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Selecting a Microphone for Recording Audio Books

 

 

Microphones

For multi-person conversations in real time try to give everyone their own mic, their own channel, and expect to clean up afterwards. The sound level via a USB connection can be low, impacting the quality so if you have a firewire connection, use Firewire microphones instead of USB.

 

Pop Filters

You will also need a microphone screen to reduce sibilant sounds [words with 's' and 'ch'] and plosive sounds [words with hard 'p' and 'b' sounds]. You can make one yourself for less than $10. These sounds can also be reduced by SMILING to stretch the mouth while speaking and using a boom stand with the mic facing downward. You can test the effectiveness by recording the following two statements:

  1. "A steel seal searches childish snakes for chewy chocolates"
  2. "Boldly balancing pickles on punks in poodleskirts"

Musicians Gear Pop Filter, 6" - around $15

Nady MPF-6 Nady 6 Inch Clmap On - around $28

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