External Microphone

Being funny and clever on camera is a great skill, but if people can’t hear you properly, how can they connect with you?

As they say, sound is half the picture, so it’s very important to make sure your audience can hear you loud and clear.

Most people use their computer’s built-in microphone or even their webcam microphones, but using these low quality mics means you will end up with a lot of ambient noise, inconsistent levels and low quality audio overall.

If you want to bring your productions to the next level, you might want to invest in a good quality external microphone, and it’s this week’s BBTV Tip!

Here’s a list of some great mics:

Blue Snowball

The Snowball is a very compact and easy to use microphone. It’s one of the most popular starter microphones out there because of its quality and price. You can even use this microphone on your iPad in case you want to record some audio on the go. At $ 55 USD, this is the most affordable mic of the pack.

Rode SmarLav

The Rode SmartLav+ is the type of microphones that you clip on your shirt close to your neck so you can get the cleanest sound possible. Having this tiny microphone so close to your mouth helps reduce background noise a great deal.

You can connect this microphone to computer’s mic input, or even your cellphone if you’re outside recording and don’t mind synchronizing your audio to your video later on.

This microphone will run you $80 USD, and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny.

Blue Yeti

The Blue Yeti is another very popular microphone amongst YouTubers, podcasters and musicians. This is Blue’s best selling microphone, and one of the reasons is that it gives you four different pattern settings that are specific for various types of recordings as vocals, music, podcasts, interviews and more.The Yeti has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, so you can be sure it has worked for a lot of people.

At $110 USD, the Yeti, is a great investment that should last for for years.


Last but not least, the Rode NT-USB. This microphone is the new kid on the block. But don’t let that fool you, Rode has been making microphones since 1967, so rest assured, they know what they’re doing.

The NT-USB has an integrated headphone amplifier that allows you to monitor your audio with no delay. It comes with a pop shield, a desk stand and a storage pouch. This microphone has a 5 out of 5 star rating, but being the most expensive mic on the list at $170USD, it might not be for everyone.

So don’t worry if you can’t afford the most expensive microphone out there, there is a wide range of options to choose from. All that matters is that you graduate from your camera’s internal microphone to a proper USB mic so you audience can hear you the way you’re meant to be heard.

And remember, if you really want to be heard louder on YouTube, VISO Catalyst has been built with tools that significantly cut down on the time you spend uploading and ensures full video optimization to maximize your viewer reach! This way you can ensure your videos are always communicating in their best voice!


BBTV Tips: Get Better Sound with an External Microphone!

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