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Whether you’re brand new to starting a podcast, or a veteran podcaster, you should understand the importance of sound quality and investing in a good podcast microphone. However, there are so many podcast microphones out there at various price points — does it make sense to buy a $700 mic when maybe a $100 microphone will do for the podcast you’re producing?

On the surface, podcasts have a low barrier of entry and anyone can get started for free. Well, yes, technically all you need to internet connection and a pair of headphones with a mic. That said, because there are so many podcasts out there, listeners can lose interest quickly and if your sound quality isn’t crisp, they’ll go somewhere else. There’s essentially a zero tolerance policy for podcasts that don’t meet or surpass expectations, you often only get one chance. A decent microphone is the first, and easiest, way to improve you podcast’s sound.

Popular podcast microphones

It’s vital to have an understanding of the podcast mic landscape, have an idea of the features, pros/cons, reviews from other podcasters, USB microphone or can work with an XML mic, and ultimately weigh what kind of investment you’d like to make for your mic. How important is sound quality to your podcast and how much are you willing to invest in a top-notch podcast mic? You’ll also want to understand the podcast accessories you may or may not need to optimize your recording such as a pop filter, mixer, splitter, and others.

I’ve spoken with several podcasters out there about the advantages and disadvantages of several microphones and they all helped created this list. While other write-ups out there focus on mics as a general category, the microphones listed below are specifically made (and marketed) for podcasters. While it’s true most podcasters prefer a USB mic — the Blue Yeti seems to be the resounding favorite — XML mics are targeted more at studios.

Related reading: podcast equipment, podcast headphones, USB mixers,podcast hosting services, How to Start a Podcast

Podcast Recording Things to Consider

As I mentioned above, there are a few things you need to consider when investing in a new microphone.

Podcast Format

What kind of podcast are you recording? Will you be the sole speaker, or will you need a hook-up for multiple microphones? If you do have multiple speakers, will it be all the time or rarely?

Do you have a dedicated podcast recording studio or will you predominately be traveling and recording on the road? Mobility will be a major factor in what kind of mic, and mic setup, you’ll be needing.

Podcast Recording Equipment and Accessories

Will you need a pop filter or will the mic you’re purchasing have one already? Pop filters are the mesh screens that help even out your sound.

Will you need a USB mixer? More than likely. Mixers will be vital in your podcast editing process.

Should you get a mic stand? That’ll depend on the mic you ultimately choose, but if it’s not included you’ll want to get one. Nothing’s worse than having to hold or prop up a mic without a stand while you record your podcast. Homemade stands can also effect the sound since the mic won’t be suspended in the air.

Read more: essential podcast equipment

Features of Podcast Microphones

What kind of microphone hook-up are you looking for, USB or XML? If you’re new to podcasting, I recommend sticking with a USB microphone. USB mics are extremely easy to get started on your computer, with little or no software required.

Should you buy a dynamics or condenser microphone? Some consider this a preference decision. Dynamic microphones typically provide a more vibrant sound with a more casual feel, and condenser microphones are usually more clear but can pick up ambient noise as well.

Best Podcast Microphones

1. Blue Yeti USB Condenser Microphone



Features: Three different condenser capsules in one allows you to record in a variety of situations. Four different polar patterns will cater to your tastes. Multiple pattern selection: cardioid (heart shaped), stereo (overlapping circles), bidirectional and omnidirectional.

Integrated headphone amp and jack for real time monitoring with no delay.

Review: One of the easiest, and most popular microphones for podcasting. A quality mic for a reasonable amount. USB output for plug and play directly into the computer as well as XLR cable output for use with higher-end analogue equipment.

The Blue Yeti tends to be the most popular starter mic for podcasters.

2. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamics USB/XLR



Features: A built-in headphone jack makes it easy to listen back to the mic’s output without any delay. The ATR2100 also has a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring.

Review: A cardioid (heart shaped) polar range eliminates unwanted background noise from behind and the sides, making this an affordable mic that’s suited for podcasting and/or recording acoustic instruments. Because it’s a dynamic mic, you’re not expecting plenty of warmth, but has the clarity you’re looking for.

3. Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone



Features: Once labeled the “most popular mic in the world”, the Shure SM58-LC earned fame on stages worldwide. However, recent improvements have helped it cater to studios and podcasters alike. Dynamic vocal microphone suited for live vocals and studio applications.

Frequency response of 50 Hz to 15k Hz with enhanced midrange and bass rolloff.

Review: In our use, the Shure SM580-LC has a great low end sound, good warmth, smooth high-end, and overall just excellent quality for the price.

4. Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone



Features: As the name suggests, the large diaphragm allows this mic to be multi-functional while delivering low noise and exceptional detail and clarity.

Some specs:

  • 80 Hz high-pass filter
  • 10 dB pad filter eliminates unwanted low end rumble
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • Pop filter included

Review: A high SPL rating (Sound Pressure Level) and wide dynamic range make this mic suitable for recording a broad variety of different instruments and sound sources at high volumes.

5. Blue Encore 100i



Features: Another high SPL handling mic capable of handling a variety of situations. If your podcast often features multiple guests, music, or other sound effects you may want to look at this microphone.

Review: Though typically used for stage and live performances, this mic has risen in popularity among podcasters due to the relatively low price point and decent quality for capturing voice recordings.

6. Rode Procaster




Nearly every feature of this mic is made for voice recording. It’s designed to be great sounding while reducing all ambient noises. Here are the listed features:

  • Broadcast sound quality
  • High output dynamic capsule
  • Balanced, low impedance output
  • Internal shock mounting of capsule for low handling noise
  • Internal pop-filter to reduce plosives
  • Robust, all metal construction
  • Designed and manufactured in Australia
  • Includes RM2 stand mount, 3/8 inch adaptor, ZP1 zip pouch

Review: This mic was made for podcasting, simple as that. It has an internal pop filter to increase the clarity and reduce the noise of vocal broadcasts. Though these podcast-specific features do come at a price, every podcaster I’ve spoken to who uses the Procraster raves about it.

7. Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone



Features: Another dynamic mic made for versatility. With custom magnet metals housed in a matte finish steel body with dual mesh screens, this microphone will outperform nearly every condenser mic in a comparable price range.

The shock-mounted diaphragm contains an internal breath blaster for an excellent response to the entire vocal range without any pops or hiss.

Review: Top of the line podcasting microphone with radio broadcast quality —  averaging a 4.2 rating on Amazon. An extremely wide dynamic range with a flat response from 28 Hz to 18k Hz, making this microphone ideal for vocals, drums, as well as cabinet recording (guitars and bass) and more.

8. Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid



Features: Custom condenser capsule provides crystal clear audio for real time chatting (Skype, Google HangOut etc), podcasts, voiceovers and vocals.

Listed features:

  • Improve audio quality on Skype, Twitch and FaceTime
  • Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
  • Create podcasts and add narration to your home movies
  • Record instruments or vocals
  • Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC—no drivers to install

Review: Ease-of-use is the draw here. You simply plug this into your computer and it’s up and running without having to install any drivers. As easy to use as a mouse or QWERTY keyboard (both Mac and PC). Obviously with the low price point, you’re not going to get the quality of some of the upper tier mics, but mark this one down as a solid bang for your buck.

9. Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone



Features: Cardioid polar pattern for clear recording close up (interviews, acoustic guitar, vocals etc). Omnidirectional polar pattern for recording the entire space (field recordings, jam sessions etc).

Review: I mentioned in the intro how the mic you buy needs to fit your podcast — whether it’s recorded in a studio or on the road. For me, this is a great travel mic to add to your existing microphone stable. A compact, handheld digital recorder with all of the features (and more) of an iPhone at a mere fraction of the price.

10. Blue Yeti Pro


USB or XLR: both


  • Three custom condenser capsules and four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional
  • Cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps
  • Built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain
  • 15 Hz – 22 kHz frequency response
  • 192 kHz/24 bit Sample/Word

Review: The standard Blue Yeti was listed above, but this is the pro version and worth every penny of the upgrade.

11. Electro Voice RE-20 Cardioid Microphone



Features: If you’re an experience podcaster looking for a new mic, or want to enter the podcast landscape and make waves, here you go.

Listed features:

  • Heavy duty filter for pops and other proximity effects
  • Integrated shock mount element for eliminating unwanted noise from vibrations
  • Blast and wind filters are installed on each acoustic cavity
  • 45 Hz to 18k Hz frequency response

Review: If you can afford it, this is the mic to get. Specifically designed and tailored for studio recordings, this mic hails as the “studio workhorse.” Admittedly, it’s not for everyone, but if you value sound quality and have a suitable recording studio (and budget), take a hard look at this one.

12. Shure BETA 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone



Features: Another mic on this list designed specifically for voice recordings. This microphone provides warm vocals and records clarity throughout the spectrum. It also has a unique polar pattern (supercardioid) which allows it to boast that it can push the gain higher than other mics without feedback.

Review: Beloved by buyers is probably a good place to start here. I haven’t personally tested this mic, but relying on the 4.6 star rating provides me enough comfort to make an investment here. That and the easy integration with Shure’s wireless system.

13. Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone



Features: Definitely a quality USB condenser mic. This microphone aims (and delivers) high quality audio recording with zero latency. By reducing the signal-to-noise ration, Samson has delivered a substantial improvement on top of their existing condenser mics.

Listed features:

  • Large, 19mm diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Plug-and-play operation, no drivers required
  • Compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstations
  • Perfect for recording music, Skype, FaceTime and VoIP applications
  • Headphone output for zero-latency monitoring
  • Peak LED indicator
  • Hypercardiod pickup pattern
  • Shock-mounted mic element
  • 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
  • Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz – 18KHz
  • iPad and USB bus powered
  • Solid, die-cast construction with heavy gauge mesh grill
  • Includes mini tripod stand and swivel mount for optimal desktop placement

Review: There are a few things you should specifically look for in a mic, separate from what I mentioned at the beginning of the article — durability, recording quality, and ease-of-use for podcasters. This microphone delivers on all three and for the price, there are few that beat it.

14. Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid



Features: An upper tier microphone tailored for close-talk speech recording (read: podcasting).

  • State of the art electromagnetic hum reduction (computer monitors etc)
  • Yoke mounting with captive stand nut for easy mounting and position control
  • Detachable windscreen for extra warm “close talking” vocals
  • Adjustable frequency response that’s wide ranging and suitable for both professional broadcasting/podcasting as well as the recording studio (optimized for close range vocals and bass amp recording)

Review: Yes, it’s expensive. But for all the upper tier microphones out there, this one is able to record impeccable speech perfect for podcasters. I’ve spoke with a few veteran podcasters who use this mic in their studio and all swear by it. That said, if you’re new to podcasting or it’s something you’re just trying out, I don’t advise investing in a microphone (any mic) this expensive.

15. Tonor USB Professional Condenser Sound Podcast Studio Microphone



Features: It has “podcast” in the title! This is as basic of a USB mic as you’ll find. No drivers to install, no outrageous budget, no fancy features. The microphone plugs into your computer and it’s ready to go.

Review: This is a great starter microphone for a new podcaster or one with a lower budget. If you’re not looking to break the bank, or aren’t quite sure if podcasting is your longterm future, it makes sense to check out this super simply USB mic. At $16, it won’t put you out.

16. MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount



Features: A solid mid-range price condenser mic. In talking with several podcasters who use, or have used this mic, this seems to be a popular choice for podcasters second mic after their starter microphone but before they make a large investment in their podcast equipment.


  • 3/4″ gold sputtered diaphragm
  • frequency response 30Hz-20kHz
  • SPL sensitivity of 130 dB
  • Mogami cable wiring

Review: This mic is a safe bet and it’s hard to find other words to describe it. You won’t be wow’ed by the sound quality or specifications, however, it delivers. It’s a reliable microphone that you’ll count on for a long time thanks to its durable build.

17. Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package



Features: Marketed as “ideal for home studio recording”. To me, that reads “perfect for podcasters.”

Listed features:

  • Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Self noise of only 5dB (A)
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Ultra low noise, transformer’less surface mount circuitry
  • True condenser (externally biased)
  • Internal capsule shock mounting

Review: I’m a big fan of Rode products. They may be on the pricier side, but they’re quality and I haven’t been disappointed yet. This mic is no exception. It’s extremely quiet, records great sound quality at every level, and is a true condenser mic.

18. Audio-Technica AT2020




  • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

Review: This one comes highly recommended from my podcaster Twitter community.

19. Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid



Features: Another relatively quality starter mic for first-time podcasters out there. For $20 you’re able to buy a microphone tailored for speech recordings and great for podcasts.

Listed features:

  • Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection
  • Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
  • Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through
  • Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback
  • Shock mount system to cut down handling noise

Dynamic vocal microphone specifically designed for live vocals

Review: As with most starter microphones, it has it’s flaws. However, when you weigh those issues against the price it shapes up nicely to be an excellent value buy. If you’re new to podcasting or simply want a backup mic, this is a pretty stress-free solution.

20. MXL V67G Large Capsule Condenser Microphone



Features: This is a great mic that’ll record your podcast with warmth and clarity while still sounding natural. It was originally intended for musicians, however, due to it’s specialty with vocals has been a hit among podcasters. Here are the listed specs:

  • Type: Pressure gradient condenser mic
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputtered
  • Capsule Size: 32mm/1.26in.
  • Frequency Response: 30Hz – 20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 15 mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Output: Transformer-balanced
  • S/N Ratio: 74 dB (Ref. 1 PA A-weighted)
  • Equivalent Noise: 20 dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Max SPL for .5% THD: 130 dB
  • Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V (+/- 4V)
  • Size: 47 mm x 184 mm/1.85 in. x 7.24 in.
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs/589.67g
  • Metal Finish: Green with gold grill

Review:  Look, I don’t know why, or how, or really anything, but this mic is a steal! I typically see this mic at the $200-$250 range. It’s a great microphone and looks cool and vintage to boot.

21. SL300 USB Condenser Microphone



Features: A quality microphone tailored for podcasters with the ease-of-use of a basic USB mic? Perfect.

This mic doesn’t require any drivers, it’s fully plug and play. It also comes with huge dual 34mm internal shock-mounted diaphragms to provide the versatility for nearly every podcast type.

Review: This mic definitely has mixed reviews. However, among the podcast community it’s become a staple among the popular mics.

22. Audix SCX1-HC



Features: With a hypercardiod polar pattern, the Audix SCX1-HC is able to record impeccable sound quality with a design specialized for speech and vocal pick up.

Review: This is one of those mics that’s worth the investment. Audiophiles know and appreciate good sound quality. If you classify yourself this way and are an experienced podcaster, look to the Audix.

23. Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Standard)



Features: If you’re in the market for an affordable condenser mic, here’s a good pick for you. The large diaphragm allows it to pick up vocals (though a pop filter is advised) in a warm environment. It also comes with a 1.25″ brass capsule for extra durability and stability.

Review: Another microphone growing in popularity among new podcasters. This mic comes at an affordable price but is still designed to record clear audio vocals. Amazon buyers have given this 4.2 stars on average and it’s listed on nearly every “which mic should I buy” Reddit thread.

24. Blue Microphones Spark Condenser




  • Features Blue Microphones premium condenser capsule, delivering low noise, high efficiency, and rapid response in any recording situation
  • Designed with Focus Control, which results in a tighter, more direct and focused sound when selected
  • Utilizes custom-matched circuitry with professional-quality, Class-A discrete components
  • Circuit design pairs Spark’s condenser capsule with a phantom-powered outboard amplifier to drive the capsule with linear control and accuracy
  • Ships in a high-quality wooden box with a custom shock mount and metal pop filter and detailed recording guide showing complete setup and recording tips for a variety of instruments and vocal sounds

Review: A lot of people know about the Blue Spark mic because it’s the one YouTuber PewDiePie uses. If that’s not enough of a testimonial, maybe the 4.2 rating on Amazon will calm your nerves. If you have a few extra dollars to spend on something in between an elite and mid-range mic, this is a good purchase.

25. Neewer NW-700 Condenser Microphone




  • Included in the set: condenser mic, suspension scissor arm stand, mounting clamp, shock mount, pop filter, and more 
  • Capture rich, full-bodied sound from sources that are directly in front of the mic. The cardioid pick-up pattern minimizes background noise and isolates the main sound source.
  • The adjustable scissor arm stand is made out of all steel construction, sturdy and durable. Folding type, convenient to carry. Can be mounted on the announcers’ table. The double-braced arms add strength. 
  • The microphone wind screen pop filter mask shield can ensure that your tracks are audible and easy to understand.And also it will make sure your message loud and clear, and banish the dreaded hissing and lisping sounds.
  • The metal shock mount features an angle adjustment with locking knob and can effectively reduce handling noise. The ball-type anti-wind foam cap can protect microphone against wind interference and singers’ spit.The microphone can not be used with mobile phone and tablet computer. 

Review: Honestly, for the money, this microphone and kit comes with nearly everything you’d need to record a quality podcast. Yes, everyone’s budgets are different, but this packages already comes with an adjustable scissor arm stand, pop filter, and mounting clips. You’d be pretty hard pressed to find all this for less without sacrificing sound quality too much.

26. Audio-Technica AT2020PK Vocal Microphone Pack



In the past few months, the rise of at-home podcasting has led to a number of packages appearing on Amazon that feature a microphone, adjustable stand, and headphones. While the quality of some is questionable, Audio-Technica is a brand you can rely on and this pack is a great option if you are looking for an easy package to pick up and immediately get started with. 

While the price is a bit higher than some other similar packs, you will notice the difference in quality and at $149.00 for the full pack, it is still priced lower than some other high-end mics. The wide dynamic range and cardioid polar pattern will produce rich, isolated sound and the adjustable studio arm will help prevent unwanted bumps or noises that can come from holding a mic or using a tabletop stand. As a bonus, you also get a pair of Audio-Technica headphones to help with your recording and editing process. 

27. Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio-Quality USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone



The NT-USB is essentially Rode’s equivalent of the incredibly popular Blue Yeti. Both are mid-range priced USB mics with built-in desk-stands that create high quality recording with a small footprint. One nice difference is that the NT-USB comes with a pop shield, which is helpful as they can sometimes be hard to find for unusually shaped mics like this. On the side of the mic, you will find a direct mix control to adjust both mic input and source output, as well as a 3.4mm stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. 

28. Marantz Pro MPM1000



The highlight of the Marantz Pro MPM1000 is the stand with a built-in shockmount and the included windscreen, which make it a great option if you’ll be podcasting outside. The mic is less than half the price of some comparable products but will still create high quality audio with a 18mm condenser capsule and wide-ranging frequency response. 

While it is definitely an entry-level mic, the build quality and audio produced are top-notch, and it will work great for at-home podcasting, voiceover recording, or any other audio needs. 

29. Pyle PDMIKT100 USB Microphone Podcast Recording Kit



Complete with a metal stand, pop filter, shockmount and foam mic windscreen, this kit will set you up for easy podcasting anywhere. Pyle makes high quality audio equipment and has been in the industry for over fifty years, This kit does not take details lightly, and is designed to be easily set up and ready to connect to a computer to record with the USB connection and then easily stored in the included case. The metal iron base is a nice touch for a desktop mic because it will be studier than the plastic legs that some other mics have. 

30. Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone 


USB or XLR: USB / Lightning 

Shure is one of the leaders in audio equipment, specifically for podcasters with their high-end SM7B mic, and the MV5 is an interesting addition to the market. The mic is very compact, and only 2.5 inches tall, with the ability to connect with USB or directly to a phone with a lightning cable. A small desktop stand is included, but you can also use the ¼ inch thread to connect it to any camera tripod or light stand. 

This mic is comparable to the Blue Snowball in design, but some new innovations like preset modes and integration with the ShurePlus MOTIV app allow for more refined audio recording. While you won’t match the sound of the SM7B, this little mic packs a lot of punch in a small package.  

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Podcasts gained momentum in the mid-2000s thanks to accessibility and intimate style. Professional broadcasters and novices alike have jumped aboard the podcasting train, creating shows that offer everything from news analysis to pop culture criticism and social commentary for all of us to listen to. Today, experts estimate there are more than 1 million active podcasts out there in the atmosphere. But if you’re interested in recording your own, you’ll need a top-shelf microphone.

Podcasting microphones are designed to capture rich and clear vocals without any distracting background noise. This means even if you’re a first-timer who’s recording solo, the right mic can help you sound your best. USB condenser mics are arguably the best for beginners as they capture voice clearly and connect straight to your laptop or computer, making plug-and-play recording a snap.

Below, we’ve curated some of the best podcast microphones available on Amazon to help you get into the podcasting game.

1. Bonke USB Condenser Podcast Microphone

Bonke’s condenser microphone is designed for podcasters who prefer to make adjustments on the fly. It features special turning knobs that allow you to adjust the volume and echo directly on the mic. This means you don’t even have to bother with any complex software to get better audio—you can just plug and play to start your first podcast. The microphone itself is fitted with a professional sound chipset and soundproof cotton to ensure your vocals are captured clearly. It also features a durable steel arm that can be maneuvered a full 360-degrees to match any type of working position.

Bonke USB Condenser Podcast Microphone


Bonke USB Condenser Podcast Microphone: $39.98

2. Uhuru USB Condenser Podcast Microphone

Designed for the most discerning of audio aficionados, Uhuru’s condenser microphone is fitted with the most advanced chipset on the market. It offers a sampling rate up to 192KHz/24bit, whereas most other mics rate only up to 48kHZ/24bit. This means it is able to capture clearer, smoother and flatter vocals. The mic’s cardioid pattern design enables it to effectively cancel background noise, while the double-pop filter and windscreen ensure you record clearer sound. For example, when saying “b, p or f” there is no jarring pop. It also features a sturdy steel scissor arm that can be adjusted to the height you need.

Uhuru podcast microphone


Uhuru USB Condenser Podcast Microphone: $54.99

3. Maono USB Microphone Kit

There are times when you may need to pack up your microphone and conduct an interview on location. In situations like this, Maono’s kit is your best pick. It comes with a sturdy aluminum case that allows you to transport gear safely and easily. Like the Uhuru mic, this condenser microphone gives a sampling rate of up to 192KHz/24bit for crystal-clear recordings. This makes it perfect for voice recording. The simple plug-and-play design features a USB port that connects to most computers and mainstream operating systems, with no need for extra software or soundcards. This mic also sports a stand and shock mount to keep it still and minimize vibrations, plus a pop filter to eliminate popping sounds.

Maono Microphone


Maono USB Microphone Kit: $64.99

4. Fifine USB Condenser Podcast Microphone

Not all of us are going to become the next Joe Rogan or Ira Glass overnight. That’s why it’s best to start podcasting with a streamlined setup that won’t result in too many headaches. Perfect for the tech-averse, Fifine’s simple USB condenser mic can be set up quickly and easily with both Mac and Windows computers. It may not have a windscreen like the other models on our list, but the stereo microphone can still capture well-balanced vocals for podcasts, vlogs or live streams. It also has a volume dial on the mic itself, along with a quick mute function for direct sound control. The integrated desktop stand is made from die-cast zinc, while the mic features all-metal construction. This means this model is also plenty durable.

Fifine podcast microphone


Fifine USB Condenser Podcast Microphone: $59.99

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You’re starting a podcast and are wondering “what’s the best microphone for podcasting?”

The good news is that for most people, that answer is easy: get the ATR2100x-USB here.

But where things can get a little tricky is when you need to record multiple people, or maybe you want something a bit more on the pro end.

Don’t worry though, we’ll try to make it easy (and not list 300 different options that just make you more confused) so you can get what you need and get back to podcasting!

The first thing you need to know is there are two ways to connect a podcast mic to your computer: USB and XLR.

USB is fast and easy to set up and great if you only need to record one microphone at your location.

Remote guests are fine, but you’ll want to avoid USB if you need to record 2 or more people locally.

See our Best USB Microphones article here.

XLR connections require additional equipment to connect them to your computer, but the sound quality is better. You’ll also be able to connect more than one mic at the same time.

Take a look at this list of USB audio interfaces to find one that will fit your needs.

See our Best XLR Microphones article here.

Now that we have that cleared up, here are the best podcasting microphones – we’ll start with USB and then go into XLR:

Best USB Podcasting Mics

These USB mics are great for lower budgets or those that want the easiest way to start a podcast in 2021.


I’ve recommended the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB in many other articles and now there is a new version! The ATR2100x-USB updates the quality and now uses USB-C.

It performs well above its price point, has both USB and XLR connections, and is small enough to travel with if needed.

See our ATR2100 review for more details.

Pair with Knox Shock Mount for Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB.

Samson Q2U

The Samson Q2U is basically the same mic as above. I’ve had reports that you can’t seem to get the ATR2100 outside the US, so this is what I would get if that’s the case.

It comes with a stand, windscreen, USB and XLR cables.


The Rode NT-USB is a cardioid mic (ideal for voice recording) that comes with a pop filter, tripod, boom mount, a 20′ USB cable, and a travel pouch.

Best XLR Podcasting Mics

Most people will want a dynamic mic, especially if you are recording multiple people in the same studio, so that’s what you’ll find in this section. We do have a separate article on condenser microphones if you’re interested in learning more about what’s available.

Rode PodMic

The Rode PodMic is my favorite XLR podcasting mic under $100 (see the review).

This dynamic cardioid mic has an internal pop filter and shockmount to help get the best audio quality in a simple and small package.

You’ll want to get a boom arm for the best results.

Rode Procaster

I actually have 3 of these and love them. The Rode Procaster does tend to need a little extra gain to not sound noisy.

When compared with other mics, the frequency range of 75Hz – 18kHz doesn’t seem like it quite compares but the results have been great.

Pair with:

Heil PR-40

The Heil PR-40 is used by many top podcasters.

Its price point puts it just below the higher-end mics below, but the sound quality and specs more than compare.

You’ll get a 28Hz – 18kHz frequency response, internal shockmount and pop filter, and a padded case for safe transport.

Shure SM7B

You’ll find the Shure SM7B in Joe Rogan’s podcast studio – as well as many others.

This is a classic broadcasting mic and performs really well. With a built-in shockmount and pop filter, and a frequency range of 50Hz – 20kHz, you’ll never need to upgrade or get additional accessories.

You will need a Cloudlifter or preamp to power the SM7B as it is notoriously “gain-hungry”.

Electro-Voice RE20

The Electro-Voice RE20 is another classic broadcasting mic. It has a feature called Variable-D that gives you some flexibility with your mic technique, making it great for both beginners and pros.

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Mobile Podcasting Mics

Planning to podcast on the go? There are several small mobile mics that sound much better than any built-in microphone you might have.

There are also some great iPhone mics and Android mics if you want to go that route as well.

Samson Go Mic

The Samson Go Mic is a great cheap podcasting mic (under $30) and is designed for travel.

It can clip to your laptop or simply sit on your desk, folds up small, and can switch between cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns.

Comes with a travel case and USB cable.

Blue Snowflake

The Blue Snowflake is another cheap podcasting mic (also under $30) designed for use on the go.

It can be used on top of a laptop or on a desktop, folds into itself for compact carrying, and comes with a USB cable.

Final Recommendations

What about the Blue Yeti? Well, it’s not really the best choice for podcasting. We do list the Blue Yeti as a top choice for gaming and streaming mics, but when it comes to podcasting, you’ll want something that minimizes background noise.

Other great podcasting microphones not highlighted above include the Audio-Technica BP40, Telefunken M82, and MXL BCD-1 (these are all dynamic mics with XLR connections).

The best mic for podcasting is the one you have with you, so don’t let our recommendations stop you from recording if you don’t have exactly what we recommend.

Every podcaster has different needs and varying quality of recording space, so don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works for you!

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Best podcasting microphones 2021: our pick for every level and budget

Why the best podcasting microphones you may ask? If you’re planning on taking advantage of the huge rise in podcasting – or have already taken the plunge – then you’re going to need a decent microphone. Podcasting is huge now. The simple act of voices telling stories, conducting interviews or teaching weird and wonderful things has made it one of the most important communications mediums of the 21st century.

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There are podcasts about pretty much anything you can think of, including some pretty amazing music podcasts. It also helps that actually making podcasts isn’t as difficult as you may think, both in terms of technical know-how and in the equipment you’ll need. You don't require expensive cameras, or exotic locations. Just a solid microphone and a way of editing the audio later. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the best podcasting microphones available today, for all budgets and ability levels.

If you need more specific guidance before you decide which podcast mic is for you, hit the 'buying advice' button above for everything you need to know. If not, keep scrolling to check out our top choices. We've got everything from budget, mobile-friendly podcast microphones, to pro level studio mics, plus USB microphones and XLR options.

Best podcasting microphones: Our top picks

There's one microphone on this best podcasting microphones list that stands out over the others, and for a number of reasons. The Shure MV7 is the newest name here, and it has certainly made an impression on us. By combining the dual benefits of USB and XLR recording – and allowing them to be used at the same time – Shure has made one of the best podcasting microphones you can lay your hands on. 

Special nod to the Blue Microphones Yeti which still, to this day, offers the perfect blend of versatility, ruggedness and great quality. Blue, to its credit, has found the sweet spot of making an affordable podcasting mic range which is more than the sum of its parts. We're yet to find a Yeti user who regrets their purchase.

Best podcasting microphones: Round-up & reviews

1. Shure MV7

The best USB option for those taking podcasting seriously


Price: $249/£199/€268

Connection: USB, XLR

Type: Dynamic

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, cables

Reasons to buy

+High-end design and build+Genuine versatility

Reasons to avoid

-This level of quality isn’t cheap

Look a little further down this list and you’ll see Shure’s venerable SM7B microphone. A true powerhouse in the podcast world, and worthy of the high levels of respect it gets. Not that you’ll catch Shure sitting on its hands, not when the podcasting landscape is changing as quickly as it is. Which is why we now welcome the Shure MV7, which takes everything good about its older brother and adds in a direct-to-computer USB connection. Best of all? It can function with both methods - USB and XLR - simultaneously.

The versatility this offers makes the MV7 a very exciting mic indeed. It’s equally at home being taken out with a laptop as a portable rig as it is taking centre stage in a studio environment. Factor in compatibility with Shure’s excellent MOTIV app, which will help add some professional sheen to your recordings in real-time, and you’ve got a package which is pretty hard to beat.

Read the full Shure MV7 review

2. Blue Microphones Yeti USB

The best and easiest option for any user


Price: $149/£84/€175

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid, bidirectional and omnidirectional

Includes: Microphone, stand

Reasons to buy

+Superb value for money+Versatile+Tough as old boots

Reasons to avoid

-USB only

The Blue Yeti has become synonymous with a number of different applications. From Twitch gaming to YouTube tutorials, this mic is perhaps the best known out there, and for good reason. It's easy to use, sounds superb thanks to its three condenser capsules, and doesn't cost the earth to buy. Its multiple pattern selection feature is particularly neat. You can choose to either have the mic pick up the sound being directed straight into it, which is great for podcasting, or you can set it to pick up audio from a wider angle. This makes it the perfect choice for recording group sessions, where a single mic is placed in the middle of a table. 

Over time, Blue has expanded its range to include higher-spec models capable of dual USB/XLR output (Blue Yeti Pro), a smaller scale version (Blue Yeti Nano), and even a model with functionality specific to game streamers (Blue Yeti X). Whatever your creative requirements, there’s a Yeti to suit you.

Read the full Blue Microphones Yeti review

3. Rode Procaster

Specialist vocal mic that's built for work


Price: $229/£169/€199

Connection: XLR

Type: Dynamic

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, stand mount, zip pouch

Reasons to buy

+Rugged build+Peerless for speech+Shock mounting built in

Reasons to avoid

-Not the most versatile

Some of the mics on this list are equally happy recording vocals, guitars, streams or Skype chats. Not so, the Rode Procaster. The second Rode mic on this list is built specifically for vocal recording, and more specifically for speech. It’s pitched as a broadcast microphone, which means it could feasibly be used for TV, radio or other high-pressure situations. 

The way it copes with ambient noise stands out; its tight polar pattern means that no matter how noisy the environment, what you record will sound extremely focused and clear.

Read the full Rode Procaster review

4. Audio-Technica AT2035PK

High quality podcasting kit


Price: $199/£160

Connection: XLR

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, headphones, boom arm, XLR cable

Reasons to buy

+Mic is superb+Kit adds value+Will last a lifetime

Reasons to avoid

-None for the money

As a well-respected name in audio production and recording, you can reasonably expect the Audio Technica AT2035PK to perform well in the podcast arena. Thankfully, it does not disappoint. This cardioid patterned condenser reduces pickup of sound from the sides and rear, making for superb isolation of the voice. Perfect for podcasting or streaming.

The addition of headphones, a boom arm to connect to a desk, and an XLR cable makes for a great starter package too.

Read the full Audio-Technica AT2035 review

5. Rode NT-USB

Mic specialist with a classy offer


Price: £169/$169/€189

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, pop shield, ring mount, tripod desk stand

Reasons to buy

+Sounds a step up from entry level+Versatile+Can be used with iPad

Reasons to avoid

-One of the pricier USB-only options

Australian brand Rode has genuine pedigree in the world of microphones. Hence why we were drawn to the Rode NT-USB. As a specialist USB desktop mic, you're not likely to be taking it out in the field very often, but as a set-and-forget desktop option it's ideal. 

Included in the pack is everything you need, including a 6 metre USB cable, so if it were required to move away from the desk and into the music studio it could comfortably work its magic on acoustic guitars, for example. For less demanding requirements, there’s also the neat Rode NT-USB Mini, which boasts many of the same features only using a smaller footprint.

Read the full Rode NT-USB review

6. Sontronics Podcast Pro

Good looks and great sound from the UK


Price: $149/£85/€115

Connection: XLR

Type: Dynamic

Polar pattern: Supercardioid

Includes: Microphone, integrated stand

Reasons to buy

+Outstanding value for money+Vintage design

Reasons to avoid

-Best suited to solo voices

Launched in early 2020, the Sontronics Podcast Pro is a dynamic microphone which has, as you may have worked out from the name, the world of speech recording in mind. This unique-looking broadcast mic is designed and built in the UK, and is geared entirely towards the spoken word. Its supercardioid pickup pattern does a great job at rejecting pretty much everything that isn’t spoken directly into it, although does work against it when trying to record multiple voices at once. 

With many podcasts now doubling up and offering video alongside the traditional audio, you could do a lot worse than invite one of these stylish mics into your studio. There’s substance to its charms too, however, and it comes at a very reasonable price. 

Read the full Sontronics Podcast Pro review

7. Shure SM7B

High-end dynamic mic for the professionals


Price: $399/£327/€459

Connection: XLR

Type: Dynamic

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Included: Microphone, windscreen

Reasons to buy

+Brilliant audio performance+Well made+Built-in pop filter

Reasons to avoid

-Quality like this costs!

If you've ever been in a recording studio, or ever watched a band play live, you'll have seen Shure microphones. Simply put, they are the standard against which all other microphones are judged. The Shure SM7B adds to this reputation by doing one thing really, really well: making the audio it records sound brilliant. 

There's no USB connection, no bundled gear other than a windscreen. Nope. This dynamic microphone is designed simply to deliver clean, clear audio. As one of the only dynamic mics on the list, we should point out the ease with which the SM7B copes with loud environments too. 

It's the flat frequency response we we're most taken with though; essentially, none of the frequencies it receives are emphasised in any way. This means that when you come to process the audio – e.g. add compression, EQ – it sounds as natural as when it was recorded. A top-tier microphone, no two ways about it.

Read the full Shure SM7B review

8. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2

Ideal for mobile casting


Price: $99/£106/€111

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, tripod, carrying pouch

Reasons to buy

+Decent quality+Complementary apps have some nice features

Reasons to avoid

-Not the best for static studio setups

IK Multimedia was at the forefront of creating tools for people to unlock the recording potential of their phones and tablets. The Italian brand has a huge legacy in recording software and apps, but its iRig range brought portable device recording to the masses. 

The IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 is an all-in-one USB-connected microphone that includes a built-in pre-amp, so it can be connected directly to mobile devices. The sound quality is good too, making it a solid choice for on-the-go producers, while we also like the bundled suite of apps to record and process your audio.

Read our full IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 review

9. Blue Microphones Snowball

It may be small but it is mighty


Price: $49/£55

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, stand

Reasons to buy

+Tiny footprint+Easy to use+Versatile

Reasons to avoid

-You'll outgrow it quickly

The second entry from Blue on the list, and also the smallest overall. The Blue Snowball is marketed as a solution for improving the quality of voice calls, yet as a podcast solution it's also pretty solid. 

It's truly plug and play, so you can be recording within minutes, but the audio quality isn't going to be high enough to impress the professionals. But, as a starter for the novice podcaster, it's well worth a look.

Read our full Blue Microphones Snowball review

10. Razer Seiren X

Stylish streaming mic is ideal for home studios


Price: $99/£99

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Super-cardioid

Includes: Microphone, stand

Reasons to buy

+Inexpensive+Decent build quality+Compact

There are plenty of parallels between streaming and podcasting. Gamers, in particular, are largely behind the rise of simple plug and play USB mics so it makes sense that the big gaming brands are beginning to muscle their way into audio technology. The Razer Seiren X is a great example; you notice from its aesthetic that it’s clearly aimed at a certain type of user, but it has plenty to offer podcasters too. 

We liked the super-cardioid pickup pattern, which did a creditable job of rejecting sounds we didn’t want in our recordings like footsteps outside our studio, while the neat adjustable base which allowed us to find the ideal angle for recording is a nice design touch. 

Read the full Razer Seiren X review

11. MAONO AU-PM421

Low-cost podcasting mic punches above its weight


Price: $69/£74

Connection: USB

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, adjustable boom arm, removable pop filter

Reasons to buy

+Great value+Well made+Everything you need to start

Reasons to avoid

-Hard to find fault at this price!

While we often fill these articles with top choices from big brands, we’re always pleased to find great quality options from lesser-known manufacturers. The MAONO AU-PM421 landed in front of us one day and we were blown away by the build quality and simplicity on display. The PM421 comes as part of a kit, including an adjustable boom arm and pop filter, and is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to get the pro-studio look at home. 

MAONO claims the PM421 can record at exceptionally high levels of audio quality – 192kHz/24-bit – and the all-metal construction gave us confidence it will last the course. So while it can be perilous buying from brands you’re not familiar with, there are definitely bargains to be had if you know where to look.

Read the full MAONO AU-PM421 review

12. NEAT King Bee

Large diaphragm condenser with added sting


Price: $129/£179

Connection: XLR

Type: Condenser

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Includes: Microphone, pop filter, shockmount, XLR cable

Reasons to buy

+Quality sound+Great build+Add-on gear included

Reasons to avoid

-Difficult to recommend for non-voice use

Who says microphones have to look dull? The NEAT King Bee is a great antidote to all the usual mic stylings, and will look great in any recording studio. Behind the lively exterior there is some nice technology at work too. 

The King Bee is an XLR-fed large diaphragm condenser, meaning it's great for voice applications. The sound quality is superb, and the package comes with both a shockmount and a pop filter so your recordings will benefit too. A great package, all told. They're becoming harder to track down these days, so good luck finding one!

Read the full Neat King Bee review

Best podcasting microphones: Buying advice


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Best podcast microphones under $100 on Amazon

Podcasts are in fashion as we see a rise in usage of apps like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces, and other podcasting platforms. As a podcaster, audio quality is crucial, also to get ahead of the curve and win the trust of your audience, you need a decent microphone. This is why you should hunt for the best podcast mic for your studio, because “the sound must seem an echo to the sense,” as it was rightly put by Alexander Pope.

If you are starting a podcast or thinking of starting one, you can start with a basic microphone for under $100. We’ve compiled a list of best microphones for podcasting under $100.

You should be well aware of your requirements and jot them down to find the right choice for your podcasts. Typically, you can connect a podcast mic to your computer in two ways, i.e., via USB or XLR. If you have only one guest and only have to record using one microphone at your location, USB would be the easiest and efficient option. While if you have more than one guest, you need to avoid USB. XLR provides better sound quality, but it requires some additional equipment as well. By using XLR, you will be able to connect with more than one person at your location. Here is the brief round-up of the best podcast mics under $100.

1. MAONO A04H Professional USB Condenser Microphone with Headphones Set

Microphone with Studio Headphone Set 192kHz/24bit MAONO Vocal Condenser Cardioid Podcast Mic Compatible with Mac and Windows, YouTube, Gaming, Live Streaming, Voice-Over (AU-A04H)

Price: $99.99

This professional USB condenser microphone can accurately reproduce the most subtle and even difficult to detect sound because of its cardioid polar pattern, high output, and low self-noise function. The new version comes with one more headphone to meet your multiple needs. The sound card is especially useful for YouTube, live streams, studios, recording, podcasting, and even games. The headphone is priced at $99.99.

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2. SUDOTACK professional 192KHZ/24Bit Studio Cardioid Condenser Mic Kit

USB Streaming Podcast PC Microphone, SUDOTACK professional 192KHZ/24Bit Studio Cardioid Condenser Mic Kit with sound card Boom Arm Shock Mount Pop Filter, for Skype YouTuber Karaoke Gaming Recording

Price: $47.99

You can plug the Sudotack ST-800 Professional USB Microphone directly into your Mac or PC for direct recording. With its high-quality cardioid mic capsule inside, you can pick up your audio in high-quality studio-quality sound, and its 24 bit/192 kHz Sample Rate gives you higher-than-CD sound. There are several items included with the USB Microphone Kit, including a condenser microphone, adjustable microphone stand, shock mount, table clamp, pop filter, USB A to B Cable, and anti-wind foam cap. You can buy this mic kit at $58.99.

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3. MAONO AU-A04T PC Condenser Podcast Streaming Cardioid Mic

USB Microphone Kit 192KHZ/24BIT MAONO AU-A04T PC Condenser Podcast Streaming Cardioid Mic Plug & Play for Computer, YouTube, Gaming Recording

Price: $58.99

With the USB microphone, you can capture high-resolution sample rates thanks to the professional sound chipset. A high-quality mic ensures your exquisite sound reproduces online with extended frequency response, ideal for singing, speech, and voiceover. In particular, it’s suitable for studios, recordings, broadcasting, meeting spaces, and gaming stores.

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4. TONOR USB Microphone Kit, Streaming Podcast PC Condenser Computer Mic

TONOR USB Microphone Kit, Streaming Podcast PC Condenser Computer Mic for Gaming, YouTube Video, Recording Music, Voice Over, Studio Mic Bundle with Adjustment Arm Stand(Q9)

Price: $48.44

With a built-in 16mm diaphragm, you can record solid, rich, and warmer recordings with improved clarity. Simply plug the USB cable into a computer’s USB jack or the PS4’s USB port without any drivers. During your podcast or online stream, you can easily adjust Boom arm to obtain the best sound quality.

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5. Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB Cardioid Dynamic Microphone (ATR Series)

Price: Price not available

With sturdy metal construction and smooth, extended frequency response, this headset is great for podcasting, home recording, field recording, voiceover, and other content creation applications. A headphone jack is built-in, giving you the ability to monitor the microphone directly, while the volume dial lets you adjust it easily. In addition, the cardiac polar pattern allows better isolation of desired sound sources by reducing sound pickup from sides and rear.

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6. UHURU Professional PC Streaming Cardioid Microphone Kit

USB Podcast Condenser Microphone 192kHZ/24bit, UHURU Professional PC Streaming Cardioid Microphone Kit with Boom Arm, Shock Mount, Pop Filter and Windscreen, for Broadcasting, Recording, YouTube

Price: $54.99

The package comes with a USB condenser microphone, suspension scissor arm, metal shock mount, double layer pop filter, and windscreen, which you can easily install and use. This microphone package features a cardioid pattern that cancels out sounds from surroundings, allowing for clearer and more realistic audio. In addition, the package includes a Pop Filter which would enable a better and clearer recording of words with the pronunciations of b, p, f.

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7. Rode PodMic Cardioid Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

Rode PodMic Cardioid Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

Price: $99.00

With the PodMic, you can host your podcasts on a broadcast-quality dynamic microphone. A pop filter and shock mounting reduce vibration, as well as provides a rich, balanced sound. It has been designed to work with the RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio but will provide exceptional results regardless of the microphone interface used.

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8. MAONO Podcast Condenser Cardioid Metal Mic Kit

USB Microphone, MAONO 192KHZ/24Bit Plug & Play PC Computer Podcast Condenser Cardioid Metal Mic Kit with Professional Sound Chipset for Recording, Gaming, Singing, YouTube (AU-A04)

Price: $49.99

The rope is high in elasticity and made from high-quality metal. Due to the high elasticity rope design, it can protect the microphone all around, making it easier to install and preventing it from falling. All parts of the suspension boom scissor arm can be adjusted. With USB 2.0 interfaces, you do not need any drivers to get it to work.

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9. Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic

Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play – Black

Price: $39.99

Snowball iCE’s custom condenser capsule allows it to deliver incredibly clear audio quality, far superior to a standard computer microphone. Your voice will be heard clearly when conducting interviews over Skype, streaming live games on Twitch, or communicating across the globe. Since apps like Twitter Spaces and Clubhouse are still in early versions, they might not work great, but overall, the microphone does its job well. The Compass broadcast boom arm and Ringer shock mount allow you to transform your desktop into a broadcast studio.

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10. Blue Yeti Nano Professional Condenser USB Microphone

Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Microphone for Recording, Streaming, Gaming, Podcasting on PC and Mac, Condenser Mic with Blue VO!CE Effects, Cardioid and Omni, No-Latency Monitoring - Shadow Grey

Price: $72.99

This premium MicroUSB microphone is designed for podcasting, streaming video to YouTube, making Skype calls, recording voice-overs, and other work requiring high-quality sound. Yeti Nano features 24-bit sound quality, a compact design, and plug-and-play compatibility on PC/Mac to provide instant streaming on either device. Whether it’s on a camera or a desktop, the premium finish is stunning. In addition, the Yeti Nano microphone offers a low-latency headphone output, as well as adjustable volume controls and mute-and-pickup pattern controls.

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  1. 1. TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand

    • Easy to use
    • Simple set up
    • Clear, crisp sound
    • USB compatible
    • Meant for one person
    • Stationary
    • Not compatible with phones, iPad or Xbox

    Setting up your podcast can be exciting and give you something to do while you are stuck at home. To get the best sound without snaps and cracks you are going to need a microphone that is designed specifically for podcasting. If you have watched the videos of podcasters doing their thing you will notice a lot of them sit at a large desk where three or four people can be involved in the cast. This microphone is made to be set up on a desk or large table and remains stationary. 

    Easy to set up with a USB plug-in this microphone boasts that it is “plug and play” which means you can literally plug it in and within a few moments you are podcasting. Ideal for gaming, streaming, chatting, podcasting, recording, Skype, Voice-over, YouTube video, and recording music. The microphone catches all of the sound coming from in front of the mic without capturing the noise in the background behind the microphone. 

    What You Get:

    1 x Microphone with Power Cord,

    1 x Foldable Mic Tripod,

    1 x Mini Shock Mount,

    1 x Pop Filter,

    1 x Manual and

    1 x Service Card

    Find more TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand information and reviews here.

  2. 2. MAONO Professional Cardioid Condenser Podcast Mic

    • Boom arm included
    • 12 Month Warranty
    • Crisp clear sound
    • Instruction manual included
    • USB hookup only
    • One color choice
    • Assembly required

    Looking for something a bit more professional? This is the mic that will make you look and feel like a pro during your podcast. This is the kind of microphone I used when I was a local radio DJ and trust me, if it can make me sound like a pro, it will do the same for you. The microphone comes complete with an arm that will allow you to move and adjust the microphone with your movement. If you are the kind of person that can’t sit still while putting your podcast out on the airwaves then this is the perfect microphone for you.

    This microphone doesn’t just LOOK like a pro mic, it has some of the same buttons and lights that a real studio mic would have. It has mute and unmute buttons, LED indicator lights and is easy to set up and easy to use. IF you aren’t technologically inclined but like to feel in control of your tech then this is the microphone for you. Simply just plug into the USB and you are on your way. The boom arm is easy to set up and will stretch across any desk or wall mount.

    The USB microphone kit includes

    1x condenser microphone,

    1x adjustable sturdy arm,

    1x desk mount clamp,

    1x metal shock mount,

    1x pop filter,

    1x windscreen cap,

    1x USB cable and 1x manual instruction

    Find more MAONO Professional Cardioid Condenser Podcast Mic information and reviews here.

  3. 3. Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone

    • USB plug-in
    • Cardioid capturing
    • Volume control
    • Works with PC and laptops
    • Somewhat basic microphone
    • Available in two colors only
    • No screen

    If simple and easy to use is ultimately what you are looking for then there is an option that is very popular among the podcast community. This USB microphone sets up in seconds and will have you recording your podcasts immediately. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of computers can set this mic up and be ready to go. This mic has a long cord so you can get comfortable and not have to hover over your computer or laptop.

    This is one of the preferred choices for folks that do voice over work, have their own youtube channels, or are getting into the podcast game. Whereas most microphones can be turned up or down with volume controls within the computer this mic has its own volume knob so you are always in control fo your sound. The cardioid polar pattern captures your voice and none of the sounds surrounding the mic, only what is in front of the microphone. If you aren’t digging the all-black mic there is an alternate color choice available. 

    Find more Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone information and reviews here.

  4. 4. Blue Mirophones Yeti Crimson Red USB Mic

    • Professional sound
    • Total control
    • Easy set up
    • Unique and effective design
    • Price point
    • Not for beginners
    • Extra software not included

    Now, if you have been in the podcast game for a bit and have a good handle on both your topics for discussion and your sound then it is time for you to upgrade to the Cadillac of microphones. The Blue Yeti is the gold standard of microphones for both personal and studio recording. When I built a studio in my basement nearly a decade ago I invested in a Blue Yeti microphone and it really makes the difference. The sound is crisper, clearer, you have control over everything, and for the price, you really cannot find a better mic.

    This dope bundle includes the microphone the Knox gear pop filter and a 4-port USB hub. Basically everything you need to get started. You can download software specifically designed for the microphone or you can use it as it stands. The Yeti features studio controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute and microphone gain. No other microphone gives you so much control in such a small and effective package. You can pivot and move the microphone in relation to your voice or other sound sources. It is a great microphone for one or multiple people to use and is also relatively lightweight. 

    Find more Blue Mirophones Yeti Crimson Red USB Mic information and reviews here.

  5. 5. BOYA Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    • Low-cut filter
    • Easy to use
    • Professional sound
    • Great for podcasts, gaming and music
    • Higher price point
    • Does not come with boom arm
    • Does not come with mic stand

    Now if you are looking for something that is built for studio sessions and can be used for your new podcast about whatever you’re podcasting about then this is a great option for you. Perfect for audio recording, music, gaming, and yes, podcasting. Now you keep seeing the word “cardioid” when shopping for your next microphone. Cardioid basically describes the shape of the microphone and audio engineers have described the cardioid microphone as great at collecting sounds in front of the mic while blocking sounds around the mic.

    This mic comes complete with a Boya screen that will cut the sound of your voice a bit so it is clearer and crisper than say leaving a voicemail on a phone. The microphone can be set up on a boom arm so you can move it around or you can set it on a stand in front of you on a desk or table as you have seen in so many podcast videos. 

    Find more BOYA Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone information and reviews here.

  6. 6. MAONO USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set

    • Rotating boom arm
    • Quick USB set up
    • Comes with headphones
    • Provides professional sound
    • Price point is higher than some mics
    • Arm takes some set up
    • Sound adjust via mixer only

    Diving into the podcast game can be tough especially if you don’t have the right equipment. So many casters use subpar equipment before they realize that they need to bring their podcast to the next level. Getting the right equipment can make a huge difference and most podcasters have a dope set of headphones and professional microphones that give them an edge when it comes to gaining more and more listeners. MOANO does one thing and they do it really freaking well. They make microphones and other gear for gaming, youtube, twitch streaming, and podcasting.

    MOANO boasts that the mic and headphones are top of the line. The mic will make your voice sound smooth and clear while the headphones will provide you the best feedback on the market. With the ease of plug and play you can literally set the mic up to record in minutes. The boom arm takes a little while to set up and get going but the mic will actually work once you plug it in the USB. Professional sound, amateur set up.


    Find more MAONO USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set information and reviews here.

  7. 7. Aokeo AK-60 Professional USB Streaming Podcast PC Microphone

    • Boom arm included
    • Multiple pop and crack filters
    • Easy USB hook up
    • Heavy duty construction
    • More for podcasts than gaming or karaoke
    • Assembly required
    • Not designed for beginners

    While the sound is the most important thing when considering buying a microphone for your podcast most folks would argue that the second most important factor is set up. The set up of your microphone will help with productivity, comfort, and if you’re into it, and all-around feng shui. When I was in the booth at the radio stations I would take at least three minutes setting up my microphone and the levels that were set. A lot like checking your mirrors when you get into a vehicle, setting yourself up to be confident and comfortable is a big deal.

    This is a complete microphone set, with the swinging boom arm, mic sock, or foam covering screen protector or spit guard as they call it in the biz and easy to use and install USB cord. The way the arm is mounted there will be little to no shock should you bump your desk or table during your recording. This mic is perfect for all streaming videos or audio. So if you are looking to build your new youtube, Twitch, or other streaming channels you can’t go wrong with this mic. Minimize your “pops” and cracks with the screen and sock to give your voice a smoother more natural sound.


    Find more Aokeo AK-60 Professional USB Podcast Microphone information and reviews here.

  8. 8. ZekPro USB Computer Microphone

    • LED mute/unmute button
    • Cost effective
    • Plug and play
    • Noise cancelling feature
    • Very basic
    • Made for beginners only
    • No volume control

    For the true pros out there this microphone will be a little less techy than you are going to want. But for the folks that are just getting into the podcast game and want to develop their theme and sound before investing in high-tech equipment, this is a GREAT choice. The easy to use plug and play computer/PC microphone takes a lot of the guesswork out of recording your sound. Simple as it looks, you just plug into your USB and speak into the microphone. With a simpler mic like this, you will want to make sure that you are in a room or office with little background noise.

    While this mic has a noise-cancelling feature you should still consider using the wind muffs or mic socks that come with it to cancel out any pops you make have on certain letters and words. This mic couldn’t be any simpler to use, with an LED-lit mute and unmute button all you need to do is lean in, press the button and start talking. Press the button again when you want to finish and start editing.

    Find more ZekPro USB Computer Microphone information and reviews here.

  9. 9. Rockville Dynamic Podcasting Microphones-4 pack

    • Bulk option
    • Price point
    • Pop filters for each mic
    • Easy set up
    • Extra adapter needed for USB
    • Not for beginners
    • Mid-quality microphones

    There are a ton of podcasts out there that feature more than one podcaster. IF you are in this boat, running a podcast with multiple voices than the chances are you’re also going to need multiple microphones. This 4-pack of podcasting microphones will get you set up, give you enough mics for your fellow podcasters and guests and save you a bit of coin too. Buying in bulk is always a great way to save money.

    Each microphone comes with its very own pop filter so you don’t have to worry about pronouncing certain words a certain way. Each mic has a metal body which cuts down on reverb and provides a surprisingly smooth sound. The mics have their own stand so you can set them up to your and your guest’s liking. This is a great package to invest in if you have frequent guests or have more than one person featured on your podcast.

    Package Includes :

    (4) Rockville RMC-XLR High-End Metal DJ Handheld Wired Microphone Mics w (2) Cables

    XLR Cable and Mic Clip

    (4) Rockville RTMS21 Desktop Tripod Dynamic Microphone Stands With Pop Filter and Shock Mount

    Find more Rockville Dynamic Podcasting Microphones-4 pack information and reviews here.

  10. 10. Movo Professional Lavalier Lapel Clip-on Interview Podcast Microphone

    • Universal connectivity
    • Discreet
    • Lightweight
    • Price point
    • Limited strength
    • Smart device needed
    • Limited warranty

    Looking for something a little more compatible with your tablet or smartphone then these lapel microphones are going to be just what you need. You have most likely seen microphones like these on news anchors or athletes doing an interview while on the field. Simply connect the microphone to your smart device and clip to your shirt and speak clearly. These microphones work just like the standard mics but are smaller, easier to use, and can travel with you where ever you plan on doing your podcast. 

    The nice thing about these mics is that each of your podcasters or guests can have their very own mic. These are cost-effective and hook right up to your headphone jack on your phone or tablet. You can control each microphone via an App and these mics make editing your podcast a breeze. 3.5mm TRRS 4-Pole connector jack for Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung, Touch, Android Smartphones, and Tablets. Gain full control of your sound and podcast with these simple yet effective microphones. 

    Find more Movo Professional Lavalier Clip-on Podcast Microphone information and reviews here.

  11. 11. SLINT Lavalier Lapel Microphone 2 Pack Bundle

    • Compact
    • Easy to use
    • Clear sound
    • Can detect rubbing
    • Better for interviews
    • Heavy for their size

    For the Youtubers that don’t like the look of a big bulky microphone or have the money to invest in a boom microphone and operator for the mic, there is a discreet and incredibly useful way to capture the sound of their videos without using a bigger mic. Lapel microphones are used all over the world in interviews, concerts, competitions, and streaming videos. The mics clip onto collars or clothing and capture sounds at a close range. 

    This two-pack of lapel microphones is not only cost-effective but will transform the way videos are filmed. These mics can block out echos and noise pollution. Simply plug the microphone into your phone or laptop for universal use. The two microphones will provide professional-sounding audio and have an input of 3.5mm which is standard for most smartphone-compatible microphones. Along with the two microphones the package includes 2 x extension cords, 1 x y-connector, 1 x adaptor, 2 x wind muffs and a portable leather bag to carry your set on the go.

    Find more SLINT Lavalier Lapel Microphone 2 Pack Bundle information and reviews here.

How to Start a Podcast:

Typically when you find an idea or topic to discuss on your new podcast you are off and running. There are podcasts that cover nearly every topic so if your idea is similar to others you will need an edge that will set you apart from other similar podcasts. If you are going at it solo then you really need something that will capture your audience's attention. Once you have found your specific voice and topics to discuss, you'll need the equipment to take your podcast from beginner to professional.

What Kind of Microphone Should You Invest In?

Depending on what you're talking about and who else is going to be involved you can get away with a smaller, simpler microphone. If you are going to have guests on your show or have more than one person talking during your podcast you can always buy a microphone that will allow multiple people to use or you can buy in bulk. Luckily for you, no matter the situation, we have you covered in this list of the best podcast microphones.

The overwhelming consensus in the audio and recording world is the Blue brand of microphones is the best. The Blue Yeti is sharp, clear, and easy to use. This is the mic that is used by the pros and by recording artists in the most famous studios and stages in the world. The Blue Yeti featured in this list is great for podcasts and can even handle singing, rapping, and any other kind of audio you can throw at it.

If your podcast is going to feature a ton of interviews and will be taken on the road from time to time you will need a mic that is portable and discreet. The Lapel Microphone that can hook directly into your phone is going to be your best bet. They are easy to use and are inexpensive enough for you to buy multiple items and still have enough left over to put back into your cast.

Perhaps you are going to have multiple guests on your podcast and require more than one microphone at a time. The most effective investment would be to buy in bulk and luckily for you, we have n option for that. The Rockville Dynamic mics that are made especially for podcasting come in bulk and are sold in four-packs so you can cover your co-hosts and guests without spending all of your loot. 

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