[I’ve been struggling to figure out what an affordable good quality microphone would be for years and could never find anything affordable to do any comparison testing myself… and “unboxing reviews” on Youtube rarely ever test the sound quality on the videos, just showing off the wires and switches].
It’ll take a few days but I’ll get ahold of some PC 36 and try again. It will probably be after July 1st — I hope I am on time as I’d like to also end up with a copy of my voice after all the work I’ll be doing]
Thank you and I look forward to working with you!
Naples, FL USA
Thank you for submitting your screening inventory. We have now had an opportunity to review the 10 screening sentences that you recorded and we have some feedback that may help you to get better results.
1) Microphone Type: Are you using a desktop or built-in microphone? We recommend a wired, head-mounted microphone, preferably with a USB interface. The computer’s built-in microphone, earbud microphones, and most desktop microphones are unacceptible for voice banking. There are three important advantages to using a USB headset: 1) The headset will maintain a constant distance and orientation between your mouth and the microphone. This is extremely important for consistency from one recording to the next; 2) Many computers, especially laptops, have less-than-optimal sound cards. A USB mic will have its own built-in sound processing hardware and will bypass the sound system of your computer; and 3) A headset mic is less likely to pick up ambient noise. We recommend the Sennheiser PC 36 as a good compromise between cost and audio quality.
2) Room reverberation in recordings: There is room reverberation in your recordings, lending a sort of hollow quality to the audio. This will typically happen if you are using a non-head-mounted microphone that is located some distance from your head. Even if you are using a head-mounted mic, the room you are recording in can cause the sound of your voice to reverberate off of hard surfaces (rooms with vaulted ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and large empty rooms with hardwood, tile, or marble floors are notorious for this). It may help to pick another room to record in. Carpet and/or curtains will help a lot. A walk-in closet is nearly ideal for home recording. If you cannot change to a less reverberant room, then it will help to place blankets on the floor when recording in order to absorb some of the sound. You can also try hanging blankets around the area where you are recording, or even covering yourself and your monitor or laptop with a blanket to block out the room sounds as long as your monitor or laptop are not also very noisy.
3) Noise: There is noise in your recording system, a constant hissing sound. This could be from the microphone or the sound card or some combination of factors. It also could be due to signal processing noise or environmental noise such as HVAC or appliances running in the room.
4) Audio setting Checklists: Before every recording session you should run through the appropriate checklist for recording in our resources page at http://www.modeltalker.org/
resources. This is very important, as audio settings can be changed periodically by other websites and programs.
We ask that you please try to correct these issues and then submit a new screening set. To do so, select New… from the MTVR File menu and start a new inventory. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
for the ModelTalker Team