What? Oh, you thought I meant the Samsung Q1U? No, I’ve been shopping for a mic down at the local electronics store and, no word of a lie, this turned out to be the best offering. It’s a USB mic that I’m going to use with the Everun as a self-contained interview and podcasting tool. Using Ustream I’ll be able to do live audiocasts (with optional recording online) and using Audacity I’ll be able to do interviews for post-processing and posting at a later time. Everything can be done on the Everun.
The reason I went for the USB mic is that the Everun MIC input stage isn’t very sensitive. It’s also a bit noisy so by using the USB mic, the A/D is kept away from all the nasty electronics. The sound quality from the Q1U is reasonably good with a minimal amount of background noise which is more than acceptable for online use. I’ve recorded an audio file into Audacity and exported as a 128kbps MP3 so you can judge the quality for yourself.
Samson Q1U USB mic web page. Bought from Conrad in Bonn, Germany. Big thanks to the very helpful sales assistant working in the audio and PA section there. Sorry about making you unbox all those mics! Q1U USB Dynamic Recording Mic at Amazon (Affiliate link)