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Im looking to get a nice microphone for my newly started YouTube channel , main use on my microphone needs will be podcasts and commentary for my gaming channel.

I tried just using my Astro A50 headset and the mic was way to sensitive and picked up breathing pretty bad , nothing that editing couldn't hand tho!

I'm looking to get higher quality records compared to my Astro A50's, I've done research on YouTube and Google and have narrowed my search to the Blue Yeti's and Audio Technica AT2020 USB's.

Personally looks wise (I know it shouldn't matter) I like the AT2020's better, the stock stands for each mic doesn't really affect my buy as I plan to get a arm at a latter date as well as a pop filter and possible shock mount if needed? Shock mounts seem to easy to find for Audio Technica's.

This is where I get mixed reviews , some YouTube reviews say the blue yeti was a lot more sensitive to background noise which I would find really annoying , but then others sat the at2020 suffers that issues and makes each review contradict each other in that aspect!

I don't ever plan on doing interviews or music records so the extra modes on the blue yeti sound like features I'd never use. If you guys could please give me your feedback so I can choose which mic to order tomorrow , I'm leaning more towards the at2020 due to the shockmount Compatibility (not sure I need) and the all black design but if the blue yeti is better I would get that.

Thanks guys , rep for useful feedback!
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If you're worried about background noise then the AT2020 is for you as it pretty much completely blocks out anything but your voice. The Yeti picks up loud background noises such as mechanical keyboard clicks or loud things going on outside.

That being said the Yeti is definitely clearer, the AT2020 sounds slightly congested. Here's a comparison video, you can hear how the Yeti gives a much fuller sound.

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I don't recall acoustic guitar being the same as a human voice. You need to compare apples to apples, you know...
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I don't recall acoustic guitar being the same as a human voice.
Aye, I understand that. It does still give you some idea of overall clarity though. You can definitely tell from the video that the AT2020 sounds congested.

Here's a slightly better, but shorter comparison. This one shows off the background noise that gets picked up by the Yeti quite well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPYdIGnHYdM
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The yeti will be far more versatile if you plan to have any guests using the mic at the same time as you do because of the multipattern function. A figure 8 pattern makes for a nice single channel interview setup. All other times you will want to be in cardioid mode to decrease the extra noise from the room.

The at2020 has a more flat response curve and will likely be easier to work with on more voices.

Either way at this price point and usage either will serve you well. Just be sure to cut off all the low end up to the point where your voice starts to sound different, then bring down the top end a touch. Most low cost condensers suffer from a harsh gritty top end.

Definitely get yourself a pop filter they help protect your mic as much as stop wind noise. Also I strongly recommend putting the unit back into the case when not in use. And save the little silica gel bag and keep it in the case with the mic. Moisture kills the diaphragm slowly over time.

Having tried a few pop filters in my few years dabbling with audio recording i recommend the stedman proscreen XL if you dare invest the money there.

http://www.stedmancorp.com/products-page/

I also have NADY and CAD cheap pop filters that work fine but are a bit harder to get set in place and stay put.
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The yeti will be far more versatile if you plan to have any guests using the mic at the same time as you do because of the multipattern function. A figure 8 pattern makes for a nice single channel interview setup. All other times you will want to be in cardioid mode to decrease the extra noise from the room.

The at2020 has a more flat response curve and will likely be easier to work with on more voices.

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Having tried a few pop filters in my few years dabbling with audio recording i recommend the stedman proscreen XL if you dare invest the money there.

http://www.stedmancorp.com/products-page/

I also have NADY and CAD cheap pop filters that work fine but are a bit harder to get set in place and stay put.

Most humans can't consistently make sounds in that range, so I don't think he needs to worry about them that much. Unless he is a castrato doing podcasts... either way, the mics that boost 5k+ frequencies are more for instruments than humans.
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I think im just going to order the Audio Technica AT2020 USB, thanks for all the feedback! thumb.gif
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