    Glossary | ℹ️
    Closed-back x | Cups with solid shells that largely isolate sound from passing in and out.
    Open-back / semi-open-back | Cups with perforations/grills that allow outside sound to freely pass in and sound from the drivers to freely pass out. How loud you hear outside sound and how loud people around you hear the sound from the headphones depend on the volume, of course. The sonic benefit to open-back is generally a big soundstage.
    Soundstage | Perceived space and environment of sound. It can be compared to virtual surround sound; both attempt to produce the same spacious, three-dimensional effect. VSS can sound more ambient and immersive, which depends on the processor you use (CMSS-3D, Dolby, SBX, etc.), but it degrades the sound quality and diminishes detailing due to compression from digital processing. You might also experience less accurate imaging and separation if the headphone already has good imaging and separation. Note that a deep soundstage is equally important as a wide soundstage.
    Imaging | Accuracy of sounds/objects positioned across the soundstage. And I mean where they are positioned -- not merely what direction they come from. This distinction is important because being able to tell only what direction objects come from isn't good enough to me when playing against people. Imaging is inherent to the audio content, so if the game is recorded or mixed poorly, a headphone with good imaging won’t improve the positional audio, so don't judge the headphone before using it in games you're very familiar with. I test mine mostly in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
    Separation | Separating individual sounds from a range of sounds. Good separation makes it easier to filter out or discern overlapping sounds from other sounds and track 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/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/MassiveMeatMissile · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

I would but I'm incredibility lazy. There's a guy who already did on the top amazon review of this one. As far as I can tell that's the same cheapo Chinese mic just with different branding.

My biggest complaint about it is unless your mouth is as close to it as his is in the video it's really quiet. That is unless you boost the gain, but then the sound quality degrades. But it's a $10 mic so what're you gonna do?

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/freedoomed · 3 pointsr/Whatisthis
u/Savac0 · 3 pointsr/Twitch
u/brunerww · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Hi inferno - the best value for money mic right now for filmmakers with "a few hundred" to spend is the [$330 Sennheiser MKE600] ( [Referral Link].

This mic is a great value for money - it competes very well with its big brother, the [$1000 industry standard Sennheiser 416] ( [Referral Link].

Hope this is helpful!


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/currly30 · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

The Shure HPAEC1840 pads might work. They are super nice and pretty big. link

u/brandiniman · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I like open-back headphones because I can still listen to the room and not get the crap scared out of me. I have the Philips in that section and the only thing the needed was a new cord (it's a standard cord) and meatier padding (heard this fits but I have yet to upgrade). They definitely breathe better than my 500 series Sennheisers so no sweaty head.

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/jerrolds · 2 pointsr/headphones

Focus Pads and grill mod them takes the HE-400 to the next level imo. Heres what mine looks like

Apparently the Shure 1540 pads are the best pads for the Hifiman cans - they are pricey though.

u/nantucketcookie · 2 pointsr/headphones

Do a pad swap with the shure 1540 alcantara pads. Here are some links to purchase them.

amazon or

I tend to like slightly warmish headphones and these improved the sound for me drastically. The balanced pads the 1990 came with were pretty good but I hated the analytical pads. The alcantara pads I have on now gave it a lot more fullness in the low and mids without losing too much of the details on the highs. You do lose some of the soundstage though. For $40 it is a no brainer over buying a completely new amp. In my case I was going to sell it anyway.

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/sjforeversj · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I have used this mic for long time before, and it has 90% of the audio quality of the $100 mics I use today. I highly recommend it as a budget mic.

u/bawlmur_hon · 2 pointsr/Earwolf

I've found a decent smartphone, the app "audio evolution mobile studio" and a 20-dollar condenser microphone
are enough for the hobbyist recorder. Focus on content, rather than production value.

Also, on iOS, the app "Spire" is probably better.

u/Skylineblue · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Update: I've had the HD 58X Jubilees for over a week now, and even after being extremely hyped up by reading threads about them, they've totally delivered on my expectations. Music of all varieties sounds fantastic, and they've proven to be great for gaming. I had always thought I just had bad hearing when it came to hearing footsteps but with these headphones I hear everything going on around me and can locate the direction perfectly.

Only downside is the lack of a microphone, but I've instead just gotten a nice one off amazon which sounds far better than my old HyperX II's microphone for a relatively low price.

u/DomDuncan · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Fifine Usb Podcast Condenser Microphone Recording On Laptop, No Need Sound Card Interface and Phantom Power.(K669)

u/msgs · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

This should be good enough for you, $28. Fifine USB Condenser Microphone

Blue Snowball iCE is another low cost option but not sure it's worth twice the price of this.

Audio recording equipment is a cost rabbit hole that I suggest you avoid until you are 100% serious about a major investment.

u/hopewithinchaos · 2 pointsr/Twitch

If you're just starting out, I would just get yourself a good set of headphones. There's plenty of resources to be found online about a good or bad pair of headphones. I personally use a pair of Cowin E8's.

Microphone, it depends on how much you want to spend. For someone who hasn't streamed yet, I always say never to spend more than you have to until you know streaming is the right fit for you and that you enjoy it.

That said, I usually recommend the Fifine K669. It's USB so plug and play, and is surprisingly good sounding for the cheap price. There's a link HERE so you can see how it sounds yourself.

u/ASSarnat · 2 pointsr/sony

tried this once, they really don't last. it wasn't the exact same adapter but with feedback from people I know who try these, they all fail pretty soon. mic functionality is typically lost within a year and you have to buy another cable. it really adds up if you're a student gamer.

I'd say try to go for a nice, relatively inexpensive USB mic like this Fifine one or try to snag this $17 lapel one while it's on sale. The built-in microphone in Sony cans isn't too great anyway

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/clupean · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I don't know anything about high-end professional audio hardware, so I'll just suggest cheap stuff that works: the Samson G-Track Pro USB should fit your requirements and costs only $150.

u/Trifax · 1 pointr/VoiceActing

That would definitely be advisable. There are other good options of course, but this is the industry standard for commercial/promo voiceover. So I don't know what your endeavor into voiceover is, but I'd recommend a solid investment in a mic that fits your voice well, an interface that offers enough gain staging (otherwise, you need a mic preamp, which is yet another investment. The sm7b definitely needs one of these), and a pair of headphones that offer flat, accurate frequency response so you can listen back and mix well.

u/slash178 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Headsets have notoriously poor audio quality (both headphone quality and mic quality). They do offer convenience, however the inexpensive Zalman ZM1 mic or similar (a clip on microphone) can be used with any pair of headphones, and will outperform the vast majority of headset built in mics. Also, if your mic ever breaks you can just replace the mic itself rather than the whole headset.

If you ease of setup and cost are not issues, and you want the best audio quality possible, I recommend getting a condenser microphone along the lines of AT2020, Rode NT-1, Blue Spark. Or, if cost is REALLY not an issue, you want a buttery smooth voice the likes of which you can record audiobooks professionally, you can go for the industry voiceover standard, the $1000 and worth it Sennheiser 416.

u/angrypooper · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Hard to say for sure since there are no visible markings, but based on the taper of the windscreen, I'd guess it's a Sennheiser MKH416.

u/dwoi · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

I've been very happy with Sennheiser's mics which always get excellent audio.

If you ever need to get good audio and can't use the external recorder, a great but cheap mic that goes straight into your DSLR (via mini-jack) is the Audio-Technica ATR-6550. It makes for a great combination of low price and good quality.

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



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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/Nine_Cats · 1 pointr/audioengineering

So will you never be upgrading?
This was sent to my blog by a redditor, the drums are recorded by a single AKG 220 into a Focusrite 2i2. They sound better than you'd get with two PG57s, for sure.

If you hunt around and are patient, you could probably get each of those used for less than $200 total.
I highly recommend the 2i2... It has way better preamps than the iO2.

2i2 + MXL bundle from guitarcenter would be my advice. The 2i2 drops to $100 on ebay frequently.

u/entent · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I recently got this microphone alone with these headphones. I couldn't be happier with the quality for the price.

I got them both together at Guitar Center for $200. They have a lot of room to haggle in pro-audio, so honestly I would just go down there and talk to the salesman. Remember they pretty much make straight commission, so they will help you out as much as you need if it leads to a sale.

u/errorcache · 1 pointr/indieheads

I did everything with an sm58 for a long time, but that's because I couldn't afford anything beyond that. So you don't really need anything else, but If you have the budget for it, I'd recommend a large diaphragm condenser (LDC) mic for vocals. AKG 220 is a solid mic, I've used one for years.
Small diaphragm condenser mics are good for acoustic instruments. I got a used pair of Audix ADX51s recently and they've been awesome. Make sure your interface supports phantom power if you get any condenser mics.

Also for recording electric guitar, I like to use two mics, one LDC and one dynamic mic (sm57/sm58). Each mic pointed at a speaker cone (my amp has two speakers).

u/ButUmmLikeYeah · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

If you are looking to MC, I don't see why you would need an MPC. An MPC is designed for someone who wants to physically manipulate samples (drums, chords, bass stuff, w/e) by banging it out on a set of pads. Don't get me wrong, they're great (and I own a Maschine Mikro, love it but barely use it now... which reminds me I should use it more...), but if you are looking to spend money on what will help your vocal skills, I would say buy a condenser microphone, an audio interface, and get some software to record in.


Audacity is free but featureless or difficult to use to truly edit stuff together.

FL is an option and is easily grabbed through pirating.

I use Logic Pro.

Ableton Live is great if you are into electronica or like certain features that if I describe here will only be way over your head right now.

I've heard good things about Reaper, it's free to try, and a license is only $60, so it's the most affordable legit one out there, but I can't speak from experience.

(You'll essentially want the ability to have multiple tracks of audio)


A simple interface is needed to get the mic to get audio into your computer. You will need a mic.

As for a mic, you can use dynamic mics (usually cheaper, lower quality in terms of vocal sounds, but can be held and you can move around with it if that gets you in the groove). You can also go with a condenser mic (more expensive, but much better quality in terms of vocals, but you can't hold it and move around with it because they are really sensitive to vibrations).

If you go with a condenser mic, you will need a mic stand for it. Your interface will also need "phantom power". Scarlett 2i2 is a good basic interface that has phantom power (the little light/button on it that says 48v). This interface can also handle dynamic mics, but you will turn phantom power off with them (they don't require the extra power to amplify their signal.)

If you go with dynamic mics, the SM58 is a traditional and sturdy choice. If you go with a condenser mic, you don't have to go all out and spend $500 on your first mic. Save that for if you really get into it and need better quality once your vocals are up to par. You could go with the AKG Perception series which are really affordable and of decent quality. I own one, I think the one listed, but I forget, since I haven't recorded anything in forever.

So, for something like, what... $400 or so, you could have Reaper, an interface, a condenser mic, and a stand and the cables you need, and you'll be good to go. I suggest checking out small music shops to see if you can get better prices. Craigslist may also be good, but sometimes people try and pawn broken gear off, so always ask to test it first.

u/morris_ventus · 1 pointr/Twitch

I read your other comment to similar question. How is AKG P220?
On Amazon I see

Two different types.

I already do have AKG K712 pro headset, so I do like AKG products. But yeah.

u/helixeternal · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I got one of these:

Comes with a carrying case and a shock mount.

If you don't have a mic stand, though, you might want to get something a bit cheaper so you can get a stand, too.

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/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/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/Spongemonkey922 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I have very limited DT990 experience (listening to them at guitar center) but I own the Game One and use it on Xbox all the time. I can tell you the Game Ones are with it. A little clamp heavy at first but after a little bit they're one of the most comfortable headsets. Another option in that price range that I also own and use on Xbox are the Audio Technica ATH-PDG1. The Audio Technicas in my opinion need a pad change to be really comfortable, so with them I would recommend the Shure 1840 pads. With the pad change the PDG1 is about $10 cheaper then the Game Ones on Amazon. But you can't go wrong with either choice.

Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1 Premium Gaming Headset

Shure HPAEC1840 Replacement Velour Ear Pads for SRH1840 Headphones

u/Zeuzera · 1 pointr/headphones

Would a Xonar DG or DGX (the PCIe revision of the former) be a worthwhile investment,
to sufficiently drive a T20RP MK3 or T50RP MK3 without distortion or clipping,
at least until I can get my hands on a decent external solution?!

There is no need to drive them at max volume,
just to have enough power to start up the engine properly, so to say.

In other words:
Would they be powerful enough to supply a decent amount of power without distortion,
at normal listening levels, as mentioned above.


Currently I am at somewhat of a crossroads between
the Shure HPAEC1840 and the HM5 Hybrid Non-Angled pads for the T20RP or T50RP, both or either MK3.

Which of the two preserve the sound signature of the original pads the best or are closest to it?
A bit of added clarity is also a bonus, but not a must for either of these.

u/TheGrapist__ · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

bought a pair when they were $50 and love them,my earpads started to tear so i replaced them with Shure 1840 earpads and they are more comfortable than ever

u/Draxcer1 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Thas the 1540 pads

1840 pads are like $23

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/kare_kano · 1 pointr/headphones

A more detailed discussion about pads for the MK3. And here's a link to the Shure 1540 pads (hpaec1540) for convenience.

u/Solace- · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Sorry to bother you, but are these the pads you're referring to? Also would this pairing make for a good experience with EDM music?

u/sherm137 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

It's gonna be hard to find a better new headphone than the 58x at $160. They are easy to drive, comfy and a well-rounded sounding can. Are they great at anything? Not really, but they do just about everything well. You could step up to the 6xx for about $50, which is a much better headphone to my ear.

But my recommendation would be to find a used T20RP/T50Rp mk3 and swap the pads to Shure 1540s Check out r/avexchange for used headphones or HeadFi has a good sale forum. You could also buy them new together on Amazon for about $190 total.

I actually just picked up a T20RP mk3 and was going to send to Modhouse for an Argon conversion, but I also just got a Focal Elex and no longer need for Argons. The one caveat with this recommendation is I'm not sure how well your amp would work with them. Maybe not enough power.

If you are interested, I would be willing to sell my T20s. Send me a PM if you want. I can send pics your way. I was thinking about putting them on r/avexchange anyway.

u/ColinAllCarz · 1 pointr/headphones

Here. However, you could prob order some HM5 pads that work almost as well for cheaper. I also bought the little 3d printed pad adapter for $10 on ebay.

u/Zivr0 · 1 pointr/headphones

Amazon link

Are these the ones I should get?

u/plazman30 · 1 pointr/headphones

The stock pads sound best with these headphones. I put the Shure 1540 Pads on mine and they became way more comfortable, but def changed the sound in a negative way.

When I have them on my iPhone, I need to crank them up to max volume to get to acceptable volume in my house. When you're out and about, you need more volume, so I tend to think you won't be able to get them sufficiently loud to use them in public.

u/Korgak · 1 pointr/headphones

Anyone know if these pads

fit on the ATH-WS1100is? And if not what should I be looking for?

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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/iAmAddicted2R_ddit · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

You need to get a mic to make it past Silver 4 or so. Raw gunskill and teamwork on your end can only do so much if you don't have real-time comms with your teammates. Just buy a shitty little desktop mic for $10 or so and you won't believe how much that $10 can improve your playing.

Feel free to add me up on Steam at, I'm free to play CS all through the rest of today and early tomorrow morning possibly. Squeaker warning however, and I'm only Silver 2 so not great for ELO but almost everybody I've met in MM has assessed me as playing like a Silver Elite or SEM. I've had more than one smurf accusation.

u/doraemon145 · 1 pointr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Awesome. Thank you for the examples and advice. I'm thinking about getting this one:

I want one that just sits on my desk so that I don't have it strapped to my body. I hope that one will suffice.

u/mdahms95 · 1 pointr/letsplay

Condenser Microphone,Computer Microphone,SOONHUA 3.5MM Plug and Play Omnidirectional Mic with Desktop Stand for Gaming,YouTube Video,Recording Podcast,Studio,for PC,Laptop,Tablet,Phone

u/hofnowhere · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Go you for the regular income!

I have two things of high priority on my list, but neither of them are life or death so I kind of feel bad entering. My list contains all of the items that would put me ahead in life, but I can't justify spending money on them right now because of my not-so-regular income.

I need rainboots. I'm hoping to be able to get some before spring to avoid the mud and save my socks from perpetual wet.
I need a recording microphone (like this, but I don't really know what's good yet). I just missed out on a gig because I couldn't make a high quality recording of my voice. The built-in computer mic just doesn't cut it anymore.

Again, I'm probably not at the top of your list. but if it's raining pennies for you, maybe throw a couple my way? (Haha see what I did there?)

u/euphoricherron · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

In my opinion, its tricky to recommend peripherals to others due to the fact that they are so opinion based because everyones different. However, I rock audio technica m40x's with a cheap microphone from amazon. (Huge upgrade from my Astro A-40s... prime example of buyers guilt) Keyboard wise I recommend going on to find the perfect keyboard for your unique self. Mouse wise, not sure I use a pos mouse lmao.


Cheap ass Microphone-

Edit: Added Links

u/ya_boi_gibby · 1 pointr/youtube

That's a bit too expensive for me right now. Is this one any good do you think?

u/percolith · 1 pointr/rpg

Consider tightvnc, that's what we use for controlling the htpc. You might also look into "directional" or "condenser" microphones but I don't know much about that, just idly googling. Like this.

u/mouseratforever · 1 pointr/NewTubers

Personally I use the Blue Snowball but if $50 is a bit out of range you could always go with ZaxSound

u/DaMeteor · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Yeah I was thinking about something like this as a sound cage. And yeah honestly I don't understand the problem fully probably. Mic I currently use is capturing reverb in the room and sounds kind of compressed (not like production compression, I mean like tight I guess?). Worked well before, now it doesn't. Thing is I'm not really able to hang much up around my room to remove sound from walls which is why I was hoping a sound cage would work.

u/MIchonne · 1 pointr/Twitch

Love this Fifine $27 mic. Sounds great streaming and you can adjust everything!

Fifine Usb Podcast Condenser Microphone Recording On Laptop, No Need Sound Card Interface and Phantom Power.(K669)

u/DontTakeMyNoise · 1 pointr/buildapc

If I were you, I might do it a little differently.

Steelseries makes good keyboards and they're very customizable. r/mechanicalkeyboards might throw a hissy fit at me for saying that, but they're good all around boards. Every key can be customized with macros and stuff if he so chooses, right in the Steelseries software. No need to mess around with AHK.

Mice are a very personal thing. Does he know you're getting him PC peripherals for Christmas? If so, knowing the size of his hand, and if possible, how he grips a mouse would be super helpful. I spend a shameful amount of time on r/mousereview and would love to help you out! The Xtrfy M4 is very popular at the moment if he has medium or small hands. Right here you can see how to measure hand size properly.

If you can't get a precise measurement or grip style that's fine - could you maybe compare his hand to yours (a simple "Hey, which one of us has bigger hands?" should do), measure yours, and estimate roughly how different they are.

If he's got the space for a setup, he'd be much better off with a dedicated set of headphones and a dedicated microphone than with a headset, and it'd be cheaper too! I personally recommend the Superlux 668B headphones with a set of replacement earpads (these ones are amazing, but these ones are still very good while being much cheaper). Then grab yourself a Fifine microphone and something cheap to hold it and you've saved yourself a lot of money while getting him a much better product!

Oh, those headphones will let in a fair amount of background noise, and they'll leak a bit of the sound playing through them. If your house/apartment is often loud or you share a space and don't want to hear his games, these Takstars are shockingly good for the price. If you wanna save a few bucks and not go for a separate microphone, this CM headset is based off them but has an attached mic!

Good luck and I hope he enjoys his gift! Feel free to ask any questions you've got, PM if you want :)

u/ddrj · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

What do you think of something like this then?

u/ChoppedRamen · 1 pointr/NewTubers

I use a USB microphone from fifine ( and it’s been suiting me pretty nicely. I do animation, so I don’t use a camera in my videos, however I saw that the Logitech c920 seemed really when I wasn’t trying to do animation.

As for Davinci Resolve, it’s mostly just drag and drop once you have the clips in your project. However if you need more help I’m sure it’s a fairly easy problem to solve with some light Googling.

u/faMine · 1 pointr/headphones

I gave up on trying to find a mountable solution.

ModMic was great for a while before realizing how garbage the overall quality is for the price.


Went ahead and bought a Fifine USB Mic from Amazon and it has been wonderful.

u/ok_dude_your_wheel · 1 pointr/LetsPlayCritiques

Thank you for the feedback!

  1. I'll definitely work on the framing.

  2. The mic is a cheap one from Amazon: and we're using Quicktime's "Movie Recording" feature to record us and the audio. It took us a while to get it this "good", but I think I forgot to check the TV's volume before recording.

    I think we need to get a good default for where the mic sits and what the TV's volume setting. It's somewhat difficult because the recording setup isn't permanent (we record at two different houses).
u/harrisisadonkey · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch

yeah i have a 30 microphone plugged into the usb port and sounds better than most gaming headset mics its called a fifine heres the link

u/TGPig · 1 pointr/buildapc

>HyperX cloud stinger

headphone mics break really easily / arent very good. get a seperate mic and you won't have a problem. If youre on a budget I recommend this one:

u/_Kai · 1 pointr/pcgaming

~$3 lapel microphone from eBay or something. Or, a FiFine K669B:

Mileage may vary with speakers, as microphones may pickup background noise.

u/iMostLikelyNeedHelp · 1 pointr/Twitch

Depending on what software you use you should be able to adjust your microphone input sensitivity, set noise gates, add suppression etc. in microphone settings so I would recommend getting the best quality mic you can reasonably afford and worry about room noise later. That being said I use a FiFine USB mic that I bought on sale from amazon and I haven't had any issues with it other than it not fitting into a seperate crane stand that I have. It comes with a nice little short desktop tripod. Not on sale it's $30 USD.

this is not a sponsored link. I do not get paid to recommend this

As far as a headphone jack idk what to tell you

u/MEB006 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I was looking to buy a budget mic for gaming and recording youtube videos and I heard good things about these 2 mics and I was wondering which was better. And if neither of these are good than are there any good USB microphones under $30?



And are these speakers any good?

u/Sen7ryGun · 1 pointr/PCSound

Depends on your total budget, but my best advice for a relatively cheap starter set for bringing your audio setup up to a solid standard on a stationary desktop PC goes like this: - Fifine cardioid USB condenser mic - Neewer mic boom arm and pop filter - Status Audio CB-1 closed back headphones

Total price - $111 USD

Don't worry about an external audio interface until you're looking at a proper professional setup or are having specific audio issues that require you to move your audio processing solution to the outside of your PC case. I've been into desktop audio for a few years now and this is my ultimate "bang for your buck" setup I recommend to people looking to get away from gaming headsets while keeping to a gaming headset budget. I have a couple of friends now running this setup and they love it. The mic is nice and clear, the boom lets you get it out of the way and have it wherever you like and the headphones sound great and are incredibly comfortable for long ass listening or gaming sessions. There's no XLR adaption to worry about and everything will plug straight into your PC as it stands right now.

u/GandalfZaGrey · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace is one that I use. Really good sound vs anything in its price range imo. I use it with a cheap boom arm and works great. I absolutely hate it when teammates have background noise, so my opinion is that you should get something that sits closer to your face than your keyboard or mouse. Lastly, get a unidirectional mic. Your friends will thank you.

u/Zazzy97 · 1 pointr/IndianGaming
u/dam4076 · 1 pointr/apexlegends

Honestly I think a desk mic like this is best:

It just sits on your desk, the audio quality is excellent and you don't have to have an additional wire dangling from your headset.

u/Troubled_trombone · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Just get an inexpensive separate mic. I have this one and I love it. Only $30!

u/TheSarcasticClam · 1 pointr/youtubegaming

This is what I use:
USB Microphone,Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for Laptop MAC or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals, Voice Overs,Streaming Broadcast and YouTube Videos-K669B

If you want get the OBS software because it makes this mic sound great!

u/theregularchef · 1 pointr/SmallYTChannel

I use this one, it’s only about $30 and it sounds really good in my opinion: USB Microphone,Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for Laptop MAC or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals, Voice Overs,Streaming Broadcast and YouTube Videos-K669B

I found out about it through LinusTechTips and even he recommended it as a budget mic

u/Baundiesel_TD · 1 pointr/Twitch

I see OP has already figured it out but this mic has been so damn good to me.

u/dmonnens · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Appreciate it man, thanks! You had a dope entry yourself! Very nice flow on the beat, gave it a natural sounding tempo. As opposed to mine where i'm racing to get all the words in haha. And ay I see you reppin the Twin Cities fam. We out here!

It's funny, i saw your post as i was posting mine and was like "ay he just got a new mic too". I got a cheap usb condenser off amazon, but that plus a pop filter makes a big difference.

u/rock_kid · 1 pointr/VoiceActing

Honestly, thank you for telling me this sounded dull. I think this was my best of my earlier practice clips, but that doesn't mean I think it's great. I just started taking an online video course that's going to help with clarity/enunciation and posture, and later on get into emotion and tone. I have another lined up that's supposed to help with using different voices, which is kind of my biggest struggle with the idea of reading drama -- how do I voice different, unique characters (sometimes male) and not just sound like me? Female readers of The 100, Inkheart and the Hunger Games are my favorite examples but I'm just not there.

I feel like being able to do an actual drama is a ways off, though. Any recommendations on types of pieces to try for instead while I practice?

As for the sound quality on this particular link, I listened to both the upload and my direct file back to back with headphones and there was a little quality lost in the upload or something. I don't have a trained ear so I can't explain the difference aside from volume and "it just sounds better to me". So I'm not set on upgrading my mic just yet. But, you did mention noise reduction, and I could definitely see that. I'm still tweaking my set up to not have to use so much noise reduction, because I can really tell it makes me sound tinny. Is that maybe the "thin" that you described?

I haven't recorded in a couple months so I might not 100% remember my full process. But the issue I'm having trouble balancing is my volume versus the room noise hiss versus mouth sounds. If I'm close to the mic I can have more voice and therefore less mic volume (my mic has its own volume knob), so less room noise hissing but too much wind noise or smacking sounds. If I sit a few inches back I have to project more without over powering my hard sounds, and still pump up the mic volume and then have to reduce the hiss, creating that tinny sound. Would a proper pop filter help fix this, instead of a sock? I know they're dirt cheap so I'd be happy to get one. I'm also considering an actual mic stand instead of the 3" desktop tripod (which I keep on a stack of books so it's a little higher), so I can sit with better posture.

This is my microphone, for reference:
If there's something more highly recommended around $50, I'd consider spending more money if the mic really is the problem.

Thanks for the detailed input!

u/Pontius_Pilot_ · 1 pointr/buildapcsales
u/Broadbanned · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hrmmm, here's some suggestions for case, wifi, and mic

PCPartPicker Part List

|CPU|AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor|$194.89 @ Amazon|
|Motherboard|MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard|$114.99 @ Amazon|
|Memory|G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory|$84.99 @ Amazon|
|Storage|ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive|$139.99 @ Amazon|
|Video Card|Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card|$418.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Case|Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case|$44.99 @ Amazon|
|Power Supply|BitFenix Formula Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply|$88.72 @ Amazon|
|Operating System|Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit|$99.95 @ Amazon|
|Wireless Network Adapter|Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter|$33.89 @ OutletPC|
|Headphones|Creative Labs Aurvana Live! 2 Headset|$63.19 @ Amazon|
|Microphone|Samson G-Track Pro|$128.88 @ Amazon|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|||
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-21 18:10 EDT-0400|||

u/Halefa · 1 pointr/Twitch

I got the Samson G-Track Pro
recently and am super happy with it.

It's supposed to be real good value for its price and so far I'm not disappointed. It was just plug and play, you have nice controls on the mic itself, it has multiple modes, and is you want you can actually add an instrument into the mic directly as well!

u/Jazzremix · 0 pointsr/battlestations

I bought this a long time ago and I'm still using it. It works perfectly nowadays plug n play, so ignore a lot of those reviews.

I'd like to get a boom stand for it one day.

u/gabethegeek · 0 pointsr/podcasts

My main mic is a
MXL BCD-1 Dynamic Microphone

Works amazing for anyone who is on the move and does not have a padded environment. It barley picks up anything! Even better with a compressor.

My guest mic (When recording on the set) is a
AKG 220 Perception Condersor

I do not use a mixer
There are a few reasons I don't:

1.) I'm only a one man setup. Most of my interviews will be done via Skype, Phone, External recorder. This saved me over $300 dollars.

2.)I use an audio interface UR222 interface

3.)This allows me to up the gains without introducing noise. You don't even need a compressor with this saving you another $100-150.

  • Capturing sound -
    *128 if you have lots of music bit for podcast and 64 for mono speech only. Here is a quick guide:

  • 320 kbps – Virtually indistinguishable from original CDs
  • 128 kbps – Typical for musical MP3s and quality podcasts
  • 64 kbps – Common bit rate for speech podcasts
  • 48 kbps – Reasonably common for longer speech podcasts
  • 32 kbps – Poor, usually used to reduce download times

u/Scrapod · 0 pointsr/buildapc

The Blue Yeti Pro has a USB output as well as an XLR one, so a audio interface isn't strictly necessary.

The difference between the two is the XLR is the standard for higher end microphones, whereas USB microphones seem to be mostly sub $150.

If you are completely new to microphone stuff it might be worth going for something a little less expensive (unless you are really into it and can justify the cost). A good example within the same brand is the Blue Snowball which is $60 rather than $150.

It's probably worth checking with /r/audioengineering other sites for help getting started.

u/ewiggle · 0 pointsr/headphones

Yeah I just used a lint roller on them, because I'm putting them back on. I like velour but taking it out in public, or looking at them critically, is the thing. At any given time they might need to be lint brushed, and that's more maintenance that I'm willing to do so they'll just look like spider web is all over them.

I tried the angled velour on these and while it's not as bad as the full pleather angled, it still kills some of the open-ness of the headphone. And I don't need that since I have a separate pair of cans as my closed headphones.

And so, I have now added these Shure HPAEC1540 pads to my wish list. At 40 dollars, I don't see myself buying them just yet but maybe in the future. It doesn't look like these will be as visibly disgusting as all velour because the material looks a little different and it has holes all throughout it which would draw attention away from any lint that it may acquire. Also, with that design, I imagine it would make the headphone sound even more open.

edit: I did consider the ebay pads, but yeah it has the same price-tag barrier as the shure's. Out of the two I think I'd buy the shure's before something similar to stock just because ... they're basically stock pads that might be better (and ink, but collect lint slower), if that makes sense.

u/downbeat · 0 pointsr/podcasting

I just started a podcast this year and we (co-host and I) use the Fifine USB mic. Our voices sound great and I've never had any problems with it so far. Another things I would say is that make sure you get a USB mic. You're going to get the best quality with USB than with 3.5mm mics.


Hope this is helpful and good luck on the podcast!

u/LullabyGaming · -2 pointsr/leagueoflegends

I recommend not getting a headset at all. Buy a studio quality USB mic, you can get a good one for an affordable price.

Then after this you buy a regular pair of headphones. I have some 30€ Sony headphones that have massively better sound quality than any headset I've ever owned. They're also extremely lightweight in comparison.

Microphone audio quality is superb as well.

Combined these will cost you a bit more than a headset, but trust me, the quality difference is insane.

Listening to music was revolutionized by this change from a headset to a decent pair of headphones. The audio quality is just so much better that listening to songs I'd heard a million times before felt like listening to a completely different song.

I am never going to buy another headset again.

u/joelthezombie15 · -2 pointsr/randomactsofamazon

That is a big limit.

1lb Fat replica

Infant Circumcision Trainer(Great, now i have that in my browsing history)

Weener Cleaner soap (When your hand just isnt enough)

Can we have more than one item that we want as long as its under $2000?
If so, heres a few things. if not you can choose from that list.

4K Monitor $624

Microphone $57

Headphones $188

Keyboard $95

2TB External HDD $100

Computer Case $160

Power Supply $170

Graphics Card $340

I really need any of these so even one thing will help tons and i really appreciate the contest and what you are doing is both crazy and the nicest thing ive seen someone do. even if i dont win you are still and amazing person. Thanks again and good luck everyone.

u/zeaga · -4 pointsr/gaming

You mean his snowball?

u/CaptCurmudgeon · -5 pointsr/IAmA

USB or prong? I got one for livestreaming through my laptop recently and the quality, amplification and control are excellent for the price point.

u/XxCLEMENTxX · -20 pointsr/pcmasterrace

And for that price you could have gotten a Samson C01U:

Infinitely better than even the Blue Yeti (in my experience with both) for cardoid and you aren't locked to Blue proprietary accessories when it comes to shock mounts.