If you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to know what microphone to choose for your podcast. The good news is that there are several good microphones to try out. I put this quick guide to help teachers (and anyone else for that matter) make an informed decision on the best microphones for podcasting.
These microphones are easy to use and offer powerful features such as variable gain settings that let you adjust how much volume comes out of your microphone when recording so that no matter what kind of environment or situation there’s no need for adjustments during post production. They also include noise cancelation technologies ideal for recording outdoors and many more.
Depending on your podcasting needs and your budget, some of these microphones come with a price tag that puts them at the higher-end category such as the Heil PR 40 microphone which has tons of amazing professional features and specs. Go through the collection and select the ones that work for you.
1.The Heil PR 40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone
If you are looking for high quality sound and dynamic range, the Heil PR 40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone is your best choice. It is used by professional podcasters, YouTubers and musicians. This microphone is a little bit pricey but is well worth the investment.
2.The Blue Yeti USB Microphone
The Blue Yeti USB is another popular podcasting microphone. It is basically a USB microphone that supports four recording patterns: Flexible cardioid, omni, bidirectional, and stereo pickup patterns allowing you to record in ways that would normally require multiple mics.
3. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB is another powerful microphone for podcasting. It is a handheld USB microphone that enables you to record high quality voice with no background noise so that listeners can hear what’s being said without having to strain their ears too much. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. It also has a built-in headphone jack that allows you to easily control your microphone output without audible delay.
4. Rode’s NT1A Anniversary Vocal Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Rode’s NT1A Anniversary Vocal Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the ideal microphone for podcasters who have limited space. It has an omnidirectional polar system allowing it to pick up sounds from all directions with the same high quality. This makes for a more even sound across the room and reduces feedback issues in large rooms such as auditoriums that use multiple microphones.
Rode’s NT1A also includes a very good dynamic range that enables you to record both soft conversations as well as loud bursts without requiring separate mics for each recording. This microphone comes with SM6 shock mount with detachable pop filter, shielded XLR cable (6m / 20′), and microphone dust cover.
5. MXL 990
MXL 990 is an XLR microphone with 48v phantom power allowing you to create vocal recordings of high quality. The microphone also comes with a built-in shock mount, mic stand adapter and carrying case. MXL 990 includes noise canceling technology (20dB) which is especially ideal when recording outdoors. The mic ‘provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction’.
6. Shure SM7B
Shure SM7B is a dynamic microphone that is good for recording podcasts. Its wide-range frequency response produces natural productions of both music and speech. It has an XLR connection together with a versatile audio interface enabling you to monitor the quality of your sound. The integrated cardioid pattern is designed to cancel off-axis sound while capturing sound with minimum coloration. Shure SM7B comes with detachable close-talk windscreen and switch cover plate.