Last Updated on September 10, 2019
Podcasts are all the rage in 2019 and a new form of media. Naturally, it has attracted a lot of individuals and companies to invest in starting their own podcast.
But before you go recording or airing your podcast, you need to make sure you got the right gear. If you do not have time to go through the whole article, here are our picks for the best mics for podcasting and YouTube in India:
Best Mics for Podcasting and YouTube in India
Terms You Should Know Before Choosing a Mic
Dynamic and Condenser: Dynamic microphones is the oldest type of microphone available. They are cheaper than condenser microphones and can handle louder voices. They capture sound in front of the microphone and are used for live performances and musical instruments.
Condenser microphones capture sound surrounding the microphone and therefore, is best when used in a studio setting where background noise can be controlled. They are more expensive than dynamic microphones and also require electricity to run them (aka phantom power).
Phantom Power: This is the term given to processing power (direct current) to microphones which require electric power. Condenser microphones require Phantom Power whereas Dynamic microphones do not.
XLR and USB: These are the two types of cable systems. USB mics are mics which connect directly to a laptop or a computer.
XLR mics need a mixer to connect to the computer.
XLR mics offer superior sound and quality over USB microphones but are generally more expensive to set up since you need a mixer and XLR cables to get recording.
How to Choose a Podcast Mic?
- Sound Quality: Typically podcasters choose a dynamic microphone in a normal room to reduce ambience sounds and room echo. This is similar to mics used by radio presenters.
- Your Budget/Cost: Podcast mics quality and price go hand-in-hand. The more the price, the higher the quality you get. In India, microphones are expensive when compared to other countries as most mics are imported in India, so custom duties add up and hence, the price.
- Design: Do you want to have a mic which stands on a desk? Or do you want one which suspends on a stand? Choose mics which suit your way of use and you won’t regret it.
- Type of Mic: There are two types of mics: Condenser and Dynamic.
Without getting too technical, we would suggest getting a Dynamic microphone if you are recording in a normal room that is, not a controlled environment – like a studio.
If you are operating in a studio where you can control the background noise, we would suggest using a condenser microphone.
The reason is that condenser microphones capture background sound in your room whereas Dynamic mics
Best Dynamic Microphones for Podcasting in India
1. Audio Technica ATR-1300
A great mic for podcasting at an amazing price. It comes with an XLR to mono cable. It’s not great for recording and singing but good as a talking mic. So all you need is a mixer and you can connect it to the PC.
This is a bang-for-the-buck mic and we would recommend anyone starting out podcasting to use this mic as a start. It has a warranty of one year.Check price
2. Samson R31S Dynamic Microphone
If the Audio Technica microphone is not available, then the Samson R31S is a great substitute. It will work well for karaoke sessions to interview recordings.
You get a 1/4″ cable included and a one-year warranty. A solid choice for a podcast mic under Rs. 2000.Check price
3. Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM57-LC is an industry standard mic for recording live artists with their instruments. Naturally, it works really well with podcasts. This is one of the best dynamic microphones under Rs. 10,000.
It is great for singing and interviews and presentations. Make sure you buy Shure from Amazon as there are lot of fakes out there currently in offline stores.Check price
4. Sennheiser e935 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Mic
The Sennheiser e935 would be our choice of the Shure Sm57 is not available. For one, it is almost twice as expensive while offering the same quality.
It’s not a good looking mic but handles all types of functions – vocals, talks and instruments. If you are using this mic for a podcast, then it will be a breeze. Our only problem is the cost and this is where Shure wins over.Check price
5. Shure SM7B Cardioid Vocal Dynamic Microphone
The gold standard. You need this mic when you have a podcast with 10,000 listeners or performing in front of thousands of people. Yes, it that good.
And so is the price. This is the microphone used by Joe Rogan for his podcast. This is the mic that professionals go for. It is the best you can buy for the money.
It cuts out most background noise and delivery quality vocals. It is worth the price because when you are a pro you need the best gear.Check price
Best Condenser Microphones for Podcasting in India
1. Maono AU-A03 Condenser Microphone Kit Podcast Mic with Boom Arm Microphone Stand
This is a great starter-pack for YouTubers. It comes with a full kit to set up so that you don’t have to buy everything else separately.
It does a decent job at noise-cancelling and you don’t need a mixer or interface to start recording. You just directly plug in with an adapter to your computer/laptop and start recording.Check price
2. Behringer C-3
A studio-level microphone with a large dual-diaphragm, the Behringer C-3 is perfect for people who want a condenser microphone for podcasting. You got to control for noise in the background.
The package contains a swivel stand and a transport case but does not come with an XLR cable, so you will have to get that separately. You also need phantom power to use this mic, so be sure to get a mixer.
This is suitable for recording music too but the whole setup (including the mixer and cable) will set you back about Rs. 10,000. But this is a good value-for-money mic if you want a professional setup.Check price
3. Boya BYM1 Omnidirectional Lavalier – The Best Condenser Microphone under Rs. 1000 in India
This is the perfect plug-and-play mic for beginners. It comes with a 20 ft audio cable with a 3.5 mm jack. It also has a clip which you can use to hold the mic.
A big mistake people will make with this mic is to use it outside, but since this is a condenser microphone, it will capture a lot of background noise and you will have to work at reducing that a lot.
But for under Rs. 1000, this is the best mic to start with. You can directly plugin to your smartphone, DSLR camera or laptop and start recording. No fuss whatsoever. It is small and discreet and will work great in quiet settings.Check price
4. Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
Our go-to choice for professional podcasters on a budget under Rs. 10,000. It is perfect for studio environments and specially for interviews and podcasts.
You will need phantom power mixer and an XLR cable to hook this up to your laptop/computer. It provides clear and amplified sound and also does well to cut out background noises.Check price
Best USB Microphones for Podcasting in India
1. Fifine K669B Condenser Recording USB Microphone with Tripod Stand
The Fifine K669B is the best budget USB microphone for podcasting out there. Priced under Rs. 3500, it offers a plug-and-play with good recording playback and sound.
It comes with a tripod stand and a USB cable. A neat feature of this mic is that there is a volume knob on the speaker with which you can regulate the sound of recording.
It does not have as much noise reduction as the more expensive mics offer, but it does the job well.Check price
2. Samson Technologies Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
Looking for something to record on the go? Have interviews at someone else’s place? Then the Samson Go Mic is the perfect choice.
It comes with a stand, a carrying case and a USB cable. When it comes to recording, it does capture a lot of background noise but you can reduce it in post-processing or controlling your environment for sound.
You can carry it in your pocket and this is specially handy for people who do field work and interviews. Even though the Indian price is more than it sells for in America, it offers decent value for it’s function.Check price
3. Blue Microphones Snowball iCE
One of the most popular USB microphones in America, the Blue Snowball iCE is imported in India and is available at a cost of around Rs .7000.
It’s a decent starter mic but way too overpriced in India. The quality is decent and all you need to do is plug it in a laptop/computer and start recording. It also comes with desktop stand.Check price
4. Rode NT-USB Condenser Microphone
If you are a professional and do not really want to go through the trouble of setting up an XLR mic, then the Rode NT-USB is the best microphone for you.
It is a bit expensive but well worth the price because of the clarity and simplicity of a USB mic. It is also great for recording music and acoustic instruments.
The package includes:
- 1x Mic
- 1x Pop Filter that attaches to the mic itself
- 1x Tabletop Mic Stand
- 1x Mic Stand Adapter
- 1x USB A – B cable (very long)
- 1x Leatherette Carry Pouch (only holds the mic)
- 1x Manual
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I only need a microphone?
No. You need a mixer, a cable and a laptop. The microphone feeds the sound into the mixer which feeds it into the laptop.
There is a special type of microphone called USB microphones. They can be plugged directly into the computer but won’t have the same quality as the ones that go through the mixer.
Some microphones come with the cable and some don’t. Make sure to read the product page to see what the microphone comes with.
Are all microphones the same?
No. One mic will work for solo singing and will fail at interviews or conversations. You need to pick the mic according to your use case.
Are you live-streaming games? Are you starting a podcast? Are you going to record yourself singing for YouTube? Pick accordingly.
Both dynamic and condenser microphones have their differences. Here’s a really great video that explains the difference in five minutes:
What is the difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone?
Both of these have pros and cons. There is no one-size-fits-all here. If you are starting out, just get a USB microphone and if you turning professional, get a good XLR microphone with the whole system.
USB Microphones Pros and Cons
XLR Microphones Pros and Cons
Both of these mics can be both dynamic and condenser. But a
A USB microphone processes the audio in the mic itself and sends it directly to the computer.
How to add your podcasts to iTunes?
What microphone do streamers like Joe Rogan and Pewdiepie use?
Pewdiepie uses different microphones at different times but Joe Rogan uses the and it costs a whopping Rs. 37,000 in India.
I don’t want to understand all of this, I just want to know which microphone to use for podcasting?
- Use a USB mic from our list if you are just starting out.
- Buy a Dynamic Mic if you are at a decent level and want more quality along with a mixer.
- Buy a condenser mic if you operate in a studio and want the highest clarity possible.