We talked about USB & XLR in a previous blog; if you missed it, check it out here. I’m going to give you my top 3 picks for both USB and XLR mics for podcasting.
USB Blue Yeti
Blue Yeti is a fan favorite among podcasters. It has four different polar patterns allowing you to determine how the microphone picks up sound. It has a mute button on the mic, which is a great feature. The unique part about this mic is that it has gain control built into the mic, making it so you don’t have to adjust it with software in post-production; you can adjust in real time.
The Rode Procaster is a cardioid dynamic microphone, making it great for a 2-4 person studio, so you don’t pick up each other speaking. It has an internal pop filter and has a built-in shock Mount with volume controls built into the microphone. Rode mics are always a reliable choice.
Shure is a well-known brand if you’re a podcaster. The Shure MV7 has increased benefits due to being a hybrid having both USB and XLR that can be used simultaneously, giving you more functionality in your audio. It has specific software you have to download to use, which is an extra step but gives you excellent quality audio.
XLR Shure SM7B
The Shure SM7B is widely used in the podcasting community and is great for people taking their podcast to the next level. It is built to reject the electromagnetic hum to create fantastic audio. This mic is widely recognized and is also used on Joe Rogan’s Podcast.
The Rode Procaster is a great option, and again Rode makes quality products making it a great choice. It produces excellent sounds quality even if you have background noise. It has a built-in pop filter to get rid of peaks. It is an upgrade in sounds quality from any USB mic out there.
The Electrovoice RE20 mic is used in radio stations everywhere and is known as the “broadest” mic. The sound quality is superb, and if you are investing, this is a great mic to go with. The mic has a bass roll-off switch and an internal pop filter so you can adjust how your microphone records audio.
There are plenty of different mics out there. Make sure you do your research and find the one that fits your budget and goals. If you are new to podcasting and need help with post-production, check out our service packages here: https://www.thepodops.com/start-a-podcast.