Microphone videos

Here is a collection of interesting videos on microphones and microphone technologies:

Audio 101: Microphones

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphones, What’s the Difference?

Audio recording tutorial: The different microphone types | lynda.com

XLR vs USB Microphones, Which Should You Buy?

$22 MICROPHONE VS $3600 MICROPHONE | Andrew Huang

Voice-over Microphone || DIY or Buy

How a Neumann U87 microphone is manufactured

How to Make Your Own DIY U87 Vintage Condenser Mic

Soyuz Video #3 Capsules

The Soyuz SU-019 FET Microphone

MKH-416 counterfeit mic teardown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdoeh7y0yeE

Disassembly – Taking apart the BM-100FX Microphone.

BEST Budget USB Microphone!? | FIFINE Honest Review

Why the Blue Yeti Sucks

Why the Blue Yeti Su cks | Pro Audio Engineer Responds

Do XLR to USB Cables Work?

Samson USB GO Mic Teardown

BM-800 Microphone Review / Teardown

Teardown of the Blue Yeti Microphone

Samson c01u usb microphone test + look inside

A quick teardown on the Samson Go Mic USB studio microphone for laptops and tablets

Samson C01U USB Mic Teardown (part of the article)

Random Teardown #001: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-700, NW-800 & NW-7000 Compared. The three cheapest condenser mics I’ve seen around!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gwKxdY6mm4

    The Neewer NW-700, NW-800 and NW-7000 are three of the cheapest condenser mics you can buy.

    In this video, I have a look at what they offer for such low amounts of money and compare them to each other and to my favourite budget condenser, the T.bone SC-400 budget offering.

    While these microphones don’t offer much competition to other much more expensive microphones, they are a gateway into ‘improving’ audio on a really tight budget, although a preamp is also needed in order to provide phantom power for all of them.

    Whether you can accept the sound quality and self noise of these microphones is a personal thing, depending on your needs, so I see all three of them as a very cheap way of using a condenser microphone which enables easy access for people on very tight budgets.

    Viewer comments:

    Thanks for the tip Ian. The Neewers are kind of a sonic equivalent of a disposable camera and including the Thomann t.Bone right at the end illustrates that for just a little bit more money you can get a good mic and still keep within the budget realm. Well thought vlog as ever Ian.

    Thanks apislapis. I made this for people thinking of venturing into studio mics and to do basically as you said ….. with a bit more money and a ‘canny’ pair of ears, you can pick out good buys for yourself.

    Cheap as chips as they say, considering the price tag they all sound really good, I think the 7000 sounds nicest but only just.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best Vocal Microphones | Neumann U87 Ai vs Neewer NW-800
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHiQAPaFj3Y

    Viewer comments:

    I know nothing about the recording arts that’s why I’m here to learn. The U87 sounds so freaking good, but I surprised the NW-800 didn’t sound as bad as I thought it would and for $25 bucks you can’t beat that for beginners. With that said I wish I could own a U87 even if it’s only to listen to my own voice.

    Hey Archie great video. Just became a sub. Obviously the U87 hands down has been a studio king standard for eons. Although, not for nothing, the Neewer NW-800 does not sound to bad. I will buy this mic just for the client that does not have a big budget to record. I can make up on sound with my processing skills. Great video again.

    The mix comparison is awesome! Thanks for doing that. The 87 is far superior. For the price, it had better be!

    The Neumann U87 seems to have greater sensitivity in the bass response (<~400hz) so your voice sounds “thicker” & more sonorous, but it SHOULD do at that price point.

    If it was me, I’d buy the Neewer NW-800 , but rent the Neumann U87 AI as & when necessary.

    Neumann U87 Ai Mic Review / Test (Compared to NW700, AT2020, NT1, SM7b, KSM44a, C414 XLII)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8F99Xc4bgk

    Today I review one of the best microphones ever made, the Neumann U87 Ai. This is a 3 polar pattern large diaphragm mic that is very expensive. It has a controlled low-end, a forward mid section, and a smooth but detailed top end. It is very unforgiving in terms of tone as it captures what you put in front of it and doesn’t do much to help you out. I also compare it to the Neewer NW700, AT2020, Neat King Bee, sE X1, Rode NT1, Shure SM7b, RE20, CAD E100s, KSM32, TLM102, Mojave MA201 FET, OC818, KSM44a, C414 XLII, and TLM103.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    USB vs XLR Mics EXPLAINED! – Everything You Need To Know
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEpPyTu2Ubk

    XLR vs USB Microphones (Watch Before You Buy)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOjnOjQcZg

    Which one should you buy for your setup? What are the pros and cons of each microphone type? Here we’ll be seeing which mic is best for which situation.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Another super cheap microphone – Zingyou BM-800 (vs. Neewer NW-800 and other mics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgkczY5kukU

    In this episode, I’ll take a look and listen to the ultra-cheap Zingyou BM-800 large diaphragm condenser microphone. This little thing only costs $18 on Amazon right now. How bad could it be? Let’s find out! And we’ll hear it next to the comparably-priced Neewer NW-800, the considerably higher-priced Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, and the luxury-priced AKG C414 XLS.

    Timestamps:
    00:00 – Intro
    00:48 – Unboxing and overview
    03:25 – Disassembly (In search of a rattle)
    04:15 – BM-800 and NW-800 side-by-side
    05:06 – Notes
    07:03 – Zingyou BM-800 audio
    08:03 – Neewer NW-800 audio
    08:57 – BM-800
    09:46 – NW-800
    10:22 – Lewitt LCT 440 PURE
    11:12 – AKG C414 XLS
    11:51 – BM-800
    12:20 – NW-800
    12:49 – BM-800
    13:11 – LCT 440
    13:21 – C414 XLS
    13:31 – Final thoughts

    Viewer comments:

    The difference to the Neewer is enormous! I expected they would be identical under the hood.

    I remember on the Neewer video that the grill was totally opaque, do you think the grill could account for the difference?

    Weird my old NW800 sounds closer to the Zingyou than your NW800, I wonder if maybe there is something off with that mic then? I would say that neither the NW800 or the BM800 are really designed for singing or instruments, they are more geared towards spoken word. At least that is my take on them.

    That makes me wonder if I just got a dud or something. The reviews on Amazon are pretty positive, and I can’t imagine that many people leaving 5-star reviews for something that sounds like mine!

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Do You Need An Expensive Microphone For Streaming & Podcasts?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C5Hvaffsg

    Do you really need to spend a lot of money to get a decent microphone? I bought the Neewer NW-800 to test out against the Rode PodMic. In theory, you could buy multiples of these mics on a budget and set up an entire podcast studio.

    You’ll hear the results in the video, and they’re not amazing. Right out of the box I felt like this mic sounded pretty bad, but with a little bit of finesse and EQ it started to come closer to a sound I liked.

    In the end, I think it’s best to “buy quality and buy once” as they say, but if you’re on a budget and don’t mind spending some time adjusting settings, this could be a workable solution.

    This was the cheapest mic I could find at the time when I was making the video, but prices change all the time, so be sure to check the links for the most up to date pricing information.

    •Time Markers:
    0:00 – Why Did I Buy the Cheapest Mic I Could Find?
    2:13 – Unboxing
    3:29 – Build Quality
    4:08 – Dynamic vs. Condensor Mics
    4:52 – Tabletop Mic Stands
    6:20 – Mic Setup and Testing
    6:57 – Neewer First Sound Test
    7:30 – Comparison With PodMic
    10:09 – Sound Test WITH Equalization
    11:48 – Is This a Decent Microphone?
    14:19 – Get the Best Mic You Can Afford
    15:41 – International Feedback

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neewer NW-800 Condenser Microphone Review / Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DIjVPyv3L8

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    NW-700 vs. NW-800 vs. NW-1500 Comparison (Versus Series)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4G24U5fTZ4

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Are Expensive Microphones Worth The Price?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVbahvmukkk

    The Shure SM7B and Electro-Voice RE20 have decades-long reputations for excellence, so let’s put them up against each other in a head-to-head showdown to see which podcast/streaming mic is best.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is the BM800 worth $4? (Excelvan Condenser Microphone Review)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZT1s2ApG-c

    I picked up the “Excelvan Condenser Recording Microphone with Shock Mount Holder, Blue” – or just the BM800 as most know it – for $4 on Amazon Prime day. How does the BM800 hold up to the epic voice? Let’s find out!

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ZINGYOU BM 800 Condenser Microphone Kit
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7_YVYqRdjc

    This is a short product description and overview of ZINGYOU BM 800 Condenser Microphone Kit.

    Microphone starter kit only $40?! NW800 full unboxing and setup
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk-GEcluaFM

    In this video I’m going to be unboxing and installing the Neewer NW800 microphone which is very similar to the BM800 microphone. I address some common issues with this mic toward the end of the review.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    BM-800 vs NW-800 Comparison (Versus Series)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa9bB2JYEic

    Which is Better?

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $300 Mic Collection for Home Studio, Streaming, and Voice Over
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd4VEyMuU3Y

    Today I share a few mic collection ideas I had for Home Studio, Music, Podcasting, Streaming, and Voice Over. The first budget we’re looking at is $300 and we’ll explore other price ranges in future episodes. Let me know what you think in the comments about the next budget we should look at and what your perfect collection at this price range would be.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mic Movement
    So cool to see sound in action — no hardware or software created that filtering! Slight changes in dual mic placement can yield huge results
    https://www.facebook.com/sweetwater/videos/mic-movement/288552763327726/

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure SM7b Mic Review / Test (vs. RE20, Procaster, XM8500, Ethos, U87)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1blmOQ0FlBQ

    Today I re-review the Shure SM7b after 6 years of use. If you are looking for a very easy to listen to mic for spoken word that’s on the darker side, this thing is great. If you’re looking for a music studio workhorse, this is great. However, it is a very quiet mic so make sure your interface’s preamps can drive it.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Use A Lavalier Mic | How-To Guide
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd_f7iYbFrA

    In this video, Helena is showing us the best way to use a lavalier microphone to increase the audio quality on your videos, live streams, and conference calls.

    PRO TIP: Lavalier Mics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG78T1l88_w

    Kevin goes over the basic ins and outs of lavalier mics! What they are, when to use them, where to place them — including some handy tricks when dealing with certain kinds of costumes and movements.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Should You Buy an XLR to USB Cable?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDZNXcQClKM

    Today I try out the highest rated XLR to USB cable on amazon with over 2000 reviews and an average ranking of 4.5 stars, and determine if it works with the Shure SM7b, and if it is worth it? Do XLR to USB cables work with dynamic mics or condenser mics or powered mics?

    00:00 – Intro
    00:31 – Pricing
    00:53 – What You Get?
    01:05 – Build Quality
    01:37 – Specs
    02:00 – Dynamic Mics on the XLR to USB Cable
    03:38 – Condenser Mics on the XLR to USB Cable
    04:30 – Tube Mic on the XLR to USB Cable
    06:08 – Conclusion
    07:30 – Outro

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Looking at Jacob Collier’s Microphone Selection
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f_EiMlZiI0

    00:00 – Intro
    00:56 – Jacob’s First Mic
    01:51 – Mic 1
    02:57 – Mic 2
    04:08 – Jacob Explaining the Choice
    05:24 – No Best Mic
    06:05 – Other Mics Jacob Uses
    07:00 – Disclaimer & Conclusion
    07:59 – Outro

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $20 Microphone Vs. $12500 Microphone
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JjRZ-yct3U

    This week, we compare one of the most classic microphones of all time to a $20 microphone from Amazon. We had some surprising results bruuuuuuuuuhhh

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A New Wrinkle On Wooden Ribbon Microphones
    https://hackaday.com/2022/03/30/a-new-wrinkle-on-wooden-ribbon-microphones/

    Not too many people build their own microphones, and those who do usually build them out of materials like plastic and metal. [Frank Olson] not only loves to make microphones, but he’s also got a thing about making them from wood, with some pretty stunning results.

    DIY Ribbon mic How to Make a microphone RCA Inspired
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOuL5glv8pA

    This is how to make a Ribbon microphone. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own DIY mic, this is how. It’s inspired by the RCA Bk-5B.
    I’m back with a new Ribbon design, which is my own design, based loosely(visually) on the RCA BK-5. There are many differences between the two, the biggest perhaps being that mine has a figure-of-8 pickup pattern(picks up equally from both sides of the ribbon element), where the BK-5 has a hyper-cardioid pattern(focused bubbled directly in front of the mic). They also share ribbons of a similar length, though mine is a bit wider, I believe.
    In similar fashion to my last microphone, this one is made from single ply walnut veneer cut on a Cricut cnc plotter. After weeding(not shown), the parts are tacked together with CA, and then the magnets are glued in. Gluing the magnets is a one shot deal- if you don’t get them in just right on the first attempt, you’ll be tearing apart your hard work to reclaim the magnets…ask how I know!
    Next, the chassis is basically soaked in CA to allow it to penetrate to the center of the chassis. Some sanding helps the chassis it’s final shape, then a coat of CA seals it once more.
    The ribbon mounting plates are pretty important to the design. They must be highly conductive and stiff enough to withstand the pressure of the top plate squeezing down tightly. They also take a lot of abuse from soldering and de-soldering.
    Mounting the ribbon is finicky business, even on such a short model. I showed it in (mostly) real time, speeding up the video only to tighten screws as needed. Unlike RCA 44 clone I made, I decided not to use a signal generator to tighten the ribbon and set a cutoff frequency. Critics be damned, I wanted to show an easier method for ribbon tightening- basically eyeballing the tension, and listening back. If the ribbon looks floppy or crinkly, then it’s too loose. If it looks tightly stretched, then it probably is too tight- which leads to a metallic resonance on playback as you would expect from a piece of aluminum. Listening to the finished motor through headphones, does it sound floppy, or crinkly? Then it’s likely too loose. With practice, you get a good intuition about what’s visually out of whack, or pretty close to spec.
    After wiring it up, I put a small framed cotton gauze(a throwback to the old RCA 44) which helps tame bass and “plosives.” The RCA inspired grill also serves a purpose, as it has an acoustic cloth with properties similar to the gauze(a second guard against plosives).
    A big Thanks goes out to Tamas at Savaria Studios, in Brookyn, NY where we recorded a stereo pair of these mics in a Blumlein arrangement. Tamas, the studio owner performed the drum beats. Halfway through through the sample, I thought it would be interesting for viewers to hear what the addition of the Wood 44 clone sounded like in front of the kick drum. Notice the difference in low end!

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WAIT…. This can do WHAT?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_s23-RnjqQ

    INDEX:
    00:00 – Intro
    00:22 – Overview
    00:42 – Bluetooth
    01:17 – Dual mode
    01:47 – Polar designer
    03:52 – Proximity control
    05:00 – Stereo mode
    06:48 – Stereo demo and comparison
    08:43 – Conclusion
    09:36 – Disclosure
    09:59 – Support me!

    Check the OC818 here: https://austrian.audio/oc818/

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The ultimate ALL-IN-ONE microphone!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haniXyebaWg

    INDEX:
    00:00 – Intro
    00:21 – What is the LCT 1040?
    01:16 – Setting comparison
    03:46 – Comparing with other microphones
    07:44 – Demo song!
    09:00 – Conclusion
    09:27 – Disclosure
    10:01- Support me!

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    UPGRADE your CHEAP MICROPHONE with A.I?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FALrNqWzq0A

    INDEX:
    00:00 – Intro
    01:03 – What is TONZ?
    02:30 – Testing
    04:43 – How would this work??
    08:08 – Comparing with a high end microphone
    08:56 – Grand Piano
    11:40 – Testing on a U47
    12:42 – Conclusion(s)
    15:40 – Disclosure
    16:03 – Support me!

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Creative Cribs – @Abbey Road Studios Studio Two
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QskQHxvB_Q

    Contents:
    00:00 – Entering The Room
    05:08 – The Pianos
    07:27 – The Echo chamber
    09:19 – The Mic cupboard
    17:54 – The Control Room

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    History of the Shure SM58
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvHSmgNb5hs

    The Shure SM58 is arguably the most popular vocal microphone in the world. Learn about the developments that led to the SM58 and the Shure associates that designed it. Also, hear fascinating SM58 facts and about its use by famous performers. First aired May 8, 2020. Presenter: Michael Pettersen, Corporate Historian.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The SM58 Sucks! – A Discussion of Modern Live Sound
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIvjZ6_bxhE

    Today the focus of our discussion is the humble Shure SM58 – and how in its day it was a king amongst microphones (especially in the live sound market), but now it’s been superseded by a great number of designs, but somehow a lot of people still cling to it as an example of an “industry standard”. Has the SM58 had its day, and are there better alternatives?

    Viewer comments:

    They’re industry standards because of durability, affordability, and rider friendliness. You don’t find them in every theatre and live sound company’s inventory because they’re the best, but because they work. You can mic up any band with 58s and 57s and have a great mix if you’re a decent engineer.

    I’ve been using an SE V7 for my live vocals. It’s the same price as an SM58, but it sounds so much clearer. It’s realiable, and the build quality is insane. I feel like I could kill a bear with it, and it would still function

    “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” I think is the appropriate saying here.

    Plus, the ones you linked cost more than the SM58. And the SM58 has proven itself time and time again to be objectively reliable and durable while being cheaper than the examples provided. And if the problem is the sound, then there are libraries upon libraries EQ profiles, settings, presets that have been created specifically for the SM58 to shape its sound into something more desirable.

    So why should I get something that’s more expensive when I can get something that’s affordable, something that’s everyone’s familiar with, and is proven to be, as I said, durable and reliable? It makes no sense for consumers to buy the expensive but bette’ product, atleast to me, when there is an already existing product that both works and can be made to work better. An upgrade, perhaps? But, just like the saying, why upgrade when it still works?

    I have a bunch of SM58s as my house mics. They’re decent enough, predictable, and durable.

    I have to disagree with the fact that the 58s are bad at gain before feedback. I work at a small jazz club where the PA monitors are actually facing the vocal microphone and because of the small stage even the monitors are usually facing the microphones.

    I can’t say they sound great but I’ll take the 58 over any better sounding mic just because they work better in conditions where other mics will feedback. I’ll survive any day with a crappy sounding 58 but not with a vocalist’s beautifully sounding Sennheiser.

    A Microphone is always to be used in a certain context: does it serve the purpose? does it make your signal shine? As for the SM58: Rob Halford is using one live, and back in the day even in the studio, and he has an incredible mic technique. The SM57 was used by Lemmy – well, you don’t want to argue that these went together along like fire and flames.

    All the microphone in the links are at least double the price of the sm58, not to mention the sm58 is the most reliable mic and has been used for years…. some times there is no reason to move on.

    Supercardioid (Beta) picks sound up from behind the mic and on some setups that could be a no-no. The 58 sound is easily adequate for a typical band mix. If there’s a virtuoso singer on the stage they sure should have something else. I’d also remind you there hasn’t been that much development on for example tables. Sure there are different kinds of tables for different kinds of special purposes but the standard table was mastered already in ancient times and it still is the most popular choice because it works on so many occasions. There isn’t that much to improve in mics, especially if they’re being used in a band context where there’s no virtuoso singer expressing all the nuances of their pipes.

    Sounds just as it should. do7.pl/SM58 Strong, durable, designed almost to military spec, as per the history of the Shure company. Bono recorded music with this mic, for a reason. It’s not going to pick up your pet house farting or the car driving past outside, but that’s exactly why this is a good thing. It boosts a fragile human voice into a strong one, if they make use of the proximity effect as a benefit, rather than a detriment, which is probably why Bono liked it, but since it’s dynamic, you can get away with capturing sound in environments where a condenser mic would require sound proofing and special vibration isolating mic stands. If you want to sound great over a PC in a noisy bar, on a noisy stage full of musicians, the proximity effect and cardioid pattern of this mic will make that happen, and it will do the same for getting a good recording in a room that isn’t soundproof, with traffic outside, etc. Is it the mic that’s going to capture the sound of a spit bubble popping in your mouth or your sister’s pet mouse farting? No. Do you want it to be? No.

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Real vs Fake – Shure SM58 microphone side by side
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WLbgBYJ4RA

    We take a Real Shure SM58 and a Cheap copy and put them side by side to see if a Professional MC can spot the difference.

    I bought a counterfeit mic so you don’t have to.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaRsZcw8NsY

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure Webinar: How to Choose a Microphone 101
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sspsd1Tbb1o

    In this recorded webinar, we give you tips and tricks on how to select the right microphone for your application.

    Viewer comments:

    Microphone choosing 201: Does it require an SM-58? No? How about an SM-57? No? Have you met my friend Beta-52?

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SM58 vs Shure Beta 58a | Which Should You Buy?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUQGHIKh-Bs

    Finally featuring a showdown between the two Shure mics at the top of the handheld lineup.
    The Shure Beta58a vs The Shure SM58
    Is it worth the price difference?

    Timestamps –
    00:00 Intro
    00:15 A Brief History
    01:13 Build Quality
    02:11 Specs
    02:53 Off Axis Rejection for Beta 58a and SM58
    03:38 Plosives Test
    03:51 Handling Noise Test
    04:23 Proximity Effect Test
    04:53 Direct Comparison of Beta 58a and SM58
    06:14 Final Thoughts
    07:20 Which Should You Buy?

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SM7B vs SM58 Mic SHOWDOWN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPO8dfE9inY

    The SM7B and the SM58 are known as two of the best mics for their jobs…respectively.
    But generally the SM7B is considered the better mic, despite having almost exactly the same guts.
    So which is better?
    Are they that much different?

    Timestamps

    00:00 Intro

    2:04 Technical differences with Dylan Lalonde

    9:22 Sound comparisons with Aiden

    Updated version of video now available looking at how to physically change an SM58 to an SM7B! – https://youtu.be/rXPHGrR_JA8

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Turn Your SM58 Into an SM7B!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXPHGrR_JA8&t=0s

    The last time we tried this, we used EQ and compression to bridge the gap between the two mics.
    This time we are actually actually making the SM58 as mechanically close to the SM7B as possible!
    If you want to do this as well, it is super easy, but you are going to need a couple things.

    Timestamps –
    00:00 Intro
    00:50 Tools Required
    01:35 Teardown
    03:10 Putting it back together
    04:25 Altered SM58 vs Unaltered SM58
    05:17 SM7B vs Altered SM58
    06:23 Compared with EQ
    07:45 Mic Reveal

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sennheiser e945 vs Shure Beta 58a | Vocal Mic Shootout Comparison
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcpqsRCzy4E

    See a side-by-side comparison of spoken word and singing vocals on the Sennheiser e945 and the Shure Beta 58a dynamic vocal microphones!

    SENNHEISER MICROPHONES E 965 / E 945 / E935 + SELFMADE SONG.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqJmc7w0-tE

    Hello hello. My name is Sanne Luykx and I’ve got the opportunity to test out these amazing microphones from Sennheiser. Down below I will describe the things I really liked about them.

    SENNHEISER E965 : I’m totally obsessed with this mic. It actually made my voice sound the way it really is. If I hold the mic. near to my mouth it doesn’t dominate my breathing. Since I’m
    asthmatic that’s a huge plus for me. It is easy to hold and even when the music gets louder my voice is still good to hear.

    SENNHEISER E945: This mic. totally blew me away. Perhaps it’s because it makes my voice sound a bit lighter than it really is. Beside that it’s really insensitive for background noises so A
    REALLY RECOMMENDED mic. for on stage! I do advise you to keep the microphone near to your mouth for a better/ fuller sound.

    SENNHEISER E935: I have to say that I like this mic. but I’m not a big fan of it. It makes my voice sound heavier than it really is and I feel like this microphone is more designed for rock songs or heavy metal. For performances it is a great microphone, especially if you are performing with a band. To get a better sound I do recommend to keep the mic, itself about ten to fifteen inches away from your mouth.

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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shure Handheld Vocal Mics Compared: SM58 vs. Beta 58A vs. Beta 87A vs. SM86
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8CBYnicB5g

    If you’ve ever wondered what the sonic difference is between four of Shure’s most popular handheld vocal mics, this video is for you! Join Mitch Gallagher and vocalist Marcus Scott as they compare the SM58, Beta 58A, Beta 87A, and SM86 handheld vocal microphones.

    0:00 – Intro
    1:10 – Singing Through the Shure SM58
    1:43 – Singing Through the Shure SM86
    2:13 – Singing Through the Shure Beta 87A
    2:34 – Singing Through the Shure Beta 58A
    3:07 – First Impressions
    3:42 – Listening Back to the Shure SM58
    3:54 – Listening Back to the Shure SM86
    4:03 – Listening Back to the Shure SM 87A
    4:14 – Listening Back to the Shure Beta 58A
    4:24 – Comparing Tracks
    6:46 – Final Thoughts
    7:09 – Thanks for Watching!

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  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Live Vocal Condenser Mic Comparison | Shure
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4b3MOrLiQ0

    Take a look at a few of our most popular condenser stage vocal microphones and learn a little bit more about the features that set them apart. On stage, singers can benefit from the clear, smooth sound and detailed response of a condenser mic along with the industry-standard ruggedness and dependability that Shure provides.

    Learn more about the SM86 here: https://shu.re/3NBip3d

    Learn more about the Beta 87A here: https://shu.re/3NBip3d

    Learn more about the KSM9 here: https://shu.re/3NBip3d

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  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Revelator iO24 vs Dynamic Mic USB-C Audio Interface Review and Comparisons
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26hg50IaXC8

    The PreSonus Revelator Dynamic and iO24 interfaces are purpose built for working online & we’ve been putting them through their paces lately.

    Revelator Dynamic Unboxing – https://youtu.be/Iq33XNKmtHU
    Revelator iO24 Unboxing – https://youtu.be/V7UAeQ2mwbo

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  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tear Down the Beautifully Designed Sennheiser MD441(Public)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjdFb_8G2vs

    Lets take a look at the inside build of the Sennheiser MD441. A stunning and interestingly built mic.

    00:00 Intro
    00:14 Mic Repair
    00:31 AKG D224
    00:45 Sennheiser MD441 uses
    01:25 Different versions of the MD441
    02:00 How to open a 441
    03:19 A look inside the shell
    04:10 Internal damping
    05:10 The MD441 bone yard and parts
    06:24 The capsule
    07:25 The diaphragm
    08:15 Vent and ports
    09:35 Damping gel
    09:55 The bass chamber and filter circuit
    11:20 Reassemble
    11:50 Listen to MD441 filter settings
    13:20 Beta58 listen
    13:44 MD441 listen with HF eq added
    14:05 Outro

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  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Shotgun Microphones Work & When To Use One
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HagyNPzc-zs

    How do shotgun microphones work and what are they used for? In this video, you’ll learn the pros and cons of shotgun microphones as well as some best practices on how to use a shotgun microphone.

    Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone
    - Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ETWFeR
    - B&H: https://bhpho.to/3xYejwF

    0:00 – What Is A Shotgun Microphone
    0:17 – When To Use A Shotgun Microphone
    1:09 – How Shotgun Microphones Work
    2:39 – Limitations Of Shotgun Microphones
    4:30 – Subscribe To Audio University!

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  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is The Blue Yeti Microphone Really That Bad?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqzE3QOJwBw

    At one point the Blue Yeti was super popular for YouTube, streaming, and podcasts. More recently it’s gotten a lot of criticism and disdain, but is the dislike warranted? Let’s put the Yeti to the test as objectively as possible to see what it has to offer more than a decade after its release, including a full teardown to see if newer Yetis manufactured since the company was purchased by Logitech are made differently than “classic” Yetis.

    Chapter Markers:
    0:00 – A Brief History Of The Blue Yeti
    2:07 – Why Does The Yeti Get So Much Hate?
    2:48 – A Professional’s Opinion: Allen From SoundSpeeds
    4:58 – Incorrect Use Of The Yeti
    6:20 – Cardioid Pickup Pattern Example
    6:48 – Bidirectional Pickup Pattern Example
    7:17 – Omnidirectional Pickup Pattern Example
    7:46 – Stereo Pickup Pattern Example
    8:22 – Yeti Stands, Arms, & Mounts
    9:32 – Yeti vs. Rode NT-USB Mini
    10:51 – Yeti vs. Rode Videomic GO II
    11:17 – Yeti vs. Shure MV7
    11:44 – Did Logitech Ruin The Yeti?
    13:04 – Buying a New Yeti For Science
    15:19 – New vs. Old Yeti Sound Comparison – BIG Surprise!
    16:31 – Taking The New & Old Yetis Apart
    17:47 – Lots Of Differences Inside!
    20:48 – Swapping Capsules – How Will It Sound?
    22:28 – Why Does My New Yeti Sound Awful?
    23:49 – Finally Comparing New vs. Old Yeti Sound Quality!
    24:57 – The Blue VO!CE App
    26:54 – I Don’t Not Recommend It
    28:19 – The Yeti Means A Lot To Me
    29:46 – When Criticism Becomes Discouraging

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  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $2500 Ultrasonic Microphone Lets You Hear Like a Cat & Dog
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RBz7DQbXLw

    Ever wonder what a dog whistle actually sounds like to animals?

    In this video I use a special microphone, the Sanken CO-100k that can record frequencies up to 100 kHz, way higher than typical microphones and human hearing, both of which usually top out at 20 kHz. By recording ultrasonic sounds and pitching them down into human range, we can get an idea of what these ultrasonic sounds are like (relatively at least). I bought several devices and gadgets to test, such as dog whistles, anti-barking gadgets, and ultrasonic pest repellers, to see what kind of ultrasonic noise they produce.

    Time Stamps:
    0:00 – Intro
    1:34 – The Special Microphone & Demo
    3:24 – About Recording Ultrasonic Sounds
    4:18 – The Test Subjects
    5:02 – Test: Dog Whistles
    6:05 – Test: Electronic Anti-Barking Devices
    8:04 – Test: First Pest Repeller
    9:48 – Test: Second Repeller

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  38. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Live Streaming Basics: Everything You Need To Get Started!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzRQr_GFeFw

    Live streaming is super fun, but there are a few super fundamentals when it comes to the gear you need to get started. Streaming setups can range from ultra simple to incredibly complex, so this video will help you create a solid foundation that you can build on over time.

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  39. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Is The Least Expensive Microphone I Could Find
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C5Hvaffsg

    Do you really need to spend a lot of money to get a decent microphone? I bought the Neewer NW-800 to test out against the Rode PodMic. In theory, you could buy multiples of these mics on a budget and set up an entire podcast studio.

    You’ll hear the results in the video, and they’re not amazing. Right out of the box I felt like this mic sounded pretty bad, but with a little bit of finesse and EQ it started to come closer to a sound I liked.

    In the end, I think it’s best to “buy quality and buy once” as they say, but if you’re on a budget and don’t mind spending some time adjusting settings, this could be a workable solution.

    This was the cheapest mic I could find at the time when I was making the video, but prices change all the time, so be sure to check the links for the most up to date pricing information.

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  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Good is this Budget USB Mic? (Fifine K669B)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxfp5JXGvog

    How much money do you need to spend to get a good sounding microphone? I bought an inexpensive USB mic that was specifically listed for podcasting and streaming, so let’s see how it sounds. While there are less expensive XLR mics out there, the biggest benefit to a USB mic is that you don’t need a mixer or interface in order to use it– just connect it to your computer and you’re ready to go!

    And of course, this video is not sponsored. Unless you count it as being sponsored by me because I paid for everything. Then yes, this video is sponsored…by me.

    •Time Markers:
    0:00 – Inexpensive & Practical
    1:08 – This Mic is Just FiFine
    2:09 – Unboxing
    3:33 – Initial Setup
    4:55 – Basic Operation
    5:29 – First Fifine Sound Test
    6:41 – Initial Impressions
    7:21 – Blue Yeti Sound Comparison
    9:42 – The Downside to USB
    10:46 – Shure MV7 Sound Comparison
    12:17- My Thoughts on This Mic
    12:55 – Sound Test with EQ

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  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best Microphones For Singing/ Streaming Under $50 On Amazon!! | Best Microphones Under $50!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTQAHNCMbsg

    TIME STAMPS:
    00:00 – Intro
    01:01 – Maono USB Microphone
    01:47 – Fifine K669 USB Microphone
    02:33 – Tonor TC-777 USB Microphone
    03:26 – Blue Snowball Ice USB Microphone
    04:17 – Aokeo USB Microphone Kit
    05:21 – Mackie EM-91CU USB Microphone
    06:13 – Microphone Sound Test
    08:02 – Final Overview
    10:15 – Outro

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  42. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What Kind of Mic Is BEST For YouTube? (All Budgets)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jApDthzDql0

    What is the best type of microphone to use for the talking head parts of your YouTube videos? A lavalier/lapel mic, a dynamic or condenser microphone, a USB or XLR, shotgun boom mic or camera mounted mic? In this video I examine the most common audio setups you will see used to record voice in YouTube Videos

    00:00 Intro
    00:39 Acoustics of Room
    01:00 On Camera Mic
    01:19 Rode VideoMicro
    01:54 Apple EarPods
    02:20 Apple AirPods
    02:33 Rode SmartLav+
    03:37 Sennheiser ew g 100 Wireless Mic
    03:50 USB/XLR Microphone
    04:35 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
    05:27 Audio Interface / Recorder
    06:39 Shure SM7B
    08:01 Shotgun Boom Mics (Rode VideoMic Pro+)
    08:29 Rode NTG3B Shotgun Mic
    10:12 Summery

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  43. Tomi Engdahl says:

    YouTubers Talked about the FIFINE K669B USB Microphone – Your First Audio Investment for 2021
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgtKOmBqvoE

    Which Budget USB Microphone Should You buy?? Best Mic Under $50
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brx20JvaLo8

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  44. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Falling Down The Labyrinth With Wooden Microphone Design
    https://hackaday.com/2022/05/17/falling-down-the-labyrinth-with-wooden-microphone-design/

    It used to be that when we featured one of [Frank Olson]’s DIY ribbon microphone builds, it was natural to focus on the fact that he was building them almost exclusively from wood. But despite how counterintuitive it may seem, and for as many comments as we get that his microphones shouldn’t work without metal in the ribbon motors, microphones like this wooden RCA Model 77 reproduction both look and sound great.

    DIY Microphone Ribbon Mic RCA 77 #maker #microphone #diy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRelHxPWDU

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