Podcast Microphones

Looking to run your own podcast? Then you’ll need a microphone. You can use a cheap headset microphone, but you’re better off looking for a decent desktop microphone.

You can now get mics that plug directly into the back of your computer via USB.

If you’re after something that will offer a reasonable quality that won’t cost a fortune, here’s our recommendation:

Vocal microphone from Maplin

The mic pictured here costs under £30 – The Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone from Maplin.

To connect this to a PC, you’d normally need to use a mic pre-amp into your soundcard, or to go through a mixer, but a simpler solution is to use an XLR-to-USB adapter cable, pictured below.

XLR to USB kit

This lead also comes with the Audacity software package (which is available free anyway), and is available from Maplin.co.uk. Plug one end into the microphone and the other into a spare USB slot, install the driver software and you’re away.

Worth considering

The Samson CO1U USB Microphone makes podcasting pretty easy – no need for a mixer or a pre-amp, this mic just plugs straight into a USB socket without the need for adapters – it offers pretty impressive performance for vocal recording.

Samson CO1U USB Microphone

The Samson CO1U USB Condenser Microphone is available from Gear 4 Music

We’ve also looked at the ProSound USB Mic from Maplin, which we’re less keen on – ProSound USB Mic Review

Microphone Accessories

Some podcasting accessories:

Microphone stand
Microphone stands from Maplin
Pop Shield
Reduce pops with a Pop Shield that clips on to your mic stand

You’ll find a range of mics, stands, adapters and leads at www.maplin.co.uk

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