When it comes to recording audio for your YouTube video, there are plenty of options out there – if you have a laptop, for example, you might be tempted just to use the built-in microphone in the laptop itself, and from a quality standpoint, I can firmly tell you that is not a good idea.
Instead look to some of the third party simple microphones on the market today that are going to give you much better audio quality when it comes to finally uploading your video to YouTube itself, rather than relying on trash directional mics fitted next to cameras and inside phones.
First, have a think about the Blue Yeti microphone. This thing has long been a favorite of YouTube creators and live streamers because of two simple reasons.
The first is that it’s ridiculously easy to use. The Blue Yeti microphone relies on a USB connection to work, so all you have to do to get it working is hook it up to your PC or laptop and you are away, it’s recognized as a viable audio input and you are set to record. You can even have it connected to your iOS or Android device, so you don’t need to worry about complicated setups and wired configurations when you are using it. Like I said, simple.
The second big advantage to a Blue Yeti mic is that the sound quality that it outputs is crazily good for such an inexpensive piece of kit. You can rely on it to provide one of three different audio input settings based on the scope of sound it’s recording, from omnidirectional to single channel – which is pretty handy if you are going to be using your microphone for a number of different purposes – say you want to stream one night, then use the microphone to record a podcast or do voiceover the next – the Blue Yeti will be able to do just that for you.
Basically, if you are looking for a reliable classic microphone, then the Blue Yeti is going to be the way to go if you are a beginner. But, what if you are looking to produce some content that won’t be based around sitting at a desk, and you need a microphone that’s more capable of capturing audio when you are stood presenting? You are probably going to need a lapel mic.
A lapel microphone is a lot cheaper than its conventional desk-based counterparts – and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Basically you pin it to your lapel (or collar, or just your shirt), and it will capture audio as you speak, and input it into whatever you want to input your audio into. Now, this could be a wireless receiver unit (which can be a hassle) or, for the sake of ease, into your phone (which makes capturing audio much easier).
The sound quality with a lapel mic might be an issue for you though. Aside from the fact you might come into issues with various mouth noises, you also have to contend with the rustling of clothes and other environmental noises which might be more present on cheaper mics. Check out this lapel model made specifically for smartphones by Rode Smartlav – sure it might be more expensive than some of the other lapel mics on the market, but it will offer you a better sound quality, and when it comes to producing videos of a high standard, that’s what it’s all about.