Best Microphone for Video Podcasting
Every video podcaster knows how important quality is. Compelling graphics and quality content maintain your viewership. However, achieving high quality content is more than just how your program looks—your audio matters too.
A video podcast with poor audio quality impacts the stream’s overall presentation and drives away viewers. Equipping your video podcast with the right microphone is one of the best ways to guarantee good clean audio. Read more about what to look for in a microphone for video podcasting and explore the options offered by Heil Sound.
How To Pick the Best Microphone for Video Podcasting
Purchasing the best microphone for your video podcast relies on several factors. It’s important to consider what qualities you want in a mic. Here are some things to consider before purchasing your microphone:
Your Podcasting Room
If you’re like most video podcasters, your show airs in your home. Study each possible location to decide which room offers the greatest potential for professional-quality sound. Avoid spacious rooms with little furniture; these areas create echoes and impact sound quality. Clapping your hands while walking around each room and testing the space’s natural acoustics is a good technique to determine the best room for your video podcast. If you hear a lot of echo when you clap the room is bouncing sound around. If all your room options bounce sound you should look into sound dampening options.
XLR or USB Connection?
There are two primary connection types for microphones: XLR and USB.
USB mics are a plug-and-play solution, but can have a lower ceiling for sound quality. XLR mics require extra hardware to send the audio signal, but can be part of a more professional set up.
Deciding how much you’re willing to spend on a microphone helps you narrow down your options. Mic prices vary greatly depending on type and manufacturer. Aim for purchasing a video podcasting microphone that’s durable but doesn’t break your budget. Factors such as your microphone requiring extra pre-amps or special interfaces can affect the real cost of the microphone. Looking for a microphone that sounds great right out of the box can help cut costs while achieving professional quality sound.
Qualities of a Good Microphone for Video Podcasting
You’ve done your homework, and now it’s time to purchase your video podcasting microphone. But how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some qualities that make a good microphone for video podcasting:
Enhanced Rear Rejection
Video podcasting from your home means you’ll have to deal with ambient noise. A microphone with good rear rejection characteristics means your viewers will hear only what is directly in front of the microphone.
Ideal Polar Pattern
Knowing your mic’s polar pattern helps you understand where your mic picks up sound. There are three main types of polar patterns you will encounter when considering which type of microphone you should get for your video podcast:
The cardioid polar pattern works well for video podcasting because it reduces background noise by capturing sound directly in front of the microphone. Mics with a cardioid polar pattern are ideal for video podcast shows with one host.
Supercardioid mics have a similar pickup pattern as cardioid microphones but offer narrower sound sensitivity. These mics also have a greater ability to reject ambient noise but require video podcasters to keep still while talking.
Omnidirectional and Bidirectional
Omnidirectional and bidirectional mics aren’t recommended for video podcasting because they pick up sound equally from multiple directions. While this means you don’t have to properly aim the mic at your sound’s source, it will pick up background noise and you won’t be able to separate audio channels among co-hosts or guests.
Presentation plays a significant role in your video podcast’s appeal, and that includes your microphone. Make sure the mic you purchase delivers a sleek and professional-looking appearance that attracts the viewer’s attention. Mics that appear sloppy or poorly manufactured give off a negative impression of your show.
Looking to upgrade your video podcast mic but aren’t sure where to start?
Check out our Podcasting page or Contact Heil Sound and learn more about our best mics for video podcasting.
Heil’s Best XLR Mics for Video Podcasting
Purchasing your microphone from a quality manufacturer means your equipment is durable and delivers excellent sound. Heil Sound has been developing high-quality microphones for over 20 years. We have several microphones ideal for video podcasting, including:
Using a microphone that’s suitable for professional studios improves your video podcast. Heil’s PR 40 microphone is perfect for video podcasting because it features a wide frequency response that reliably produces a warm and articulate sound in any situation. These mics also eliminate the need for extra processing, meaning they’re ready to use when you take them out of the box.
Our PR 30 is a professional-quality dynamic mic that delivers a clear response and excels across multiple applications. This mic provides excellent rear rejection, making it ideal for video podcasting at home or in rooms with minimal sound dampening. Adding the PR 30 to your video podcast instantly enhances your setup.
Upgrading your video podcast’s appearance requires a stylish mic. The Fin features sleek body lines and phantom-powered LED lights for a vintage appeal that immediately adds style to your program. But don’t worry, we’re not sacrificing form for function. These mics produce the clear and professional-quality sound you’ve come to expect from all of our mics.
Heil’s Best Boom Mic Arm for video podcasting
Whether you’re interviewing guests or solo video podcasting, the right accessories prevent audio distortions from moving microphones. Our PL 2T boom mic arm is perfect for video podcast applications because it eliminates external spring reverberation and moves quietly during shows. This boom arm also features covered cable channels that eliminate clutter. Our boom mic arms allow you to talk freely without awkwardly holding a mic in your hand.
Heil Sound: Designing the Best Microphone for Video Podcasting and More!
Video podcasters, musicians, broadcasters, and engineers trust Heil Sound microphones because they know that our mics deliver high-quality sound in any environment. Our mics have stood the test of time by providing the most reliable sound possible, and we’re confident that they’ll continue to excel as new media evolves. Contact us today to learn more about our microphones for video podcasting.