There are different types of microphones for different uses, some are so small they are ideal for medical purposes, the most widely used microphones in the world are in mobile phones and computers. Certain mikes are best for live performances, so what are the best types of microphones for talk radio broadcasts. The talk show or the podcast microphones fall broadly into three levels:
- High Quality
In this blog we will be looking at the best broadcasting microphones in each category and what is available on the market today.
Entry Level Microphones
It is a well-known fact that you only get what you pay for, and that is especially true in broadcasting. Your voice with all its nuances is captured by the mike and delivered to your audience. It does this by converting ordinary sound waves and transforming them into digital language. The best broadcasting microphones at entry level on the market is undoubtedly the Samson Q2U and ATR2100. The Audio-Technica ATR 2100 is a cardioid dynamic microphone which has a USB digital output and XLR analog. Both mikes have USB connectivity so if you are using them for computer podcasts they are ideal, at a later date as you progress the XLR allows for integration with sound mixers.
High Quality Microphones
These types of microphones are for use by popular broadcasters with a large podcast audience, however these mikes are reasonably priced and will not break the budget. One of the best mikes in the high-quality bracket is the Rode Procaster which has a USB brother called the Rode Podcaster. This is essentially a dynamic mike with an XLR output, but because it is dynamic it does not use external power, so you can plug it into any quarter inch jack socket. For the same quality but not brimming in extras then the Podcaster is ideal, a really good quality USB mike and would make a great microphone for home recording and broadcasting.
Professional Level Microphones
At the upper level of broadcasting microphones thing start to get a little expensive, and these mikes could be used in a pro studio. Probably a step up from the microphones we have already discussed and overkill for the home podcaster. Two of the best professional standard broadcasting microphones are the Heil PR40 and the Shure SM7B. The Heil is widely accepted among the professional broadcasters as the best mike for all purposes. The sound is great and having dynamic technology it is great for podcasters as well as professional broadcasters.
Having almost legendary status in the broadcasting industry is the Shure SM7B, and indeed it is quite an amazing piece of kit. Really only professionals should consider using this microphone as it does pick up background noise due to its sensitivity. Plus, if you have bad technique then this microphone is so good that it will pick up everything; heavy breathing, lip smacking, absolutely everything. The advice is if you are just starting out as a broadcaster this mike is too advanced for you. These microphones are a wide selection of what is on offer on the market, from the humble podcaster microphones to the professional studio ones. The best way to find out which one suits you is to try out a few before you buy.