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Buy one of those Karaoke mics and get a adapter to 3.5mm. That's what I am doing and the quality is freaking amazing. Best Buy has then for like 20-30 bucks.
I don't want to spend money on a stand, and I tried one of those. Picks up too much sound.

I am using mine currently, it's on the tabled taped up with duck tape. So it does not roll around, and I am having great results. (Not kidding)

I wish you good luck in your search. thumb.gif
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Maybe something like this?
http://www.amazon.com/Samson-Mic-Compact-USB-Microphone/dp/B001R76D42/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1379903618&sr=1-1&keywords=Samson+usb
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Honestly spend a little extra. I'll tell you that audio is very important in streaming.
I always skip streams with crappy audio quality.

This is a fantastic mic for the price, look up all the reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E
post #14 of 18
Whatever you get is going to have to be right next to your mouth if you want to avoid background noise, so either a head mounted mic or you'll have to buy a mic stand as well.
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Someone has already suggested it, and I tried it. I believe I posted my result above. I have a fan going and an A/C vent that blows directly onto my desk. The Samsung mic picked it all up and it sounded like I was in the middle of a hurricane, lots of crackling too.

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Honestly spend a little extra. I'll tell you that audio is very important in streaming.
I always skip streams with crappy audio quality.

This is a fantastic mic for the price, look up all the reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E

How much is, "a little extra"? I'm already spending 1200$ for Headphones/Computer. I can maybe go up to 75$ but 100$ is pushing it. I'm also very, very timid about buying ANYTHING USB in regards to sound. My luck, it's been nothing but static/noise and the quality is bonkers at most. That microphone you suggested also, will it cancel out the A/C vent blowing directly onto my desk?
Edited by ball2hi - 9/23/13 at 1:26am
post #16 of 18
The main issue with microphones for streaming is, as you and some other members have already hinted at, full-range desktop/studio mics sound great but they pick-up background sound, whereas headset or clip-on mics (excluding the Modmic) sound anywhere between 'fairly good' and 'potato'.

The Blue Yeti is somewhat better than the Blue Snowball for my experience with both. Newegg has done a unboxing on both wherein they record part of the unboxing video with them, and you'll notice the difference between the Yeti and [whatever Newegg's professional studio microphone is] is fairly nonexistent. For that level of reproduction quality, as well as the ability to actively change the type of sound pick-up (omni, cardioid, bi, stereo) it utilizes via a in-built switch, you're going to pay somewhat of a premium for it. Not too sure why you're not a fan of USB inputs though; the main difference in sound reproduction is going to come from the mic you use, not the transmission source.

In summary, if you're prepared to blow your budget out:
- Grab a Blue Yeti and stick it in Cardioid mode (this will result in less sound pollution since the sound is only being picked up from a single direction)

If you're not looking to stretch the budget:
- Try your best to find a Modmic. They're well known and well loved for a good reason.

If you can't find a Modmic:
- You'll probs have to lower your standards a bit in terms of sound reproduction and grab a Samson or Zalman clip-on mic

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Edit: Oh, another option if you happen to have a Android Phone:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wo.voice&hl=en

The microphone built in to your mobile is probably going to be better than the average clip on mic, and the sound isolating features built-in to such devices can help reduce sound pollution
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post #17 of 18
I recommend the USB Blue Snowball iCE. It's what I use. Though it's a desktop microphone so it might pick up more audio sources in the background than you'd like. The voice quality is tons better than my Logitech webcam's mic or my standalone Logitech desktop mic.
Edited by Castaa - 9/23/13 at 2:21am
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The main issue with microphones for streaming is, as you and some other members have already hinted at, full-range desktop/studio mics sound great but they pick-up background sound, whereas headset or clip-on mics (excluding the Modmic) sound anywhere between 'fairly good' and 'potato'.

The Blue Yeti is somewhat better than the Blue Snowball for my experience with both. Newegg has done a unboxing on both wherein they record part of the unboxing video with them, and you'll notice the difference between the Yeti and [whatever Newegg's professional studio microphone is] is fairly nonexistent. For that level of reproduction quality, as well as the ability to actively change the type of sound pick-up (omni, cardioid, bi, stereo) it utilizes via a in-built switch, you're going to pay somewhat of a premium for it. Not too sure why you're not a fan of USB inputs though; the main difference in sound reproduction is going to come from the mic you use, not the transmission source.

In summary, if you're prepared to blow your budget out:
- Grab a Blue Yeti and stick it in Cardioid mode (this will result in less sound pollution since the sound is only being picked up from a single direction)

If you're not looking to stretch the budget:
- Try your best to find a Modmic. They're well known and well loved for a good reason.

If you can't find a Modmic:
- You'll probs have to lower your standards a bit in terms of sound reproduction and grab a Samson or Zalman clip-on mic

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Good luck with it all


Edit: Oh, another option if you happen to have a Android Phone:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wo.voice&hl=en

The microphone built in to your mobile is probably going to be better than the average clip on mic, and the sound isolating features built-in to such devices can help reduce sound pollution
My thing with USB microphones is just a bad experience. I have, up until now, been using nothing but "Gaming Headsets" and any headset that had a microphone and was USB produced a large amount of static, regardless of grounding my case or using a wallmount. I guess you can say I'm bias'd though because of those, towards other USB microphones.

I've actually seen a friend streaming with the Blue Yeti. While I don't know if he set it up properly, but it picked up everything from his mouse clicking, to keyboard strokes, to probably even him moving his feet. I would imagine it will pick up the fan behind me and the A/C air current slamming against my desk. I'll ask him to see what mode he has it set on. I'm willing to invest in the Blue Yeti as long as I'm certain there won't be issues, it's a lot of money to invest.

Thanks for the help and suggestions guys. Even though I have not gotten a microphone, the information is educating and I'm getting somewhere. I'll have to just think like this; These Razer Carcharias Black are only temporary!
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