Is This The Best USB Microphone For Under $100?
When I shoot YouTube videos... I either set up locked down with one of my shotgun mics on a stand just out of the frame (which looks and sounds decent - but is a bit of a pain in the ass to setup)... or I go handheld with a small mic mounted to the hot shoe of my camera (which is a lot easier, and great for being on the move - but not the best configuration as the mic is way too far away)
Both these methods have their place - but I want another option available to me. So I picked up, for $100 CAD off amazon, the Marantz MPM-2000U USB condenser microphone.
Here it is! This is me recording on it for the first time.
As you can see - it is side-address, so you speak into it with the mic standing vertically. Now, I've noticed videos out there where people have reviewed this mic - and other mics like it - and they tend to be, like, a foot away from the thing. If you're belting out a song that's great - but I'm speaking into the thing nice and close - although a bit off to the side since I don't have a pop filter in front of it at the moment.
I went with this particular mic because it checked a few boxes…
I wanted something super easy to just setup and use. Being USB, I don't have to be tethered to either my audio interface or external recorder as I would with an XLR mic. I can plug this into my macbook and just giv'r.
I wanted something with a shock mount included. A lot of the USB mics out there have rigid clips that can transmit vibrations easily - I didn't want to have to shell out more a 3rd party mount and run the risk of it not fitting well. Shock mounts also look cool.
I wanted something cheap... I didn't want to break the bank on something that's kind of a kick around mic to use in addition to what I already have.
Now, my apartment is pretty loud. There's a constant fan white-noise rumbling kind of sound - it's like I live on a spaceship or something. A dynamic mic would probably be the better way to go in this environment - but I couldn't find anything that checked all my boxes. They tend to be either handheld form factor - or a bit more expensive than I was looking for.
Although it hasn't arrived yet, I have a table-top stand and pop filter on the way to round out the package. Basically, I want to be able to keep it all together - and just pull it out and plop it down when doing quick voice overs, or shooting the type of video where having a mic in the frame makes sense… like this one.