Podcast Microphone Conclusion
So what do I think about all these mics? If you’re just getting started, at under $100, the sE Electronics V7
will work in almost any recording environment and is a great beginner podcasting microphone.
A mid-range and popular microphone, if you’re serious about podcasting, is the Heil PR 40
but be sure to compare with the Heil PR 30
to see which sound you prefer.
Finally, at the high end Blue produce a wonderful condenser microphone – the Blue Bluebird SL
– which you’ll need a sound treated room for it to sound its best.
The Neumann TLM 103
is my current mic and is a respected vocal mic in many voiceover and recording studios too. Again, you’ll need a well sound treated room for any Neumann microphone to sound good.
Best Budget Podcasting Microphone
sE Electronics V7
– you really can’t go wrong at under $100 for this dynamic microphone. If you wanted to go really budget then the sE Electronics V3
is even cheaper but I think the quality suffers so the V7 is a safe bet for budget conscious podcasters.
Best Podcasting Microphone for an Echoey Room
The sE Electronics V7
wins again with a wonderful supercardioid pickup pattern that provides great noise rejection from anywhere but the top of the mic. You’ll hardly hear any room noise, echo or the even the neighbours next door with this mic. If you haven’t got a great recording room this is your mic.
Best Podcasting Microphone All Rounder
Heil PR 40
or Heil PR 77D
(with the retro look and same PR 40 element included). The Heil PR 40 is used by many of today’s top podcasters including Leo Laporte, Pat Flynn, Cliff Ravenscraft and John Lee Dumas. You can join them and be safe in the knowledge this broadcast looking microphone will pick up only your voice and reject noise from other directions.
The Heil PR 77D had the same stuff inside as a PR 40 but looks super cool and has a “voice” mode that rolls off plenty of bass so you end up sounding like a public radio announcer!
Best Feature Packed Podcasting Microphone
The Blue Yeti Pro
with 4 different recording patterns, 3 premium condenser capsules, volume control, headphone input, XLR and USB connectors has it all. If you’re going to be podcasting, singing, playing the guitar and interviewing a guest with one mic between you this is your microphone!
It’s even got a mute button for those moments you need to cough or clear your throat. The Blue Yeti Pro even records at up to 192kHz via USB. If that wasn’t enough it’s also really easy to get hold of in the US and even in the UK with stores like Argos and Currys stocking Blue microphones.
Best Sounding Podcasting Microphone
If you have a sound treated room it’s a tie between the Blue Bluebird SL
and Neumann TLM 103
. I found it hard to hear a difference and perhaps even slightly preferred the Blue Bluebird SL to my Neumann TLM 103. The Blue mic is a third of the price of the Neumann too!
You Decide The Best Podcasting Microphone
Over to you! Which microphone do you prefer for podcasting and why? Post in the comments with your views and if you’re a microphone manufacturer get in touch
to ask how you can get your mic tested and reviewed by the team at MRC.