In this roundup, we look at best podcasting mics and vlogging mics from 2018. These models are perfect for new and experienced practitioners interested in upgrading their recording setup.
Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone
If you’re looking to start a new podcast, the Samson Q2U is the best choice for creating a production studio on a budget. The Q2U delivers high-quality audio effortlessly with minimal setup. In terms of versatility, it’s great if you’re recording a solo broadcast on your laptop or multi-person interviews through a mixing desk.
It comes with a mic clip, desktop tripod stand with an extension piece, windscreen, XLR cable, and USB cable… A package with everything you need to start recording right out of the box at a price of $59.99.
Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Microphone
The next microphone we have here is the Blue Yeti Nano microphone. It is inspired by the popular Blue Yeti microphone and features 24-bit sound quality and plug-and-play operation for instant streaming with your PC or Mac. The Nano is designed for broadcast-quality podcasting, YouTube productions, game streaming, Skype/VoIP and voiceover work.
The Blue Yeti NANO mic has a premium finish that looks great on camera or on any desktop. In terms of functionality, it features a no-latency headphone output and controls for headphone volume. Plus, the mic mute and pickup pattern makes the Yeti Nano THE essential mic for modern broadcasters. It comes in at the price of $99.99
Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone
The last item on our list of the best podcasting mics is the Rode NT-USB. This is a highly versatile, side-address microphone ideal for recording musical performances, podcasts, and voice-overs. It is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers. If you’re recording on-the-go, you can also record via the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording apps that accept an external microphone.
The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows you to monitor the microphone input in real-time, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input. Rode is kind enough to include a premium pop-filter. The filter fits onto the base of the mic and positions it at the ideal distance from the capsule to minimize plosives (or harsh sound).
Also provided are a high-quality stand mount with industry-standard 3/8” thread, desktop tripod stand that allows the NT-USB to sit at a comfortable height on a tabletop, and a pouch for storage of the microphone when not in use. It comes in at a price of $179.99 making it the most expensive of the three.