Contrary to what most people think, not all podcasters do their recordings in the comfort of their own homes. Some on-the-go podcasters do this from various locations for many reasons, one of which is that their interviewees don’t have the option or liberty to leave their current locale.
That’s why in today’s hardware feature, I’m listing three of the best microphones for the roving podcaster. Here they are in no particular order:
Made by Blue Microphones, the Snowball is a true plug-and-play device, quick and easy to setup because it requires no power hub or driver. It is capable of recording 44.1kHz audio at 16-bit resolution and has a frequency response of 40Hz-18kHz. At the back is a 3-point switch that lets you set the recording patterns (cardioid, cardioid with 10dB pad, and omni). In layman's terms, that means you can set the pick up range from 'Wide' for recording two or more people, to 'Focused' for recording just one person.
Bottom line is, it won't replace your studio quality mic but this is a good deal in itself. It wouldn’t surprise me if professional musicians use this to record their ideas and rough demos while on the road.
The Snowball comes in white, silver and black. Also available is a universal shock mount/suspension kit, which helps eliminate external vibrations and noise. Personally, its looks alone is enough to make me want one.
Samson Meteor Mic
Setting its attention-grabbing and undeniably sleek vintage design aside, the Samson Meteor Mic comes with an equally cool integrated stand that provides several standing position options and a neat carry case. Moreover, on its body you'll find an LED status light indicator, a stereo 1/8-inch zero latency headphone output, and a volume control.
It sports a cardioid pick up pattern capable of 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz recording resolution and frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz. And like the Snowball, the Meteor Mic also requires no driver install and USB power hub, making it ideal for use in VOIP, Skype, and of course, podcasting.
Blue Microphones Snowflake
Last but certainly not least is the Snowball's cousin, the Snowflake. I guess one could say that Blue Microphones has just found its way into the hearts of a considerable number of podcasters.
Like the two aforementioned microphones, this condenser cardioid microphone is also a driverless device that has no need for any power hub that's capable of recording 44.1kHz at 16-bit resolution.
Its whole compact design is just ideal for traveling podcasters as it comes with an integrated tray for its 3-foot USB cable making transportation convenient. Plus, its foldable mounting clip allows it to easily rest on your laptop.