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The best USB microphone for podcasting becomes a relatively easy pick once we really get down to it. Before we get started though, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
- The Blue Yeti Review
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
I had been doing a lot of research lately on the best mics for pod-casting, and decided that out of everything I read, I was going to do a tally of which mic came up the most times. I wanted to be sure that if I was going to buy a mic, that the general consensus revolved around 1 or 2 at most. When I search for things to buy online, this is generally how I go about finding exactly what I need. I’ll go back and forth, and verify between various sources to make sure that what I’m getting isn’t bologna.
No product is ever perfect, but knowing the flaws or shortcomings of one and accepting them before you buy makes the process a bit easier. There are some things I can tolerate, and others that are deal-breakers (in which case I won’t buy). My method in general though hasn’t failed me yet. Every piece of gear in my studio has been well researched, which is why I can unequivocally recommend everything I own, as well as everything I research and come to a positive conclusion about.
This is why outlining the best USB mic for pod-casting becomes easy . There is a consensus out there that feels right and seems right based off of everything I’ve read. Of course there are always going to be arguments and debate, and heck you may even get a lemon (make lemonade?) Lol. My ultimate goal is to narrow down the options enough to where I feel confident in making a buying decision. I want that for you as well!
That said, check out my top USB recommendation for podcasting!
- Versatility. Does well in a variety of applications. Just don’t purchase it with the intent on solely recording vocals and instruments. It can also be used with the provided stand, or with a separate mic stand + shock-mount as well as: a windscreen or pop-filter depending on your preference.
- Features. This baby is basically ready to go out of the box. 4 polar patterns, gain switch, zero latency headphone jack for live monitoring (What is latency?), mute button, great USB cable, and elegant design make it perfect for pod-casters who need everything in one place.
- It’s solid as a rock. It may look like an industrial sized dildo (or a cool spaceship), but rest assured this beast is strong and durable.
- Well rounded sound. Does exceptional with an array of voice types.
- Popular. Opinions do vary, but you will find the Yeti at or near the top of many short lists for best USB pod-casting mic.
- An array of colors. Comes in Blackout, Platinum , Silver, Space Grey, and White-out!
- 4.5/5 on amazon with over 3,500 reviews. That’s says something.
- Price: Amazon: 4.5/5 (Over 3,500 reviews) | Check eBay!
- Best Buy: 4.7/5 (Over 450 reviews)
- B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (Over 350 reviews)
- Guitar Center: 4.5/5 (Over 14 reviews)
- Sweetwater: 4.5/5 (Over 15 reviews). Currently Unavailable.
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (Over 25 reviews)
- Microphone Type: Condenser.
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omni, Stereo, and Bi-directional.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz.
- Max SPL: 120dB.
- Signal to noise ratio: 100dB.
- Colors: Silver, Platinum, Blackout, Whiteout, Cool Grey.
- Connector: USB. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone.
- Weight: 1.2 lb. 2.2 with stand.
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Sample Rate: 48 kHz. Bit depth vs. sample rate
Where do I even start with this beast? The Yeti is a really popular mic, and for good reason. Standing about a foot tall on your desk, it’s got a great sound, is really solid, reliable, and most importantly it’s convenient. Just plug and play!
Being that it’s USB, you won’t have to tinker around with extraneous XLR gear. What is XLR? Some folks get scared off from USB set ups because they seem cheap, easy, but not satisfying (like 2 dollar hooker). What you’re getting here is a versatile piece of equipment with great sound quality. Speaking of sound quality, this mic has been called exceptional, and handles a variety of applications very well. I’ve seen it endorsed mostly for Skype, conference calls, pod-casting, you-tube, and any thing that requires voice over. You may not want to pick this up as your primary vocal mic, but it has been known to handle that as well.
It has a very nice build, is made of metal, and feels solid in your hand 🙂 Some have complained that it leaves a rather large foot print on your desk, because of the fact that it stands so tall and is rather bulky.
- Sound quality is exceptional. Works with many voice types.
- Solid build (made of metal) and a great mic stand that comes with it.
- Convenient, just plug and play.
- Recognized by all windows platforms. Easy like Sunday morning.
- Has a mute button. simple knobs and design.
- Good USB cable provided.
- Versatile. you can record almost anything in any type of circumstance..
- 4 different polar patterns for amazing versatility.
- Gain control and headphone jack on the back.
- Needs to be plugged directly into a USB port on your laptop/computer. Some say it doesn’t do well plugged into a separate USB hub.
- Mic does not actually have a switch to turn it off.
- Extremely sensitive, picks up everything (this can be a good and bad thing).
Check out the super informative review! (mic test comes around 7:30)
Who benefits from this mic?
- people who do video conferencing
- pod-casters, people who need to do voice over
- people who want to Skype
- people who need to record for videos or animations
This is pretty much the go to mic for podcasters, as it’s loaded with features and is more convenient than a 7/11. Lol.
What you will need?
Really the only thing you need is the windscreen!
So many people rave about it’s sound quality, build, convenience, and versatility. It’s really an all purpose mic that is super easy to use. Complaints include size (a bit large), and you can’t include a standard pop filter unless you Jerry rig it. People were also saying it’s hyper sensitive, but recording in the right environment greatly helps.
This is the best option you can go with if you’re looking to record with skype, doing any pod-casting, you-tube videos, video conferencing and any thing similar. I wouldn’t recommend it much for vocals, although it can be done. The 4 different polar patterns, it’s rugged build, and remarkable versatility make it an affordable and valuable option.
The Blue Yeti is hands down the go to option for pod-casting, and voice over work in general. It appears the most times in “best of lists” and remains the most convenient option at this price point. It’s included features blow everything else out of the water, and it sounds good in so many different instances.
Well that’s about it for today my friend. I hope you have a much better idea of what the best USB microphone for pod-casting is!
Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Do you feel like there’s a better option that should be taken into consideration? Let me know below or Contact me! I’m always looking to improve the site!!
Until next time, all the best and God bless..