Interesting content is a biggie, but a podcast has to sound great to make for a pleasant listening experience. Here are 5 of the best affordable USB microphones for recording your voice!

Podcasts have soared in popularity in recent years. Many of us have moved to working from home, and have turned to podcasts for entertaining chatter in place of office socialising. So, now is a great time to learn how to create your own podcast, and have a crack at some conversational creativity. However, the number of podcasts has grown along with the format’s popularity. Having an interesting and individual idea will help you stand out, so check out these tips.

There’s some essential equipment for podcasting that you will need before you get started, one thing being a microphone. You can use all sorts of microphones to record your voice, but USB microphones tend to be a popular choice in the podcasting world. So, with that said, we’ve compiled a list of the best USB mics, to make choosing that bit easier!

Blue Yeti

The Blue Yeti is a highly recognizable condenser mic and used by many content creators. For around $129.99 it’s a good starter mic that doesn’t stretch the budget too far.
With its tri-capsule technology, Yeti promises the ability to produce pristine, studio-quality recordings with legendary ease.

The Yeti offers four different pattern settings (cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional & bidirectional mode) to capture the perfect sound for music, podcasts, Twitch streaming, and YouTube videos.

Shure MV7

Shure is well known for high quality mics and equipment. At around the $300 mark, the MV7 is a fantastic stepping stone microphone, from your first mic to higher specs.

The MV7 is modelled on the legendary SM7B, and similarly delivers clear and full-bodied recordings. Although it doesn’t offer multiple polar patterns, it is brilliant at picking up less background echo.

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+

The AT2020 USB+ is weighty and serious, looking like a sturdy and professional USB microphone. It captures professional-sounding audio quality, and does well at recording guitars and other instruments, as well as voice (if you fancy an impromptu sing-song in your podcast).

This is a strong choice, available for around $185, so an investment but not a bank breaker.

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