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Peripherals Microphone Recommendations

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by suenstar, 22 Mar 2019.

  1. suenstar

    suenstar Collector of Things

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    I'm looking to upgrade my microphone sometime in the next couple of months, aiming to move from using the microphone attached to my gaming headset (HyperX Cloud) to something a bit more specialised so that I can output clearer sound.

    My main use for the microphone setup is for when I play things like D&D over voice comms... I'm after something as clear & crisp as possible so when I put on voices they don't all get muffled by my cheap headset microphone.
    There's also the possibility that I may be doing a bit of work providing voice instructions for stuff my work colleagues have recorded, so having a nice clear microphone would help with that as well.

    I've previously tried to use a Blue Snowball microphone when I used to do a bit of streaming but didn't get on too well with it... since it needed to be fairly close to my face to sound clear enough, I ended up having to hunch over too much which meant I couldn't look at my monitor as much while using it (my screen is usually raised about 3-4ft above my desk).

    Probably looking for some kind of lapel microphone that I can clip to me or something I can mount on an arm and position to be a similar height to my monitor. Leaning more towards the arm mounted option.

    In terms of budget, I'm relatively flexible but wouldn't really want to go over £250 as I'm not a professional.

    Anyone have experience with a good quality setup that they'd recommend?
     
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  2. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    AntLion ModMic is more than clear enough for most people I've gamed with.
     
  3. suenstar

    suenstar Collector of Things

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    I'll have a look at the ModMic but I've not had the most positive experience with them in the past, though that was a very early model that was plugged into my onboard sound.
     
  4. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    You'd probably do well with a decent-ish condenser mic, something like an Audio-Technica AT2020 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-AT2020-x/dp/B0006H92QK) and a decent audio interface, perhaps something like a Focusrite Saffire 2i2 or something like that.

    You can then set the gain etc, and configure properly. You should be able to get a decent setup for circa £200!
     
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  6. suenstar

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    Thanks, watched a few demonstrations and video reviews of the Focusrite 2i2 last night and it seems like it'd be the best interface option for me to have upgrade options.
    Will have a look at the AT2020 next.
     

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