By Andrew Liszewski
If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from YouTube, it’s that amateur videographers don’t care enough about audio! Sure you can get a 1080P capable camcorder for a couple of benjamins these days, but I don’t care how amazingly shot or directed or carefully edited your production is, when the audio sounds like crap, it brings the whole thing down. So why not do us all a favor and get yourself a nice mic, like Samson’s new Meteor Mic with its lovely polished chrome finish. (I’m talking to you podcasters as well.)
Its 25mm diaphragm condensor with its 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response will more than outperform the built-in MacBook mic you’ve been using for your dramatic voiceovers, and it easily connects to your computer of choice via USB providing CD quality (44.1 or 48kHz) recordings. It’s also got its own 1/8-inch headphone jack for monitoring recordings without having to deal with any latency or delay of your voice, and of course there’s that lovely reflective finish and the folding leg design making it both easy to prop-up in various positions, and even easier to collapse down and travel with. All for a very reasonable $99.