- 3 months ago
My current microphone is an MXL Tempo and I am pretty happy with the quality of the sound, it really is just the amount of it that it picks up. This thing picks up my HVAC, the TV in the other room, the other people in my house, the squeaks of pain coming from my chair - I'm pretty sure I could hear a married couple arguing about 4 streets down with this microphone. With a game playing and me talking, it's usually drowned out, but my keyboard for sure isn't. I've tried various audio filters but none are really ideal for my situation.
So I think I'm looking for a dynamic microphone. I don't mind having to sit close to it, I have a microphone arm. Is it worth investing in an XLR microphone over a USB one if I don't already have any audio equipment? My keyboard also isn't that loud but isn't silent by any stretch of the word (Logitech G513 with linear Romer-G switches) so would it be best to get a microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern or would the switch from condenser to dynamic reduce the noise enough?
I'm looking to spend around $100 at most, maybe $150 if it's really worth stretching the budget. That's all-in, so audio interface included if I should go the XLR route.
Also I normally sit about 8 inches from my microphone with my keyboard a little over a foot away. Is this just too close? I like my keyboard to be closer to the edge of the desk so it would suck if it is.