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USB Microphones For Podcasting And Their Advantages

Updated: Apr 15


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Hello my dear beginners.


We gathered here today to introduce you to a piece of equipment that will be essential to your career as a podcaster- A microphone. Not just any microphone- a good quality microphone that will make your job (and life) a lot easier. You can forget about those headset mics because I am going to help you choose the right gear that’s within your budget, and explain some facts and features on the way.

Shall we?


USB vs. XLR


If you did any type of research you already know that your choice may lay between USB and XLR microphone. And you are probably wondering, ‘’What’s the difference? A mic is a mic!’’ True, but there is a big difference between these two.

An XLR microphone is also called an analog microphone. It has a 3-jack connection type and when some would argue that an analog microphone is timeless and produces a better sound than USB, you also need a lot of extra equipment for it to work properly. You need to have an audio interface and it acts as a sort of ‘’audio translator’’. It takes the signal (analog) from your microphone and translates it to a digital signal that your computer can understand.

On the other hand USB microphones are incredibly easy to use-you just plug it and select it as a desired device in your recording software. And since they use the power of the computer, they don't require any extra power supply. The tricky part is when you want to record more than one voice and with some computers and recording software connecting more than one may not even be possible.


So what should I use for podcasting?


Well, since you are a beginner the best solution for you would be a USB microphone. This does not apply to you if you have a co-host or have regular guests in your podcast. But if it’s just you, the USB mic will give you what you need in terms of quality and it will probably be within your budget. Because it is easy to use and requires no additional interfaces or power supplies this is the perfect solution for amateurs. Remember that with XLR you can maybe have more options and features, but not only do you need to buy an audio interface or even a mixer, you also need to know how to use it well. With the USB microphone you can avoid all this and dedicate your time to the content of your podcast.


Decisions, decisions….


With today’s technology, there is a wide range of USB mics to choose from. Sometimes having that many choices can only be an aggravating circumstance. Fret not, my dear friends. These 3 microphones are my recommendation for you:


  • Samson Q2U

This is a microphone I would recommend to everyone who’s starting a podcast and this little beast has a great feature- it’s both XLR and USB. For you this means that you can use the USB in the early days of your podcast, and later, when you develop your brand and decide to have a guest over, you can upgrade your equipment with a mixer or a good digital recorder and voila! The problem of recording two voices is solved. It is also a big step up sound quality-wise when compared to a headset microphone. His current price is around $83 (£66).


  • Blue Yeti

Coming at around $144 (£115) it seems that this mic is podcasters favorite. It has condenser capsules that provide outstanding audio, and with Plug and Play USB connection it’s fairly easy to use. It might be a bit heavy (1 kg or 2.2 lb) but it comes with its stand. The best thing about this microphone is his recording modes- solo recording, group recording, face to face recording. Mind you, if you are recording more than one voice, be prepared to cram around Yeti for the best quality.


  • Rode NT-1

Beautiful, simple and impressive sound quality. A cardioid condenser microphone and it doesn’t require an external audio interface- it is the interface. It's also compatible with the all latest recording application on both Mac and Windows OS and even with Apple iPad with the corresponding USB connection adapter (see Apple Camera Connection Kit). The elegant metallic design is breathtaking and it has a pop-filter that minimizes the plosive consonants such as ‘P’, ‘T’ and ‘B’. The only flaw is that when it sits on your desk and you accidentally bump your desk with your foot it will give a low rumble sound. As it is super sensitive it will pick up everything, but this can be solved with RODE SMR Shockmount and boom mic stand.


In the end it all comes down to the way you are going to use the microphone. Admittedly, there are better microphones for you to use and you can thing about that in the future, but if you are an amateur and a beginner, USB mics are a simple and easy solution for you.

I wish you good luck with your search and happy podcasting!

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