New Mic Day

This is when it starts getting tough. I got my Covid vax #2 last week, plus a rush project at work, plus other things kept me from even starting to write this episode. Because of that, you get the podcast nerd episode now. Sure, it was inevitable you were going to get it. Due to reasons, you are getting it early.

Another for those of you that might be new here; I have been podcasting since 2005. Starting off with something really horrible, recorded using one of those stick mics that used to come with computers. You remember those, right? I think I might have a sample here someplace.

Right, as I said, not great. I continued on this path, upgrading my microphone as I could within my budget. I think I was using a Logitech USB headset at one point, before going all in with a Shure SM58 connected to a mixer. And that worked ok for quite a while, until it started getting to fiddly. Switching to USB on the mixer only made it worse by adding more noise, but it was the best I could do at the time.

Fast forward to about 3 years ago when I switched to using the Blue Yeti USB microphone. You can ignore what everyone else says about this mic! It works great for what it is. And, as long as you don’t try to speak into the tip, it works even better! Personally, I can and have gotten great results with that microphone for a long time! Using it for VO projects, explainer videos and podcasting. Heck, I’m using it now.

As I continue down this road of using my voice, I am thinking it would be nice to be able to monetize it by doing voice over work for actually money. For that, the USB mic just won’t do, so I decided it was time to switch.

Welcome to the new setup. The microphone is the Stellar X2 by TechZone Audio products, which is connected to a FocusRite 2i2 audio interface. This is literally the 2nd time recording with this mic and I am really appreciating it! I also took the time to upgrade my headphones to a set of Audio Technica M20x’s, which are also pretty great.

Of course, I’m coming from a USB mic with a cheap interface that brought with it some noise. To be better than that was a pretty easy bar to reach. I did listen to many samples of this mic, comparing it to many other microphones that matched it’s price or were priced higher. I think it’s a great fit for me and my voice.

At some point, I might have to either switch to a different headphone or add a headphone amp. The FocusRite is bus powered, which means not a lot for output for the headphones. The fix is adding an amp or getting a pair of headphones with matching impedance. And that’s as nerdy as we are going to get!

Thank you for listening. This was the fourth episode of the podcast. 4 down, 6 to go.

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