This is very opportune. On the heels of my post yesterday comparing audio quality from a few of the microphones I’ve used over the last year, I then today came across these excellent posts by: Tom Johnson over at the I’d Rather Be Writing blog (What’s the Best Microphone for Screencasting), and this one by Scott Skibell over at the MacScreencasting blog (Audio and Microphone Comparison for Screencasting)
You’ll want to read Tom’s post because of the comprehensive analysis and interactive examples he gives for the effect that additional equipment, such as a mixer and an audio interface, can have on the quality of sound. But, there’s much more; it really is worth a thorough read if you’ve been thinking about those little extra oomphs to take your screencast audio to the next level.
Meanwhile, you’ll want to read Scott’s post because of ideas he gives for different types of microphones you can use for mobility (lapel microphone) and iPhone connectivity. There’s also a tip he gives for the use of a cost effective Radio Shack stereo converter for one of the mono mics he demonstrates. And, you’ll also find Scott to be a charismatic presenter with some personal touches he puts into his screencasts that I think you and I would do well to take a lesson from.
All told: my post yesterday, along with Tom’s and Scott’s articles, all listed above, give a compelling laundry list of 6 accessories to consider for improving your audio:
- Audio Interface (analog-to-digital)
- Pop filter
- Acoustic shielding
- and the role Music can play in screencast audio