If you compare the shows that we listed in our Black podcast directory, the one difference you will notice is the sound quality. The podcasts that really stand out are the ones that were recorded using a great podcast microphone!
When I started my first podcast, I went cheap on my microphone. Seriously. I think I bought it at the Dollar Store.
My audience was not impressed.
When I upgraded my microphone, my audience (and iTunes ratings) upgraded as well.
“Upgrading” doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money if you dont want to. We put together this list of podcast microphone recommendations for every budget. I have tested most of these, so if they aren’t on this list, they probably didn’t make the cut.
Low Budget Podcast Microphones
Low budget does not always mean low quality, so if you want to start recording shows quickly and cheaply, these cheap podcast microphones may be for you. They dont have all the accessories that other microphones have, but if you are able to give up some frills, you can find some good podcast hardware on a budget.
The Blue Snowball Microphone
Price Range: $30 – $50
One of the most popular microphones in the mid-budget range is the Blue Snowball. It comes with a 6 foot long cable that plugs into your usb port making it easy to start recording great sounding vocals without any complicated setup steps.
Great mic at a great price. I used this for about a year without any problems and I highly suggest it! Click here to buy the mic.
Floureon BM-800 Microphone
Price Range: $20 – $30
The good thing about this mic is that it looks great and i very cost effective. The sound quality is not great, but if all you are doing is recording vocals you should be fine. The bad? This mic is NOT compatible with mac (PC only), and even though it is usb powered, some users have reported not being able to power on the mic with just the usb port. That means you might have to use a USB charger and plug it into a wall.
Oh, and you will also need to buy a stand for the mic. Click here to buy the mic.
Lavalier Lapel Microphone Omnidirectional Mic
Price Range: $19 – $33
If oyu are doing podcasts o the go or videos where you are moving all over the place, this is the mic you need. Its omni-directional so it will pick up your voice with no problem, and clips to your lapel (just like the ones you see on the news! lol)
It comes with a stupid long 72 inch cable so you can really get some reach. The best way to use this thing is to connect it to your cellphone, slip your phone in your pocket and talk. Super cheap, super easy, high quality sound for such a small mic.
Mid Budget Microphones
The Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Price Range: $90 – $130
This is a step up from the other Blue brand microphone we have reviewed. The Yeti has a mute button so you can talk – mute – sneeze – unmute – and talk without the mic recording it. You can also change the mic from being omni-directional to one directional.
This is a versatile mic that you should pick up if you plan on recording multiple tpyes of audio, or if you are going to be podcasting with a co-host.
CAD Audio U37 USB Microphone with Stand and Pop Screen
Price Range: $120 – $130
If you are looking for an all in one purchase, you need the U37. Everything you need to get started without breaking your budget is right here, a pop screen, a stand, and a pretty good mic. Here are the specs from Amazon:
- Large condenser microphone element for warm, rich recordings
- Cardioid pick-up pattern minimizes background noise and isolates the main sound source
- Smooth, extended frequency response is excellent for singing, speech and instruments
- Podcast over the internet; Windows and Macintosh compatible
- Bass-reduction switch reduces room noise
Professional Podcasting Microphones
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Microphone
Price Range: $118 – $160
For the price, sound quality, and ease of use, you cant beat the AT2020! Your vocals will sound so good that even someone listening to your show with cheap headphones will feel like they are getting Beats level quality!
You get volume control on the headphone jack, mix control that will let you combine your vocals with audio playing on your computer (which is how you get background music). You also get a case that will keep your microphone safe, a tabletop stand, and a USB cable that plugs into your Mac or PC usb port.
This is a one directional microphone, which means it will only pick up sound coming from one direction. This is exactly what you need if you are recording a podcast – you want the mic to pic up the sound of your voice and not the sound of background noise!
Rode NT USB Podcast Microphone
Price Range: $120 – $200
This is more than just a podcasting microphone.
You want something you can use in the studio? ✅
You want award-winning sound quality? ✅
You want a microphone, a pop screen, a stand, and a mixing board all in one? ✅
This will probably be the last mic you need for the next 5 years. If you are really serious about creating a great sounding podcast, this is your microphone.
Now stop making podcasts that sound like you recorded them with a tuna can! All you have when it comes to a podcast is the quality of the sound that you produce. No editor can fix a bad microphone recording, so gear up and get on it!