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In this section, I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you why I recommend the Blue Yeti as my top microphone for podcasters. But if you’re interested in learning more about the technology – like why I recommend condenser vs dynamic microphones – or seeing additional options, you can read my full write up here: Which podcast microphone is best for beginners?
The Blue Yeti is by far the top-recommended podcast microphone for home-studio podcasters. And for good reason!
It’s a USB condenser microphone at a reasonable price point with great audio quality. As soon as you take it out of the box, you can plug the USB into your computer and start recording.
No software. No complicated setup. So easy.
The Yeti comes with a few basic controls right on the microphone. (With an XLR mic, these wouldn’t be on the microphone. You’d need that separate piece of gear, the audio interface.)
The Yeti also comes on a stand, which means you won’t need to buy one separately. You have your choice of so many colors, and it’s typically priced around $120.
Amazon: Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Audio-Technica is another popular, reputable brand for podcasters, and the AT2020USB+ is at a similar price point to the Blue Yeti. It runs about $20-$30 dollars higher than the Blue Yeti, but there are a few advantages.
For example, this microphone is slightly more portable than the Yeti because it comes with a carrying case, and the stand is a folding tripod.
But other than the aesthetics and stand type, the AT2020+ and the Blue Yeti will offer very similar sound quality. Another great choice!
Rode is the gold-standard brand for many podcasters, so it won’t come cheap. The NT-USB is a versatile microphone great for any vocal recording (like podcasting). The body features a zero-latency 3.5mm headphone jack to monitor microphone input. A premium pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positioning the filter the ideal distance from the capsule to minimize plosives during singing or speech. Also provided is a stand mount with 3/8″ thread, desktop tripod stand, and a pouch for storage.
Y’all, this microphone is tiny. The Samson Go Mic folds into itself like origami and is easy to carry around in your pocket. It can also clip onto the top of your computer screen, which can be fun.
At $30-40, this is the most affordable microphone on the list. And I wouldn’t recommend it if the sound quality was poor. However, the Blue Yeti and the AT2020+ will both have warmer, higher-quality audio because the microphone technology hasn’t had to adapt to this portable lil’ pocket size.
So if you’re recording on-the-move, or even want a backup microphone to record sound bytes “on the street,” this is a great choice. If you’re recording primarily at your computer and have the funds, I’d strongly recommend the Blue Yeti or AT2020+.
Similar to our recommendations above, the CAD U37 is a universal USB condenser microphone that works on both Macs and PCs. But the biggest difference is the price point. At $59, this budget choice still includes a stand and a USB cable. From yet another solid audio brand, this is a great value-packed microphone if you’re on a budget.
You won’t get as many basic controls or sound recording patterns as you do with the Blue Yeti, and audio professionals would notice a difference in sound quality. But this is still a… sound choice. (I couldn’t help myself.)
Amazon: CAD U37 USB Studio
This microphone is often recommended as a great choice for beginner podcasters. Fans of the ATR2100 love that it focuses on the podcaster’s voice and doesn’t pick up much background noise. It’s also fairly portable since it’s smaller and lighter than the Blue Yeti.
It doesn’t have as much flexibility or control as the Blue Yeti does, but if you’re looking for a straightforward beginner microphone, this is another great option.
In addition to your microphone, you’ll need a few more accessories.
A pop filter is an inexpensive sound muffler that will make “p” sounds less harsh. (They won’t “pop” as much.) For under $20, this is a must-have accessory, no matter which microphone you choose.
When you record, you’ll want headphones to monitor your audio as its being recorded. Any headphones you already own should work just fine!
Also, a pro tip: if you’re recording remotely, headphones are more important than ever, for both you and your remote guest. Without headphones, your microphone will pick up your voice, but also your guest’s voice coming out of your computer. By wearing headphones, you’re shielding your microphone from hearing your guest. (And the same is true for your guest and their mic!)
Once you’ve got your microphone set up, you’ll need a tool to actually record and edit your audio. If you’re outsourcing your editing, you may be able to get away with using a free tool, like Quicktime (which comes pre-installed on Mac computers). But for most podcasters, you’ll want a DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) that can do recording, editing, and exporting.
I’ve tried plenty of tools, but Hindenburg is my hands-down favorite. Even if you’ve never edited audio in your life, Hindenburg makes it easy to get started.
– User-friendly interface for both recording and editing. (Beginner friendly!)
– Automatically levels your audio
– Easy to add in music, intros, outro
I get no referral commission for recommending Hindenburg. I just love the tool! (It’s still much cheaper than other tools, like Adobe Audition or Logic Pro at $90, one-time. And I believe it’s easier to learn, too.)
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If you and your guest (or co-host) are in different locations, then Zencastr is the (free!) tool for you. There are a few key reasons why I recommend Zencastr instead of Zoom or Skype (which I actively discourage podcasters from using):
– Records high-quality lossless WAV, aka great-sounding audio
– Zencastr records each person as their own audio track, which is key for editing!
– Guests don’t need a login, and they don’t need to download anything. This makes everything run smoothly and simply for your busy guests.
Record remotely for free: Zencastr
If buying Hindenburg isn’t in your budget, Audacity is an open-source, free tool that many early podcasters recommend.
I personally find it slightly less intuitive than Hindenburg, but you can still do all the basics like recording, adding more audio files (like music), cutting and trimming audio files, and exporting your final files. You don’t get advanced tools like Hindenburg’s automatic leveling feature, which makes sure that the audio volume is relatively uniform throughout the track. But it still gets the job done!
Download it here: Audacity
Ever thought about how your audio files make their way to Apple and Spotify? The answer is your podcast hosting platform, which creates your RSS feed, distributes new episodes automatically to all listening apps, counts your total downloads, and so much more. It’s a nonnegotiable tool for podcasters! Click here to read our in-depth comparison of our favorite hosting platforms.
Buzzsprout is a long-time favorite hosting platform for many podcasters. (Myself included!)
What I love most about Buzzsprout is that they’re always innovating, but keep their pricing accessible to new and growing podcasters. They’re constantly rolling out new features and improving their hosting services, and when you join Buzzsprout, you get far more than just the tool. You get resources, savings on their partner tools, and great YouTube tutorials, too.
Their platform is so user-friendly. You don’t need any tech experience to publish new podcast episodes with Buzzsprout, and your episodes will look perfect in every app (Apple, Spotify, etc.) Their analytics are very straightforward, but give you just enough great information to understand which episodes are resonating with your audience, and how those insights can inform future episodes.
The only reason I wouldn’t recommend Buzzsprout is if you have 2+ podcasts or want to offer private podcast episodes. Buzzsprout’s pricing is per podcast – not per user – so if you’re a fiend like me, I’d recommend one of my next two picks. Otherwise, Buzzsprout is a top-notch pick for podcasters of all sizes and tech experience levels. I’m a huge fan!
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Captivate differentiates themselves as a “growth-oriented” hosting platform, and they have a lot of standout features, like beautiful podcast websites, email capture, and in 2021, they’re releasing dynamic ad insertion technology.
But I recommend them so highly not for bells and whistles, but because their core tools – like publishing and analyzing your episode performance – are superb. Their analytics are excellent, their dashboard is user-friendly, and even if you don’t feel “tech-savvy,” their customer support and help articles are accessible and helpful.
As long as you’re aware of their tiered pricing, I think they’re probably the most value-packed choice on my list. And if you’re running 2+ podcasts, or want to offer private or bonus podcast episodes, Captivate is an excellent choice.
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Simplecast provides every single tech tool you’d need to start, publish, promote, and analyze your show. But in my eyes, what really sets them apart is their focus on analytics. They’ve built a platform so easy to use that even non-technical podcasters can easily manage their production.
Although you can use Simplecast for $15/mo – a competitive, fair price – there are some features you’ll find from other hosts that Simplecast keeps gated on their higher plans. For example, you can embed the standard player on your website on the Basic plan. But if you want a mini-player, show player, or color customization, you’ll need the Essential plan ($35/mo).
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