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I will wait for Mic 4 , 1 and 3 too much echo (not natural), 2 poor quality.

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Here are the mic details:

Mic #1 is a Marshall MXL USB 009
Link: Amazon.com: MXL USB 009 24BIT/96KHZ USB Condenser Mic: Musical Instruments

Mic #2 is a Sennheiser headset
Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H0IDUW/ref=wms_ohs_product

Mic #3 is a Blue Yeti
Link: Amazon.com: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone: Musical Instruments

On Monday, I will receive Mic #4 which is a Corsair 1500
Link: Amazon.com: Corsair CA-9011112-WW Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset: Computers & Accessories

The issue is the room itself, high ceilings, bare walls, wood floors... it produces this hollow sound it seems. I am hoping that mic #4 (being a headset) will be the winner, but unfortunately the previous headset was pretty bad.

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Received the headset Monday, too busy to test right now.

Will come back to this soon.

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OK, here is the final file with all four microphones.

#1 - MXL
#2 - Sennheiser
#3 - Yeti
#4 - Corsair

Let me know which you think is best. Unfortunately, I think it is clear #4 (which I got Monday) is not the answer...

So, I will go back to the Yeti probably, since I own it and can't return it. I will return the Marshall MXL and Corsair to Amazon, and try to tweak the Yeti some more.

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The Yeti was clearly boosted higher at the source than the others, an unfair advantage. The Corsair just has really poor separation. I played with it for an hour, there are only a couple of options. I researched their forums, installed the latest drivers, etc... so it is disappointing to see these results.

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OK, here is the final file with all four microphones.

#1 - MXL
#2 - Sennheiser
#3 - Yeti
#4 - Corsair

Let me know which you think is best. Unfortunately, I think it is clear #4 (which I got Monday) is not the answer...

So, I will go back to the Yeti probably, since I own it and can't return it. I will return the Marshall MXL and Corsair to Amazon, and try to tweak the Yeti some more.

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The Yeti was clearly boosted higher at the source than the others, an unfair advantage. The Corsair just has really poor separation. I played with it for an hour, there are only a couple of options. I researched their forums, installed the latest drivers, etc... so it is disappointing to see these results.

Mike

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Yeah I agree, best value. I've turned down the gain now that I see it was too high.

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Yeah I agree, best value. I've turned down the gain now that I see it was too high.

Mike

Hi Big Mike.

just my opinion, however, it likely isnt your mic at all, but the signal going into your computer. For somone that records a lot of videos, and runs many forums, might you think of adding a vocal compressor to your input? This will effectively pull down the highs and raise the lows.And frankly, Big Mike, you have a pretty deep voice, so your signal will likely be heavy on the lows. This in my experience, leads to mudiness.

That said, i think your vocals on your webinars are pretty good. What happen to your old setup? Just time for a change.

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BTW, I have heard a number of recordings straight into computer with the Blue Snowball and on Amazon its 70 dollars. Sound as good as the AKD 420 i have, which is considerably more expensive.

I think they all sound reasonable. Headset microphones will usually sound like what you have recorded, unless you go with theose real expensive headset vocal mic, like the ones entertainers use, but they are over 1000.

The goal is to sound as natural as possible, so that your voice is broadcast like you are sitting 3 feet away from me in the same room having a pleasant conversation. Of course, much easier said than done.

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@Big Mike

For the room verb a few have mentioned, you may want to try an SE Reflection Filter.
I think it would make a difference.

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@Big Mike

For the room verb a few have mentioned, you may want to try an SE Reflection Filter.
I think it would make a difference.

OK, I will look into it since I don't know what that is.

sE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro: The Original Portable Vocal Booth

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