It really isn’t that hard to choose our favorite podcast microphone. With so much equipment out there, it is easy to get attached to pieces that you know and use often. You have your habits and the equipment that you have been using forever, it’s become like second nature to know how to get the perfect sound from it. And of course, it’s different for everyone–which is the beauty of having so much technology out there for the world to enjoy. There are endless possibilities to be had with a plethora of equipment, and you can take your time and figure out the best situation for yourself. Different pieces of equipment tend to do different things, so you might have a few different favorite pieces. We all have our favorite brands and companies that we trust to deliver the best piece of equipment for our needs, and our favorites likely come from those companies that we trust so dearly. So let’s talk about some of our favorite podcast microphones.
As always, we need to start with your podcast. The kind of podcast you are making will determine the equipment you use. If you are traveling and outside a lot as part of your podcast, you will need something durable that can stand different conditions you will immerse yourself in. (Of course, you never want to expose your equipment to conditions that it cannot stand.) Getting the right equipment for your podcast is the first step.
What Kind of Microphone
There are a few different kinds of microphones. All valid and important, but they serve different functions. A dynamic microphone is good for big and brash sounds, to get all of the sound. A condenser microphone will pick up more controlled areas, are more sensitive to the sounds around them. A lot of podcast microphones seem to be condenser microphones, which are great at picking up the full range of the voice and all the subtleties that come with speaking.
There are a few different polar patterns as well. The most popular patterns are cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and shotgun. Cardioid microphones pick up sound in a 180º format. Bidirectional microphones pick up sound in almost a figure 8 formation, getting the sound in front and behind you. Omnidirectional microphones pick up in an almost 360º format (but is not necessarily surround sound). Shotgun mics pick up in a very narrow field in front, with very little on the sides and behind.
It seems like many popular podcast microphones are cardioid, and that might be because of the range it gives you. When you are speaking, it is unnecessary to get any sounds other than what you really need–your voice–so it’s understandable that a cardioid would be a popular decision for a podcast microphone.
But do you like a handheld microphone, or something that you can use hands-free? Does your microphone have to be plugged into a mixer or can it be plugged into a USB? There are so many different combinations of things that go into great podcast microphones, it’s hard to pick just one mix. There are so many options, no wonder it is hard to choose a favorite microphone!
Our favorite podcast microphone has got to be special, of course, because we here at Hooke Audio love everything sound–especially when dealing with 3D audio. But 3D audio can be tricky. In some instances people will try to fake 3D by playing with the panning on tracks, but it isn’t true 3D audio. In order to capture true 3D audio, you need a microphone that can capture sound as you hear it, in the space that you hear it.
The Hooke Verse beautifully captures audio just the way you hear it. It captures sounds all around you and record it how you hear it. There is no faking it–it’s just how it is. With the Hooke Verse, you can get all your favorite moments in crisp and clean 3D sound, all on your mobile device. You can also play it back, do hands free calling, and use it to record sound to your favorite DSLR and GoPro. It really is a tool of all trades and can help you get great sounds for your podcast. You can capture everything around you, document important events, talk and interact with others, and capture great music and concerts.
Obviously, we might be the slightest bit biased when asked about our favorite podcast microphone. But with a product so good, getting sound the way that it does, can you blame us? It’s a great tool to add to your collection, and get great sound for all your podcasting needs, even all your music and sound needs. You can do everything and anything that you want with a versatile piece of equipment, so grab one from us and see just what it can do!
Keep on listening and keep creating,