If you are using a microphone for just one person, you will need a dynamic microphone if you are in a noisy area. A USB microphone is acceptable for a hobby podcaster. These are portable, low cost and no interface is required.
Note: Do not use a computer microphone or earphones.
These are good for this application:
Blue Yetti at a cost of around $129.00
Samson Meteor at a cost of around $55.00
The Rode Podcaster at a cost of around $229.00
Microphones for multiple persons will require an XLR microphone. This microphone will have 3 separate prongs. It is perfect for multiple hosts. it is more reliable and better quality. Professional podcasters use this type of microphone. It is more durable, more customizable, and the parts can be replaced.
Note: You will need an audio interface for this.
Suggested types are:
The Electrovoice RE-20 at a cost of around $499.00.
The Rode Procaster at a cost of around $229.00.
The Shure SM7B at a cost of around $399.00.
For the best of both, the Audio Technica ATR 2100 at a cost of around $80.00. It is USB / XLR capable.
For podcast recording, especially for doing interview podcast, the Zoom H6, Audio Interface is perfect. It comes with low cut filters to help cut out popping and wind noise. It has a cost around $399.00.
The XLR Microphone allows you to have multiple hosts and microphones, and you can record your audios live.
For the beginner, the Roland Go: Mixer Pro is a great buy at a cost of around $140.00.
This will allow you to create and stream your audio directly to the internet, it has 9 audio outputs, uses (4) AAA batteries and gives you about four hours of recording.
For the professional, the Rode Rodecaster Pro Integrated, at a cost of around $725.00, would be the recommended one to use.
It is a one-stop solution. It gives you (8) smooth faders to adjust the audio levels, (4) headphone outlets / inputs, USB, phone and Bluetooth options. You can stream through your mixer on a wireless connection, and it can be set up to play jingles and sound effects.
Microphone Boom Arms
For the beginner, the Neewer NW35, Adjustable Boom Scissor Stand at a cost of around $14.00 would work well. It clamps down to a desk, and allows you to position it where you want it.
For the professional, the Heil Pl-2T, at a cost of around $120.00 would be better. The arm will rotate 360 degrees, has a built-in channel to hide the microphone cable, 20” arm segments, and will hold a Blue Yetti microphone that weighs about 3.5 pounds.
Podcast Microphone Pop Filters
For the beginner, the Nady MPF-6, at a cost of around $11.00 would be acceptable. It has an easy swivel, flexible gooseneck holder, and a built-in clamp. It is a no-frills piece of equipment.
For the professional, the Stedman Corp Proscreen XL is recommended. The cost is about $79.00. This one will channel exhausted air downwards through angled slots, moving it away from the microphone.
Headphones are used to minimize background noise. They allow your speech to clearer to your audience. You want to look for “closed-back headphones.”
Use “noise-isolating” headphones, not “noise-canceling” headphones.
Noise-isolating headphones block out ambient noise without batteries, and they have an adjustable-fit. The extra earcup padding on the headphones act as a physical barrier to keep out unwanted noise from reaching your ears.
Noise-canceling headphones reduce unwanted ambient sounds using active noise control. Noise cancellation makes it possible to listen to audio content without raising the volume excessively.
A good beginner headphone would be the Sony MDR 7606, at a cost of around $129.00.
These are affordable, have a sleek body design, and are very good at dampening background sounds. They are lightweight and easy to carry around. They are comfortable and they have a padded headpiece. They come with a carrying case and a ¼” adapter for a mixer.
For the professional, there are two options. The first is the Audio Technica ATH-M50X, at a cost of around $149.00. It has exceptional noise isolation and blocking, better fit around the ears, and the ear cups rotate 90 degrees.
The second option is the V-Moda Cross Fade LP2, at a cost of around $149.00. They are very solidly built, have a Kevlar braided cable, metal shields, built for long term use, ergonomic ear cushions that mold to your ears, power for noise isolation and 50 MM diaphragm, that highlight the lowest of sound frequencies.
Podcast Shock Mounts
The Rode PSM1 at a cost of about $39.00. It will absorb sudden vibrations, gestures, and movements.