Mic Setup for YouTube & Podcasts

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In the world of YouTube content creation, the impact of audio quality on the success of your channel cannot be overstated. Hi there, I’m Meredith, and in this edition of the Crush It on Camera series, we’re diving deep into the often-overlooked realm of mic setups for YouTube. If you’re a YouTube video creator or an online business owner, stick around because getting your audio setup right is a game-changer for your videos and your channel’s growth. Let’s crush it together!

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Choosing the Right Microphone

One of the most common mistakes I see among creators is not using a dedicated microphone. Relying on your camera’s internal microphone or your computer’s built-in mic can severely impact the overall quality of your audio. If you’re just starting, consider a good quality microphone as your first gear investment. In a previous post, I recommended the Audio Technica ATR 2100x, a budget-friendly option priced around $80. For those looking to level up, the Shure SM7DB, coupled with the MVX 2U, offers professional broadcast quality.

Related: Crush it on Camera: Talking Head & Video Podcast Setup

Microphone Placement Matters

Regardless of the microphone you choose, proper placement is key. If you’re using a dynamic broadcast microphone, like the Shure SM7DB or the Audio Technica ATR 2100x, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to position it. Don’t be afraid to have the microphone in your shot. Prioritizing good audio is the norm in today’s content creation landscape.

Testing Your Mic Setup

To ensure your microphone is positioned correctly and delivering optimal sound, use Adobe’s Mic Check website. It’s a simple tool that analyzes your setup and provides feedback on any adjustments needed. Remember, a well-set microphone prevents audio issues that can be challenging to fix in post-production.

Related: Crush it on Camera 2: YouTube Studio Camera Setup for Talking Head Videos & Podcasts

Chrome Users Beware

If you’re a Chrome user, be aware of a potential audio input issue. Chrome’s automatic adjustment of your microphone’s gain can be frustrating, but it’s easy to disable. Head to chrome://flags and look for “allow WebRTC to adjust the input volume.” Ensure it’s set to disabled to avoid any unwanted adjustments during your recordings.

Conclusion: Prioritize Audio for YouTube Success

As you embark on your YouTube journey, remember that audio quality is a non-negotiable element of success. Investing in a quality microphone, understanding proper placement, and utilizing tools like Adobe’s Mic Check will set you on the path to creating professional-sounding videos. So now that you’ve nailed your mic setup for YouTube and you sound amazing on camera and your talking head videos, you might be wondering, how do you set up your lights to give you the most flattering look, or how do you record directly into your computer? It’s all coming up in my Crush it on Camera series.

When it comes to making video content on YouTube to grow your audience the best way is to build a library of binge-worthy videos. And I have a video explaining exactly how to become bingeable on YouTube so that you can attract viewers and subscribers and more revenue with every video that you publish. So be sure to check that out. And stay tuned for more of the Crush it on Camera series, and download the Crush it on Camera Guide!