Mid-Priced Microphone for a Smooth Podcast Voice

Last time I talked about making your podcast sound decent without spending a lot of money. Today I’ll tell you how to get more than just decent audio quality.

We’ll no longer be considering buying an USB microphone to save money. This means you’ll now need to buy a separate audio interface. A good, popular, and affordable brand is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. It’s well built, it has good preamplifiers for the price, separate monitor and headphones volume knobs, inputs for 2 XLR microphones, green and red light to indicate if you’re overloading the preamps, among some other cool features. It connects via USB to your computer.

The hippest of the hip

As you know, the 2 most popular microphone models right now are the Shure SM57B (USA prices here, UK/EU prices here) and the Electro Voice RE20 (USA prices here, UK/EU prices here).

Now… they do sound good! But let’s keep in mind the only reason they are being used by everybody is because they are being used by everybody!

That does mean they haven’t their own problems, which I’ll talk about in a minute. And it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other alternatives you can choose from.

The Rode NT2-A, is the microphone I use and it is one of my favorite microphones to record voice for podcasts, audiobooks, voiceovers and similar jobs that rely on a rich, warm voice tone..

By the way, it also costs less than the other two mics I’ve mentioned, which is nice.

Do You Have Clean Gain?

Unlike the NT2-A, which is a condenser microphone, the Shure SM7B and Electro Voice RE20 are dynamic microphones.

The common problem that these microphones face is that they typically require a lot of preamp gain to boost the electric signal they generate. So you need to make sure that your audio interface is clean enough to provide enough gain without introducing electric noise.

The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 is often mentioned has a good, clean interface capable of handling gain-hungry microphones such as the SM7B. But this requires spending more money. You can check the latest 8i6 prices here for the USA residents, and here for UK and Europe residents.

On the other hand, this is not a problem with the Rode NT2-A, as it doesn’t require a lot of gain from the preamp.

The NT2-A also as an extended frequency response up to 20000 Hz, something that dynamic microphones have more trouble achieving.

Also, with only 7 dB of self-noise, which makes it one of the most noiseless microphones in the market, and requiring little gain from the audio interface preamps, using the NT2-A will ensure that no perceivable electronic hiss will be introduced in your recording. Even if you’re using a more affordable interface.

Within this price range, the NT2-A is my favorite microphone for recording voice, and I know I’m not alone, just ask around and read the reviews and you’ll know I’m telling you the truth.. Don’t get the NT1-A, has a harsher top-end like this one. This one is where it’s at.

Looking For And Audio Editor?

If you’re starting your new podcast, and you’re looking for an audio editor, feel free to contact me. Here is my rates and contact info:

Rates: editing up to 60 minutes: €30.00 || each additional 15 minutes: €5.00
(Extra 23% VAT applies if you’re a non-business from the European Union)


Alternatively, here is a link that will take you to the cheapest audio editors in the market, today.

And hey! If you ended up using any information in this video, please do me a favor and leave a link to your podcast in the comments so that we can all listen to how It sounds like.

Thank you and see you later.

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