Best Podcast Mics
When it comes to podcasting, you want quality equipment and there is not a more important piece of equipment than the microphone that you will be using.
You want a mic that is going to produce crispiest cleanest audio possible or nobody will listen to your podcast no matter how good it is.
I am not here to list every microphone on the market, this is a clear, precise list of fantastic podcasting microphones that fit all budgets whether you are just starting out or an expert podcaster.
Microphones are a tricky business and what works for you might not work for somebody else, once you have purchased a microphone you will need to play about with placements to get it right for you.
USB or XLR microphone connection?
USB is easy to set up, but you are limited to recording only one microphone at a time, so you do need to avoid USB mics if you are looking for a more than one microphone setup.
There is nothing at all wrong with USB microphone sound quality, but you will get better quality from an XLR connection.
XLR as stated above, is going to give you the best sound quality for your podcast, but you will require a mixer to be able to connect your microphone to your computer and you will also be able to connect more than one microphone.
Condenser v Dynamic
The microphones on this list are either condenser or a dynamic type.
Dynamic microphones are usually preferable for podcasts because they’re not as sensitive to room noise, but the sound quality takes a hit.
The sound is still great from a dynamic mic but you would notice the difference next to a condenser.
Condenser microphones pick up every little noise that is happening in the room and are not recommended unless you know what you are doing.
You will get better sound quality with a perfect set up using a condenser microphone but if you get a bad set up than it can end up sounding much worse than a dynamic microphone.
We have reviewed a lot of microphones to narrow down the process to give you all the details you need to pick up a fantastic microphone, read on as I guide you through the best podcast microphones available on the market in 2020.
8. Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
The Samson Go microphone I would say is for podcasters who travel a lot and want a decent mic that is portable.
It is tiny and very convenient as it clips on to any laptop, but don’t expect the sound quality to be outstanding and we were having a little trouble with the microphone picking up too much room noise.
At the end of the day, we were getting clear quality for a mic that can fit in your pocket and is affordable for all budgets.
7. Blue Snowball Microphone
One of the best known microphones on the market for streamers and podcasts, but I believe there are better mics on the market than the Blue Snowball, don’t get me wrong this is a good microphone I just believe you can get better bang for your buck.
In the right circumstances, it’s a great mic, but for the majority of people they ill be better looking further down this list.
6. Samson Meteor USB Studio Microphone
For a microphone that will easily sit on any desk and plugs straight into your computer the Samson Meteor is a serious option you need to consider and that is before even mentioning the budget price.
For a USB mic the sound does not get much better than the Samson Meteor.
5. Rode NT1-A Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The Rode NT1-A is for the more experienced podcaster and its price is pretty unbeatable in terms of what you get for your money.
I say this is more for the experienced podcast because it can be fiddly to get the sound levels right and it is not a plug and play microphone, but once you do I love this microphone and would recommend it to anybody looking fro the crispest sound for their podcast.
This felt like a $1,000 microphone when we got it set up.
4. Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Blue Yeti microphones are one of the better known microphones and that is for good reason!
It’s a fantastic USB microphone that is going to be perfect the majority of people who are starting a podcast or streaming on Twitch.
The Blue Yeti is minimum fuss to set up and you will have a quality working mic in no time whatsoever.
Make sure you are speaking into the correct side and are close to the microphone when speaking and you will not have any trouble.
3. Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone
The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a perfect microphone for anyone who is looking to get started in the XLR microphone world and is possibly the cheapest microphone available that will give you professional sounding audio for your podcast.
The AT2020 is going to pick up any background noise from mouse clicking to someone farting on the other side of the room, so be aware of how loud your recording room is going to be.
The quality is superior to USB mics, but the AT2020 is not a plug and play microphone, and you will need other equipment for it to work.
This microphone is built to last and you will not be replacing it any time soon.
There is actually a USB version of the AT2020 microphone available, but it is not one that made my list.
2. Samson Q2U Microphone
The great thing about the Samson Q2U is you don’t have to decide between XLR or USB connection as you get both with this microphone.
This is a well designed, well balanced dynamic microphone that comes at a very affordable price.
This is the mic you should be looking at if you are scared about background noise as it is a dynamic mic and will cut all that extra noise out.
A versatile microphone that is perfect for beginners, you get a lot more than you pay for with the Q2U.
1. Shure SM7B Microphone
The Shure SM7B is not a hobbyist microphone this is for the dedicated podcaster who wants crystal clear professional audio and the price let’s you know this is not a microphone for the hobbyist.
The SM7B has a certain character and once you have it set up you will never need another microphone again, I love it and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Get ready for a golden sound and zero background noise.
As a podcaster, we are only looking at one main quality when deciding to choose a microphone and that is sound quality, but do not fail to overlook the complexity of setting up microphones that are not USB as most will require extra equipment.
No matter what anybody tells you podcast microphones are not a one size fits all, what works for one may not work for the other.
And it is nearly impossible to try out every podcast microphone available for any meaningful amount of time.
The reviewed microphones provided to you above are enough to guarantee that you will purchase a great podcast mic, but make sure you know what you want.
Did I miss any microphones off of the list?