I often get asked what mic people should use when getting started screencasting.
Since screencasting is a significant part of my business, I am comfortable spending a little more than a hobbyist to get good quality sound. Pictured above you can see my microphone and audio interface.
I use (and recommend) the Heil PR-40 microphone. But this is an expensive mic that is really only useful next to somewhat expensive accessories. It’s not a compelling proposition to tell a hobbyist screencaster to fork out nearly $800 on a good mic setup.
I often see people using USB Condenser microphones, like the Blue Yeti or Audio Technica AT2020. I actually started recording NSScreencast with the AT2020. But I don’t think these mics are ideal for recording screencasts.
I keep this mic around for travel reasons, but I really don’t recommend it because it picks up so much room noise. When traveling I usually have pretty awful recording conditions, so it doesn’t work well there either. What I’d really like is a portable dynamic mic…