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Best Podcast Microphones for 2021

Best podcast microphones for 2021

We all know the importance of good sound quality. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran podcaster, you should understand the importance of investing in a good podcast microphone. We have listed some of the best microphones available in the market for you to sound your best. 

Samson Q2U

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This microphone is best suited for people who are just starting. Samson Q2U has a dual output, XLR, and USB, making it very versatile. You can put it directly into your computer via USB and use it to run a Skype call or a Zoom chat. You can, later on, change it to XLR, which is just the type of cables that pro audio equipment uses. The other good thing about Samson Q2U and its dual output feature is that it allows you to backup your recordings by sending them to both. So if one device crashes/runs out of batteries, you’ve still got a copy of your session.

ATR2100

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The ATR2100 is a perfect alternative to the aforementioned microphone, and both are quite similar. Only that Samson is cheaper than ATR2100. These microphones are so handy that they are ideal for heading out and capturing live audio interviews. So, if you are planning on recording a podcast outdoors, ATR2100 would be a great help.

Rode Smartlav+

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The Rode Smartlav+ is a tie-clip mic specifically built for smartphones. The most lovable thing about this microphone is its size. It is tiny and can rest in your bag all the time without giving you much trouble for just-in-case interviews. There is no compromise on the sound part too. Being minuscule, it sounds great. Another amazing thing about the Rode Smartlav+ is that it can be bundled with the SC6 adapter to plug two mics into one Smartphone. 

The Rode Podcaster

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The Rode Podcaster is an excellent dynamic podcast microphone. It is a little more expensive than the mics listed above but worth a buy. The Podcaster is a USB microphone, just like the Blue Yeti. The main difference between the two is that it is a dynamic mic, while the Yeti is a condenser. Dynamic mics have the upper hand over the condensers because they pick up less background noise and are fit for recording outdoors or not-so-quiet places.

The Blue Yeti

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One of the most popular podcast microphones globally is the USB condenser microphone, the Blue Yeti. The condenser capsules work wonders on their audio quality. The Blue Yeti offers some amazing settings that help it adapt to any recording situation, i.e., solo recording, two-person face-to-face recording, and group recording. You don’t have to worry about the accessories because the Blue Yeti comes with a stand.

Shure SM58

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The Shure SM58 is for those who are looking for a high-quality mic that’s more mobile. This is the mic which is more commonly spotted at music events, held in a screaming lead singer’s hand. The mic is so sturdy that even if you drop, pound, or drown, it will still survive. The SM58 is just the right choice for someone looking to do more out-and-about recording than in-studio. Also, it’ll work just as well in the studio.

AKG Lyra

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The AKG Lyra was released in 2019. It gives a strong competition to the Blue Yeti, in the sense that both have very similar features, for, e.g., polar patterns and an in-built stand. However, the AKG sounds better than the Yeti, but it is also a little more expensive.

Heil PR40

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The Heil PR40 is the go-to podcast mic for anyone who wants the best sound they can get. The sound quality is good, and it is a great fit for non-professional environments. But, it’s costly for all that, the Procaster or the Podcaster by Rode gives similar results, and they’re way cheaper.

Conclusion

If you are a beginner, then this list is just for you. The above-mentioned microphones are relatively cheap, very easy to set up, and well-suited for beginners.  

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