Which microphone should I use for podcasting?

Dave Hamilton isn’t just a very experienced podcaster, he’s a very talented musician to boot. His advice here is very good.

  • Thanks for posting this, Peter! Over at TidBITS, we record all of our articles as podcasts, and because I listen to so many podcasts, I’m picky about quality. I asked around for mic recommendations, and the Blue Yeti was mentioned again and again. I decided to splurge, and it is a great microphone. Also, I bought a copy of Audio Hijack Pro, but didn’t realize it had a noise gate, so I need to investigate that further.

  • Nice. Thx for this link. Going to start a podcast at the end of the year.

  • JohnDoey

    An Apogee MiC is $199, has an onboard gain control and level light, and “just works” with iPads, iPhones, and Macs. With a Mac you get 24-bit recording. If you are doing anything remotely musical, this is definitely the all-in-one USB MiC to get. But it just captures great-sounding recordings of voices and is ridiculously easy to use. Also very rugged.

    I disagree wholeheartedly with the author’s dynamic versus condenser ideas. The reason broadcast radio standardized on dynamics is because both radio broadcasts and dynamic mics are missing the top 25–50% of the frequencies that humans can hear. There was no reason to go to the expense of using condensers (which require AC power or batteries) to capture audio frequencies that could not even be broadcast over AM or FM. However, podcasts are not like AM/FM, they are like CD. Your listener has 20–20,000 Hz soundscape and so do condenser microphones and so do human ears. Even if you are crushing your MP4 audio down for network delivery, even at only 64 kbits AAC still has the full 20–20,000 Hz soundscape. And in the future you will crush the audio less and be glad those frequencies are in your recording. So you should be recording with a condenser to capture your full voice. Audio processing is very much Garbage In Garbage Out. A high-fidelity, full-frequency recording is the main priority.

  • Toss in another vote for the Blue Yeti.

    I’ve been using it for almost a year now in recording for-fun videos for YouTube with some friends. Unfortunately, most of the videos involve me being on the other end of a Skype call, so our viewers can’t appreciate it. Even so, it beats the pants off the headset I used to use, and on the rare occasion I do something that actually gets recorded on my end, it’s nice to know it’ll be exactly what I want.