We live in a world of podcasts. With such a wide range of shows available today, there is something bound to fill your interests whether that be basketball, crime stories or the just simply, the internet (we’re looking at you Reply All). You can get talk shows, stories, life experiences and more. But what if you want to create your very own podcast? Once you’ve got all the ideas down, it’s time to go shopping for some equipment. Here are the top 10 podcast microphones.
- Audio Technica AT2020 – $99
This condenser microphone is perfect for in home projects like recording and podcasts. It has a cardioid polar pattern, so it reduces sounds from the side and the rear, making it a perfect microphone to use to record interviews and one-source sounds.
- Sm86 – $179
This rugged Shure microphone is great for versatility. It’s another condenser microphone so it focuses on the sound source and not much else, making it great for vocals as well. This is also a standard performance microphone and can be used in shows and concerts, so if you already have one of these in your arsenal, there’s no reason to not break it out when recording a voice over for your podcast.
- C214 – $399
This condenser microphone is a great investment and tool if you’re a musician looking to expand your range. While it’s great for recording music and mic-ing instruments close-up in a performance aspect, this microphone delivers crisp and clear vocals as well. So if you’re checking out what you already have, if you have this mic somewhere, it’s a great tool to use for your podcasts.
4. Hooke Verse – $239
The Hooke Verse is the world’s first bluetooth binaural microphone. It connects to all of your devices–iPhone, Android, GoPro, DSLR–meaning you can take it anywhere and use it for anything. It captures the sound and video around you in complete 360, immersing the viewer in the world entirely. And what better way to record an experiential podcast then to record everything around you? If you want your listeners to feel like they’re there, record it like they are with the Verse.
5. Blue Yeti USB Microphone – $122
This multi-pattern microphone is great for recording any situation. Instruments, vocals, podcasts, you name it. It has gain control and a mute button so you can figure out where you need to be when you are recording, and can plug right into your computer. It’s a professional microphone at a reasonable price and can be used in any situation
- Zoom H2n Handy Recorder – $159.99
Not only is this Handy Recorder quite handy, but it’s also versatile. It has four different channels to choose from, depending on what and how you want to record. It also has a microphone input and headphone output, so it can be used as an interface as well. You can place it down and record some back and forth talking, you can record foley, you can record interviews, you can do it all.
- Rode Podcaster – $229
This microphone will give you broadcast sound quality, especially for the price. It has a cardioid pattern, so it will reject anything off the axis and focus on the sound source alone. It has a USB so you can plug it into your computer and get started. It provides a simple yet professional voice-over in many situations regarding podcasts, videos and more.
- Samson Go Mic – $34
Another small, portable microphone great for it’s multi-use. If you’re constantly on the go, it just plugs straight into your computer. It has switchable omnidirectional and cardioid pickup patterns, so it’s great for recording music, for podcasts and field recording. So if you’re just starting out and want to test the waters with podcasting, this deal is a great choice.
- Samson Meteor Mic with USB – $69.99
Another great choice for beginners. This mic can be used to record vocals or close-up instruments and has adjustable legs so you can place it as you please. It plugs right into your computer so that you can get started right away and delivers a crisp and clear sound.
- AKG P420 – $198
AKG is known for their quality microphones, and this is no different. This condenser microphone has two diaphragms and three polar patterns to choose from so you can get just the perfect sound setting. It can be used for anything and everything, including vocals, acoustics, voice overs and more.
Podcasts are a great way to get a ton of new information–they are the now and the future. There is a plethora of podcasts out there that cater to every interest and genre, and are perfect for listening to on the go, at home, or for any other occasion. Getting your own started isn’t too hard either, and with some of these pieces in your arsenal, you’ll be able to deliver crisp sounds and content that is equally as great. So check out what you have, get all your friends together and get started! There is always room for more content in the world.
Keep on creating and keep on listening,