With the Corona Virus causing world-wide concern, and many companies having decided to either ban or limit travel, we now have to turn to online conferencing to get business done. Our computers will be working harder, but webcams and microphones might not be up to the job.
So a good microphone can help you in your calls. A podium microphone (a.k.a. Goose neck microphone) gets it close to your mouth, but doesn’t get in the way. That is why I’m looking at 3 different microphones you can get online. Each one is from a company that has multiple options for audio creation.
Advantages of a External Microphone
When you are in a video conference, you need your computer to do different things. That means typing on your keyboard, tapping your touchscreen, and more. This can become an annoyance to others, as they might hear the typing, whereas you don’t.
With the podium microphone style, you can have this mic further away from your laptop. It can even be on a towel, or mouse pad to further noise transfer.
Extra software can be installed to help control the audio of your microphone. In some cases, to the point where you might not have to wear headphones.
3 Types of Goose Neck Microphones
This is a microphone I have used from time to time for a couple years now. Pyle is known for great sounding low-cost microphones.
The Pyle PDMikC5 is an XLR-based microphone. You will need to connect to a mixer. Battery power, or phantom power. It’s got a wide freqency range, working for any type of voice.
The mute does need a battery to work.
This mic is available for $35.
CMTeck Gaming Microphone
This gooseneck USB microphone is small. The full sized goose neck allows you to collapse it to fit into a bag.
This microphone has a mute button, and a LED to notify if the mic is muted or active. The mute button does cause a click. Table tapping is non-existent, and plosives are really good.
This microphone is $15.99
Fifine Goose Neck Microphone
I was really impressed with this microphone. It adds a volume option, which can really help in your sound.
The Fifine has a dual goose neck, for a little more adjustment.
The mute button also causes a “click” noise, when pressed. Plosives were noticeable when I turned up the volume, as well as table-tapping. You might want to put a towel underneath the base for extra noise reduction
The Fifine Goose Neck Microphone is $24.99
What do you use for your podcast or conference needs? Let me know!