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Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or setting up your workstation, a microphone is an essential item to have if you want your audio quality in recordings and video calls to sound great. While your PC or laptop may already have an internal microphone, we all know that the sound quality can be better. For this reason, plenty of people make use of an external microphone.
When using an external microphone, the mic placement is incredibly important. Placing this too close or too far from where it needs to be can result in a distorted or muffled sound, which can ruin your recording. Not to mention, it can also distract viewers or participants in a video call leading them to tune you out entirely — and we wouldn’t want that!
Not to worry, we have listed down some tips on the best location for your microphone PC so you can have quality sound recordings every time.
While there are plenty of microphone types out there, the three most commonly used mics for PC are headsets, USB mics, and XLR mics. Considering your specific requirements and budget to figure out what the best type of PC microphone is for you.
A headset microphone is the preferred recording device of gamers. Since these are hands-free microphones, headset users have ample mobility and can keep turning their heads without worrying if their voice will get picked up by the mic. There are also headset microphones designed to be compatible with other consoles such as an Xbox or PS.
If you plan on or are currently using a headset as a PC microphone, then here are some tips to follow to best position it.
A USB microphone is often a preferred PC mic because of its plug-and-play easy setup. It’s also highly portable and convenient because of how compatible it can be with laptops, PCs, desktops, and even phones.
While they don’t often get a good track record for superb sound quality, they will still get the job done for recording music, podcasts, gaming, and video conference calls.
Although there are high-end USB microphones that will definitely give you professional-quality audio, you will still need to put in a bit of work in the placement of these plug-and-play mics to make them sound their best.
If you want to have a more professional PC microphone, then opt for an XLR mic. The setup may require more effort from your end, but the resulting sound is definitely worth it.
While an XLR mic as is can offer broadcast-quality audio, you should still know how to best position it for the best results. Often, when using an XLR mic, you will need to use a microphone or boom arm. With that said, the tips below are intended for XLR mics with a boom arm.
No matter the microphone you are using, knowing how to properly position and place them from your PC can assure you of better sound quality. Of course, if you want to further upgrade and improve the sound quality of your mic and recordings, then you can also consider using microphone accessories.