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    Good Microphone

    I have been advised to get a good microphone for when I start creating podcasts for my GCSE pupils.

    It will connect to my Mac at home and record into Garageband.

    Can anyone recommend a good quality microphone that would suit?

    Many thanks

    Gareth

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    I've heard good reports Samson CO3U Multi-pattern USB Microphone It's not designed specifically for your application but it is pretty flexible and won't break the bank at £90.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I've heard good reports Samson CO3U Multi-pattern USB Microphone It's not designed specifically for your application but it is pretty flexible and won't break the bank at £90.
    Looks nice - wonder if you can get a stand for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Can anyone recommend a good quality microphone that would suit?
    TTS Easi-Speak, self-contained microphone and MP3 recorder. Lets you use the microphone wirelessly then plug it in to a computer where it acts as a USB memory stick for you to copy MP3 files off of. £30 each or a bit cheaper in bulk, built for children to use and to take a fair bit of knocking around. Snazzy new version coming out soon.

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    Or if you want a proper mic - can't really go wrong with a Sure.

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    It really depends on the relative term "good" also what sort of a budget your on.

    My first option would probably a try a Rode Podcaster as I''ve been very impressed with sound quality for the cost of their other ranges, not tried the Podcaster one yet myself though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Or if you want a proper mic - can't really go wrong with a Sure.

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    Agreed specifically an industry standard Sure SM58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Or if you want a proper mic - can't really go wrong with a Sure.

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    Are you shure that's spelt correctly? I have a Rode Videomic and that is a cracking piece of kit for the money, so I would say anything with the Rode name will be good.

    Something I have found with recording audio is that because I'm half deaf and suffer with tinnitus, I can't really tell the difference between reasonable and good audio but other people can. So I don't rely on it sounding ok to me. I try and use good kit and get others to check for me. Except the camtasia tutorials I do for the classroom. For that, I use a headset I bought from Hills for a fiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    Agreed specifically an industry standard Sure SM58.
    Not saying the SM58 is a bad microphone, but it is really designed to be used practically in the mouth. They are a cardiod pick-up, so need to be pointing straight at the "talents" mouth which makes them less useful in a group setting.

    I've just bought Audio Technica AT8004 for recording Oral Exams. Seem OK, and about the same price as a GENUINE SM58. Don't buy SM58s off FleaBay, there are many, many fakes out there. Go to someone real; Canford Audio, Thomann or Dolphin Music.

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    Rode kits been great when I've used it in the past - not that model, but theirstuffs been great for micing cabinets - watch with that one, if you use a hub or anything as its active and will need power via the usb port.

    the Shure SM58 isn't really right for the situation, its a fantastic mic but not suited to distance stuff.

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    http://www.bluemic.com/products/icicle

    HI,

    This little unit is a real problem solver for this situation - ideally you need an omni or boundary mic for this ( a PZM mic wuld also work)

    Blue Microphones: Products: Icicle

    This little fella allows you to plug in any mic (act as a preamp) and then output the audio via USB

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    Crown PCC-160 are good mics but they need phatom power. I also like AKG C1000 they are able to be phatom or self powered of a 9v PP3. Talking of sound any one use Crown macro-tech amps there great I also like the old Nexo PS15 speakers.

    Stage vocal sure sm58/beta 57a/akg c535/C1000
    AKG C414 is a great mic 4 polar patterns.

    I also like the AKG D12 old mic.



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