Looking to add professional sound to your podcasts?
Item: Røde Podcaster, USB Broadcast Microphone
Price: $229 US, £149 UK
At A Glance: The RØDE Podcaster is a dynamic, end-address USB microphone designed for recording speech for radio programs, voice-overs and podcasts. It combines broadcast-quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing direct recording to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface. The Podcaster has internal analogue-to-digital converters so you can bypass the lower quality converters typically found on a computer’s on-board sound to create good quality recordings. There is also a headphone output on the microphone body to provide zero-latency monitoring, so you can hear exactly what is being recorded, free of delay or echo.
High Notes: On vocals, the Podcaster has a classic, warm radio-friendly sound that makes voices sound rich and clear without the need for much (if any) additional processing. The microphone features an internal pop filter and also includes a sturdy ring mount so it can be attached to a microphone stand (a specially designed shock-mount is also available). It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X computers; as well as several versions of Linux. It can also be used as an iPad microphone in conjunction with the iPad Camera Connection Kit and a powered USB hub. The microphone is also covered by an impressive 10 year warranty.
Off Pitch: When compared with higher end broadcast mics (Shure SM7 or EV RE20 for example), the mid-range frequencies are not as well defined and the high frequencies sound a little more brittle. Also, as it is designed to be used a few inches from a speaker’s voice, it is possibly not the ideal microphone for video-casts as the microphone will be in shot.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Overall the Røde Podcaster is a well-designed product at an attractive price. It is visually appealing, easy to use and built to endure years of use. It is particularly effective in spoken word applications where you want to get a radio-style voice without the need for any post-production. It has a tight pickup pattern which picks up very little room noise; meaning your voice sounds clear and defined. If you want to record singing or instruments there are better alternatives, however if you want to produce great sounding podcasts on a budget the Røde Podcaster of definitely worth checking out.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.rodemic.com