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Ok i can't decide if i should go with a blue snowball microphone or a Audio Technica AT2020 mic. i plan on using them for gaming video's on my youtube channel since my Pearstone OLM-10 mic starting to go out on me and not pick me up as much as it use 2. Here is the video of what i mean:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFnpIazOcSU&list=UUqjlB_HJfqYX34dpQnvTGEA&index=3

i now have to edit my voice so i can hear myself and the mic is at +30 Boost.

also i only see 1 problem with these mics and that its USB(snowball and Technica), can i use my Realtek Audio Driver software on it(i want to be able to use enhancements like acoustic echo cancellation and noise suppression.)
my reason for this is because when i record without my echo cancellation i hear alot of noise from my desktop fans. also i am in my room.
My Computer Specs:
My AMD Desktop:
CPU:AMD FX 8150 8 Core 4.0GHZ
Ram:16GB Ram DDR3
Graphic Card:ATI Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5
Hard Drive:1TB
OS:Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

but if you don't suggest any of these mic then what do you suggest. im actually looking for a small mic that really good with sound quality and can pick me up good. right now im using this mic: http://www.amazon.com/Pearstone-OLM-10-Omnidirectional-Lavalier-Microphone/dp/B0065KYGAE/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1359485497&sr=1-1&keywords=pearstone+olm-10+omnidirectional+lavalier+microphone and i was enjoying it untell it started to crap out on me.

Thank you for reading and hope you reply back to me soon on this.

P.S should i go with the Sony ECM-DS70P mic if the above are not recommended for me.
Edited by KingTodd2 - 1/29/13 at 11:27am
post #2 of 7
No you cannot use your mobo effects with a USB mic, but they have their own built in.
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well that only answered one of my questions thanks, so now i need the other questions answered should i just go with the Sony ECM-DS70P mic if it works good for the PC? or i should be fine with just the Snowball mic. supposing if it has what i was wondering a echo cancellation for it.
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That mike is stereo, and you'd be using at as a mono mike. I'm not sure if the phasing would cause you problems when used like that or not.

I personally don't recommend just using the mike in on a PC for anything more than voice chatting: they have a tendency to be noisy and have bad response. Keep those very-low-level signals out of the EMI hell of your computer case, I say!

You are talking about the AT2020USB, right? You won't be able to connect the AT2020 without a mixer or something to power and pre-amp it.


Windows 7 has a certain amount of noise cancelling and such options built-in to all audio sources that you can use with USB mikes.
Edited by kevmatic - 1/30/13 at 9:52am
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I wouldn't pay $100+ for the USB AT2020 because the non-USB AT2020 is just $70 right now.
Edited by cuad - 2/5/13 at 3:52pm
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What? Then how, pray tell, would you hook it up, unless you already have the parts? Its silly, considering USB -> XLR adapter is typically over $30.
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I use a $140 Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which I don't recommend to OP. Something like this would be cool for the OP. Heck, I wish I had that instead of what I have now. I would have saved about $100 bux and would have gotten a sweet shock mount.
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