One of the earliest questions we get from people looking to start a podcast is, simply, “How do I record a podcast?” Indeed, it is not uncommon to fire up a professionally branded podcast hosted on iTunes or Spotify or some other major channel, and to hear audio that sounds like it was recorded via iPhone or directly into the computer itself. Listen, we get it. The leaps and bounds made by smartphones and home computers over the last few years have been extraordinary, resulting in capabilities that are still surprising and impressive. But, when it comes to your podcast, the audio quality is quite literally the most important thing. And for the best sound quality, you can’t just be recording yourself talking into your phone or using your laptop’s built-in microphones. You need a separate, professional microphone.
Maybe the most popular microphone for podcasting is the Blue Yeti. The Blue Yeti has become the standard because it is easy to use, affordable, easy to find, and consistently produces excellent sound. The Blue Yeti is a simple, USB-based microphone, meaning that you just have to plug it into the USB port on your computer to be in business.
An article published by Riverside.fm extolled the virtues of the Blue Yeti for a wide range of clientele, including streamers, Youtubers, and students, as well as podcasters who are looking for quality sound at a manageable price.
Per Riverside.fm, “Podcasters who are early in their careers or who have a strict budget will benefit greatly from Blue Yeti, as it is less expensive than a dedicated mic and audio interface.”
Because of its ubiquity in the podcast space, Blue Yetis are extremely easy to locate, available at most every electronic retailer that you might name.
In preparation for this article, we examined a number of publications from other professional audio outlets and found that the Blue Yeti was the microphone for podcasting that kept coming up as a popular, reliable standby.
“The Blue Yeti Pro USB microphone is a great, great starting choice for would-be voice artists,” reads an article at Bunny Studio about the best microphones. It’s widely used by tons of YouTubers and upstarts. Also, it doesn’t require external amplification, which is already great for a cardioid mic. Its USB plug and lack of need for an external power source also make it super accessible for newcomers to the business.
Wrote The Verge in its own article about choosing a microphone when trying to start a podcast, “A standard in podcasting as far as USB microphones go, the Blue Yeti is versatile, readily available in most consumer electronic stores, and easy to use. Because of its ability to record in stereo, the Yeti is used a lot in the ASMR Youtube community as well as podcasting and streaming.”
If you are creating your own podcast, you are in the business of having to make choices - your subject matter, your format, your guests, your schedule, etc. Podcasting is a fun and rewarding field, but it does require a great deal of thought and consideration. Your microphone absolutely deserves that same level of thought and consideration. It’s the vessel that will be conducting your thoughts directly from your mouth to your listeners’ ears, and so you want to choose the separate, professional microphone that will do the job right.
Is that the Blue Yeti? Or one of the more high-end versions of the Blue Yeti like the Blue Yeti Pro? Or is there another brand or model of microphone that makes more sense and suits your needs better?
The good news is that there’s no lack of choice.
And the better news is that you will always find people like us ready to help with the choosing, whenever you need.
If you’d like to start the conversation with us about your own podcast aspirations, we welcome you to visit our website at www.gomodpod.com, or reach out to us via our Contact form or at firstname.lastname@example.org.