In today’s session I’m going to set the record straight on microphones.
There’s a lot of poor advice out there about microphones. Just really, horrible advice.
I’m going to tell you which microphones you should consider purchasing for your podcast, and why.
There are so many great quality microphones in the world today – even great budget micrphones that are capable of capturing great quality sound.
But the vast majority of them are not suitable for podcasting.
Why Many Mics Aren’t Suitable for Podcasting
If you’re investigating microphones, you’ll notice most voice over artists using studio condensor microphones. They’re great microphones in many cases, but they’re not right for podcasting. The reason, in part, is that they’re far too sensitive, and most podcasters aren’t recording in a professional vocal booth. Furthermore, most voice over artist’s microphones are too sensitive even in their home vocal booth! This is why you can hear reverb in most voice over recordings – if you’re paying attention.
Now, if you’re listening to a voice over in certain environments you won’t notice this reverb, but when listening with headphones you’ll always here it unless there is background music, or sound that distracts from the reverb caused by recording in a small enclosure. Condensor microphones are too sensitive for recording podcasts in an office, or bedroom, where many podcasters get started. You’ll end up having too much reverb, or echo, and it will distract from the content of the show. There are software tricks to make reverb less noticable, but that’s a waste of time and money. It’s better to just avoid condensor microphones.
If you’ve been searching for good “podcasting microphones,” onlie then you’ve likely run across microphones that have verious pattern settings, volume, or tone, controls and even headphone outputs integrated in the mic itself. These sorts of microphone are almost always condensors, so you’ll want to stay away from them. In addition, you’re paying for these additional features, and not for a quality microphone. You want a quality microhone, not a low-quality microhpne with some interesting, but ultimately useless, features. Steer clear of these microphones.
So, What Microphone Should You Purchase?
Here’s a list of things to look for:
- Dymanic microhpones have the right sensitivity for vocal recording in any environment. They pick up primarily what’s directly in front of, and close to, the microphone. They don’t pick up nearly as much reverb, or echo. They don’t pick up nearly as much sounds from behind, and beside, the microphone. As a result, you want a Dynamic micrphone for recording podcasts.
- Quality engineering is far more important than additional features. What really matters is the quality of the Diaphragm, Coil, Magnetic Core, Capsule, etc. You want a mic that captures your voice rather transparently. Don’t expect to spend $50.00 on a dynamic mic and expect fantastic quality. If it’s quality you’re after (and I hope it is) then you’ll need to spend between 250-400. But it will be well worth it, as a quality dynamic microphone will last you forever, if you keep it clean! Well worth the investment.
- The right frequency response is far more important than most podcasters know. In fact, most podcasters don’t know anything about frequency response! This is unfortunate, because it’s one of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a microphone. There’s a great website where you can find lots of information regarding hundreds of microphones and their frequency responses. (RecordingHacks.com) Now, I happen to already know what to recomend based on your voice. For example, if you have a higher-end voice, or sharp “S” sounds you’ll want to stay away from micrphones that are sensitive to those higher frequencies. For example, the Electrovoice RE320. A micrphone I use, and love, but isn’t the best matched with higher, brighter, voices with sharp S’s.
So what microhpones do I recomend?
I recommend the following mics, in the following order
Electrovoice RE20, followed by the RE320
If you tend to be really obnoxious, loud, and plosive on the mic you want to avoide the Heil PR-40. If you’re on a budget, purchase a Shure SM58.
Now you may have noticed that none of these are USB microhpones.
Don’t use USB microphones
Instead, you’re going to use a special interface that will allow you to record with, or without, your computer present at all. An interface that also has some phenomenal additional features that will allow you to do so much more than a USB mic and a computer.
USB mics have their own low quality amplification, and interface, built-in and you don’t want to use that – trust me.
But that’s another show for another day.
So, if you want to start a high quality podcast that really sounds as good, or better, than the best podcasts then take my advice on microphones.
There are many other reasons why I suggest these dynamic mics. In the end, they offer the best quality, the most flexibility, the most durability, and the most eas of use for podcasting.
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