I was recently asked about how I would go about creating the ultimate podcasting setup—which equipment would I suggest and the difference between condenser & dynamic mics. Here are some of my recommendations…
HEiL Sound is the “gold” standard in podcasting. Yes, that’s subjective as some folk prefer different mics, but if there had to be one microphone for podcasting, in my opinion the Heil PR 40 would be it!
You can currently buy it on its own for $315 (price is subject to change). However, you’ll need the shock mount (PRSM) and boom arm (PL2T), which can mount on a tabletop to use the mic. These can all be purchased separately, but Amazon currently has an all-in-one in deal at $499.
If you get this one you’ll be in great company, as some of the top podcasters who use the PR 40 include Leo Laporte, Cliff Ravenscraft, Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas!
Techie reasons to get it: It’s dynamic (not condenser); unless you have a fully sound-treated room, a condenser is going to pick up more room echo and other sounds that a dynamic mic will not. For this reason, I would not go for a Yeti or Blue Mic (they’re condenser mics).
The Rode Procaster is condenser, which is good, but I haven’t used it myself and haven’t heard of many others who do. If you add the shock and boom, it comes to around $362, which is $137 less than HEiL.
A couple of other options, popular among podcasters, are:
- Electro Voice RE-20 – $449
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB – $59.95 (better as a backup/mobile, and not main mic)
I use the Audio-Technica AT-4033 for voice-over work. It’s a great mic, but I’d only recommend it if your recording space is super soundproofed. It will sound great but only if you have the right acoustic setup—if not, it’ll sound terrible!
This equipment is optional but it will boost your voice considerably, cut out any background noise and make you sound awesome! There is one that I love: the dbx 286s (I also created a quick tutorial about it here).
You’ll need this to plug your mic into the computer; the red Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a great choice.
You really can use any set that you like, but I love the audio quality from beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO headphones.
Microphone > XLR cable > dbx 286s > TRS cable > Focusrite > USB > Computer
So those are my top recommendations! If you’d like to go ahead and get them, here’s your shopping list:
- Microphone package
- Audio interface
- Cable (included with HEiL mic but needed if you’re connecting the mic to a preamp/processor and then to your audio interface)