There is a lot of emphasis put on how to conduct a broadcast, how to attract listeners, and how to keep them coming back next week. However, before you can even begin broadcasting, you need to have the right equipment. One of the most important parts of a broadcast is the microphone, if your listeners can’t enjoy listening to your voice, they will leave quickly. We are going to go over the best microphones for home broadcasts, so you can easily get started and keep to your budget.
Home Broadcasting Microphones
Broadcasting at home is the most common place, and allows you to have access to a computer with powerful tools, quiet surroundings, and a stationary position. So, microphones can focus on quality here. This means quality microphones that will last you quite a long time, but won’t do well in a noisy or dynamic environment. You’re going to want something better than the mic on your headphone’s wire, this list will show you affordable, mid-range, and high-end microphones, depending on your needs.
Blue Microphone’s Snowflake- Affordable
This little mic connects to your computer via a USB cable and has surprisingly good sound quality. It is very portable and can attach to the top of your notebook’s monitor or you can use the desktop stand. $40 on Amazon. It includes
- Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
- Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz
Blue Microphone’s Yeti- Mid-range
Yes there are two Blue microphones on this list, but that is because they make great and affordable broadcasting microphones. They have some really great styles and the quality isn’t sacrificed. The Yeti is much larger and is going to stay on your desk. This is a good thing because it is designed to not pick up the sound from typing on your keyboard or clicking your mouse. It comes with some great options that make up for the $115 price tag. The Yeti has 4 modes that give you flexibility for recording:
- Stereo mode: The stereo mode uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, general sound image.
- Cardioid mode: Well-suited to podcasts, sung vocals, and other voice work, cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone. It delivers a rich, full-bodied sound.
- Omnidirectional mode: Omnidirectional mode picks up sound equally from all directions. It is best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of “being there”–like a live recording of a band’s performance.
- Bidirectional mode: Bidirectional mode records from both the front and the rear of the microphone. It is ideal for capturing the nuance of a musical instrument, or recording an interview between two people.
Shure PG42-USB- High-End
Shure is a name synonymous with great sound. They’re famous for their high-end headphones but also are big players in the microphone world as well. The PG42-USB is specially tuned for human voices and is an amazing headphone for broadcasts. The mic has a lot of onboard options and many people are claiming it is the best sounding voice microphone on the market today. It sounds so good that it gives you more legitimacy in your speech and may even make you like your own voice. The PG42-USB is running for about $300 and offers:
- USB Plug and Play connectivity which allows the convenience of digital recording, anywhere your computer can go
- Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control that allows control of input signal strength
- Zero Latency Monitoring for real-time playback and multi-tracking without disorientation
- Monitor Mix Control for blending microphone and playback audio
What about you?
Do you have a microphone that you recommend? How does it improve your broadcasts, and what makes it unique?
By Elliott Morrow