Colin: I am just getting started with podcasting and this article was awesome! Ok, here’s your answer: Thanks for this. filter which is rare since most microphones don’t include one, and even though If you’re plugging it into a PC that means you’re running a PC close by, and that creates quite a lot of noise via the fan, the HD and otherwise. Do you have an approximate budget in mind? I want to invest in something for the future whilst being realistic about my needs, and my budget isn’t super high. Perhaps a dynamic that plugs into my notebook? I’ve never used one before, but really like the Shure mics – and maybe because it’s used by TV reporters etc it’s pretty good with handling noise, but I’d still try to get it set up on a stand so you don’t need to touch with when recording. Could you recommend a few? It would be extremely appreciated if you could. It’s worth pointing out a few differences in specifications between USB mics and traditional XLR mics. Good luck with the future podcasting , Hi Colin, I have a shure sm86 microphone and am wanting to start a podcast. The yeti would be nice, but I’m also think that the MXL990 is a very good option. Thank you for your assistance. I did a few episodes of a podcast with 2 other friends (so 3 of us in all) and we all shared the Blue Yeti which as long as we were close enough to the mic sounded great. I personally make use of AT2100. Any advice there? Make sure to check the current prices on Amazon here. Will this mic cut off the White noice or is this depending on the sound card? The Rode Podcaster is a dynamic microphone – that means it’s less sensitive than a condenser microphone, and it could result in less accurate audio. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. The EVs are certainly amongst the best microphones in podcasting, or the world of audio in general! The dual output (XLR & USB) means that in the early days you can plug it directly into your computer via USB, recording to Garageband or Audacity. You want the source to be as loud as possible without clipping, this keeps background noise at a minimum because your voice will be loud relative to it. I was wondering if the guest Mic has to be a condenser as well or will I be fine with a dynamic. I can’t seem to find the Blue Yeti in stock anywhere in London (It’s popular at this time) Would you therefore recommend buying the Rode NT instead, I would only be using if for opera singing purposes via Zoom or for recording all in my living room. This’ll reduce the background and actually make you sound even more rich. I do voice-overs for YouTube videos from my living room and Yeti began to pick all sorts of background noises. So… I’ve just seen this article and I’m gunning for the Yeti, but a lot of people have complained about the sensitivity of the mic. Both mics have a listed sample rate of 48kHz and a bit depth of 16 bit. This is great for interviews, where your guest needs to be hearing the same tracks, but they can adjust their individual mix and the level of their voice relative to the tracks. By all means it wont harm the recording, but it’s not really necessary. I am just starting out in this and I was told that I would need a mixing board, but my DJ friend stating that I would be able to purchase a podcast microphone instead. I was really impressed with the 990 when I had one! more versatility. You could record a podcast episode on your iPhone and iPad, if you are connecting the microphone together with a lightning USB camera adapter / camera connection kit. So I’m thnking the noise removal exercise gets rid of some of the hiss, or I need to put the noise removal on a more aggressive setting, or there’s something in the mic maybe that means when it’s recording my voice it’s also recording some kind of hiss. Hi Colin, I am wanting to record myself and a guest, outdoors and walking around. Hi Jean, good questions, and very extensive . His sense of humour, coupled with a knack for excellence and strict attention to detail are what allow him to stand out in a crowded industry.”, Topping E30/L30 vs. iFi Zen CAN Signature 6XX, Tonor TC-777 USB Condenser Microphone Review & Shootout, FiiO BTR3K vs. BTR5 vs. DragonFly Red [Which Is Best For YOU?!]. Great highs and lows. My name is Tom and I love podcasting. While there is no one type of mic that is better, if you are looking for a condenser mic, either of these options will work. But…. However, I would recommend the AT2020 USB for that. This is vital when it comes to recording voice, even the slightest delay in the headphones when recording your voice is very distracting! Our podcasts are going to be with more than 3 ppl at a time, using skype. To answer your questions: 1. How are you? One of the biggest advantages, though, is it’s range of recording patterns. But, do not fret, the headphone plug directly from the microphone circumvents this latency. Are you using this with a mixer or an audio recorder? Finally, the ATR2100 (or samson Q2U for outside the US) is a great little dynamic mic too, so that could be a much cheaper option to cut down the background noise. Loved the piece on microphones, you went through my history of podcasting microphones almost mic by mic. Blue Yeti. Hope this helps! Of course, the alternative is a Dynamic Microphone.