The Best Podcast Microphones for Sharp Audio

Looking to start a podcast? The first step is good audio.

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Podcasts are all the rage. We love a good crime thriller or gawk talk, but not an episode goes by where we’re not noticing the crisp sounds coming from the host or attendee. The audio engineering behind a podcast is what truly sets apart the professionals from amateurs. You can be a newb all you want, but you should want to be a newb with good quality sounding gear. Below are our top 4 favorite podcast mics for the technical nerd in mind.

At A Glance…

To Know:

Whether it’s broadcast, podcast or recording, voices need to be handled with care. When purified and polished, every detail has more impact. That’s why the Shure Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone was built, to capture smooth, warm vocals that connect the speaker to the listener.

What We Love:

Zero Distortion

Reduces distortion from loud sources.

Boosts of Boldness

Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting.

Crystal Clear

Dynamic cartridge with flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech.

The Details:

Brand: Shure

Product Type: Podcast Microphone

Best For: Vocalists who are looking for a clear, responsive sounding microphone that excels at recording vocals.

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Shure

SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone

Looking for a great sounding mic for your Podcast? The Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone was built, to capture smooth, warm vocals

Buy for $399.00

To Know:

The NT-USB Mini brings the pristine sound quality of RØDE’s world-class studio mics to a compact, easy-to-use desktop USB microphone. Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet, it’s the perfect microphone for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers, business professionals, and content creators who want to be heard in full definition. The NT-USB Mini is the perfect addition to any desktop or home studio setup.

What We Love:

Easy To Maneuver

Integrated 360-degree swing mount for quick and easy positioning on a desktop, mic stand, or studio arm.

Works Into All Outputs

Class-compliant USB output works seamlessly with computers and tablets, with an easy-to-grasp operation—just plug in and hit record.

Zero Distortion

Studio-grade headphone amplifier with precision level control and switchable zero-latency monitoring for eliminating distracting echo.

The Details:

Brand: RODE

Product Type: Podcast Microphone

Best For: Podcasters needing an affordable, yet compact steel and reinforced nylon resin construction with stylish matte black finish for an easy setup.

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RØDE Microphones

NT-USB MINI - Studio Quality USB-C Microphone

Sound your best at your desk! The NT-USB MINI is designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet.

Buy for $99.00

To Know:

The MV7 is a dynamic microphone with both USB and XLR outputs for use with computers and professional interfaces alike. Connect via USB and explore additional set-up features and Auto Level Mode within our ShurePlus™ MOTIV app, to control your vocal tone, and distance from the microphone. With Auto Level Mode, you can let the microphone do the work for you.

What We Love:

Manual Control w/ App

Companion App for Sonic Optimization.

Easy Connection

USB and XLR Connections.

High Sound Quality

48 kHz / 24-Bit Resolution Capture

The Details:

Brand: Shure

Product Type: Podcast Microphone

Best For: Medium to professional-level podcasteres or vocalists in need of a quality sourced mic from a trusted brand. Made specifically for the buttery voice in mind.

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Shure

MV7 Dynamic Podcast Microphone with USB and XLR

Your podcast needs great audio! The Shure MV7 is a dynamic microphone that will deliver this through USB or XLR. It works with a computer or a pro interface

Buy for $249.00

To Know:

The NT-USB is a highly versatile side-address microphone that is ideal for recording singing and musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-over. It is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows you to monitor the microphone input in real time, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input.

What We Love:

Top-Tier

High-quality studio microphone with the convenience of USB connectivity

Includes All That You Need

Pop shield, Tripod desk stand, ring mount, a storage pouch, and 6m (20’) USB cable included

Easy To Connect

3.5mm stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring

The Details:

Brand: RODE

Product Type: Podcast Microphone

Best For: Podcasters needing an affordable, yet compact steel and reinforced nylon resin construction with stylish matte black finish for an easy setup.

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RØDE Microphones

NT-USB Versatile Studio Quality USB Studio Microphone

You want a highly versatile mic on your desk for podcasting, singing? The side-address Rode NT-USB delivers! Connects via USB, pop-filter, and stand included

Buy for $169.00

To Know:

Looking for that warm broadcast voice for your new podcast or streaming channel? JOBY Wavo POD is the USB microphone that simplifies the creator workflow while making any voice sound crisp and clear. Works instantly with laptop thanks to the industry standard USB Type-C connection. The selectable polar pattern (Omnidirectional or Cardioid) makes it ready for an interview or solo episode with a simple switch. Wavo POD comes with an Included and colorful pop filter that blockes your voice plosives and guarantee a cristal clear broadcast sound. On the bottom of the Wavo POD you can find a 3.5mm headphones latency free monitoring port where you can live check your voice level and adjust real time to be always in control.

What We Love:

The unique mounting system makes your workflow adaptable and customized: the desk stand is removable so it can be fitted to a tripod support, The microphone body is compatible with both 3/8" and 5/8" threads with the included adapter. You can further customize your rig via the side 1/4" mounts that pair perfectly with the JOBY range of accessories. Start streaming with easy, experiment and have fun with Wavo POD.

The Details:

Brand: JOBY

Product Type: Podcast Microphone

Best For: Creators wanting a simple-to-understand microphone that will also create stunning sound for their next project.

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JOBY

Wavo Pod

Looking for that warm broadcast voice for your new podcast or streaming channel? JOBY Wavo POD is the USB microphone that simplifies the creator workflow.

Buy for $99.99

How We Tested:

We’re no strangers to good audio podcasts or stories. Even our members and beloved filmmakers on the team (who you might know from our YouTube channel), Niles and Caleb, have their own set up and gleams with knowledge on the topic. Have you taken a peek at Dad Strides, yet? Well, you should if you haven’t already. Furthermore, audio technicians and breeding excellent sound engineering is what makes a filmmaker or a techie a professional. We know how to produce the best of the best (are we getting a little cocky here?) and provide the needs to our customers from such experience. Hope you enjoyed this article, and drop us a DM or email on your upcoming show!