5-Dollar vs 500-Dollar Mic

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Ken Theriot

See If You Can Tell The Difference!

5 dollar vs 500 dollar mic

Listen to the following two audio samples.

One came from a well-meaning colleague who used a $500 microphone-and-interface set-up.

The other was recorded with a $5.00 plastic computer microphone. Can you tell which is which?

Even if you can't tell, that's still a huge deal - if you can get the same sound spending $5.00 as you could spending $500.00, wouldn't you? But what if you actually think the cheap mic sounds better?

Okay, so neither one is "yippedy-doo-dah" fabulous, and one of them is downright bad.

But even if you couldn't tell the difference, what does that tell you? One of these was recorded with a mic that was 100 times more expensive!

If you're curious about which was which, the first one (about GPS drawing) was the one recorded on the $500 set-up (a Rode NT1-A microphone and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface box). The second one was recorded with a $5.00 plastic pc mic.

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