Best Microphones for Webinars

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Best Microphones for Webinars: We’re spending a lot more of our working time communicating with others online – whether it be zoom meetings for work or industry webinars, so much more of our activities are being conducted in a virtual environment. In most cases people are using their desktop computers, laptops or tablets to deliver or attend meetings and webinars. For many this means relying on the quality of your computer’s built in microphone, which, in most cases, is quite poor. In particular if you are recording meetings/classes/webinars for future use the quality of the audio is essential. There’s nothing more distracting during a recroded webinar than poor audio quality and it can be a real let-down for listeners and in extreme cases will drive them away from the content.

Something all businesses who find themselves conducting more and more of their business online should consider in order to improve the quality of their audio is to invest in an external microphone. These days the market has a great variety of USB microphones that can be plugged straight into your computer and immediately  take the quality of your online audio to teh next level – without breaking the bank! 

Below we take a look at some of the best microphones for webinars or presentations and what might best suit your business. We’ll start at the budget end and work our way up. Of course, there’s a wide price range for microphones which basically boils down to the more expensive it is, the higher quality the sound. So depending on your budget and audio needs, you have a lot of options to choose from.

Best Microphones for Webinars

Blue Snowball Ice

Great bang for your buck with this cool low-budget microphone, Blue Snowball Ice, which delivers clear audio quality that puts your built-in computer microphone to shame. It comes with its own clip-in adjustable desktop stand, which allows you to position the microphone in relation to the sound source, improving sound quality.

 

Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone

Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone

This simple Plug and play USB  Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone connects directly to the USB of your  Mac or PC. It comes with a convenient  tripod so you can stay hands free during your presentation and deliver with high quality audio. There is a volume knob on the unit itself so that you can adjust the volume to what you need at the time so the quality is just perfect 

 

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

The IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio is a well-built, simple microphone to record, or stream your audio. Perfect to capture the best audio at your next presentation. Incredibly versatile. Comes with a wide range of complimentary cables so can be used with most mobile and desktop platforms. Micro-USB to lightning is perfect for use with Apple products such as iPhone, iPad and iPods and can be used with micro-USB OTG to use with Android devices.

 

Rode NTUSB USB Microphone

Rode NTUSB USB Microphone

With the Rode NTUSB USB Microphone you know you’re buying quality.  A pop-filter is included, which you can use to minimise plosives – hard ‘B’, ‘T’ or ‘P’ sounds that can produce a harsh sound while providing excellent sound quality. A great microphone to consider in yourquest to improve your audio

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Shure MV88

Shure MV88

Shure are one of the biggest names in the microphone game and have recently produced its Shure MV7 Dynamic USB Podcast Microphone which has proved popular among Gamers and YouTuber’s delivering Shure’s guaranteed high quality level of audio that can focus on the vocals at the forefront and dampens background noise.

 

 

Apogee MiC Plus

The Apogee MiC Plus delivers Studio Quality audio. You can connect to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC. MiC and always capture your best audio. Record any sound you can imagine, From vocals to voice-overs, instruments to interviews and everything in between. A great piece of equipment.

Outside of desk microphones you may want to consider a headset or Lavalier Microphone.

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB – Stereo USB is a great headset for PC and MAC with both in-line Volume and Mute Control. Sennheiser is the go-to brand of choice for many people in the audio industry.

Also microphones you may want to consider are Lavalier Microphones also known as  known as clip-on or lapel mics – these are the owns you see people wearing on their collar or shirts – they are also great to plug straight into your phone or computer with the right connections and capture good audio on the go.

The  Z ZAFFIRO Lavalier Microphone would be a great starting point here. 

So a few ideas to get you started on the way to ensuring you are delivering good audio online – go on sound better.


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Steven Galvin

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