Microphone Techniques

mike_techniques.pngYes, I’m the first to admit that I’m no professional microphone voice user. I barely did singing long time ago in the bands where I played, and it’s been a while since I last used a mike for voices. So I noticed during my video podcast work that my mike handling was lousy. And as usually I learn how to do it properly after the first three sessions were posted. Well, it’s never tool late to learn.

Here are some good sites with videos showing how to use the microphone. I liked this site with the Australian gentleman showing how to use the mike, without any pop filters — which he considers just colorizing the sound. Scroll down to the end of the page.

Here’s another web site where Adam Weiss shows how to place the mike in the right position to the mouth, and some other techniques.

Finally, I watched again the Apple seminar about podcasting; the first movie with Joe Cipriano shows how he handles the mike. You need to subscribe to the Apple seminars, but they are worth watching, lots of good info.

I use a Samson C01U USB condenser mike for the voice work — for a couple of reasons: it’s easy to plug into my laptop and use it anywhere, it’s a nice sounding mike, and I got it cheap long time ago for a different project. It’s a cardoid microphone, so it takes a while to figure out the sweet area of the mike. You need to find info on the web showing how to wire it into GarageBand and Logic, it’s not that straight-forward.

A mike pre-amp might be a good thing to get, or I should test how to colorize the sound with VintageWarmer to get a more warm tone.

One Comment:

  1. Thanks again, Kent. I’ve read stories about different mics and their uses in podcasting. I’ll definitely check out the Apple seminar as well.


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