6 Microphones That Work Great for Podcasting
As podcasting continues to explode with growth, it's important to find ways to separate your show with the thousands of options that already exist. The two primary ways to do that is through strong content and a clear sound.
We've already touched on building credibility through content so let's focus today on how to improve your sound. Bottom line, it all starts with microphones, so we'll share six that we have experience with and would recommend to clients. They start as low as $60 and climb over $400 for a high-end option.
For this post, we'll list them by price with pros and cons for each.
Powerful little mic. What it lacks in a dynamic vocal range it makes up for in its crisp sound. It's also easy to use and probably the best overall value microphone.
Pros: Skinny. Portable. Not too heavy for a desk stand.
Cons: Sound is crisp, but not as rich. Lack of features (but sometimes this is good as it keeps you out of trouble).
The little brother of the traditional Blue Yeti. I actually like this one better. Half the size, so it's easier to transport. And the sound is actually better IMHO.
Pros: Mobile. Durable. Less settings too tweak = less things to mess up for newbies.
Cons: Might need a few books to boost it up to a comfortable level. Might need to hunt around for a windscreen or pop filter to fit it to prevent your p's from popping.
Final thought: Good overall mic for the price. I made it my go-to travel microphone.
The podcast industry's most widely used microphone. It gives you a solid sound, some options to tweak the capturing of the audio and good durability. The USB connection is easy to use and almost all computers recognize it as soon as it's plugged in, making it very turnkey.
Pros: Sits on a solid stand, so no need to purchase one separately.
Cons: Bulky. It's also a side address microphone and that sometimes confuses people on how to properly talk into the mic. The vocal range is good, but sometimes too "roomy" or too much echo.
Final thought: The microphone is an inexpensive option when you need to record multiple people around a table at once. But after interviewing dozens of clients who use this mic, it just falls short. Not a bad mic, but its popularity is from good marketing, not necessarily because of the best quality.
Squatty mic, but great sound for the size & price. The package comes with a boom arm, built in shock mount to minimize the noises of your table bangs and bumps, and the needed windscreen. Pair a few of these little guys with a mixer for audio that will put you ahead of 95% of the podcasts being produced today.
Pros: Small. Good value.
Cons: Small, lol. Not as much vocal range as a more robust mic will give.
Maybe our favorite mic package. It isn't the industry standard. For that, check out the SM7B or the RE20. But they're more expensive and you don't need it. In fact, I like the sound of the RE320 better anyway when naturally plugged into a board. It sounds fantastic "out of the box" where other supposedly "better" mics I think usually need tweaking and processing and who wants to mess with all that? Our company has hooked clients up with this package for many years and they're still sounding fantastic. The mic has a great dynamic sound, doesn't pick up a ton of room noise and it leaves you with a really natural sound. It's powerful, too, and makes even a Nervous Nelly sound like a broadcast pro. This particular package comes with one of the best shockmounts and stands you can find. Totally worth it for those who desire a truly professional set-up.
Pros: Excellent sound.
Cons: Heavy. Takes a bit of muscle to set up and tighten everything so it doesn't fall out. Maybe a bit on the sensitive side where you'll have to tweak the gain settings more frequently if you have different people swapping in and off of the mic. But that applies to almost any mic you'd use anyway, so you shouldn't really take points off for that.
This is what many pro sportscasters wear. What's the benefit? Free space. By wearing the mic on your head it doesn't take up any desk space or visual space like happens with a boom arm or desk mount. You also don't have to always hover around the stationairy microphone because it moves with your head.
Pros: Don't have to buy separate headphones since it's built into the unit. Looks cool.
Cons: Messes up your hair. Sound is crisp, but being such a small mic it's not as rich as larger ones. Expensive.
There are many more microphone options available to you but you won't go wrong with any of these. And by making sound a priority, you'll get a leg up on many of the podcasts that are out there.
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