I have been reading a lot about microphones lately and I still feel a little overwhelmed. So, please forgive, if my questions sound a bit "noobish", but I have been unable to find an answer to a specific question...
The problem: I have been doing screencasts for about one or two years now (using a Blue Yeti) and, so far, have been (more or less) happy with the audio quality. The problem is (and has always been) that I'm running performance-heavy applications while screencasting and I'm also recording the screencast in Full HD at the same time. So, in some cases, I noticed that the internal cooling fan starts running loudly, and the mic picked up that sound.
So, I have been thinking of getting an external (non-USB) microphone, which would have the added benefit of (further) improving the sound quality. I'm currently thinking of getting a digital recording device like the Zoom H4N, in addition to a microphone... and I'm now wondering what to look out for in a microphone.
In a nutshell:
- I will be recording mostly alone and would like to reduce background noise.
- I will also invite other (two or three) speakers to join the recording at times, so there will be two of us speaking (like in an interview, but with a static mic).
- Ideally, I would like to get only one single microphone, and not buy one for each speaker.
- I would prefer not to use lavalier microphones, but will take them into consideration, if absolutely necessary.
Can anyone help me understand, what kind of microphone (cardoid, omidirectional, figure eight) to get for this setup? Also, what else will I have to look out for (condenser, XLR...)?
Note that I'm not asking for specific mic suggestions here (wouldn't mind, though ;)), but more for suggestions as to what to look for in a microphone.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.