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How to record audio like a pro

In this guide, I would like to share my 5 Secrets for getting Pro-Sounding vocals in a home recording studio environment.

The vocals are usually the most important part of any song, and that’s what most people will sing along to. So they have to be well recorded and sound clear for the listener.

The secret is to get the right sound and level from the source. “I’ll fix it in the mix” mindset will never get you Pro results.

Make sure that you’re happy with the sound that you’ve recorded and don’t feel like it needs something else.

If you put garbage in, you’ll most definitely get garbage out!

Your room also needs to be dead and quiet before you record so that you don’t get any background noise.

Also browse the blog for some tips on choosing the best mic for recording vocals. I’ll do an acoustic treatment guide in the near future I just want this post to be about technique.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to record vocals like a pro using the equipment that you already have or what we recommend on this blog.

1. Always Be Prepared

Start by getting the preamp and headphone mix right before the singer steps in the booth. You might want to add subtle amount of reverb in the headphone mix to encourage the singer to perform better.

Set up the microphone, stand and pop filter to the perfect height for the vocalist.

Once the singer steps in the booth you’re ready to hit the record button and maybe test different microphones as well.

2. Avoid Effects Wherever Possible

Once you’ve tested different microphones and chosen one that works well for the singer you’re currently working with.

Then to avoid adding any effects make sure you position the microphone right. That will help you get away with adding effects during recording.

I usually leave the effects part for the mixing stage and focus on getting a clear and natural sound from the source.

So position the mic in a way that will produce the sound that you want, and you can also play around with the pop filter placement as well or use a different one.

3. Scratch Vocal Technique

This is a really great technique to use if you want to get the best performance out of your vocalist.

The trick is to record a rough take of the entire vocal including verses, chorus and maybe the hook as well.

Then what you want to do is to play the vocals while fixing the music (things such as changing arrangement and recording other instruments). Let the vocalist be there with you in the listening room and let them listen to their rough performance.

This will encourage them and add some pressure to record better vocals the next time they perform the song in the booth.

Funny enough, sometimes you might use the scratch track parts instead of the final takes.

4. Comping The Vocals

To use this technique you simply record at least 3 takes of the lead vocal part then make one great performance by choosing only the best bits out of the 3 takes.

If everything is working together and everyone is happy then I’ll double track the chorus part.

If there are any parts that don’t sound good after comping then you can always re-record those sections.

5. Think About The Mixing Stage

You always have to think about the end goal when recording vocals. For instance, when recording the chorus part I like to make it sound like there was a choir.

I’ll let the singer record the chorus part in 3 different tones. One in an alto voice, the second one in a tenor voice and final one maybe in soprano.

When you mix that, you would want to have the tenor in the center (mid) and the other parts in the sides (stereo).

That creates a really neat stereo effect and record double takes for each choir voice. You must also record perfect pitch and timing for the takes.

Obviously they can’t be 100% but make them as close to perfect as humanly possible. You can also use tools to correct the timing and pitch.

If the vocalist can’t do the choir alone then you might get other singers to help or simply record the same chorus section in one tone at least 3 times and blend those parts together to get a bigger stereo sound.

Make sure that the audio is not clipping. Anywhere around -12dB and -8dB will be a good level but the secret is to get the right volume that works with the song you’re recording.

If you can get the right levels from the source for your entire recording, not just vocals, then you’ll have a really good song to mix and master.

Final Thoughts

Hope you found this guide useful. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible and not include obvious things like you need a pop filter, microphone, booth, audio interface, cables etc.

This guide was more focused on making sure that you get the best results sound-wise and a great performance from your singer without compromise.

While it may seem intimidating, recording vocals is a lot of fun and it’s not a difficult process. Simply following these small steps throughout the recording process will assuredly help obtain optimal sound quality.

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Whether you are producing a commercial, infomercial, corporate video or even episodic television, you’re going to need to know how to record the human voice. Whether they are scratch voice overs for the editors reference, or the final voice track that will go in your piece, there are some essential things you need to know before you start recording. Here’s my top four tips for great voice recording in the comfort of your own home:

1. PICK THE RIGHT MICROPHONE**

This is the biggest one, and if you falter at this step of the process, your voice will sound terrible, and no amount of post work on them will fix it. Choose the right microphone. But where do you start? Well, if you’re like me, and do tutorials for a living, I’ve tried out a lot of microphones for my home office, and the mic that I chose was the Audio Technica AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Not only is the price reasonable, $179 US at Best Buy, but more importantly, it sounds great, and is reasonably small in size, which is ideal for smaller businesses.

2. USE A WINDSCREEN/MIC STAND**

Believe it or not, this is one that just about everyone overlooks, and adds a much-needed element to your recordings. First, never hold onto a microphone when you’re doing your voice recordings. I’ve heard people’s rings “clinking” on the microphone, and their levels swaying in and out as the talent moves the microphone back and forth. Whether you like to stand and do your recording, or sit down (they do have table mic stands, which is what I use), you need to have your mic stationary, and a mic stand will do it. Next, going hand-in-hand with your mic stand is a wind screen. Now, these can be as basic as pantyhose wrapped around a clothes hanger (yes, people actually do that), or you can just spend the $20, and get one that will attach to your mic stand. The big question is “What does a windscreen actually do? I’m not shooting outside where the wind will be a problem, so I guess I don’t need one”. Wrong. The wind I’m talking about doesn’t come from an external source, it actually comes from within. A windscreen is going to remove the loud “S” sound from every word in your script that has that letter in it, and it’s also going to remove all the hard “P”’s and “T”’s that when spoken into a mic, will it it hard, and cause major popping sounds. Most people just think “Oh, I’ll remove that later in post”. That never works out the way you hope it does. Trust me, spend the $20 to save yourself tons of headaches in the edit suite.

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3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION**

You know the old saying, “Location, Location, Location”. Yes, it’s true that your location will play a key role in how your voice recordings sound. I live near an airport, so the planes landing directly impact my recordings. I know when they take off and land, and plan my recording appropriately. Now, my situation is unique, but not really. You are going to want to pick a location that has the least amount of background noise, or you’re going to want to make sure that you plan ahead when setting up your studio by investing in equipment like Editorkeys’ Portable Vocal Booth Home version, which is designed to help remove annoying background sounds from traffic noise to heating and air conditioning hums.

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If you’re doing voice overs, the last step to get a great result is the editing phase. The amount of editing will vary greatly, depending on your talent. A professional voice over artist (yes, there definitely is an art to voice overs) will be able to give you a perfect read, which might require minor editing to remove some spaces in the dialogue. An interview segment, that you might be dropping into your show, might require extensive editing to remove all the “Um’s” and “Ah’s”, that people naturally put into their talking, when they are thinking about what they want to say next. It’s imperative that you remove all of these, as it makes the interviewee sound more fluid then they might have when you originally recorded it. Remember, everyone has their off days when being interviewed, so you want to make sure that your interview audio/voice over sounds perfect, and sounds like that recording was the best they have ever done.

In the end, you can start making professionally sounding voice recordings for less than $200 US, and keeping in mind the tips that I shared above, every voice you record will sound crystal clear, and will fit smoothly into any production you happen to be working on.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few.В He produces a weekly tutorial series called Media Composer 101 that you can check out here!

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How to record audio like a proHere is a beginner’s guide on how to use Audacity, the free audio editing software. These Audacity tutorials will show you how to record and edit audio like a pro.

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording software, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Audacity Overview
  • 2 How to Install Audacity
  • 3 User Interface
  • 4 Recording & Editing Audio
  • 5 How to Import Audio
  • 6 Removing Background Noise
  • 7 Removing Pop Sounds
  • 8 Working With Multiple Tracks
  • 9 Removing Breathing Sounds
  • 10 Audio Normalization
  • 11 Audio Equalization
  • 12 Applying Effects
  • 13 Envelope Tool
  • 14 Compressor
  • 15 Installing Lame Mp3 Encoder
  • 16 Recording A Podcast
  • 17 Export Audio

How to Use Audacity

1. Audacity Overview

Here is an introduction to using the Audacity audio editing software.

2. How to Install Audacity

This tutorial will show you how to install Audacity on a Windows computer.

3. Audacity User Interface

In this tutorial you will learn about the Audacity interface.

4. Recording & Editing Audio

This tutorial shows the basics of using Audacity to record and edit audio.

5. How to Import Audio

The video shows you how to import and play an audio file using the Audacity software.

6. Removing Background Noise

By using Audacity, you can easily remove background noise from your recording.

7. Removing Pop Sounds

This tutorial shows how to remove unwanted pops and clicks in your audio.

8. Working With Multiple Tracks

This tutorial shows you how to work with multiple tracks in Audacity.

9. Removing Breathing Sounds

This tutorial shows you two ways on how to remove unwanted breathing sounds.

10. Audio Normalization

This tutorial will show how to add normalization to your audio.

11. Audio Equalization

Adding Audacity effects to a vocal track is easy. Adding the Audacity equalizer can help improve the sound of your tracks dramatically.

12. Applying Effects

This Audacity tutorial shows you how to add, tweak, and double up effects like fades and volume amplification to your audio tracks.

13. Envelope Tool

This video shows you how the Audacity envelope tool works, and how it can be used to adjust the volume of your audio recordings.

14. Compressor

The compressor effect is a wonderful tool to bring down the spikes in your audio without reducing the softer parts.

15. Installing Lame Mp3 Encoder

This tutorial will show how to install an lame MP3 encoder to be able to export MP3 files.

16. Recording A Podcast

Here is a video tutorial on how to use Audacity to record a podcast.

17. Export Audio

This tutorial walks you through the process of exporting an audio file using Audacity software

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Desktop screen recording is getting popular day by day. If you have a screen capturing program just around the corner that can record live, let you edit the way you want, and export the yield to a format of your choice, it makes your life easy, doesn’t it? For instance, you can make somebody learn an app if you are able to record your desktop activities while working with the app. Sounds familiar? You got me; I previously reviewed LICEcap that does the above-mentioned tasks to some extent. However, if you are looking for a built-in power editor, and an export option to the format you like, you are out of luck with LICEcap. There is a champ for that, and is known as ScreenToGif (S>G). An animated GIF buff? Check. Convert to the animated PNG? Check. A video fan? S>G got you covered.

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WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

ScreenToGif empowers you to record your desktop screen, webcam, or whiteboard, edit at will, and export the output to your desired format.

  • Small size
  • User-friendly
  • 3 ways of recording contents: Screen, webcam or board
  • 3 output formats to choose from: Animated GIF, APNG or video
  • Integrated powerful editor
  • Portable
  • Freeware; open source application without any ads
  • Multilingual
  • Unicode Support
  • Hotkey support
  • No 64-bit version
  • .Net Framework 4.6.1 (or later) dependency

ScreenToGif is a feature-rich program that has a clean and consistent interface, powered by WPF (Windows presentation foundation). It is highly customizable. ScreenToGif doesn’t initialize straight into a capture window as S>G offers four choices: Recorder, Webcam, Board and Editor. Click-n-drag of the edges of the S>G window works to make precise tunings to the portion of your screen being recorded. Alternatively, clicking the Snap to Window icon to the left of the settings symbol and dragging your cursor to another window, you can compel S>G to snap its capture window to that size. You can control frame-rate, add text, and denote mouse-clicks & key-presses. The Editor mode, which has MS Office like design so called ‘The Fluent UI’ by Microsoft that consists of a ribbon with tabbed toolbars bearing heterogeneous controls, can modify existing contents giving you unprecedented control, and includes resize, crop, flip/rotate, captions, scribbling over individual frames, progress bars, borders, watermarks, transitions and more. You can even edit GIFs from other sources. You can save as a project to edit later. This utility supports exporting to APNG that offers high-quality 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency not available for GIFs. S>G buttresses over 18 different languages. It automatically detects the language of your system (defaults to English). You can even change the colors of the recorder in case you don’t like the default ones, or a change of color motivates you.

The Webcam mode works by the same token, but using the video feed from your webcam as its source. You can focus on your content without worrying about starting and stopping the recording as the wonderful Board mode enables you to draw at liberty, capturing frames spontaneously as you do grave things like diagrams, or mess around with to have a lot of fun (like on a sketch board).

If you would like to run it from a removable USB device without installation (i.e., portable; stealth is, unfortunately, no), download the ‘Portable’ ZIP package, and extract to a folder of your choice. In this folder, create an empty text file by opening a “Notepad” window, and clicking Save As Settings.xaml (change .txt to .xaml). For more stealthy behavior, click Options > Temporary Files, replace the path in the ‘Location folder’ with a single period (“.” without quotes), and hit Ok. Launch ScreenToGif.exe.

The moment you hit Ok the following dialog box may pop up:

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Interestingly, it may not crash the app as you may be able to continue using it, but it is upsetting as every time you open Temporary Files, the same message may pop up.

I have tested S>G in Windows 7 Professional (and Home Premium) 64-bit.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

ScreenToGif may not be as lean as LICEcap, and is not self-contained either (some folks detest the .Net Framework 4.6.1 (or later) dependency), but if you are in the hunt for a pro-level AIO (all-in-one) desktop screen recording, editing, exporting and more, you gotta check out S>G. Do you think you are up for it? Got inquiries? Or, you like using different software, and want to stick to it? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

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You don’t need to be a professional audio engineer to record narration. However, you do want to pay attention to what you’re doing and do the best job possible. Last week, we looked at some basic tips to record high-quality audio. Those tips leaned more on the technology. Today we’ll look at what you can do to get the best narration. I also added some tips from last week’s comments section.

How to record audio like a pro

1. Place your microphone in the right position.

If you place the microphone too close, you get that distorted clipping sound; and if you have it too far from the narrator, you pick up more ambient noise with the audio being less discernible.

By setting the microphone 6 to 12 inches from the narrator you’ll get a crisp clear voice. Also, make sure the microphone’s not right next to the computer so it doesn’t pick up the fan noise. Scooter also recommended keeping your mic cord away from your power cord.

2. Record a demo to make sure it all sounds right.

A few years ago I was videotaping one of our executives. While he was rambling on I noticed that the mic was turned off. After he was finished, I told that it sounded great and now we’d do it for real. He wasn’t too happy.

Record a quick demo to make sure that everything is working as it should. Also, I recommend shutting down other applications that are not necessary at that moment. I’ve been doing this stuff for years and it never fails that when you work with multimedia you put a strain on your computer’s resources which can impact your recording session.

3. Listen to the audio playback with headphones.

Headphones help isolate the audio and you’ll be able to hear any problems with the narration better than if you listen with speakers. This is especially true if you’re using a laptop because their speakers tend to be subpar and kind of tinny.

4. Don’t get distracted with animations and annotations.

If you’re recording your audio using the rapid elearning software odds are that you’re also syncing animations and annotations with it. I tend to get distracted trying to time the animations with the narration and it is noticeable in my narration.

I usually record the narration first, and then go back and sync the animations. This helps me focus on capturing the best narration possible without being distracted trying to time the animations.

5. Make sure your script is conversational and easy to read.

Practice reading it a few times to make sure it flows right. Look for words or phrases where you might stumble while recording.

As far as the actual script, some people read from the computer screen. I prefer printing out the script. If you do too, don’t squeeze everything into a tight paragraph with an 8 point font. Leave enough white space so it’s easy on the eyes. Also, make sure that the room is well lit so that the script can easily be read.

In the comments section, Dana Thomas makes a good point about where to place the script while recording. That’s a major consideration, because you want to be comfortable while reading.

6. Stand up while recording.

You’ll feel more energized and be able to breathe better. If you do sit, don’t slouch. Sit up straight and keep your chin out. Don’t let it drop to your chest.

7. Don’t ad-lib.

Stick to the script and don’t ad-lib. Odds are that you’ll have to do multiple takes. If you ad-lib, you’ll rarely have the same break points for editing. Sticking with the script lets you follow along with the audio and find a common edit point on re-takes.

8. Have plenty of liquids available.

Keep your vocal chords hydrated with clear liquids like water or a mild tea. Someone once told me to keep it at room temperature rather than cold. Avoid coffee, carbonated beverages, and milk products.

9. Get rid of the plosives.

Plosives are consonant sounds that create the famous “popping p’s.” You can buy shields that sit in front of your mic to block out the offending sound. It’s easy enough to build one yourself using a wire ring and panty hose. Here’s a great tutorial to build your own mic screen.

Kat Keesling has some good tips for getting rid of the plosives. Many of the comments suggested that you speak over the mic rather into to avoid pushing air onto the mic.

10. Record 10 seconds of silence.

By recording some silence, you have a way to sample just the ambient noise and use a noise removal process to filter it out later. If you happen to have ambient noise (like an air conditioner) you’ll be able to filter some of that out. I’ve also used the ambient noise as a way to fill in gaps of silence so that the audio edits are a bit more seamless.

11. Relax and don’t rush your words.

Practice reading the script. Create a conversational tone. Pretend like you’re talking to someone rather than just reading a script. If you mess up, leave a noticeable pause and keep on going. It’s easy enough to cut the error out of the audio.

12. Mark your retakes.

If you do multiple takes or start and stop, leave some sort of marker. A good simple way to do this is to leave about 5 seconds of silence (so that it’s easy to find when you look at the wave form) and then indicate what it is, like “slide four, take two…”

13. Dampen the sound.

There were some good comments on dampening the sound behind the narrator to avoid the audio bouncing into the microphone rather than dampening the sound in front. That makes sense to me. Sonnie recommended using two pillows. If it works for assassins who can quiet gunshots, there’s no reason it can’t work for you.

Shane also suggested the “foam-brero” to diffuse the ambient sound coming from behind you. To assist Shane and those who might interested in giving this a shot, I have provided instructions on how to create your own foam somb
rero.

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Other good resources and recommendations from the previous post’s comments section:

Two free applications that could come in handy:

  • Audacity for audio recording and editing.
  • Levelator to adjust the audio levels in your narration.

These tips will help you get started recording audio narration like a pro. If you have any other suggestions or tips, feel free to share them by clicking on the comments link.

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How to record audio like a proHere is a beginners guide on how to use Avid Pro Tools. In this guide you will learn about the interface, how to record audio, and much more.

Pro Tools is a popular digital audio workstation used by industry professionals to record songs and score movies.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Navigating Pro Tools
  • 2 How to Start a Session
  • 3 Audio & Instrument Tracks
  • 4 Editing & Arranging Clips
  • 5 Editing MIDI Notes
  • 6 Basic Audio Recording
  • 7 How to Install Plugins
  • 8 How to Automate Plugins
  • 9 Mix Window Basics
  • 10 Basic Mixing Settings
  • 11 Using Sends & Returns
  • 12 Mixing Rap Vocals in Pro Tools
  • 13 Mixing Rock Vocals in Pro Tools
  • 14 Mastering in Pro Tools
  • 15 Export Audio in Pro Tools
  • 16 Pro Tools Workflow Tips
  • 17 More Pro Tools Tutorials

Pro Tools Tutorials

1. Navigating Pro Tools

This video covers the basic Pro Tools interface including the Edit Window and the Mixing Window to help you get started.

2. How to Start a Session

This video teaches you how to choose the right parameters when starting a Pro Tools session such as bit depth and sample rate.

3. Audio & Instrument Tracks

Learn how to work with audio and instrument tracks, plus how to plug an interface to the Pro Tools playback engine.

4. Editing & Arranging Clips

One of the most crucial features in Pro Tools is editing. Learn how to cut, copy, paste, duplicate and move audio and midi tracks.

5. Editing MIDI Notes

Learn in-depth how to edit MIDI so you can make sure every note is in the right place.

6. Basic Audio Recording

Pro Tools is known for its powerful recording features. Learn every step you need to know in order to record great audio tracks.

7. How to Install Plugins

At some point or another, you’re going to want to install custom plugins. This tutorial shows you how to do so.

8. How to Automate Plugins

Automation is a helpful feature because it gives you more control over your sound. Learn how to automate your tracks with this video.

9. Mix Window Basics

Once you’re done recording and editing music, you’re going to need to mix the audio. Learn the basics of how to mix audio in the Mix Window.

10. Basic Mixing Settings

This tutorial covers everything you need to start your mixing session in Pro Tools.

11. Using Sends & Returns

With sends and returns you can apply the same effect to different audio and MIDI tracks.

12. Mixing Rap Vocals in Pro Tools

If you’re creating a Hip Hop song, this is a great video that shows you some techniques on how to mix vocals in this genre.

13. Mixing Rock Vocals in Pro Tools

If your thing is rock, this tutorial teaches you the basics of mixing rock vocals in Pro Tools.

14. Mastering in Pro Tools

Once you’re done producing and mixing your track, it’s time to master it. Learn how to master in Pro Tools with this video.

15. Export Audio in Pro Tools

The last step of the process is exporting your audio. This video shows you how to do so.

16. Pro Tools Workflow Tips

Here are some great tips for Pro Tools to make your workflow faster.

17. More Pro Tools Tutorials

  • Pro Tools – 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know
  • 7 Rarely Used Pro Tools Features
  • 5 Tips for Recording Vocals in Pro Tools

Additional Helpful Beginner Guides

  • How to Use Ableton Live
  • How to Use FL Studio
  • How to Use Propellerhead Reason

I hope you found these Pro Tools tutorials helpful.

If you have any Pro Tools tips please share in the comments.

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How to record audio like a pro

When you record your voice, are you happy with the result? Well, let me ask it a different way because a lot of people simply hate the way their voice sounds to them when they hear it played back on a recording, regardless of the audio quality. That’s a different thing.

I’m referring to whether the sound is nice and clear without a lot of noise in the background.

A lot of people don’t really know if their voice sounds “good” or not. If they can be understood and heard by others, they feel it is good enough. And it may be good enough for what you’re doing! I mean, if all you want to do is chat with family and friends over Skype or some other internet meeting, it may not be all that important that your voice sound “professional.”

But if you are recording your voice for any kind of business reason, such as for podcasts, videos, or voice-overs, then it might be time to listen critically to a recording of your voice and assess it for how professional it sounds.

Is there a lot of hiss or other types of noise in the background? Maybe the audio is “thin” sounding? Heck, even then you might not hear anything wrong! I have a friend who is a successful internet marketer, video-blogger, and podcaster.

She had no idea that her audio sounded bad enough that it made her sound like an amateur. It wasn’t until someone recorded her with a decent microphone that her eyes were opened (maybe the metaphor here should say “ears were opened,” but I digress).

She didn’t realize how bad her voice sounded until she heard how it COULD sound with the right equipment – in her case, just a slightly better microphone.

The Microphone

Notice I said “slightly better microphone” above. When people think of home studio microphones the often think expensive, assuming they will have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

My friend was using a USB headset mic costing about $35. Someone recorded her voice with a microphone costing only about $100 called the Blue Yeti, which is also a USB mic, meaning all you have to do is put it on your desk and plug it into your computer.

No mixers or interfaces are involved. Anyway, when she heard playback of her voice recorded on the Yeti, she was stunned! “Oh my god,” she said. “I had no idea.” For only about $75 more than the headset mic she was using, her voice went from sounding “OK” to “Oh my god.”

The Yeti is a good microphone, but the good news is that my friend could have gotten the “oh my god” reaction with an even less expensive USB mic such as the Samson C01U, which you can pick up at your local Best Buy store for around $75 (only a $40 difference from “OK” to “oh my god” this time).

The main reason the Yeti and the Samson C01U mics sound so much better than the headset type mic is the size of the microphone element or diaphragm inside.

The bigger mics are called “large diaphragm condenser” mics. There are other differences as well, such as the fact that headset USB mics are usually dynamic type mics which are typically less sensitive than condenser mics. But you probably don’t care much about that.

What is important is that if you need to record your voice and have it sound professional, a really smart way to make that happen quickly and easily (not to mention cheaply) is simply to use a large diaphragm condenser (LDC) type USB mic.

There are many levels of “OMG” above even that of course, which involve different kinds of microphones at higher cost. But for most people, the upgrade to an LDC USB mic for less than $100. It is a small price to pay for professional quality voice audio.

I’d love to hear some before-and-after audio if you decide to make this change. Send in a comment below and maybe we can post some examples.