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The Best Podcast Microphones : 2021


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Introduction


Whether you are looking to start a Podcast or you just want to adjust your setup, Looking for a microphone is probably the first thing you are going to do. Typing in a search for the best Podcast Microphones however can lead you down a deep, dark rabbit hole of too many options, too much information, and too much unnecessary technical jargon.


You have an idea what kind of podcast you want to make, you kinda know where you are going to make it, you probably know if you are going to make it with someone else, All you want is a microphone that fits your criteria. I will not burden you with any unnecessary audio industry information, I will follow the wise advice of my high school wrestling coach and "Keep It Simple Stupid'. When I go looking for car insurance I have zero interest in the complicated metrics they use to calculate different coverage options, I have a car and a tendency to do questionable things on the road, how do I cover myself in the event I "Unintentionally drive into my neighbor's pool", You want a good mic so I will provide you with options.


What mic is best for you?


The perfect mic will differ with your type of podcast and setup but I will cover options for a variety of different podcast types, There are a few categories that most podcast recording setups fit into:-


1) Recorded in a static location with little ambient noise like a bedroom, car, office, or studio.

2) Recorded in the "Wild" with a lot of ambient noise, cars, crowds, wolves, bears, premature Christmas decoration protests, Raves e.t.c

3) Recorded alone or with other people using the same mic e.g group discussions, company meetings, family discussions, seances, miscellaneous gatherings e.t.c

4) Some like myself may like to blaze our own path and don't fit neatly into any of these categories, for instance, I do record in my bedroom but I live in a steel mill so unlike other bedroom based podcasts my location is ambient noise galore. If you are like me and your circumstances are unique, I have mic options for you.


Microphones


Blue Yeti


Blu Yeti podcast microphone

There is no trustworthy podcast microphones list that does not include this gorgeous little mic and for good reason. The Blue Yeti(which I have to say is a beautiful name) is like fast food, may not be the best money can buy but everyone loves it and it gets the job done. Coming with an inbuilt stand and an easy USB connection, coupled with great quality and affordable pricing, The Yeti is easily the best overall microphone for podcasting especially considering its price.

  • Recommended whether you are starting out or 961 episodes in

  • The sonic response will suit most vocal types

  • Comes with its own desktop stand

  • Headphone jack that you can use to listen to the audio with no delay

  • Small footprint, fits well on a desk

  • Affordable price, great for avoiding judgemental looks from your children

  • An overall favorite for most podcasting situations

Retails around $120 on Amazon


Rode Procaster vs Rode Podcaster


Rode podcaster vs procaster microphones for podcasting

In terms of performance these two microphones are virtually the same, the only difference between them is that the Rode stuck a USB output beneath one of them(and we are not complaining). The Podcaster(White) uses USB while the Procaster(Black) uses an xlr cable which means you will need an audio interface to get it running. The Podcaster is plug and play but the Procaster has more uses outside of just podcasting. The overall quality of these mics is above that of the Blue Yeti but they are going to be more expensive and there will also be extra setup costs, you will need a desktop stand and or an audio interface. These are some of the best podcast microphones out there and they are well worth the investment.

  • High-level quality

  • Easy to connect in the case of the Podcaster

  • Variety of use in the case of the Procaster

  • Strong build, very durable

  • Good midrange microphone

Retails for around $240 on Amazon


Audio Technica AT2035

Audio Technica AT2035 podcasting microphone

This mic is very versatile and can be used for more than just podcasting, it has excellent build quality and comes with a custom shock mount. It delivers natural, smooth sound quality and it can handle high sound pressure levels very well. It has an 80 Hz high-pass filter and a 10 dB pad filter to eliminate low-end rumble. The cardioid polar pattern reduces the pickup of sounds from the back and sides and isolates the target sound, making it a perfect podcasting microphone.


  • Very versatile

  • The cardioid polar pattern is great for focusing on the recording source

  • Impressive detail and clarity

  • Comes with a pop filter

Retails for around $150 on Amazon


Blue Snowball



Blue Snowball Microphone for podcast

Another Pretty looking USB microphone from the Blue company, The snowball is the cheaper, less successful sibling of the Yeti, The build quality is not as robust as the Yeti. It comes in a variety of different colors (white,bright orange, brushed aluminum, electric blue, gloss black, neon green). It also weighs less than the Yeti which makes it easy to carry around if you need to. The sound quality is good, there really isn't any other mic in its price range that sounds as good, However, Sound recorded on the Yeti will be clearer. This is, all things considered still a very good mircrophone for podcasts.


  • Decent build quality

  • Acceptable sound quality

  • Low price

Retails around $80 on Amazon


Rode NT USB

Rode NT-USB podcast microphone

This is essentially the rode version of the Blue Yeti and that's not to take away from it, this is a great sounding, robust microphone in its own right. This mic produces studio-level audio output. It has a direct mix control to adjust both mic input and source output on the side, as well as a 3.4mm stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. The mic also comes with its own pop filter which is a great addition. A lot of extra features and overall quality make this a really solid podcast microphone.


  • Great sound quality

  • Good Blue Yeti alternative

  • Very robust metallic design

  • Small footprint, fits well on a desk

  • Headphone jack that you can use to listen to the audio with no delay

  • Comes with its own stand and pop filter

  • Headphone jack that you can use to listen to the audio with no latency

Retails for around $180 from Amazon


Ik multimedia irig mic hd 2


Ik multimedia irig mic hd 2 smartphone podcast microphone

Built specifically for use with your trusty Smartphone, If you are looking to record with your mobile device this is the mic for you. The audio capture is actually surprisingly impressive and even though I wouldn't recommend using a phone to record, if you really had to, I would advise using this mic. The metallic body makes the mic quite durable. The cardioid pickup pattern rejects unwanted sounds from the backside of the microphone. The mic also comes with a full suite of apps to help you with your recording. This is your go to mobile podcasting microphone.


  • Recommended option for smartphone recording

  • Solid sound quality

  • Ease of use

  • Helpful suite of supporting apps

  • Sturdy design

Retails at around $100 on Amazon


Electro-Voice RE20

Electro-voice RE20 podcasting microphone

Now, this is a professional-level microphone, it will set you back a pretty penny but if you want to go straight to pro-level sound quality this is where you start. This mic was specifically designed for studio recordings and if you have the money and a recording studio this is worth investing in. It has an inbuilt pop filter, humbucking coil to shield against hum, and an internal element shock-mount. It more than just a podcast microphone and it earns its cost with stellar sound quality.


  • Professional-grade sound quality

  • Heavy-duty filter for pops

  • Hum reduction

  • Inbuilt shock mount

  • 45 Hz to 18k Hz frequency response

Retails for around $450 on Amazon


Heil PR-40


Heil pr-40 microphone for podcasting

Another mic that may leave you destitute because of the price but definitely makes up for it with amazing sound quality. This is a radio broadcast-quality microphone, containing an internal breath blaster for amazing response to the entire vocal range with no pops or hiss. So as podcast microphones go, If you have the money, this is a worthy investment for a long time to come.


  • Unparalleled sound quality in this price range

  • Internal Sorbothane shock mount

  • Internal humbucking coil

  • Two different mesh screens and an internal filter to keep sibilance and plosives to a minimum

  • The rugged steel body and internal humbucking coil shield the microphone, allowing you to use it near video monitors and noisy light fixtures

Retails at around $330 on Amazon


Shure SM7b

Shure SM7b podcast microphone

This is the industry standard that I'm sure most of us will have seen at some point, It is a brilliant microphone that is very well made. The sound response is excellent. It has a built-in pop filter. The only downside is that it is unforgiving with bad mic technique so it will pick up all the breathing, lips smacks, etc. It also requires a professional environment because it will pick up a lot of ambient noise. Quality like this also comes at a cost too so be ready to part with more than a few pennies. This remains the apex predator of the podcast microphone landscape making it our pick for the best microphone for podcasts.


  • Amazing sound quality

  • Well built

  • Flat frequency response which means it picks up the vocals as accurately as possible

  • Inbuilt pop filter

  • Standard by which all other mics are judged

Retails for around $500 on Amazon


Conclusion


There are many great microphones for a variety of different needs and these are our picks for the very best you can get your hands on right now, The Blue Yeti is the best overall due to sound quality and affordable price, The Procaster or Podcaster are the best midrange options, The Ik Multimedia irig mic hd 2 is the best for smartphone recording and the Shure SM7b is our pick for the best podcast microphone your money can buy.


If you want to learn about audio standards for podcasts click here and if you are interested in learning about the importance of professionally edited audio for podcasts click here


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