Podcasting Microphones

This podcasting microphones tutorial will cover the considerations and features to consider for the type of podcasting microphones you should choose for achieving a high quality sound for your podcasts.

Podcasting Microphones

When choosing a podcasting microphone, you could use the internal microphone on your computer, but you'll get far better sound quality by purchasing one. You don't have to mortgage the house, however. You can achieve good results with a $15 to $40 microphone and some free audio editing software.

If you decide that you want to really get into podcasting, then you'll want to upgrade your recording equipment. The better quality microphone you can afford, the better will be the sound quality. You'll also get better results by using microphones that connect to the USB port on your computer rather than going through the sound card. For really high quality sound, you'll want to look into studio quality condenser microphones, a mixer, a compressor, and some good audio editing software, and headphones to monitor the sound.

Suggested Podcasting Microphone Types

Dynamic Microphones

Shure SM58 MicDynamic microphones are durable general purpose microphones. They have few moving parts and are good for travel or taking on the road. They generate their own current and need no external power source.

Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone



AT3035 Mic

Cardioid Condenser microphones (capacitor mic) produces an audio signal when sound waves hit the diaphragm causing two plates to vibrate and create an electric current. Condenser mics need an external power source called phantom power that is usually supplied by a mixer or an external powersource. Condenser mics are very sensitive and responsive and will create a much stronger audio signal than dynamic mics. They are an ideal choice for studio work, but they are not as durable as the dynamic mics.

Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Podcasting Microphones


Inexpensive Microphone

It complements your PC´s sound card to deliver high-performance stereo sound from music, games, movies, and more. Its high-quality, noise-canceling microphone lets you get more from applications that use voice chat and voice command, such as multiplayer gaming, audio and video instant messaging. Inline volume and mute controls let you adjust or mute the sound, and you´ll enjoy maximum comfort thanks to soft foam earpads and a high-grip, premium rubberized headband.

Logitech Premium Stereo Headset with Noise-Canceling Microphone


usb microphone

The Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 delivers a premium audio experience.

Featuring plush ear pads and a quality headband, it lets you listen to your music, games, and conversations in total comfort for hours on end. The plug-and-play USB connection and soft-touch in-line volume and mute controls deliver convenience and simplicity. The noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise for improved performance. And when you just want to use the headphones, move the boom out of the way and immerse yourself in full, rich sound from 40mm neodymium drivers.

Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 ( 980374-0403 )


Shure SM58 Mic

A Dynamic Microphone

The Shure Beta 58a super cardioid dynamic vocal microphone is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. It has a tailored vocal response for a sound which is a world standard for singing or speech. A highly effective, built-in spherical filter minimizes wind and breath "pop" noise. A super cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.

Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone


Samson UDB microphone

USB Condenser Microphone

The Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a direct USB output. For the first time ever, people who record music on computers have a simple, affordable way to capture high-quality vocal and acoustic instrument performances. Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio condenser microphone that can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps...just a USB cable!

Samson CO1U USB Condenser Mic

SAMSON AUDIO C01UPAK C01U Microphone and Podcast Pack


AT3035 Mic

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica breaks new ground in price and performance with the AT3035. This true large diaphragm studio cardioid condenser mic has exceptional detail and low noise, high maximum SPL, and wide dynamic range. Optimized output level and low self-noise (12 dB SPL) make it perfectly suited for today’s most sophisticated digital recording environment. Features: extended low-frequency response; a custom shock mount (included); low-cut switch (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave,) as well as a 10 dB pad. Requires phantom power.(Sold separately).

Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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