First, let me start this article by saying that you do NOT need an external microphone, nor do you need to spend a lot of money on high tech gear for your audio. I have done several live webinars using my built-in laptop microphone. Below is my personal webinar setup. I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB mic.
My Personal Live Webinar Setup:
Have you heard the phrase "Content is King"? In a webinar good audio is king. Attendees can overlook a low resolution camera, but if they can't hear you you will lose them fast.
Any internal built-in or external USB microphone will work with your live webinar. Be aware of your microphone's quality by testing it before you go live.
Selecting a microphone during a live webinar:
Turning the microphone on and off (muting during a webinar):
- Test test test. Run a demo test to verify your built-in microphone is not muffled sounding.
- Your internal microphone is directly connected to the table or desk you are using so be careful to not tap or bang the table too much.
- Talk with your head facing the microphone.
- Turn off blowers or A/C and heaters if they are considerably loud.
- Internal microphones tend to pick up EVERYTHING. Pets, kids, people in a room next door. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Double check the USB cable is securely connected.
- Most external microphones are of a higher quality than you internal microphone. Place your microphone close to your mouth and don't turn your head too much away from it.
- Turn off external sounds around you like fans etc.
- If your microphone is mounted to your desk be aware of your hand taps and desk bangs while you speak.
- Headset microphones work great for webinars. However, you get what you pay for. A cheaper headsets can also equate to a lower quality microphone.