We did a deepdive into how to start a podcast recently, as podcasting is getting more and more popular. But just an idea won’t get you anywhere, you’ll need the right tools. And there’s nothing more important in podcasting than making sure your voice is clear and channel out other sounds. In this article, you will find the best (USB) microphones to make sure your podcasts sound amazing. 

The top 5 podcasting microphones currently on the market for every budget and need:

1. NEWHAODI Lavalier Lapel Microphone Kit
Low budget and easy to use 

Price: $17.99

If you’ll be recording from your phone and looking for a budget solution, this is one of the best mics you can get. And it’s a full kit too. The Lavalier Lapel Kit has a noise cancelling microphone which works everywhere. It’s a plug and play system, so there’s no need for batteries or apps. How? Just plug it into your device of choice and use your own audio recording app to start recording. The Lavalier Lapel Microphone kit comes with plugs for multiple devices like an iPhone,  iPhone X, GoPro, MacBook and many more. It’s not the heaviest build, as you can expect from a 17 dollar kit, but it does the job quite well. 

PRO’s:

  • Low budget
  • Connectors for most devices

CON’s:

  • Overall build quality
  • Not a USB microphone

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2. Audio-Technica AT2020USBi Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Price: $199.00

Looking for something a bit more serious? Want REALLY high quality audio and more features? Then this is the one for you. The Cardioid Condenser has great recording quality. Or, as they call it: “high-resolution” recording. The microphone has input-level control, making it possible to adjust input level on the microphone itself. Besides that, it has a extended frequency response which is perfect for podcasting. The Cardioid Condenser USB microphone is compatible with Windows, Mac and iOS. With the specs of this microphone, you could be doing music recording and podcasting at the same time.

PRO’s: 

  • Top quality sounds
  • Good build quality
  • Lagless

CON’s:

  • Blue intrusive led light

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Audio-Technica AT2020USBi Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
  • Condenser microphone with digital output for convenient, high-resolution recording
  • High-quality A/D converter with 24-bit/96 kHz sampling rate for superb, high-resolution audio
  • Mic gain control allows you to adjust input level on the mic itself
  • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording and voiceover use
  • Compatible with Windows 7 and above, Mac OS 10.6 and above, and iOS 7.02 and above (requires Lightning connector)
  • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use
  • Included USB and Lightning cables provide ready connectivity to computers and iOS devices
 

3. Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition

Price: $129

Now this is a good looking microphone. The Blue Yeti USB Microphone is perfect for recording your podcasts but can also be used for vocals, instruments and field recordings. It’s has 3 condenser capsules that can record pretty much in every situation, without any latency. And with it’s four different pattern settings so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, or interviews in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. This mid-level and reasonably priced microphone is one of Amazon’s best selling USB microphones, and for a reason: It doesn’t only look great, it’s a professional level microphone for a budget price. Works on any (recent) WIndows and Mac laptop. 

PRO’s:

  • Looks amazing
  • Multiple pattern selection

CON’s:

  • Can pick up background sounds without pop-filter

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition
  • Tri-capsule array - 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation.
  • Multiple pattern selection - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo.Frequency Response- 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output. Power output (RMS): 130mW
  • Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls.
  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM(remove...
 

4. Blue Snowball USB Microphone

Price: 69$

We’ve already seen Blue makes really cool microphones. The Snowball is another one from Blue. It doesn’t only look pretty awesome, it works pretty awesome as well. The plug and play microphone works without software, and is capable of recording vocals as well as instrumentals professionally.  Just like the Blue Yeti, you can switch between various settings like recording vocals, instrumental music, podcasts and music. Proper microphone for a very reasonable price. 

Pro’s: 

  • Good sound quality 
  • Very reasonable priced
  • Easy to set up

Con’s: 

  • Top screws off a bit easily
  • Stand can be a little flaky 

5. FIFINE K670 USB Microphone

Price: 47.99 

The next one in line is the FIFINE K670 microphone, another budget solution but this time a USB-microphone. It’s a pretty cool looking mic with a touch of retro. The K670 is made for podcasting and streaming and has a plug-and-play USB connectivity. It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can listen to what you’re recording in real time. The microphone has volume control that allows easy input level adjustment. Particularly good for video voice overs; podcasts;YouTube video; skype conferences; VOIP calls and so on. It’s actually a really nice microphone for a very reasonable price, but 20 bucks more gets you the next one, the Blue Snowball. It’s a matter of budget. 

PRO’s:

  • Design looks cool
  • Made for podcasting, good quality sound
  • Comes with long cable 

CON’s: 

  • Absorbs shocks due to holder 
  • Not ideal for use with PC without an audio interface

Published by Pete Gabriel

Journalist and tech lover.