by Dale Cohen
There are a large amount of microphones out on the market for this exploding trend of podcasting. While there are a variety of options ranging from complete all in one podcasting kits, USB microphones and high-end condenser microphones, it is recommended to inspect the different possibilities for recording sound.
We have collated some microphones and packages to help you on your way to find the best kit for your podcast equipment.
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Video Bundle
This package features a shotgun microphone for your smartphone, tablet or DSLR camera. This provides a simple system for recording using a tripod to lift the device. The provided microphone has a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz, gain thumbwheel and direct monitor button.
This package is fantastic for the mobile podcaster, able to setup quickly, and will work with most video and audio apps.
Rode Ultimate Duo Podcasting Kit
This bundle delivers the RODE RodeCaster Pro which is a fantastic all-in-one studio production console with 4 high-quality microphone channels and a large amount of features to have a professional podcasting kit at home.
Two Rode Podmic Broadcast Microphones are included with boom arms to easily move the position of the microphone. The package also includes two AKG K52 studio headphones with a frequency response of 18 to 20000 Hz and sensitivity 110 dB.
This system is a common favourite for podcasters due it's significant performance quality.
Audio Technica Creator Pack
This is a great package which features the AT2020USB+ Microphone with on-board mix control. The microphone has a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz, and comes equipped with a boom arm and ATH-M20x Headphones which delivers clear sound, and a frequency response of 15 – 20,000 Hz.
Yeti Blue Microphone
The Yeti USB Microphone provides a multitude of options, with four pattern modes to choose from. It is connected via USB, however it also has a 3.5mm output jack that allows you to listen to your audio in real time. There is a volume knob and mute button for extra control.
This is a great budget option with a lot of value.
The Shure SM27 is a rugged and versatile, cardioid condenser microphone. The construction has three separate mesh layers which reduce wind and breath noise. With a max SPL of 133dB (147dB w/Pad) and output impedance of 150 ohms. With Shure being a strong producer of microphones, this is a fantastic choice to add to your podcasting kit.
Rode NT5 Condenser Microphone – Hire
This is an amazing studio microphone with a tight cardioid pickup pattern, which is sometimes referred to as a “pencil mic”. It provides low noise, an externally biased condenser, employs a 1/2" capsule and an active J-FET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer.
The NT5 is designed and made in Australia, and is a great addition to your podcasting equipment.
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