Best Quality Microphone in 2022
Providing good sound quality in a podcast is like providing a tasty meal at a world-class restaurant.
Before starting a podcast you need to learn the importance of sound quality and spending on a good podcast mic.
If you don’t give your listeners good crisp audio they can lose interest and their attention will go somewhere else.
Usually, there are two kinds of microphones recommended if you are starting podcasting. The XLR microphones and USB microphones.
USB microphones are designed to plug directly into the computer. You just have to put it out of the box, plug it and use it. A basic USB contains a microphone and a Universal Serial Bus plug that connects to the USB port.
Let’s look at some of the USB microphones.
- Blue Yeti
- JLab Talk
- Blue Snowball Ice
- Movo UM700
- HyperX Quadcast
Blue Yeti is one of the best USB microphones available. It doesn’t cost much and provides all that you need. It is a condenser mic with a built-in stand. It is one of the few microphones that provide multiple audio patterns and is easy to switch among them. Its size is 11.6×4.9×4.7 inches. In front of the microphone, you get a mute button as well as a volume knob that makes it easy to do adjustments. It’s really easy to use, you just have to remove it from the box and plug it in. The microphone is not as specific as specialised mics and is quite bulky.
-Good sound quality
-Mount isn’t great
JLab talk is one of the most common USB mics. Its dimensions are 9.9×7.6×7.6 inches. Its tripod is sturdy. It has four recording modes that are Cardioid, Omnidirectional pattern, Bidirectional mode and Stereo. It is user friendly and has a good recording quality. It has two knobs, one that controls your polar patterns and another one that controls the volume for your monitoring.It could pick up background noises and doesn’t have good noise cancellation. Also, all the directional modes that it provides are not useful.
-Good sound quality
- Four patterns
-Noise cancellation isn’t good
Blue Snowball Ice
Blue snowball ice is the best podcasting mic for people who are just beginning their podcast career. It is a compact and stylish microphone and can be connected via a USB cable. Its dimensions are 10.0×7.9×4.9 inches. It has one audio pattern viz, Cardioid. It’s easy to set up and comes with a good quality stand. It’s a condenser microphone and has a type B cable. It’s sturdy and has a recording resolution of 44.1 kHz at 16 bit. It is not suited for high-end applications and has no extra features. Also, you’ll need a filter to avoid pop sounds.
-Comes with a stand
- Good pricing
-Lacks any extra features
MOVO UM700 is a condenser type mic with four audio patterns: Bidirectional, Cardioid, Omnidirectional and Stereo. Its connection type is USB and the dimensions are 11.6×4.4×3.8 inches. It’s a good microphone at an affordable price. It has a nice metal finish and is sturdy which shows that it’s a good quality microphone. It also has a double pop filter. Its plug and play capability makes it easy to use. It is sensitive to shocks and bumps.
- Easy to use
HyperX Quadcast is a USB connector that sounds great. It’s a Condenser mic with four audio patterns: Bidirectional, Cardioid, Omnidirectional and Stereo. Its dimensions are 9.8×5.1×4.0 inches. It has a built-in stand as well as a shock mount. It also has an internal pop filter. It has an LED light to indicate mute and does a pretty good job at background noise rejection.The microphone is not great at rejecting plosives. There is also no way to adjust zero-latency monitoring. The pop filtering in this microphone is not great as compared to other mics.
-Many audio patterns
- Has to stand and mount
- Pop filter is bad
XLR microphone is best for high-quality audio. It is an analog mic and is connected through XLR cable. It can’t be plugged directly into the computer. It requires a hardware called an audio interface.
Now, let’s look at some XLR microphones.
- EV RE20 RE- Series
- Rode PocMic
- Sterling SP150SMK
- Shure SM7B
EV RE20 RE- Series
EV RE20 RE- Series is the top best XLR microphone you can get for podcasting. It will give you a clear voice. Even if you are sitting at a distance from the microphone it won’t change the frequency as other mics do. It does a great job at background noise rejection. It has a high pass filter for on the fly adjustment and is built like an absolute tank. Its dimensions are 8.53×2.14×1.94 inches. This microphone is really expensive. The extended frequency response makes it more susceptible to harsh frequency and has pretty low sensitivity.
- Good sound quality
- Performs well
Rode PcdMic is one of the best podcasting microphones; it has an XLR connector and is a condenser. The sturdy build helps greatly in noise cancellation. Its dimensions are 6.8×4.3×2.4 inches. It’s small and will not take large space making it easy to carry. It does a good job at removing harsh sounds and also gives a high voice quality with its built-in pop filter. Its plosive performance is also good compared to other mics. It is not great at off-axis rejection, which means it does pick up sounds also doesn’t come with a stand and it might be tricky for some users.
- Great price
- Comes with pop filter
-Stand isn’t available
AT2020 has tough quality and consistency standards compared to other mics. This microphone uses XLR and has a cardioid polar pattern that reduces the pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, a frequency response of 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz. Its dimensions are 6.38×2.05 inches. The sound quality is excellent and does a good job at capturing voices, it would work well with a professional set-up. It is durable and offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs easily.It sometimes produces high self noises and it doesn’t come with a shock mount.
-Great sound quality
-Shock mount isn’t available
Sterling SP150SMK is one of the most reputable microphones for beginners. It is beautifully built and feels expensive. It comes with a shock mount and carrying case. Its dimensions are 7.1×1.9×1.9 inches. The audio pattern is Cardioid that rejects back and side sounds. The connection type is XLR and is a Condenser type mic.This product is the absence of high pass filters and also it requires phantom power. Also, the vertical adjustment of this mic is a little bit tricky.
- Good sound quality
- Looks great
-Needs phantom power
Shure SM7B is a step up in audio quality. It’s well built and classy. The main attraction you will notice is how good it is at noise cancellation. It picks up all the details clearly during podcasting. Even if you are sitting far it will pick up your voice. It contains three frequency response settings. The dimensions of this product are 13.3×7.2×4.8 inches. It has an XLR connector. The microphone has a warm touch that gives listeners a pleasant feeling. The microphone has limited polar patterns and requires an inline mic pre for gain boost. Also, it is slightly on the expensive side.
-Good noise cancellation
- Picks details
- Amazing sound quality
I hope this will help you in choosing the “right” one for you.
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