Understanding Microphones For Podcasting

You may have heard very often that podcasting is very simple to get into, and the technical requirements are few. That may be true for beginners, but as your podcast grows you will probably want to perfect every aspect of it. 

Why Microphones Choice Is Important

After success recording a few episodes using your phone, you’ve realized you enjoy podcasting. Using Jaynike, you find yourself with a bigger audience and decide it’s time they heard a new and improved version of your podcast. The first thing you will need to improve is your audio. 

Engaging a listener may be contingent on high-quality content, but bad audio will make it hard for engaged listeners to wait till the end of your episodes. Think of every radio show you’ve ever listened to. Why does the host turn down the music before speaking? Probably because they’d like to be heard clearly. So, understanding the types of microphones and their uses is important if you plan on growing a podcast.

Dynamic Microphones and Condenser Microphones

Before you go on and choose between these two, you need to understand that both are viable options. Some podcasters prefer the latter, while others the former. It all depends on what you’re looking for. 

Dynamic microphones are primitive models and are very durable. There is no need for understanding the technicalities of how it works, but you need to know that it only picks up a narrow range of frequencies. This means it won’t pick up so much background noise, but rather focus on the sound that is nearest to it.

Condenser microphones are the kind musicians use because they are very sensitive and can cover a wider frequency. When using this option you may need to soundproof the room you are recording. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s off-limits for podcasters. Many choose this type of microphone to get a brighter and clearer tone to their podcast. 

Confused? That’s normal for a beginner, and the key is to experiment. Try out a few and try to listen carefully to your recordings. You may soon find yourself set on one type but not knowing exactly why. 

USB or XLR?

Most beginners reach for a USB microphone simply because they find out that there is no need to purchase an extra device (interface) to connect it to their computer. That may be an advantage, but XLR microphones are capable of producing higher quality audio.

How do they differ?

You will be surprised to find that the main difference is the way they connect to the computer. Their connections are different because the cables used are different, and an XLR cable carries sound waves in a better way. Also, interfaces are usually a mixer that allows for tweaking the audio to your liking. Another thing to remember is that most USB options are only condenser mics. Whereas XLR can be either a condenser or a dynamic microphone. 

Naturally, because of their higher quality, XLR microphones are more expensive. Add to that the price of buying an interface, and the price tag will make you wonder whether you are podcasting professionally or as a hobby. Decide how much you are investing in podcasting before you start researching, and you will be happier with your microphone choice. 

In short, experimenting is the best way to understand the type of microphone that is perfect for your podcasting needs. XLR microphones are more expensive, but the cost is well-deserved. Both types are often used by podcasters, so don’t worry if you’re leaning towards one or the other – there is no wrong answer. The only condition is that you understand what you want from a microphone and which kind will provide that for you. 

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