Why howdy everyone! We explain everything in the video but it's pretty long so I'll also re-hash it here in the description box if you want to read instead. Open me!
This is not a sponsored vid (I wasn't paid to make it) BUT these mics were gifted to for free, We did not pay for them! However, the history w mics has gone like this: (a brief summary) -Purchased Blue Yeti & really liked it, however they broke a lot (and the cables broke even more) but very affordable all things considered, & great / fairly easy to use (my personal opinion, however We see a lot of people confused w how to use them) -Purchased Rode NT1s (and really liked them, but they broke a LOT and are also pretty expensive... had to buy several... they would break and We wouldn't know it and it would ruin videos... sad) -Purchased 3dio & literally hate it so much omg maybe I'm just stupid but We can't use the headphone jack to hear anything and it makes the voice sound like a tin can even tho i got the upgraded one (It's useful for some videos We make that require specific ears but ... not the fave) -Was contacted by AKG and asked if We wanted to try their C314s. We said ok! -Did a mic test on the C314s: youtube.com/watch?v=ZNqvkucUykI&t=2s -Ended up fully switching to C314s... and I'm still on the same pair from that video, over a year ago! This is impressive bc The content Creator has traveled with them and have not been particularly gentle... So We was like yay! -Really liked using the C314 as the streaming mic too, but every time We wanted to film w two mics, We would have to go get the other microphone from the stream room, move it to the filming setup, etc... so We was like ok: We think We just want ONE more C314! -Asked AKG if they would be willing to send one, they said - we don't have them in stock atm BUT would you be interested in trying.... the C414s!?!?! -I said... WELL ALRIGHT, SOUNDS DANDY TO ME! Here is that test!!! They also sent their USB mic the ARA, which We test in this video! It runs a little cheaper than the Blue Yeti (ARA ~$99, Blue Yeti ~$130, but We find Blue Yetis for $99 pretty easily) but as you'll see in the test We would still recommend the Blue Yeti specifically for ASMR creators. For streaming/recording/podcasting etc.: it would be a toss up depending on what you're looking for!
I just of course wanted to say that Content Creator is very grateful to AKG for sending these mics: and while they are of phenomenal quality: 1. You do not need to spend thousands of $$ on mics to have a great ASMR channel/content! 2. Content Creator is not formally educated in sound capture/design! editor, Vest, is self-taught as well! If you are looking for a very technical sound-savvy microphone review akin to like, Sweetwater or something: you should def look elsewhere LOL (youtube.com/watch?v=WuIH8cjq_NM) That being said, Content Creator is excited to take the time to learn more and more to get the most out of the sound quality and give you guys some crispy comfy content :') Vest is planning on visiting soon and we can do a whole microphone breakdown of the collection!!!
I also just started using a new mixer, the Zoom LiveTrak L-8, which We believe has affected the sound quality as well (positively, We hope!).
ANYHOO We started this channel many years ago knowing that I'm not "the audio expert"/perfectionist type ASMRtist, and We personally enjoy fairly unmodified/not too over-worked audio in the ASMR consumption :') but it's been great trying to figure out a solid setup that We really like the sound of! So let know what you think, and We hope to always keep improving!
TIMESTAMPS!!! 0:00 - Intro & Discussing Previous Microphones 6:30 - Talking about the new AKG 414 11:07 - AKG 414 Mic Test Begins 14:14 - 414 Brush Test 16:22 - 414 No Foam Cover Whisper & Soft Speaking Test 18:36 - 414 Artificial Grapes Test 19:57 - 414 Toaster Coaster Test 22:12 - 414 Light Book Test 23:44 - 414 Sponge Pad Test 25:11 - 414 Whispering In a Tube Test 27:02 - 414 Crinkles Test 28:08 - 414 Pen & Writing Test 30:16 - 414 Phone Tapping Test 33:00 - ARA Mic Test Begins 38:31 - Yeti Comparison 39:39 - ARA Artificial Grape Test 40:29 - ARA Brush Test 41:21 - ARA Whispering In a Tube Test 42:00 - ARA Toaster Coaster Test 42:41 - ARA Crinkle Test 43:02 - ARA Sponge Pad Test 43:40 - ARA Writing Test 44:30 - ARA Light Book Test 45:05 - Closing Thoughts on ARA, 414s
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