Over the next few reviews, I will go over four microphones that I have personally used as a teacher or technology coach. This review series includes the Yeti USB Microphone, Snowball USB Microphone, Audio Technica AT2005 USB/XLR Microphone, and Heil PR40 Microphone.
Over the past ten years, I have learned a lot about audio recording. In 2009, I began recording my lessons for a student who had an IEP stating that the need for alternative methods for note-taking. For this, I used the microphone on my computer. Though the audio was just “ok” this was sufficient for meeting the needs of the student.
A few years later, I started to “Flip” my classroom. Flipping your classroom, to me, means having your students learn the information at home so they can apply the content learned at school through labs, practice problems, and classroom projects. To Flip my classroom, I used Screencast-o-matic to make a screencast of my PowerPoint Presentations. I used a Blue Yeti Microphone to record my audio and tried the Snowball microphone many years later.
In 2018, my buddy and co-host Nick and I started podcasting because of a graduate school and doctorate school assignment. Through the recommendation of many podcasters, we purchased two Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR microphones. Once we decided to continue our podcast past the requirements of our coursework, we purchased a pair of Heil PR40 microphones. Below, find our review on the microphones we used on our educational journey.
Blue YETI Specs
Diaphragm 0.55″ / 14 mm
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional, Stereo Mode
Pattern Selection Switched
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL
Bit Depth 16-Bit
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
RAM 64 MB Minimum
Available Port USB (Interface Unspecified)
Output Connectors 1 x USB (Type Unspecified)
Headphone Connector 1 x 1/8″ (3.5 mm)
Length 11.61″ / 29.49 cm
Weight 2.2 lb / 1.00 kg
The Yeti USB microphone was my go-to microphone for years. The USB feature made it easy to plug-in and record. Two cautions with this microphone: 1) pay attention to the cost and specs… the difference between two mics of $85 and $105 might just be the color of the mic! 2) This mic picks up everything! I was in the basement of my house, and the mic picked up some noise from two floors up.
I would not recommend moving this microphone too many times. This microphone is meant for a studio or to be kept on a desk. The lack of a travel case is evidence enough for me. One nice feature about this microphone is the ability point the microphone downward to help protect the microphone when you do decide to move it.
I recommend this microphone for quiet recording areas and for doing group recordings. This is the perfect microphone for doing screencasts and for meeting your general audio-recording needs. This microphone gives you the feel of a high-end professional microphone without the high-end price.
Microphone Review Series (4 Total Reviews)
- Yeti USB (Microphone Review 1 of 4)
- Snowball USB (Microphone Review 2 of 4)
- Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR (Microphone Review 3 of 4)
- Heil PR40 XLR (Microphone Review 4 of 4)