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Best microphone for podcasting in 2022

Get yourself heard properly with our selection of great sound microphones for your broadcast
Last Updated on March 14, 2022

There are so many good podcasts out there covering pretty much every subject imaginable. There are also many bad ones, and it is a fact of life that most of them get turned off within seconds because of poor quality voice recording. None of us are going to spend an hour of our time listening to horrible, crackly audio, full of hiss, and background noise. We will just instantly move on.

We might not be able to give you advice on great content here, but we can provide you with advice on the best tools of the trade to at least make your prose sound better. Let’s take a look at the three best microphones out there for podcasting.

Products at a Glance

Our Recommended

Best microphone for podcasting in 2022

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PROS
  • Awesome sound
  • Build quality that would survive a nuclear war
  • Four audio patterns
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PROS
  • Warm audio tones
  • Better compatibility with accessories
CONS
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PROS
  • Specifically for speech
  • Rode quality
  • XLR connection for pro use
CONS
  • XLR might not be for everybody
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PROS
CONS

Will my microphone work with Windows 10?

Obviously, if you go the XLR route then yes. USB is a slightly different beast.

This will come down, seemingly to how much you spend, otherwise, it is hit or miss. Any of the big brands, and certainly the mics listed here will work with minimal effort. Any USB mic that uses the generic Windows 10 driver, which is still broken after all these years, will only record audio at such low levels as to be totally useless. We can’t believe it hasn’t been sorted out yet, and it may well never be, but stick to the known brands, and you should be fine.

If you really do want to go for a cheaper option, there is a workaround here but it involves extra software and settings, so we aren’t recommending that as a route you go down.

Can I monitor my incoming audio with no latency even though it’s a USB connection?

You can, because all the mics here have an onboard headphone jack with allows you to get to the signal before USB can add some tricky old latency too it. It’s another wire snaking across the place, but if you are recording vocals, it is a Godsend of an option on all three.

Our Verdict

This is going to come down to whether you want, or even need a USB connection or an XLR. If it’s the latter and you want your podcast to sound amazing, then the Rode Procaster is the only weapon of choice. More likely, you want the ease and convenience of USB, and so it has to be the Yeti. 

The Blue Yeti is the beloved mic of choice for so many people with good reason, and if you are also just starting out, it is the perfect way to lower yourself into the world of podcasting.

All you need is a mic to make you sound good, and the Blue Yeti will certainly do that.