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This tutorial covers how to improve your audio on Zoom calls and provides recommendations for microphones.

The Basics

Improve Your Audio

Compare what to do and not do with these two examples

Be aware of background noise that will end up in your recording. Background noise you do not want can not be fixed easily, even when editing your Zoom video. Audio quality is far more important than most would think since without good audio it will be difficult understand your video.

Starter Microphones

Jounivo USB Mic imageJounivo USB Mic (Cardioid)

  • This USB microphone uses a cardioid pick-up pattern which captures sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, reducing background noise. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound and is well-suited for podcasting, Zoom meetings, and voice recording.
  • A fully adjustable metal gooseneck pipe makes positioning the microphone for the best possible sound effortless.
  • Use one-click to mute/unmute the microphone. A green/red led indicator light reminds you which setting it’s on.
  • Plug into your computer’s USB port and start using it with no downloads or installation. 

Cost: $19-25

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This mic is recommended at this price point, but if it’s not currently available, the mic below is a suitable alternative.

ZekPro USB Mic ImageZekPro USB Mic (Omnidirectional)

  • This small USB microphone is a convenient enhancement for voice recording, podcasting, and Zoom meetings. Its omnidirectional pick-up pattern records 360º of sounds which may result in background noise.
  • Easily adjust the microphone by its fully adjustable metal gooseneck pipe into a recording position or flat for storage. 
  • Use one-click to mute/unmute the microphone. Its blue indicator light reminds you which setting it’s on.
  • Plug into your computer’s USB port and start using it with no downloads or installation.
  • A travel bag and wind foams are included.

Cost: $19-26

Amazon 

 

Specialized Audio

Blue Snowball Mic

Blue Snowball Condenser Microphone

The same as would be found at many Media Commons editing stations, these microphones do a great job of recording audio for voiceover narration as well as live audio in Zoom sessions. There are three different recording options for speaking, music and meetings, as well.

Tutorials

Cost: $70-90

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