I love the RecordingHacks blog. By no means am I a sound engineer, but I learn a lot from the site — and I like microphones. Matt McGlynn recently posted a test of podcasting condenser microphones costing under $200.
One of my first reactions was — What about shotgun mics for podcasting? I own a Rode NTG-2 that I sometimes set up in front of me when I need to record something. It is difficult to quantify, but I feel like my voice in my office sounds best with it.
So for grins and giggles, I thought I would try to recreate Matt’s test with a few of my mics. Note that I do not own a lot of the extras Matt owns like a RealTraps PVB to make the test more controlled. So I am mostly doing this for fun — and to show respect for RecordingHacks. It is not scientific at all.
I used the same audio sample that Matt uses which is from the book Zen and the Art of Mixing. I recorded the sample on the Rode NTG-2, the Audio Technica ATR2020 USB and the Audio Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR.
The Rode and 2100 were recorded into a Zoom H4N using an xlr connection then imported into Audacity. I recorded the 2020 directly into Audacity via USB. For each mic, I have two samples below — Raw and Treated.
Raw is what came out of the mic with a little gain. Treated means I tried to play editor and cut out my breath plus add a little EQ (does it help?).
Audio-Technica ATR 2100 USB/XLR
Audio-Technica ATR 2020 USB
So again, it was just for fun. All feedback welcome. If anyone wants to send me a mic to test and return, I’d do so happily.