Podcasting is one of the most popular forms of media in 2019, and one of the easiest creative hobbies to get into. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, make sure you read this guide first to find out what the best microphones for podcasting are.
So what is the best microphone for podcasting? The best option is the PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone by Heil. It’s easy to use and offers great sound quality even if you’re not recording in a professional studio.
However, this mic certainly isn’t the cheapest option and might not be the right choice for everyone. Before we jump into the list, it’s important to know what things you need to think about when buying a mic for the first time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the different types of mics that you can buy.
Different Types of Microphones for Podcasting
When it comes to microphones, there are 4 main types that you may come across when shopping. They are categorized by the types of polar patterns they respond to. These are:
1. Omnidirectional Microphones
Omnidirectional microphones are able to pick up sound from all directions – hence the name. As a result of this, omnidirectional mics aren’t a particularly good choice for podcasting, unless you have an extremely quiet studio or recording space.
2. Bi-Directional Microphones
Bi-directional mics pick up sound from only two different directions. If you’re planning on making a podcast that has an interview format, or that includes two people, a bi-directional mic may work well.
3. Shotgun Microphones
Shotgun microphones pick up sound that is highly directed into one area, just like the bullet from a shotgun. They can be useful if you’re planning on podcasting in a noisier area, as the mic will only pick up your voice and not the background audio
4. Cardioid Microphones
Cardioids are one of the most popular types of microphones for podcasting. Similar to shotgun mics, they pick up sound mainly from the front, but also a little from the sides too. They often come complete with a USB connection, making them easy to set-up and use for first-time podcasters.
Other things to Think About When Buying a Microphone
There are some things you might want to consider when choosing the type of microphone that will work best for your podcast set-up, such as:
A lot of microphones come fitted with a USB connector. This means that you can connect the mic to your laptop or computer in the same way you would any USB device. However, some mics will come with an XLR connector.
For these types of mics, you’ll need to connect them to an audio interface, which then connects to the computer via a USB. These types of mics can offer higher sound quality, but if you’re new to podcasting a USB mic might be an easier option.
The impendence rating on a microphone refers to the AC resistance of the mic. Generally speaking, the lower the impendence rating the better. The impendence is measured on Ohms. Good rating’s for podcasting microphones tend to be less than 600 Ohms.
Ok, so now you know what to look for in a podcasting microphone, let’s take a look at the list of the best microphones for podcasts.
This mic takes the top spot as it is one of the best and most popular podcast microphones available in 2019. If you’re looking for a mic that’s going to deliver on quality regardless of the price, then this would be a great choice. The PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone by Heil has an XLR output and a 600 ohms balanced impedance rating.
With this cardioid dynamic microphone, background noise won’t be an issue. This makes it a popular choice amongst voice-over artists and podcasters alike. It’s also a great option if you’re planning on recording video for your podcast. This microphone’s sleek gold exterior is sure to impress viewers and give off an air of professionalism.
When it comes to price, the PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone is a little more expensive than others you might find on this list, but many podcasters agree that it’s worth the extra investment.
Overall, the PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone is a great professional microphone that would be perfect for anyone looking to use the mic for professional purposes. It would also be great for any podcaster looking to invest in a product that’s sure to deliver.
Rode is one of the most established brands in the world of microphones and they have a great reputation. The PROcaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone by rode lives up to the brand’s good reputation and offers a solid option for would-be broadcasters and podcasters alike.
The Procaster broadcast microphone is a robust, cardioid dynamic microphone is a low impedance rating. According to Rode, the PROcaster is equipped with ‘superior ambient noise rejection’. This makes it perfect for podcasting, especially if you aren’t recording in a professional studio or super quiet environment.
This microphone comes with an XLR connection, meaning that you’ll need to purchase a separate XLR mixer to connect it to your computer. For professional podcasters, the XLR Procaster is a popular choice. It offers superior sound quality. If you’re looking for a mic similar to this but is a little easier to connect, then Rode also offer a PODcaster mic complete with a USB connector.
Although it’s not the cheapest microphone for podcasting, it’s reasonably priced and a great option from a reputable brand.
If you’re looking for a small and versatile microphone then the Go Portable Microphone by Samson is a great little Cardioid mic. The mic is designed to be compact, foldable, and easy to transport. If you’re somebody who likes to record podcasts on the road, then the design is sure to be what you’re looking for.
Aside from its compact nature, the Go Portable Microphone by Samson also offers some great recording capabilities. The mic has 3 settings and can be switched between Cardioid and Omnidirectional. This makes it perfect for a creator that is looking for a mic that can be used for a variety of purposes.
However, probably the best feature of the Go Portable Microphone by Samson is that it connects via USB. This makes it just a little bit more convenient and easy to set up than the other mics on the list. Although it’s recording specs aren’t as high as some of the more professional mics on the list, it’s a solid no-frills option that’s sure to get the job done. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than other mics on the list, making it perfect for an aspiring podcaster on a budget.
Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Cardioid Microphone is a nice compact option if you’re looking for a mic that is easy to set-up. The mic doesn’t require any PC drivers so you can simply plug in via as USB and get started. If you’re someone who’s not great with tech and wants an easy-to-use product, this could be the perfect mic for you.
In terms of price, this mic is relatively inexpensive. This is great if you’re not yet an established podcaster and you don’t want to spend too much money. It has a small ball-shaped design and comes complete with a three-pronged stand that can be easily mounted on tables and desks.
In terms of sound quality, the mic offers quite good specs for a product in this price range. It has a Cardioid pick-up pattern, which, as we mentioned earlier, is the most desirable option for podcasting. All in all, this product is a simplistic but fairly high-quality option for first-time podcasters.
The AT2020 USB+ by Audio Technica is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a professional quality mic with USB compatibility. This cardioid mic is a great, mid-priced option for podcasting and other general recording tasks.
The AT2020 USB+ comes equipped with everything you need to get set-up and start recording. It even includes a tripod desk stand and case.
When it comes to audio capabilities, the mic delivers great quality recording and has mixing features on the mic to blend sound. According to Audio Technica, the mic is perfect for a variety of uses from podcasting to voice-over recording and music recording.
The mic is best used in a quiet environment but offers superior sound quality whether you’re in a specialized studio or just your own living room. When it comes to USB mics, the AT2020 USB+ is one of the best quality mics on the market making it a great choice for podcasters.
6. Rode NT-USB
The NT-USB Mic is one of the best USB options available from Rode. As you can expect from the brand, the quality of the mic is high and it’s a great professional USB option.
Rode seemingly thought of everything when designing this mic. It comes equipped with a pop shield that helps to block noise from exhaling and plosive sounds, which is perfect if you’re a heavy breather. It also comes with a nice, compact table stand, so you really have everything you need to start podcasting.
Another great thing about this mic is that it’s fairly compact, meaning that it can be packed away easily and transported if needs be. In addition to all this, the mic is reasonably priced given the quality. However, it is a slight jump in price from some of the other USB mics on this list.
Blue Yeti Pro is one of the most popular USB compatible podcasting mics on the market right now. It has a retro yet stylish design that is sure to impress your viewers if you plan on ‘vodcasting’. Aside from its stylish design, the Blue Yeti also delivers on quality, which is why it’s popular among podcasters and is often used in ASMR videos on YouTube.
The great thing about the Yeti Pro is that you can adjust the polar pattern settings. This makes it a versatile option for podcasters. This means that if you plan to regularly change the format of your podcast or you will sometimes feature guests, you can switch the mic from a cardioid setting to bi-directional and vice versa.
In addition to this, you can also choose to connect the mic via USB or XLR, which is great if you have a mixer that you want to make use of. However, due to its versatility, the Blue Yeti Pro is one of the most expensive mics on the list, but still slightly cheaper than other XLR options.
The snowflake is a tiny but powerful USB microphone from the brand Blue. Blue is a super popular brand in the world of budget microphones. The Snowflake is the third microphone from their range to be featured on this list. While the Snowball and Yeti pro are more popular choices when it comes to stationary podcasting, the sleek and compact Snowflake is a great choice if you’re looking to take your podcasting on the road.
The snowflake operates using Cardioid polar patterns. This makes it one of the best microphones for podcast making in a variety of environments. It also has a small stand that can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on your laptop screen. This is a really useful feature if you’re in need of a super compact set-up. What’s great about the Snowflake is, due to its small size, it’s also a little cheaper than the other mics in the companies range.
The Rode Podcaster is the third microphone from Rode featured on this list. It’s also probably their best microphone for podcast making. As you can see, ‘podcast’ is right there in the name. The mic is also equipped with many features that make it ideal for a first time podcaster.
Firstly, it has a USB connection that is ideal for quick and easy setup. It also has a low impedance rate and cardioid design, making it a good choice for noise reduction and 1 person podcast formats. What really makes the podcaster stand out, though, is the built-in pop shield. It’s equipped to reduce the impact of plosive sounds, much like its relative the Rode NT-USB. However, with the Podcaster, the pop shield is built right into the microphone, which helps to keep your set-up neat and compact.
10. Neat Beecaster
If you’re looking for a mic that super stylish and unique, then the Neat Beecaster is the ticket. The mic looks strikingly different from most of the others on this list, and its stylish design would look right at home in a super modern ‘vodcasting’ setting.
Aside from its exciting exterior, the Beecaster also comes with a range of available polar pattern settings. You can adjust them based on your podcasting needs. It has USB connectivity and is also very reasonably priced compared to other mics of similar quality. This makes it a great budget option for professional podcasters.
That concludes our list of the 10 best microphones for podcasting. Hopefully, you find what you were looking for. Good luck with the podcast!