Microphones

Is the Movo Wireless Microphone good?

Episode 1438

Paul from San Diego, CA
Movo Wireless Microphone

Paul has had an issue where Microsoft was installing newer drivers during an update that he didn't want. Leo says that he can choose to not install the newer drivers when he runs the update utility.

Paul also wants to know if the Movo wireless microphone works well. Leo says it's a good low-cost wireless microphone, but he's concerned because the cheaper a wireless mic is, the more likely he'll run into interference.

Why am I getting a hum in my recordings with Audacity?

Episode 1393

Micah from Maine
Audacity

Micah uses Audacity and he gets an intermittent hum on his microphone. Leo says that the mic Micah uses is USB and so a hum can't really find its way into the chain because the power is coming from the laptop, not an analog phantom power source. It could mean that the Digital to Audio converter is going bad, but if there's no analog loop, then there can't be a hum. So it must be software.

Where can I get a good lavalier microphone?

Episode 1283

Larry from Petaluma, CA
Audio Technica AT898 lavalier mic

Larry would like to have a lavalier microphone for his Canon Vixia. He doesn't want a wireless one. Leo says it's a good idea to start with a wired lav mic because he won't run into interference. He'll also want a unidirectional mic in order to filter out all the ambient noise coming from where he is recording. The downside is that if the mic gets off axis, he'll have to adjust it. So he'll want to constantly monitor the audio to be sure that the mic is aimed properly.

How can I get rid of a clicking sound in my recording?

Episode 1266

Sigmund from London, England
Yeti Microphone

Sigmund recently had heart surgery and they replaced one of his heart valves. It 'ticks' rather loudly, though. Leo says that Dr. Mom says it's not unusual for mechanical heart valves to have an audible ticking noise. Leo says that some mics, mostly condenser mics, are very sensitive and can pick up the faintest of sounds. That's why most studios use dynamic mics. They don't pick up a lot of external sounds. But condenser mics can be tuned to not pick up that. Sigmund should find that in his Yeti settings. He can also "declick" the audio recording through recording software.

What's a good microphone and mixer for podcasting?

Episode 1204

Brandon from Springfield, MO
Behringer Podcast Kit

Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.

What's the best mic for podcasting?

Episode 1120

Jim from Atlanta, GA
Heil PR40

Jim was podcasting back when Leo was still on TechTV. Jim had to walk away from it a few years ago but now he's ready to get started up again. He sees that Leo had recommended the Sennheiser SMD25 and is wondering if its still a good option. Leo says he wouldn't go with that. He uses a dynamic directional mic instead. Leo recommends Bob Heil's HeilSound PR40. It's great for studio work and it'll make Jim's voice sound really great. They're about $350.

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC
Beachtek adapter

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

Is there a good wireless microphone I can get for recording audio on my phone?

Paul from San Diego, CA

Episode 1075

Paul also wants to know if there's a wireless microphone option for a phone. Leo says to give up on that. They're too expensive for a good wireless lapel mic. Leo says a directional shotgun mic is a good option. He likes the Apogee MiC. It can record via USB to a laptop, but also straight to an iPhone or iPad.