I recently had a lot of trouble while recording website audits for my clients. At random my audio files would have such an intense echo I couldn’t remove or fix it even after taking the time to try and repair it in Adobe Audition. After a lot of research on Google, I found that the likely cause of the echo was actually a slight vibration on my desk caused by the fan inside my Apple Cinema Display. The sound was imperceptible to the my ears, but very noticeable on the final audio file.
The answer to eliminating the vibration was to get my Blue Yeti mic off of it’s original stand and onto the Blue Compass Premium Tube-Style Broadcast Boom Arm. I also added the Blue Radius III Custom Shockmount which when combined with the arm helps to eliminate the shake that was causing the echo.
The boom arm was really easy to mount to my desk and I like that the microphone can be kept out of the way, but is always in arms reach. When not in use I simply extend the arm fully and let the mic sit high above the desk.
And since I didn’t love the headphones I was using while recording audio, I also picked up a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black.
If you record audio as part of your small business, you may want to consider making this small investment. I’ve found it’s made a substantial improvement in my audio quality.