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The Best Podcast Microphones

Looking to start up a podcast? Don't be a newb and have bad audio. Here's our four finest microphones we have in the shop for you to get started and thrive.

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The Best Podcast Microphones

Make your voice as smooth as butter.

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…

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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

Price: $399.00

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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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

Price: $99.00

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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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

Price: $249.00

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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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

Price: $169.00

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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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!

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