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The choice of microphones in podcasting is endless, and it’s difficult to know what you actually need when it comes to wanting to produce a podcast that sounds fantastic.

At a high level there are two types of microphones – dynamic microphones and condenser microphones – and they’re used for completely different purposes. You don’t need to be an expert in understanding how each microphone works, but it is important to know the use cases and purpose of the two types of microphones.

Condenser Microphones

Whilst very popular in the podcasting industry, condenser microphones are typically used in studios with the purpose of picking up surrounding noise, which is the complete opposite of what we want in podcasting. This means that room noise, what’s happening outside, typing, writing and all other small sounds will be picked up by the microphone.

Dynamic Microphones

Dynamic microphones are incredible at focusing on vocals. They’re typically used in broadcast as well as by vocalists, announcers and in live performances. Dynamic microphones should be everyone’s go-to for recording a podcast, not only does it focus on your voice, dynamic microphones help eliminate background and ambient noise.


The best USB microphones for Podcasting

Audio Technica ATR2100X-USB Dynamic Microphone – $149

We love the Audio Technica ATR2100x-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone because of how versatile it is. It’s the microphone we recommend to guests and friends of The Daily Talk Show. It’s plug and play on any computer, and has all the cables you need to plug it in whether it’s USB-C, USB-A or XLR. They sound fantastic and are affordable for any podcaster.


Pros:

  • Sounds fantastic and eliminates unwanted sounds
  • Built-in headphone output for monitoring
  • Extremely affordable
  • Included stand
  • Option to use hand held
  • Option to use XLR to plug into a mixer
  • Plug and play on all computers with the supplied cables – USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-A


Cons:

  • No included pop filter


Rode Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone – $299

The Rode Podcaster is a very popular microphone amongst the podcast community, hence Rode decided to release a USB version. It’s plug and play, sounds great, and eliminates any unwanted background noise.

Pros:

  • Sounds great, eliminates unwanted sounds
  • Internal shock mount
  • Internal pop filter
  • Built-in headphone output for monitoring
  • Plug and play on any computer

Cons:

  • No stand included – requires a boom arm or microphone stand
  • Expensive
  • No XLR recording option


Samson Q2U Dynamic Microphone – $159

The Samson Q2U Dynamic microphone is another great option that has the versatility of recording via both USB and XLR. The Q2U comes with a desktop tripod stand, a windscreen, XLR cable and USB cable.

Pros:

  • Sounds great, eliminates unwanted sound
  • Both XLR and USB support
  • Comes with a tripod stand and windscreen
  • Plug and play on any computer
  • Extremely affordable
  • Built-in headphone output for monitoring.

Cons:

  • No supplied USB-C cables

With all three microphones mentioned above, you can be sure that you audio is going to sound great, it comes back to budget, personal preference and ease of use. We personally recommend the Audio Technica ATR2100X-USB Dynamic Microphone because it comes with everything you could need – USB cables, desk stand and the option to use it handheld.

For podcasting and broadcast, dynamic microphones are essential. There is an absurd amount of recommendations for condenser microphones like the Blue Yeti, Blue Snowball and Rode NT-USB for broadcast and podcasting, however they completely miss the point of why you should use a dynamic microphone for podcasting.

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