Suggestions for cardioid microphone, please.

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Post by Peter Why » July 27th, 2016, 6:32 am

I've been using a Blue Yeti for some time now, and am very happy with the sound quality. But where I am living at the moment, the background noise level is quite high. It's mainly traffic, but there is some refrigerator noise and clock noise from the next room. Of course I can record late at night or in the early morning, with the fridge switched off and the clock moved to another room, but I would prefer to use a microphone which can eliminate these noises.

So it should have a cardioid pick-up and, if this is possible, it should pick-up from only a small area in front of it. I don't mind recording from fairly close to the microphone, and have a very quiet computer. I'm using Windows 10 in a desktop.

Has anyone any suggestions, please?

Peter
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Post by pdyer » July 27th, 2016, 10:04 am

Peter, the Blue Yeti's I've seen have multiple patterns and one of the selections is cardioid, maybe yours if different -- I'm no Yeti expert!

But even with a cardioid pickup pattern, sometimes the background noise is still too much. A headset with a noise cancelling microphone, as in the thread that Kim posted, might be a good choice.
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Post by Peter Why » July 27th, 2016, 11:48 am

I'm using the Yeti with the cardioid setting; the mike is just too sensitive for my environment.

Thank you both for your help; I'll see if the headset is on our microphone comparison. I don't want to swap background noise for a sound quality that I wouldn't be happy with.

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Post by carteki » July 27th, 2016, 11:57 am

There's a link to the recording in the thread above...

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Post by Peter Why » July 28th, 2016, 12:35 am

Thanks; I've checked now and the sound qualtiy does seem good. However, according to the reviews on Amazon, the quality of construction of the headset is poor (and, as far as I can tell, it's not available in the U.K.). I think I'm just going to have to spend some time on Amazon reading reviews of other cardioid microphones.


If I do buy one that's really useful, I'll put a note on the forum.

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Post by kayray » July 28th, 2016, 10:08 am

I don't know if it's any help to you, but I adore my Zoom H2. You can turn the gain down and put if close to your mouth and probably not pick up much room noise. For a sound sample, listen to my current Dracula solo. No noise cleaning or other filters, just a little 10-band EQ.
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Post by Peter Why » July 28th, 2016, 1:39 pm

Thanks, Kara; I do have an H2, which I bought years ago, but I could never get it to work well (the volume was too low). I'll have to have another go at it.

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Post by kayray » July 28th, 2016, 5:04 pm

There's a gain switch on the side. Try sliding it to "h". Then, once you're at the recording screen, you can turn the gain up still further with the right arrow button.
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Post by Peter Why » July 28th, 2016, 10:46 pm

Thanks; I'll have a go this weekend.

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