I've been getting a lot of good feedback about our "How Do I" videos and I've decided (with the blessings of my boss) to invest in improving the sound quality. I can't stand listening to the "pops" I get on percussive p's and other consonants. So, starting with my next video I'll be using new equipment (described below) but the interesting question is whether you'll be able to tell. Since I have a few videos already recorded I'm not going to say which video marks the transition; but feel free to let me know if you notice a dramatic change (or not!)
I bought the Samson CO1U USB Condenser Mic (plugged it into my USB port and Vista said "fine!") with a 19mm diaphragm, heavy gauge grill and Cardoid pickup (eh?) paired with the Samson Shock-mount and (most important) a pop filter that mounts to the OnStage Euroboom Mic stand that holds everything in place while I record.
I'm going to have to start recording podcasts to make this worthwhile. What, I wonder, could I put in a podcast that would be worth listening to? I think I might start by bringing a pocket recorder to TechEd and recording the first episode of…. "Silverlight Geek TravelBlog."
Hey! That could even be worth doing. You were here, right now, just as I thought of it! I could combine first hand impressions with impromptu interviews. (I'm beginning to feel like Mickey Rooney: "I know, let's put on a show! Yeah, it'll be great…")