I’m on Windows 10 using Audacity 2.2.2.
I recently ordered the Samson Go Mic—it’s a portable USB condenser microphone. It has three different settings: omnidirectional, cardioid and -10 dB. I’ll be using this for tutorial commentary, and from what’s been suggested, the best solution would be the -10 dB with the microphone close to your mouth. I’ve already ordered a stand and a pop filter, but ideally I’d like to record as soon as possible, and the package won’t be coming in until next week.
So I’ve been wondering: In the meantime, can I do anything to still make this sound decent? I’ve been looking through some tutorials, but since I’m a beginner, it’s all a little overwhelming. I’d either have to clip the mic to the laptop (that’d be around 50 cm distance) or at my left, but somewhat closer—not sure what the better option would be.
The mic, if not set to -10 dB and close to your mouth, is said to pick up a lot of noise, and I’ll have to use the keyboard and mouse (whilst recording) at times, so I’d like to know if there are some settings to somewhat counteract that. As I’ve said, I did try to do some research, some people say, “Have the gain settings lowered during the recording,” others say, “Add -10dB on in post processing,” (that one doesn’t seem to make too much sense to me, but again, I’m an amateur), so I’d love to hear some more advice. Plus, if there’s any other settings I should consider to make the sound better in general, I’d appreciate it, too (just keywords, I’ll look details up myself).
Anyway, sorry for the long post and the questions, but I’ve seen some pretty helpful replies on this forum, so I thought I’d give it a try!