Choosing a microphone to launch your podcast does not have to be a difficult task. I will give you my top three podcasting microphone picks for 2017.
My top choice and most used are my Heil PR-40 chrome version. This is considered the Ferrari of microphones and it will make anyone sound very good, even me. I really love how crisp and clean it makes me sound. Take a few moments and check out at least 10 shows on iTunes and I bet you will hear at least 3-4 of them that have terrible audio quality. Now, it could be their microphone or it could be the recording software they use (I will cover the BEST recording software on another blog post). But, many times it is a poor choice in microphones and you certainly want to give your audience the best audio experience possible. However, be prepared to shell out some cash as it does not come cheap. Below is a breakdown of what all the components will cost you.
Heil PR-40 Chrome version: $400. Non-chrome versions are about $100 less
Shock Mount: $105
Pop filter: $59
Misc cables: $20
Don’t panic because you certainly do not need a Heil PR-40 to start your podcast. This is only if you wanted to have what is considered the best equipment. The other smart choice and my second pick for a microphone when starting a podcast, which is more economical, is the Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Silver or Blackout edition. This microphone is easy to use, requires no other equipment and plugs directly into your USB port on your computer. Instantly, you will have awesome sounding audio. There are few buttons on this microphone and it is easily one of the coolest on the market today. The best part is that it is only around $129 on Amazon. You simply cannot beat that and you can read the thousands of positive reviews that the Blue Yeti has received.
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My third pick for recording a podcast is the Tascam DR-05 portable recorder. This is a cool little audio recorder for on the go. I use this when recording interviews away from my home office and computer. In fact, I will be carrying it with me this weekend while at the Lucas Oil Motocross National MX race at Muddy Creek Raceway in Tennessee. I will interview several of the top riders for my show and I will just use this handheld recorder to do all the work. It fits right into my pocket and is very light. The one item I suggest you purchase for the Tascam DR-05 recorder is a windscreen. This will help keep windy conditions from ruining your sound quality. You can purchase any cheap foam microphone filter for about USD $5.
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These are my top three picks for 2017 podcasting microphones. I hope this was helpful and please be sure to pick up your FREE “How to Launch a Podcast Cheatsheet” on my Home Page. Also, feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any podcasting questions. Be sure to visit iTunes and check out The Tim Laskis Show for awesome entrepreneurial guest interviews.
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