Nov 1, 2019
Recommended Podcasting Microphones
Why these three microphones, specifically?
- Versatility —
All three of these microphones can be plugged into your computer
via USB for quick plug-and-play podcasting.
They are also XLR capable, meaning
they can also be connected to audio interfaces, mixers, or portable
recorders via XLR cable, as well.
This is a fantastic microphone for a
beginning podcaster who wants a microphone that can grow with
- Price — These
are all under $100 typically. The Samson Q2U usually goes on sale
for around $50 a few times a year, too.
- Sound — All
three of these mics are Dynamic, which means they are built to take
in noise from the top of them, as opposed to all around. This helps
keep sounds other than your voice out of your recording.
Most podcasters who are not
recording in a sound-treated room will find they get a much clearer
sound with a Dynamic microphone.
What are the differences between these three microphones?
Aside from a side-by-side
comparison, you may not be able to tell the difference in sound
that comes from each microphone. The Samson can be a bit louder,
but not by much.
The reason I (Emily here) like
the Audio-Technica ATR2100 best is the Lifetime Warranty
that the other two don't have. If the ATR2100 breaks, you can ship
it back to Audio-Technica and get it fixed or get a
The Samson Q2U is second because
it's usually the most affordable and the easiest to find worldwide,
as opposed to Audio-Technica, which can be harder to find outside
The Audio-Technica 2005 is third
because it's usually the most expensive, it doesn't have the
Lifetime Warranty, but it still sounds great and is under
Here's our Recording Setup
- We use Streamyard to stream Live to Facebook.
- Bonnie records her side of the
conversation into her Rodecaster Pro or Audacity.
- Emily records her side of the
conversation and edits the entire podcast in Reaper.
- The podcast is leveled and
processed in Auphonic and Izotope RX.
- We host our podcast (and
website) over at Libsyn.com
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