Last but not least, and certainly not the least in terms of name and pricing, comes Audio-Technica. With so much respect on their name in various aspects of the music and recording industry, you can safely bet the AT2035PK will comfortably deliver you results in the world of podcasting.
And it’s the sweetest of deals — included in this bundled package are podcast-applicable headphones, an XLR cable and a boom arm that connects to your desk. So you will have everything you need to get yourself on the airwaves. It’s a cardioid patterned condenser mic, and does a spectacular job of isolating sound from the source in front of it (that’s you!) and reducing anything coming from other angles. If you’re looking to spend on a real collector’s item in a brilliant package, then perhaps this is the best podcasting microphone for your show.
Choosing the best podcasting microphone for your needs
Making sure the product you choose gets great sound quality goes for any microphone, let alone a podcast microphone. It’s the paramount thing you should look for — especially when the voice is front and centre of the podcast medium. If you get a shoddy mic that delivers bad vocal sound, you’ll really struggle to hide it after recording. Thankfully, all the lovingly chosen podcast microphones above boast good sound results.
Next up, the nature of your podcast will affect the recording patterns you need to go for. If it’s a solo podcast with just you speaking, or if your guests will only join remotely (e.g. via Zoom) and not be present with you, you will simply need a cardioid recording pattern. This only works in a group setting if everyone has their own cardioid microphone to speak into.
If you don’t want/can’t afford multiple mics for recording more than one person, you’ll need a wider pattern — bidirectional modes allow you to record a person directly in front and another person directly behind the microphone. If there’s a group encircled around one mic, you’ll need an omnidirectional mode. This will require a bit of editing afterwards to get everyone’s voice to an equal volume (hence why each person having a mic is the ideal luxury).
As we reach this article’s end, the onus falls upon you to choose the best podcasting microphone of your dreams, and share your story with the world. We can’t wait to hear it!
Further Reading: Regardless of which microphone you choose, the results of your recordings will significantly benefit from adding compression to control dynamics. Check out our full guide on compression for vocals to learn more.