Here’s my general tech advice: Before judging your tech devices, learn how to use it properly first.
I purchased a blue microphone Yeti USB Microphone from Amazon because I do a lot of voice over screencasts and I wanted a quality microphone that gave me that “radio voice”. Not that I have a radio voice but I wanted a mic that records a clear sound that eliminated background noise and the muffled sounding audio that my stock Mac microphone or the Apple earbud headset provided.
So, I purchased the Yeti USB microphone because of the positive 4 1/2 average star review and doing some of my own due diligence about the product. It seemed promising.
Once I received the Yeti within a week, I hooked it up immediately and got to work recording my screencasts. The set up was super easy as it is literally a “plug-and-play” device. No special software was needed. It just worked with the software that I already use which is Screencast-o-matic. Just plug it into the USB port with the provided wire and GO! Well, at least that’s what I thought.
After recording a video for a business prospect of mine, I was excited to hear my awesome “radio voice” (ha!) on the screencast. But to no avail, it sounded like crap! It literally sounded worse than my stock Mac mic or the Apple headset.
I played around with the dials that are on the Yeti and re-recorded the video. Still. I swear I re-recorded the video several times. I was turned off by the punchy “p” sounds, and harsh “t’s”. In the recording I could hear everything from my chair squeaking to the fan blowing in the background. I was pretty disgusted and disappointed with the mic.
I guess that’s where I was ignorant. After doing some research I learned my lesson. I searched for “how to use the Yeti USB Microphone” on YouTube and got schooled. To get that desired “radio voice”, the microphone needs to be used and set up to the proper settings. DUH Bee! I know, I know… Here’s what I missed:
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