Guys, I have been searching high and low for information on sound cards and microphones for basic recording. Yes I have googled it; I have googled every combination of “sound card,” “microphone,” “headset,” “desktop,” “USB,” “recording,” and “I give up” that I can think of. But I simply cannot find any set-in-stone information on recording advice.

I’m not trying to do anything complicated, I’m trying to do some basic recording (Youtube quality). I want my voice to sound clear, but I’m no audiophile, and my projected audience won’t be either.

I have purchased a Panasonic headset microphone, but I cannot escape the grasp of the noisy background without ruining my actual speech. Yes, I have followed multiple instructions for audio tailoring presented on these very forums, but nothing has produced the “real” sound that the average Joe on Youtube can deliver seemingly effortlessly.

So to my question: How can I remedy this problem and achieve acceptable speech audio? I am willing by all means to return my recently purchased headset, but I need to know what to buy in its stead.

I have a stock sound card as provided by my mobo. Is this my problem? Do I need a different approach to audio tailoring? Or do I just need a more expensive microphone?

And what the heck is the difference between a regular headset microphone and a USB microphone (e.g. from Logitech)? I can’t find any explanatory specifications.

I feel bad for asking, because I know I’m simply not searching in the right places, but would you guys mind helping me please?

Moderator note: I moved this posting and removed its duplicate. Please do not double post it only wastes people’s time.

I apologize, I did not realize that posting required a moderator’s approval, so when I didn’t see my post after I submitted it, I wondered if it had gotten posted at all.

That’s cool - apologies that we have to moderate like this, it’s just that we get swamped by so much spam - this way we can try to prevent our real users from ever seeing it.

We generated our own listings.
See top three hits.

It can’t be emphasized too strongly that you need to start with a quiet room. All the king’s horses and all the Audacity filters are not going to get rid of that Metro Bus from your recordings. We have amateur recordists hang quilts inside a closet to get quiet recordings.

I have the rare good fortune to get a building with a dead quiet conference room.

The desperation method is throwing something together with pieces of wood and furniture moving quilts.


I see, this is exactly what I’m looking for. So basically, what I’m gathering is that a sound card is not necessary for my rudimentary purposes. It sounds like I ended with a pretty crappy analog headset (<$10), because the problem is not a noisy room. It simply generates (probably the wrong word) a steady amount of static-like noise, not really background noise, just whines and buzzes, nearly as loud as my own voice.

And as the listing described, the voice recording is “very poor.”

A USB Headset is probably what I should’ve purchased in the first place, so that I don’t have to remain as close to the computer like I would with a standard microphone. Do you guys have a recommendation?

In this thread that koz mentioned there are a few suggestions for usb mics.

The most important question is “what’s your budget?”

We can make recommendations from $20 to $2000. How much are you willing to spend?

Okay, I saw a few USB Microphones. I am now specifically looking for USB headsets (unless someone else has further input).

My price range is under $40, and I would prefer a little less. As I said, audiophile quality is by no means necessary, I just need to make sure that I don’t purchase another product plagued by static and distorted noise.

I have been looking at a few:

Logitech USB Headset H360

Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset

Logitech USB Headset H530

These are about my price range, but I can go a little higher if these will not for whatever reason produce the standard sound quality I’m looking for.

Check the clip Koz just posted on the other thread we mentioned before:

Quite honestly, that headset did not sound bad at all. There wasn’t terribly much disturbance (I’m assuming that was before any filtering) at all, and his voice sounded fairly natural.

So I could potentially go with that one, but I’d be interested to hear the others before I make a decision.

Logitech usb mics are generally regarded among users of this forum as performing very dicently for the price tag… You’ll hardly find anything significantly better in that price range…

If I was to buy a cheap usb mic I’d probably go with a logitech.

If you have the chance to try a couple of different models at a local shop try it for yourself and make your own conclusions… No comments can beat the approval of your own ears :slight_smile:

I ended up going with the Clear Chat Pro. It’s pretty flimsy in construction, but the recording is awesome, and that’s all I need it for.

Thanks for the help, guys

Cool! Glad to hear that :slight_smile:

Thank you for posting back.