The Best Podcasting Microphone: All Your Questions Answered
A complete breakdown of the very best microphones for your podcasting needs.
A podcast show with high sound quality is like a breath of fresh air in the days of Anchor.fm; yet you can make a clean and professional impression on others if you have high sound quality. However, the opposite is true. If a show has terrible sound quality, that gives others a sloppy impression and the effort and passion you put into your show might go undervalued. That is why you need to have a great microphone in order to produce a great podcast show. Learn how to choose the best podcasting microphone for your particular situation and budget.
There are many videos and articles reviewing different mics, but which ones are the most popular and have the best quality? Are their technological terms and ramblings giving you a headache? Here is a list of common questions and answers about podcasting mics, in a language understandable to beginners and veterans alike.
There are good mics for recording music and for recording spoken word. When it comes to recording spoken words, dynamic microphones do the best job. Compared to other kinds, they are less sensitive to other noise made in the room, making a clean recording sound. Dynamic microphones are often too quiet, so you also want an interface or some other device to amplify the sound without lowering the quality of the audio. Descent mics are typically between $100-$400, depending on what you need. All mics should come with a built-in pop filter.
Popular and high-quality mics that are often used by podcasters include the Shure SM58, Shure SM7b, Electro Voice RE20, Sennheiser MD421, and the RØDE PodMic. These microphones are analog, which means you also need to have cables to convert the analog signal to a digital signal. Stay away from any products (mic, interface, etc.) by Behringer. They make cheap audio equipment, and the audio will also sound cheap.
If you are doing a solo show and never plan on having a guest, you only have to buy one microphone. In that case, a USB microphone comes handy since you can plug it directly into your computer. If you have more than two people speaking during a show, you want to have the same number of mics as the people speaking in the show each time (unless you are interviewing a band of 6 people and one of them is answering a question at a time or something).
An interface is something you need to connect your podcasting microphone to your computer. Unless you are directly plugging your mic to your computer (as in the case of USB microphone), you will need this. When you are using multiple microphones and multiple headphones, you need an interface with enough mic input and headphone output ports. You can buy an external headphone distributor if there aren’t enough ports, but that will cost extra. Some recommendations for good interface brands are Focusrite, PreSonus,and Universal Audio. The price ranges from $100-$2,000 or sometimes even $10,000, but you should not have to pay more than $300.
If you do not know which one to get, RØDECaster Pro is a great one that comes with many unique functions. It is an interface with Bluetooth connectivity, pre-made sound effects, USB multi-tracking function, and much more. You can transfer your phone interview directly for editing, or record your data on an SD card instead of in software program so that you can save it or send it to an editing engineer. It is worth checking out.
Aside from a podcasting microphone and an interface, you need mic stands and cables. Mic stands will help you eliminate noise from your mic handling, and your arm will not get tired. Cables used for different equipment such as your microphone, interface, and computer. If your podcasting microphone doesn’t come with a pop-filter built-in, you can get it cheap.
If you are new to audio recording, you can call Sweetwater to get more information. They are the experts of anything audio and they have great customer service. Or you can contact us through the form below or via email. Our audio expert Dee Kei will get back to you and can answer any questions you have.
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