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When I bought Camtasia Studio I also ordered a lapel microphone by TechSmith.  This is not a USB microphone but in viewing tutorials on your site I see that a USB microphone is recommended for optimal quality.  I do want the best audio quality so should I not go with the TechSmith lapel mic and get a USB one instead?
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A good noise canceling Microphone will serve you well.
I use a headset from Andrea Electronics myself. USB means it's a "Digital Microphone" which is better than analog. I got one for around 50$.
Dragon Naturally Speaking recommends Andrea Noise Canceling microphones as a top choice for their program.
I got Dragon and used an analog Lapel at first because I had access to one.
Dragon made a lot of mistakes.
I tried a LogitechDesktop microphone.
Dragon worked better but not great. Then for recording it picked up every little noise in the house.
That's when I picked up the Andrea microphone. Dragon
NaturallySpeaking now works almost flawlessly. That's why I don't mind passing
along this much information.
I would never type all this out.
It's a directional microphone which means that
noise only gets in from one direction. That's a real good feature when
purchasing a microphone.
But no matter how good your microphone is, it's still a good
idea to complete your Camtasia editing first. Then render out just the audio.
Clean it up in an audio editing program. I use Adobe Audition myself. Then
bring it back into Camtasia and finish your project.
That's probably more than
you wanted to know.
But I've been through microphone boot camp and I'm just
trying to save you the trouble.


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