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The Best Podcast Microphones In 2020

podcast Aug 21, 2020

 

Have you found yourself thinking about podcasting?

Perhaps you are planning to jump into the trend this 2020 and launch your own podcast channel.

 

I don't blame you.

 

That's why you opened this post.

 

A podcast microphone is a must-have.

 

A good microphone will make your voice sound crisp and clear, making it easier for you to edit your recording. As with any device, not all are created the same.

 

Don't worry; I have used different microphones on my podcast.

 

I've also searched the market and found the best podcast microphones for you.

 

I also categorized the list based on their outputs - USB for computers and laptops, XLR for mixers, or both.

 

USB Microphones

USB microphones are the plug-and-play type, which is why they are also the easiest to use. Once you plugged them in on your laptop or computer, you are ready to start recording. Here are some high-quality USB podcast microphones: 

Rode NT-USB

The brand Rode has been famous in Australia since it entered the audio equipment market. Now it's been making waves in America. Knowing that the Rode NT-USB came from a credible, top-notch company already gives it an edge over other mics on the market.

 

Rode NT-USB is a high-quality studio microphone that comes with a pop-filter shield and a tripod desk stand. It also has a zero-latency headphone monitoring jack and mix control. Also included with the mic are a ring mount, a storage pouch, and a 6m USB cable.

 

You may also use a camera connection kit if you wish to use this microphone with your iPad. This mic is powerful and pics up sound in crisp, clear quality.

Blue Yeti

This Blue Yeti is one of the most reviewed and revered USB microphones.

 

Even at a relatively low price point, Blue Yeti has impressive sound quality and features.

 

Blue Yeti works best with a single user in a cardioid pattern.

You can also switch among the following directional capabilities:

  • cardioid (front),
  • bidirectional (front and back),
  • omnidirectional (all directions),
  • and stereo (left and right).

The bidirectional setting is best when you're having an interview with another person. While the omnidirectional works best for group chats and conference calls. Because of this versatility, the Blue Yeti is excellent for both amateur and experienced podcasters.

Other significant features include the zero-latency headphone monitoring jack, gain control, and a mute button with flashing lights to remind you that you're on mute.

One downside that you may want to consider, however, is that this product is quite heavy. A cheap boom stand may not be able to hold it firmly.

Razer Seiren Elite

The brand Razer is more known among computer gamers. The company offers gaming devices such as keyboards and mice.

 

However, since the live streaming of games has become a trend as well, Razer also offered microphones. 

 

The Razer Seiren Elite is the improved version of the Razer Seiren. However, the Seiren Elite is very much different from its predecessor since from a microphone capsule; it is now a single dynamic with an additional high-pass filter. It also offers an onboard gain and volume control, a mute button, and a zero-latency headphone monitoring.

XLR

Compared to USB mics, XLR microphones ( X Connector, Locking Connector, Rubber Boot) are considered more professional, perhaps because they are mainly intended for sound mixers. Although if you have a USB interface, there are ways to use XLR mics on laptops or computers.

Rode Procaster

The Rode Procaster is considered a studio-grade mic, which is just a little lower than professional-level mics.

 

It has a 75Hz to 18kHz frequency response, an internal pop filter, and a stand mount adaptor. However, you'll need to buy a separate stand or boom if you want it placed on your desk.

 

Rode Procaster is a dynamic microphone with a cardioid capability, making it suitable for in-person interviews.

Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B is a radio broadcasting standard mic.

 

It's one of the go-to podcast XLR mics on the market.

 

It is a dynamic cardioid mic with a 50Hz to 20kHz frequency response.

 

It has a built-in windscreen and mounting bracket, an air suspension shock mount, and an added A7WS windscreen that you may detach if you wish.

 

For best sound quality, it is best to preamp it at least 60dB of gain. As such, it is recommended to pair it with the Cloudlifter to boost the volume without bringing in much noise.

 

Electro-Voice RE20

The Electro-Voice RE20 is another cardioid dynamic mic that's also a standard in broadcasting. It has a frequency response of 45Hz to 18kHz. It is also built with an internal pop filter, an internal shock mount for vibration noise reduction, and a gentle bass roll-off switch. Interestingly, this mic was first launched in 1968 and has been widely used ever since.

 

USB and XLR

If you're planning to use the microphone for computers and mixers, you would want a mic that offers both outputs. As such, here are the best two flexible podcast microphones we found.

 

Samson Q2U

Despite having both USB and XLR outputs, the Samson Q2U is still a plug-and-play device. It is a handheld dynamic microphone with a cardioid pick-up pattern, meaning it captures sound mainly from the front and less from the sides and its rear.

 

It also has a zero-latency headphone jack for monitoring. It has a solid build with a heavy gauge mesh grille. It also comes with a desktop stand with a mic clip, a pop-filter, and USB and XLR cables.

 

Audio-Technica ATR2100x

At its price point, the Audio Technica ATR2100x-USB is considered an entry-level, but a fantastic, professionally-sounding mic. At a $99 price point, this one is great for amateur and even intermediate podcasters. The handheld mic gives it versatility in small spaces or if you have an unexpected guest. For its price, you also get 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion, up to 192 kHz There's also a built-in headphone jack and volume control to monitor sound levels, while it's 120-degree cardioid can pick up sounds easily.

 

In essence: A good mic is half the battle.

 

I hope that we were able to simplify your search for a good podcast microphone through this list. Choosing one that best meets your needs is undoubtedly critical for your podcasting project. So, as you decide which one to buy, carefully consider factors like:

  • your location or recording area,
  • the number of speakers you will have(will you conduct in-person interviews?)
  • your device where the mic will be connected
  • the type of target audience, etc.

 

You might also want to check the package inclusions of the microphone, especially if you don't have an extra budget to buy a new stand or other supplementary devices. Get your podcast off on the right foot with a powerful podcast mic today.

 

 

 

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