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Can someone recommend an inexpensive mic to use on my laptop to use for simple voice podcasts?

  • 3 January 2015
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I want to start recording some short podcasts and want to use a mic that will sound 1/2 way decent. Any suggestions?

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Hi Bill,

Thanks for visiting the help forums :)

I'm not a podcaster myself & personally I don't think anyone wants to listen to my random wafflings on anything haha! But, that said, always try & help even if I have to go outside of my comfort zone knowledge wise as it were.

What youre asking is basically going to come down to pure budget. There are mikes you can get for a few bucks, and there are mikes where you could spend some more serious dollars, Pro audio equipment comes with quite a few financial shocks haha! But I know you're not looking at recording session backing vocals or anything like that so your wallet can breath easy!

Best suggestion I could make is, if you have one, try your local electronics store (radioshack or similar as I see you are in the USA..Im in the UK), for just somthing basic all you are going to need is a pretty regular mike which can be purchased at most decent electronics stores.

I would imagine the following to be probably as basic as you would want to go, but thought it will serve as a starting point as I don't know how much cash you have to play with on this, so I recon this is your "as cheap as you would want to go" level:

http://www.radioshack.com/radioshack-universal-cassette-recorder-microphone/3300306.html#prefn1=prod...

(ignore the fact its for cassette recorder, a mike is a mike is a mike at this level, but it has a little desk stand & i should think its the right sized jack as well, basic, made for voice, good starting point if nothing else)

If the above is too basic & you can go a little higher, the below will take you to Radioshacks microphone section of their website, in price low-to high order so you can see what else is there up to whatever budget you are playing with.

http://www.radioshack.com/microphones-and-accessories#prefn1=productType&srule=Price-low-high&am...

There's also a lot of useful info out there on the internet on how to start up with podcasting and what equipment you need, I found this particular page very useful & explanitary, especially regarding microphone information

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/starting-podcast-recording-equipment-platforms/

I hope that helps, but, any podcasters reading this who can give Bill more specific info feel free to leap in :)

Happy Soundclouding :)

Regards

DJ R.I.P
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for visiting the help forums :)

I'm not a podcaster myself & personally I don't think anyone wants to listen to my random wafflings on anything haha! But, that said, always try & help even if I have to go outside of my comfort zone knowledge wise as it were.

What youre asking is basically going to come down to pure budget. There are mikes you can get for a few bucks, and there are mikes where you could spend some more serious dollars, Pro audio equipment comes with quite a few financial shocks haha! But I know you're not looking at recording session backing vocals or anything like that so your wallet can breath easy!

Best suggestion I could make is, if you have one, try your local electronics store (radioshack or similar as I see you are in the USA..Im in the UK), for just somthing basic all you are going to need is a pretty regular mike which can be purchased at most decent electronics stores.

I would imagine the following to be probably as basic as you would want to go, but thought it will serve as a starting point as I don't know how much cash you have to play with on this, so I recon this is your "as cheap as you would want to go" level:

http://www.radioshack.com/radioshack-universal-cassette-recorder-microphone/3300306.html#prefn1=prod...

(ignore the fact its for cassette recorder, a mike is a mike is a mike at this level, but it has a little desk stand & i should think its the right sized jack as well, basic, made for voice, good starting point if nothing else)

If the above is too basic & you can go a little higher, the below will take you to Radioshacks microphone section of their website, in price low-to high order so you can see what else is there up to whatever budget you are playing with.

http://www.radioshack.com/microphones-and-accessories#prefn1=productType&srule=Price-low-high&am...

There's also a lot of useful info out there on the internet on how to start up with podcasting and what equipment you need, I found this particular page very useful & explanitary, especially regarding microphone information

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/starting-podcast-recording-equipment-platforms/

I hope that helps, but, any podcasters reading this who can give Bill more specific info feel free to leap in :)

Happy Soundclouding :)

Regards

DJ R.I.P

Hi there,

Honestly, I wouldn't be able to add much more value to it. Best thing is indeed to test a few, and maybe start on one that fits your needs but doesn't cost a fortune. There are even Mics you simply connect to your computer via USB so you can start recording straight away. Just a thought though.

Once you're all set, you might want to look into this article on our help center to make the best of it ;-)

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Mathis

P.S.: If you haven't recorded on your computer before, you might want to look into Audacity, which is a free audio recording and editing software 🙂

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