The quality of a video is defined by its image and sound, whether in professional work or a home video. To help you level up your productions, we propose a list of the best microphones specially designed for creating podcasts. You will find models of different categories, from the most modest to the most advanced, to achieve the best sound quality according to your needs.
AKG Pro Audio P220 Vocal Condenser Microphone, Black
Manufacturer AKG, now owned by Samsung, also has several proposals for podcast creators, with one of the strongest being the P2020 model. This large-diaphragm condenser microphone is designed to provide warm, clean sound in voice recordings but can also be used for instruments. Like others in its class, this mic offers a frequency response of between 20 and 20,000 Hz.
It has a low filter and an attenuator that will allow you to obtain the maximum precision in your recordings, depending on your voice or the environmental conditions. In addition, it is capable of withstanding a high sound pressure (155 dB SPL) in case you need it to record live music. Although unlike other models on this list, the AKG P220 connects via XLR cable, so you will need an external controller in your computer to connect it.
The package includes the microphone, the “spider” type bracket to suspend it in any standard mount, and a carrying case that will allow you to take it anywhere.
Audio Technica AT2020USB Plus
With this microphone, you can capture sound directly with your PC in a very simple way. Thanks to its USB connection and high-quality analog / digital converter, the AT2020USB + allows you to record 16 bits with a sampling of 44.1 or 48 kHz. The microphone is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern and offers a frequency response of between 20 and 20,000 Hz, more than enough to obtain good results.
In addition, it has a headphone amplifier and a minijack socket to connect headphones, with which you can listen to the previous to guarantee the best results. It also integrates a mix controller to control the fusion of microphone sound with pre-recorded audio and is compatible with any recording software. This will make things very easy for you to work with, whether in a home studio or on a professional set.
The package includes everything you need to use it. It has a USB cable used for power and sound transmission, with a mini tripod to place it on the table and support tilt the mic according to your needs.
beyerdynamic FOX USB Condenser Microphone
Professional quality with maximum functionality is the foundation of the Beyerdynamic Fox microphone, the brand’s most powerful proposal for podcasters. Its large-diaphragm condenser microphone and analog / digital converter allow 24-bit sound recording with 96 kHz sampling, a professional standard for maximum quality. This is enhanced by the full-range frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz, which achieves maximum sound detail.
The manufacturer has put all the meat on the grill with this desktop microphone model, integrating a headphone output, volume control, and mixing to speed up the production of videos. A pre-recorded sound is combined with voice-overs. And, with its USB connection, it can be used with any computer and only needs to be connected to be recognized by the recording or broadcast software.
An important detail is that the package includes a tilting desk stand and an anti-pop filter designed specifically for this mic. Thanks to this, certain sounds are filtered out, which tends to worsen the recording of voices when speaking directly into the microphone from short distances.
Sennheiser HandMic Digital
The Sennheiser firm is committed to a dynamic microphone for podcast producers, especially thinking about recording in noisy environments. The Handmic Digital model combines the great robustness of its cardioid handheld mics with a USB interface to facilitate its use with all types of devices, both PC and Mac computers and Android and iOS mobile devices. Thanks to this, you can use this microphone for your interviews and for indoor recordings, where you will only have to place it on a support.
The microphone can record sound with a frequency response of between 40 and 16,000 Hz and withstands pressure levels of up to 134 dB, more than enough for any recording environment. With it, the quality of your productions will be assured, thanks to the fact that it allows you to record at 24 bits with a sampling rate of up to 96 kHz. This will allow you to use professional applications to achieve a professional level in your videos.
Its design is robust and is designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor recording and transportation at the same level as the brand’s professional mics. The package includes a USB cable, a lightning connector for iOS devices, a base, a standard threaded bracket, and a carrying bag.
Marantz Pod Pack 1
This pack provides you with maximum versatility for your studio recordings, as it includes everything you need to use at home. The microphone included in the Marantz Pod Pack 1 is a condenser microphone, with a cardioid polar pattern and a great frequency response, between 20 and 17,000 Hz. Its technical characteristics also include its sensitivity of -34 dB and supporting a sound pressure of 132 dB maximum.
It is made of steel, which makes it robust and helps protect it from external interference. Its interface is USB and plug & play, so it can be connected to any computer without the need for an external controller. Therefore, it is compatible with any audio and video recording and editing software.
The manufacturer has created this pack especially for podcast creators on a tight budget but who don’t want to compromise on quality. For this reason, it has included gooseneck-type support with a claw to hold it to the table, which allows it to be placed in almost any position, be it front, over-head, side…
Among Rode’s diverse microphones offering, the PodMic is the brand’s latest offering for podcast producers. This is a cardioid polar pattern dynamic mic that enhances nearby sounds and passively attenuates ambient sounds. Therefore, it does not need additional power, although it has the “trade-off” that connecting it to an interface with an XLR input is necessary—nothing a podcast creator doesn’t have under his belt.
Its revolutionary circular design includes an internal suspension system for the microphone, so possible vibrations are avoided. Its capsule is covered by a mesh that acts as an ant-pop filter, so it is unnecessary to place an additional one. This microphone picks up a range of frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz and has an output impedance of 320 ohms, something to keep in mind when connecting it to certain recording or playback devices.
The package includes the microphone and a standard screw mount that can be flipped 180o, perfect for attaching to a tripod, a gooseneck, or any microphone mount.
M-Audio Uber Mic
With its triple capsule condenser microphone, the M-Audio Uber Mic has everything you need to record in any situation. You can change the polar pattern between four options (cardioid, Omni, stereo, or “8 figure”). In addition, it includes a headphone jack with a listening volume control and a button to mute the mic.
Its frequency response ranges from 30 to 20,000 Hz, and it’s analog/digital converter allows recording at 16 bits with a sampling of up to 48,000 Hz. The Uber Mic is ready to connect to any computer via USB and record without latency, making it perfect for live broadcasts.
The manufacturer has included an add-on that adds a lot of value to this microphone, the Pro Tools tool. Considered an industry standard, this software enables professional-level audio recording and editing. In addition, it includes 1 Gb of free storage for collaborative work and a package with infinite sound loops to enrich your productions.
Sony ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone
The universe of podcasters is very diverse, and many have moved to interchangeable-lens cameras like the Sony Alpha. For these users, Sony has developed the ECM-B1M pistol microphone, high-quality equipment designed to take advantage of the hot shoe of these digital cameras, dispensing with cables for greater comfort.
Among its most outstanding features are its three directionality modes, allowing you to switch between omnidirectional, unidirectional, and super directional modes for maximum precision when recording videos in noisy environments. And to help out outdoors, it also includes a windproof “plush” and an anti-shake mount that reduces low-frequency noises, such as those produced when handling the camera.
Another of the strengths of this sophisticated microphone is that it includes a series of additional house brand controls, such as automatic or manual volume adjustment, a multi-position attenuator, and a filter that attenuates infrasound during recording. It also has a switch to toggle between digital and analog recording, making it compatible with different camera models, both professional and consumer, not just the Sony Alpha CSCs.
Apple platform users will find the Shure Motiv MV5 a good option to record quality audio for their podcasts. It is light, has an attractive design, is akin to the brand, and has everything you need for mobile productions. And it is not only intended for iOS, but it can be used with PC, Mac, and Android devices that support the USB Audio Class 2.0 and Micro USB OTG standard.
It has a USB output, a lightning connector, and minijack output to monitor the sound with headphones in real-time. It also features three digital signal processing presets, which tailor microphone properties to record vocals, instruments or deliver a standard flat response.
Thanks to the ShurePlus Motiv app, 24-bit recording with 48 kHz sampling is possible, and additional options can be used, reducing the need for sound post-processing. For example, a limiter, a compressor, and a practical 5-band equalizer. The manufacturer includes a sleek desk stand, but the MV5 can also be used on a 6.35mm threaded camera or tripod, giving it plenty of versatility.
Manufacturer Behringer has brought its expertise in developing professional microphones to the world of podcasting with the C1U. This model is the USB version of your popular C1. It maintains its metal design that provides great durability for use in any environment, backed by its three-year warranty.
Its high-quality condenser capsule is based on a pressure gradient transducer, which withstands pressures of up to 139 dB and offers a frequency response of between 40 and 20,000 HZ. In addition, the system is encased in an internal bracket that reduces vibrations, allowing it to be used beyond a desk. For example, to record interviews. In addition, its integrated USB interface is ready to record on any computer, without the need for additional equipment.
But the benefits of this great microphone do not stop there, but Behringer includes a license of the Tracktion production software, with which you can make professional-grade mixes. And it provides over 150 instrument and effect plugins to enrich your productions. The package includes a swivel mount and a USB cable for the computer.
Blue Yeti Nano
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 – Blackout
With a more compact design than the brand’s classic microphone, the Blue Yeti Nano maintains the quality standard of its predecessor. But it has a more thoughtful approach to podcast broadcasts via USB connection. Its technology allows 24-bit sound recording at 48 kHz, and its internal condenser mic is made up of two 14-mm capsules with a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Thanks to this, it allows you to alternate between a cardioid polar pattern, enhance nearby audio, and an omnidirectional one, to pick up sound from various sources.
It features a headphone connection with its built-in amplifier, which provides a 130mW output and a frequency response of 15-22,000 Hz for top-quality listening. It also has a control to mute the microphone. Its attractive design includes a desk stand, although the manufacturer has provided the Yeti Nano with a standard thread to fit it in suspension systems or giraffes, so it can be placed on any support.
This mic is completely Plug and Play, so it can be used with PC and Mac computers without the need for specific software or drivers. However, it has the Blue Sherpa application, which allows easier access to certain controls, something very useful to avoid touching it while recording. This program gives access to the recording volume, the “mute” control, the two polar patterns, the sampling quality, or the headphones’ volume, among other functions.
It is one of the brand’s latest innovations, designed for podcast recording, both on the desktop and on the go, especially for Mac users and Apple devices. The Samson Satellite is a high-quality USB microphone with an attractive and functional design made of polished metal. Its two 16mm condenser capsules are encased in a suspension system that isolates the mic from vibrations from the table or stand, providing the best quality.
It offers the ability to switch your capture scheme between three polar patterns: cardioid, 8-shape, and omnidirectional. This is a key factor that allows using this microphone to record a person’s voice individually, two people facing each other or larger groups, depending on the needs of the moment. The manufacturer ensures that its latency is zero, so it can be used for live broadcasts with total reliability and great sound quality.
Its double microphone covers a frequency range between 20 and 20,000 Hz, and its analog-digital converter allows 24-bit recording with a sampling rate of up to 48 kHz. In addition, it supports a maximum sound pressure of 135 dB SPL. It has a headphone jack, a USB cable, and another lightning to connect it to iOS devices, volume control, and mute. In addition, it can be controlled from an application for iOS devices.
Lewitt DGT 450
The most classic design meets new technologies in this powerful USB microphone, designed to offer the highest sound quality in productions inside and outside the studio. The Lewitt DGT-450 integrates a 17mm diameter permanently polarized condenser transducer with a cardioid polar pattern. It can pick up sound in a frequency range between 50 and 20,000 Hz and has a low-cut filter, which allows frequencies below 80 Hz to be removed during recording, saving post-production time.
The quality of its components also includes the digitizer, which allows recording sound in a professional format, at 24 bits and up to 96 kHz. In addition, it has a headphone jack with a full-range frequency response, which does not generate latency. All its functions are managed from its front panel, which combines touch controls for its two recording modes and other selection functions, with a classic wheel to regulate the volume of capture and listening.
The package includes UBS and lightning cables, a mini desktop tripod, and a standard threaded swivel mount to place it in the desired position or attach to any microphone stand. In addition, the manufacturer provides an application for iOS devices that allows you to control the microphone functions from your mobile or tablet. And it’s also good for editing sound, applying effects, and building a personal library of mobile productions.
The T.Bone SC 500
The Thomann firm is a specialist in sound equipment sales of all categories, but it also has its brand of equipment, under which it offers some interesting products. One of them is The T.Bone SC500 USB micro, specially designed for podcast creators looking for good quality at a reasonable price. This attractively designed mic contains everything you need to achieve high-quality recordings and has a clear focus on home productions, with one or more speakers.
Its design includes three condenser capsules that allow you to switch between four polar patterns, which are cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional, and 8-shape. This allows you to address the many situations in which a podcast creator who often conducts interviews can be involved. On a quality level, the SC500 USB offers a full-range frequency response (20-20,000 Hz) and allows recording at 16 or 24 bits, with digital sampling up to 192 kHz.
In addition to the USB connection, like most of the microphones on this list, it features a latency-free headphone output, a switch for all three pickup patterns, a listening volume control, and a button to mute the mic. Its foot has a slim design and allows you to tilt the mic to adapt it to the best position. But, in addition, at its base, it has a standard thread with which it can be attached to any microphone holder indoors.
iRig Mic HD 2
The second version of this USB handheld microphone maintains the sound quality you’ve come to expect from the brand, combined with the versatility a dynamic mic offers for conducting interviews and other outdoor productions. The iRig Mic HD 2 features a 0.55″ electret condenser capsule that offers a cardioid polar pattern, essential for limiting surrounding sound outdoors. Its frequency response is full range (20-20,000 Hz), and, thanks to its analog/digital converter, it allows you to make professional-quality recordings at 24 bits and up to 96 kHz.
Its USB connection allows it to be connected to Apple computers and mobile devices, which must supply power for the system. Its lower part has a headphone output, and in the front, there are the recording volume control and the listening volume control, which are independent. This allows you to have the two most important functions close at hand when shooting outdoors when you need maximum speed in settings for optimal results.
The manufacturer has included in the pack a desk stand, a screw adapter for other supports, the conventional USB cable, another with a lightning socket for iOS devices, and a carrying bag. In addition, it has a complete suite of computer software and applications for Apple devices, with which all its functions can be controlled easily.