Top end of the sub $100 choices but not a great performer comparatively.
If that microphone is connected via USB, then it an AT2020+USB. Audio Technica only makes two models of USB side address condenser mics, and the screen is distinctively different between them. AT doesn't make junk. The 2020 is completely serviceable.1: I was just talking to someone about Noam's audio and he said what you guys said: That there's no need to buy him a fancy mic.
2: The only issue is that we don't actually know what model of AT mic Noam has, so it's impossible to know exactly how good his current mic is, and without knowing that we can't know how much there is to be gained from investing in a fancy one.
The MV7 is a good mic, but I doubt it will be any better than what he already has. Remember that statements like that are usually written by marketing departments. The main advantage of the MV7 is that it is a dynamic mic, not a condenser. They tend to be less sensitive to background noise.3: Speaking of fancy ones, consider this: "The Shure MV7 cardioid microphone is ideal for podcasting, game casting, live streaming, and music recording. It features voice isolation technology that clearly captures your voice or the desired sound by effectively preventing room or background noise. This microphone features USB and XLR outputs for use with various interfaces."
See response above.4: Or consider this (https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/rode-procaster-review): "Where other mics will market themselves as being suited to anything, Rode is quite clear that the Procaster is designed specifically with speech in mind."
The camera needs to be right at the very top edge of the screen.5: I also need to help Noam get in the habit of always looking at the CAMERA and not looking at the person on his SCREEN. Someone suggested that you can draw a little happy-face and put it on the camera.
No. A 4k camera is NOT necessary for podcasting/Zoom or Skype calls. You are already looking at bandwidth limiting. Why try to shove more pixels downstream?6: If you guys look at the videos I linked, is he looking (inappropriately) at the SCREEN rather than the CAMERA?
7: You could get Noam a "4K" camera, but that's an extraordinarily low-priority thing, right? In fact, is it even worth doing that?
You aren't going to get resonances off the chest. Better to put it slightly to the side, maybe 45 degrees, pointed at his mouth, so that wind blasts do not hit the microphone. You can get pop filters cheaply from Amazon. Something like this is less intrusive that the round fabric kind. Foam Pop filter for AT2020. The SM7B mic used in the 2nd video has an integrated foam pop filter on the front. The other alternative it so get a very good clip on lapel mic. Its less obvious on screen, it the big mic bothers him. They are used in TV all the time. Just don't forget and start to walk away with it clipped on!!!8: I was just talking to someone about Noam's audio, and he said that the ideal situation is to have a mic that's as close as possible to the sound-source, like 7 inches away, pointed down to the person's chest to get the resonance of their chest. Does that make sense to you guys? It seems to conflict with the advice given upthread.
9: I know that it seems like my questions are growing and growing, but I promise that my questions will start to shrink and shrink soon, and eventually all my questions will be fully answered. Thanks for being patient with me, guys. I hugely appreciate your patience as I try to learn from your amazing expertise on these matters.
10: What can be added to the list below?
...--he should wear "discrete earbuds" (why not headphones?)
About a year ago I was trying to use my Sony Alpha for a camera, turns out the auto focus square can't be turned off (I was converting camera HDMI output to live), using a Mirabox for conversion. It didn't work and then purchased a Sony AVCHD handycam with Mirabox on a camera tripod. That is a nice 9.2 mega pixel camera for around $200. Using my Presonus interface for mic inputs. But using OSB begins to change the equation.Now you want us to be Nom's image consultants? Do you realize how much PR specialists get for this sort of thing?
With the lockdowns, everyone has had to adapt including the broadcast pros. Many made makeshift setups at home to broadcast from. Someone being interviewed in front of their laptop isn't going to have the same production value as in studio. The public right now gets that. While what I do is video teleconferencing, I am often heard telling clients that the main communications medium is auditory. Focus on fixing his audio. Set up a remote call with him and work on mic position and his sound while on the call.
Alternatively you can take a page from what content creators on Youtube are doing. Tons of videos on how to set up diffuse lighting, staging a back drop and such.
As to cameras, it can get complicated. My company is doing production work for some of our clients helping with large scale Teams calls for virtual all staff meetings and townhalls. We are using Sony A6400's cameras with a Blackmagic Atem Mini as the capture device into the streaming PC. I have a laptop set up to chromakey company logos and lower thirds and another for presentation content. I'm using a small mixer with Shure wireless mics feeding into the Atem. We even adjust the audio delay due to the codec compression processing so that audio follows video perfectly. This gets you good production value even though we are only streaming out at 1080p. Depends on how far you are willing to take this but like all battles, at some point, you have to land boots on the ground (meaning, get professional help).
Which model Alpha? You should be able to shut off the data screen starting with the A5100 up through the A7 series. Setting is buried deep in the menus of my A6400. I set up the custom button for this. Elgato has a camera look up for capture compatibility of the hdmi out. Elgato Camera CheckAbout a year ago I was trying to use my Sony Alpha for a camera, turns out the auto focus square can't be turned off (I was converting camera HDMI output to live), using a Mirabox for conversion. It didn't work and then purchased a Sony AVCHD handycam with Mirabox on a camera tripod. That is a nice 9.2 mega pixel camera for around $200. Using my Presonus interface for mic inputs. But using OSB begins to change the equation.
This is the Alpha 58 that is older and I even reached out to Sony, my particular model/age won't do it. I can still record, but can't use it live. I researched the heck out of it. If you know of a way, you have my attention.Which model Alpha? You should be able to shut off the data screen starting with the A5100 up through the A7 series. Setting is buried deep in the menus of my A6400. I set up the custom button for this. Elgato has a camera look up for capture compatibility of the hdmi out. Elgato Camera Check