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Good USB mic for spoken word poetry

spacehog

Hello,
I need a usb mic just for spoken word poetry but am very confused as to which ones are good for that.
Spoken word is a performance art so it can get a little "animated, " so I'm looking for something that can handle angry speeches or rap, although, that's not my kind of thing.
This will be used to record on a computer, not for live use, but needs to be cd quality (and preferably under $115 USD, cheaper if possible).
Thank you for any and all suggestions.
May 8, 2013 @05:27am
AndyH

Many people have been quite disappointed by the very common problem with USB microphones lacking any way to live monitor the input. This makes them very difficult, or impossible, to use for anything that requires quality control. A very few USB microphones have a direct monitor connection.
This might be handled with a recording application that has an input monitoring facility. Not all recording application, by a long shot, provide for this. There could be enough latency between USB input and sound output to make working difficult.
Most USB microphone preamps have a direct monitor connections and can handle a wide selection of "regular" (non-USB) microphones.
May 8, 2013 @07:23pm
spacehog

Hello,
Thank you for your response.
Most USB microphones now have direct monitor control on the mic, from the cheapies such as the Samson Go Mic to Audio-Technica ATR-2020, among others.
Many people have been quite disappointed by the very common problem with USB microphones lacking any way to live monitor the input. This makes them very difficult, or impossible, to use for anything that requires quality control. A very few USB microphones have a direct monitor connection.
This might be handled with a recording application that has an input monitoring facility. Not all recording application, by a long shot, provide for this. There could be enough latency between USB input and sound output to make working difficult.
Most USB microphone preamps have a direct monitor connections and can handle a wide selection of "regular" (non-USB) microphones.
May 9, 2013 @08:30pm