The 5 Best Podcasting Microphones for Beginners+

There’s no doubt that podcasts are on the rise and showing no signs of stopping. The flexible, inexpensive entertainment medium makes it easy for anyone to produce their own work. Don’t have money for expensive sets, special effects, or camera equipment? With an audio medium, all you need is your imagination—and a microphone. So what are you waiting for? Start turning your idea into a reality today. 

No matter what kind of podcast you’re making—from non-fiction talk shows to investigative journalism to sweeping fictional narratives—we promise there’s a microphone out there for your budget. 

Here are our five favorites currently on the market:

1.) Samson SAQ2U USB ($50)

This mic is for you if: 

  • You have access to a quiet, quality sound-proofed room. 
  • You will only be recording 1-2 voices at a time. 
  • You want the ability to plug it directly into your computer for easy use with programs like Garageband. 
  • You don’t need all the bells and whistles.

Click here for a more in-depth review of the mic and its features. 

2.) Blue Yeti Condenser Microphone ($109)

This mic is for you if: 

  • You care about the design, user-friendliness, and popularity (it’s popular). 
  • You need to record up to 2-4 voices at once. 
  • You would like to be able to plug it directly into your computer for easy use with programs like Garageband. 
  • You have the ability to minimize white noise while recording.
  • You would like to control the directionality of what you’re recording.
  • You like a good bell and whistle but might not know what a mixer is.

Click here for a more in-depth review of the mic and its features. 

3.) Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone ($149)

This mic is for you if: 

  • You need to put some distance between the microphone and what’s being recorded.
  • You will be recording multiple voices at once. 
  • You’re looking for a near professional-quality sound.
  • You’re looking for a flatter low-end (bass frequency).
  • You are worried about a little white noise.
  • You aren’t an expert but learning the basics of sound design and mixing excites you.

Click here for a more in-depth review of the mic and its features. 

4.) Rode Procaster ($210)

This mic is for you if: 

  • You are looking for a professional, easy to use, dynamic microphone. (In summary: dynamic microphones are more sensitive—which has its pros and cons).
  • You have access to a sound-proofed recording area.
  • You will be recording multiple voices at once. 
  • You’re looking for professional sound quality.
  • You will be recording soundscapes all at once (as opposed to recording bass, then guitar, then vocals, etc.).
  • You have a good grasp on the basics of sound and sound mixing.
  • You have the cash to burn.

Click here for a more in-depth review of the mic and its features. 

5.) Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone ($329)

This mic is for you if: 

  • You are looking for a professional dynamic microphone.  
  • You have access to a sound-proofed recording area.
  • You’re looking for high-quality professional sound.
  • You’re maybe shouldn’t have clicked an article on beginner podcast microphones.
  • You have the cash to burn.

Click here for a more in-depth review of the mic and its features. 

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