Equipment Options for Podcasting: Microphones, Earphones, Pro-set vs. Consumer Pro
Knowing what to use while you are recording your voice and hearing audio for the first time online can be daunting, you go on amazon and see thousands of choices and set-ups. To be honest most of them look like they would hurt my ears because I don't personally like earbuds. Therefore, I use a Wired CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers, it was simple, in my price range and gets the job done comfortably while on direct calls and meetings. Do you use google voice for your business? I know I do, it keeps my already Low Ting phone bill in check because I take the call on my computer and don't use my minutes. The USB wireless CORSAIR headphones and mic are also easily used for the PC.
Ready to learn and teach ESL online after lots of class practice to breath and say less to add clarity,
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But what if you don't want something over your head... mind you the micro cushion is nice on my headphones but I know options can be fun. That is where earbuds with a microphone will do nicely. A Bluetooth Wireless Splash proof Earbud and Microphone Option that pairs with android and IPhone devices with ease when just starting and testing out the waters. If you want to use this with your computer make sure the computer is bluetooth compatible.
Then there are those who want to record and have a studio sound quality when they speak. A Pro-set for audio recording would include a Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone with Knox Gear Boom Arm, Pop Filter and XLR Cable Bundle paired with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools . The interface is a cool device because it make it so you can hook up speakers and keyboards as you rock out!
Some will ask, "but what if you don't want an audio interface and I just want a USB microphone?" The solution for that is the consumer pro-set with the Blue Yeti USB Microphone and a Wired Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone or a wireless headphone as suggested earlier.
There are even more expensive options to rock your recording abilities but we all have to start somewhere and it is good to remember that you can just start. Wanna know a secret... Some of my vocal songs are recorded just from the recording app on my iphone. There are times when you just have to use what you have and jump in to get going. After you get comfortable then you can rock it out and add additional recording equipment. Please keep in mind that headphones are incredibly helpful when on online calls because it cuts down on the noise and allows focus. Also take advantage of the mute button on your mic so the sound is focused on the person talking. It takes some practice but for people with kids in the background it can make it seem like silence is around you even when a kid is close and having some fun,