[Demo] Do Microphones Matter in Screencasts? Here’s an interactive comparison to help you decide.

Last week I finally unpacked the Yeti.

No, I haven’t solved the mystery of the fabled furry-guy legend.  I’m talking about Blue Microphones’ multi-pattern USB mic of the same name.

Before this investment, I was using Samson’s C01U USB condenser mic.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been pretty happy with the Samson.  But I’m on a never ending quest.

I’ve been on a tear lately trying to get better stereo quality with slightly deeper bass tones in my screencasts and online learning development projects.  I found the Samson was a pretty good mic, but it isn’t a stereo mic.

Meanwhile, I’ve known about Blue Microphones for a while via the favorable rep they developed with the Snowball.  It was through poking around on their site checking out the features of the Snowball that I discovered the Yeti model.  I liked it immediately because of its user-selectable stereo patterns (cardioidomnidirectional and bi-directional) and figured it would get me closer to that holy audio grail.

I know it might sound a little obsessive of me, but microphones (as one component in a list of enabling devices) really do make a difference.  As a matter of illustration, I took the liberty of configuring the audio comparison slide above.  Use the buttons on the left to compare the microphones I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last year:

I can comfortably say that I’ve been pretty happy with Blue’s Yeti; I’m comfortable recommending it… but, I fear my quest isn’t complete.

I’m now shopping for a USB I/O mixer and maybe a Reflexion Filter after that.  (I’ll let you know how it goes.  As far as mixers go, I’m eyeballing Numark’s M1USB.  But, if you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em.)

Anyway, check out the demo and let me know which mic you like best.  If any of them strike your fancy, I took the liberty also of including a link to that vendor’s website.  I hope it helps you.  Meanwhile, if you can help me with any  recommendations for an affordable (under $200?) USB I/O mixer, please let me know in the comments below.  

Whatever I end up getting, you can be sure I’ll give it a review in a future blog post.

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