Choosing a microphone for podcasting

Podcast is quickly becoming a popular marketing strategy in several industries. The opportunity to share knowledge, products and services through conversations creates its own appeal as it makes the process of sharing, personal and human.

 

Quality production in podcast can sometimes in itself result in greater reach and success when it comes to your listeners. Ask yourself this, how would you react yourself if you heard fuzzy noise or crackles in a podcast show?

If you are deciding to go into podcasting and aren’t sure which microphone might work best for you, here are some microphone recommendations that can deliver your need and performance :

 

Shure MV88

Shure MV88 is a digital stereo microphone specifically designed for iPhone. MV88 is popular amongst beginning podcasters and mobile podcasters because of its portability and easy-use with just an iPhone, whereas sound quality it offers in a small package can handle podcasts and interviews just fine. MV88 is for podcasters who want to have portability to carry their gear anywhere in a pocket and start podcasting instantly.

For full specification and sample recording

(http://www.shure.com/americas/motiv/mv88)

This microphone requires (free) MOTIV iOS app which gives you features of EQ, gain control, and a few built-in presets for various recording scenarios.

The MOTIV app supports iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation)

No battery is required for operation as it uses power from a direct lightning connection with the iPhone. If you choose to use this microphone for your desktop podcasting, getting a desktop stand for your phone is recommended for balanced recording level throughout your podcast session.

 

Snowball USB Microphone

As the name suggests, Snowball is an easy-to-use USB microphone which lets you connect to your PC or MAC. This microphone is basically a plug-and-play which doesn’t require any additional software. It has been a highly popular choice amongst podcasters due to it’s quality-for-the price and simplicity of use, increasing its appeal for beginners and professional podcasters alike.

The simplicity of placing the microphone (with its built-in stand) on your table connected with your computer and get quality voice recording, with a press on the record button makes this microphone viable in the podcasting market.

This gadget works great if you want your own room-studio podcasting setup in a reasonable price

For full specification and sample recording

(http://www.bluemic.com/products/snowball/)

 

RODE podcaster

This is another plug-and-play USB powered microphone on the list. Rode didn’t make the Podcaster as a jack of all trades and hence is exclusively made for recording voice. As the name further implies, it’s made for high quality, easy-way to record voice into your computer, qualifying itself for high-end podcasting.

It also comes with a 10 year warranty! Podcasters review this microphone to be worth every penny of the price, although the price will creep up as you might want to include a stand and a shock-mount for optimum recording levels.

This microphone is made for professional grade podcasting-studio setup in your home. Although there are cheaper microphones which can do the job, with podcaster as your microphone, the sound quality from your podcasting setup will not be compromised. This device is for you to have your own serious podcasting studio at home or office.

For full specification and sample recording

(http://www.rode.com/microphones/podcaster)

 

VideomicMe

A compact, lightweight, high-quality directional microphone which connects directly to a wide-range of smartphones via the TRRS microphone/headphone socket.

VideomicMe’s directional function cancels out unwanted sound from the rear end of the microphone and instead picks up the sound in the direction the microphone is facing .

On the back of the microphone is a headset input allowing you to listen to the audio which is being recorded.

Purchase includes a flurry windshield which enables clean recording in windy environments. VideomicMe being a smartphone-shotgun microphone, is ideal for podcasts when you have to move and point to a direction you want to record the sound from or when you want to cancel out the background noise and focus on recording voice from a certain direction. That being said, the quality and the usability it offers makes it decent for both outdoors and indoors podcasting

For full specification

(http://www.rode.com/microphones/videomicme)

 

Rode smartLav+

Compatible with iOS devices and select android devices, smartlav+ is a clip-on, wearable microphone. Because it’s wearable, it works great for podcast interviews and hence the functionality of this microphone for podcasting is made for capturing voice of yourself or your interviewee in a hands-free, walk and talk scenario (microphone should be properly clipped and shouldn’t rub with the clothing in this case) . This microphone works with almost every recording application but apps with manual input level settings is recommended as it’s prone to give hissing noise on peak input levels.

Podcasting with smartLav, gives you high quality indoor interviews and if the microphone is clipped on without friction on clothes, it can be used in hands-free recording when you are moving as well. Although outdoor conditions can be tackled with this device, In severely windy conditions it is not advised to rely on the small wind buffer provided since it might just not be enough to cut out the wind.

 

Out of these five microphones, at least one should be just what you can use to skyrocket your podcast quality and make it enjoyable to listen. Happy podcasting!

 

 

 

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