What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

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cowby
KVRian
876 posts since 2 Feb, 2005

Post Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:55 am

Hi,

I have a pretty decent mic pre (Anelope D4) and I'd like to make some videos and push to youtube. I have some good condenser mics in my mind but wait they need to place in front of my face which my camera will also record it as well. I want to hide the mic out of the scene but retain a good sound quality.

I am asking for suggestion regarding what "Type" of mic do I need when it can place it above my head few inches high. I don't think shot gun mic can do it, right. Is it Boom mic or Dynamic mic ? Once you guys can point me the right "type" and then I can continue my research.

Thanks!
Cowby

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vurt
addled muppet weed
42887 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:59 am

well a boom mic is often the one you see coming in to the top of shots on interviews, looks like a wookie teabagging the camera

a condenser should be ok, so long as you have a fairly quiet room. as you will need a fair bit of gain if it's not closer to you, so will pick up any and all extraneous inside and outside noise.
you can get fairly small ones that even in shot wont hide much.

or tgeres those little ones you see stand ups/singers wearing. think madonna dancing while singing...

sadwojs
KVRer
3 posts since 17 Feb, 2019

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:34 am

I recommend Shure SM7B although it's a dynamic mic, so it'd need to be fairly close to your face. Like vurt said a condenser should be alright as long as your room is quiet enough.

LouieV2
KVRer
6 posts since 23 Dec, 2018

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:44 am

To echo the previous comments - condensers work for me, in my fairly quiet room. A boom mic is a really good option too, but it will all depend on whether or not you want it right in front of your face in the shot.

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donkey tugger
Boss Lovin' DR
5489 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 am

Possibly look at a small diaphragm condenser mic with switchable polar patterns (or where you can replace the capsule), so you can record a much more focused sound using the cardoid pattern, or switch to omni-directional if required - say if you're recording a conversation/interview etc. You don't say how much you want to spend. I have a Sontronics STC-1 which is a great mic for the money (£100 or so) although you need to buy the omni and other capsules separately - it comes with the cardoind one. Lot of choice out there though!

transmetropolitan
KVRist
282 posts since 24 Nov, 2014

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:19 pm

Dynamic mics are, for me, simply the better choice for this purpose.

Loads of radio stations use SM7b or the EV RE20. As long as either of those matches your budget (you already have a decent pre that can provide sufficient gain, which is the only other drawback) there's really no reason to worry about condensers.

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KVRAF
7627 posts since 4 Jul, 2012 from Alesia

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:43 pm

https://www.bluedesigns.com/products/yeti/

If you really want the "pro" quality maybe get the Yeti Pro which offers higher sample and bit rates.

This is a great graphic explaining some common uses for the different mic patterns.
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Hermetech Mastering
KVRian
1022 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Paris

Re: What type of mic should I buy (new youtuber)

Post Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:43 am

SM7B or RE-20, both radio/VO standards for a reason.

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