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NordicNorm
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:42 am    Post subject: External microphone for Zoom? Reply with quote

Howdy folks,

I'm looking for an external microphone for my lessons over Zoom.

The mic in my laptop cuts out about 80% of my sound.

Any suggestions for a decent USB mic?

I'm not planning on recording with it, so budget is around $200.

TIA.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I don't know if that helps but I have read somewhere there is 2 or 3 settings to change on zoom for musicians to have a fair sound. Things like desactivate noise cancelling.

Check the end of this video
https://youtu.be/yWct4uknJwU?t=480
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael_bxl wrote:
Hello,

I don't know if that helps but I have read somewhere there is 2 or 3 settings to change on zoom for musicians to have a fair sound. Things like desactivate noise cancelling.

Check the end of this video
https://youtu.be/yWct4uknJwU?t=480


Thanks for the link! Yes, I've tried all that already.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't record myself much, nor do I take or give zoom lessons... So I'm sure others opinions will be better informed.


I have a Blue (snowball) and the sound quality is more than acceptable (placement does need thought, as with any mic!) - I can only assume that the Yeti with a wider range of adjustments would be even better.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the Raleno USB microphone for my daughter's remote tuba playing. It has a volume boost knob on front and works well so far.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+ Blue Yeti.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an audio technica. One thing I learned reading up is that often an ipad will have better audio/video than a mac/pc. You may want to try out the devices you have with a friend to see how they do on recording/transmitting. Unsolicited advice: the #1 problem for most lessons is internet quality.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or get a Rode NT-USB.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: External microphone for Zoom? Reply with quote

NordicNorm wrote:
I'm looking for an external microphone for my lessons over Zoom.



No, I'm not being silly, I use one of these for on-line lessons.

One of the things you care about is latency. Some of the less expensive USB microphones have a noticeable delay. The ones I saw recommended above do not have that problem.

Gary.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Blue Yeti as well, and am very pleased with the results.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: External microphone for Zoom? Reply with quote

ghelbig wrote:


No, I'm not being silly, I use one of these for on-line lessons.

One of the things you care about is latency. Some of the less expensive USB microphones have a noticeable delay. The ones I saw recommended above do not have that problem.

Gary.


Thanks Gary! Now that I think of it, I do have a Zoom H2 packed away somewhere. I forgot all about it. I'll dig it out and give it a try!

Cheers,
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also use a Zoom H2n (from zoom.na) like the one pictured above for Zoom (conferencing, zoom.us) work, mostly broadcasting church services, etc. I have also used it for remote interpreting, and it also works well for that (a place where latency is bad). I think it would work very well for taking or giving online lessons. Be sure to turn on Original Sound in the Zoom (zoom.us) conferencing application.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad the Zoom (handheld recorder) was posted above. I've been considering livestreaming my band program's Christmas concert this year and I knew it could be used as an audio interface. I'll have to give it a try.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billy B wrote:
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Agreed. And mess with the setting for music as well as the various setting on the microphone. There are a couple great tutorials on Youtube about this and the adjustments, and they are spot on.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used Blue Yeti and Zoom H2n for zoom lessons and haven't had any students complain yet. I have had a few students order them to use for lessons as well... will report back on my perception of sound quality.
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