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The Evolution of my microphones

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Preamble

With a streaming career stretching over a decade, I’ve used a variety of microphones. These were all great for me at the time. As I have progressed as a streamer I have upgraded and changed. At the moment, I am super happy with my microphone. Here are the ones I have used from beginning to end!

1) Starting out

These were my starting microphone. The Blue Snowball and the Blue Yeti. It took me a long time to learn how to use the Yeti, but it gave excellent quality. I have also used it for live streaming at work with a panel of people and for recording a podcast.

It is a USB microphone, but it is easy to use and does a great job!

2) Condenser Microphone

As well as live streaming I used to have a radio station. I financed all the licensing myself. In the end I couldn’t afford it and the station left the airwaves.

When I was setting everything up, I invested in a mixer. This allowed me to control both the volume of the music and my microphone level separately. To plug into the mixer I had to invest in an XLR microphone. I used this microphone a lot during the pandemic, since it was on a boom arm above my head and out of view. The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone continues to work well and was a great purchase.

I also use it for my current podcast, since my live streaming microphone produces a high pitch sound that only people under the age of 30 can here! I know, weird or what!

3) Rode ProCaster

I have this need to have the best, even when I don’t actually need it. I could have stayed with the MXL 990 for the rest of my streaming career. But I heard that the best company for microphones was RODE and so I had to invest.

Sticking with the XLR connection I bought the Rode Procaster Dynamic Microphone.

The quality from this microphone is excellent. I also purchased the RodeCaster Pro at the same time since I was getting into podcasting, but now use both for streaming.

The procaster is a big microphone and it is probably outdated now, but I love the quality and the ease of use. It took me a while to get the sound right. I do have a huge foam wind shield on it as well to stop me from spitting on it!

Outro

After going part-time at work I had to curb my spending. Rather than buying new equipment I using the items I have and making the most of them.

I recognise that things have moved on, but streaming is not about the equipment, it is more about the commitment.

Never let not having something stop you. If you really want to stream, create a podcast or produce a live show, then use what you have and make a start.

Any questions, let me know in the comments below – happy to help, but I am no audio expert!

Happy streaming!

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