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Choosing a Podcast Microphone and Elisa Birnbaum – PCI 220

December 03, 2020

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Choosing a podcast microphone typically involves some testing. With such a wide variety of options to choose from, we tested some for you live and give recommendations and a clear understanding of condenser vs dynamic microphones.

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Thank you to Elisa for sitting down with Todd to talk about her show In the Business of Change.
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Best Practice:
How to choose the right microphone for you. Three different microphones, three different price points.

Electro-Voice RE20 $450 (Todd uses the Shure SM7B $400)
Sennheiser e835 $100

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset Mic. $200

Dynamic vs. Condenser

Dynamic is better for noise rejection


Heil PR40, SM7B, RE20, SM58, ATR2100 and the new MV7

The condenser is more “full” sounding


Snowball, Blue Yeti, Any built-in mic for Portable Recorders, Blue Mickey and the REALLY expensive Neumann U 87 ($3600!)

Expensive vs. cheap

Is a $400 microphone $300 better than a $100 mic?

What is your budget?

Does YOUR voice sound good on the mic you choose?

Some voices do not sound good on some microphones.  For instance, often times women’s voices do not sound as good on the Heil PR40 as they do on the Heil PR30 or the SM7B.  If you can borrow a mic to test with, test with as many as you can.

What is your podcast environment like?

Dynamic mics are better if you have background noise or for recording in the field.

If you are very sound-proofed room, or the coat closet, a condenser microphone could work for you.


Bottom line, if you find one that works for you, you can check it off your list of things to do.  Don’t overthink it.

Blubrry News:

Microphone giveaway! It's the last few hours of our Instagram giveaway for an ATR2100x-USB. To participate, follow us, like the Instagram post and tag 3 friends, it ends tonight Dec. 4 at midnight EST.