Rode Podcaster USB Studio Condensor Microphone
Record podcasts or track voiceover for videos and presentations with Rode's broadcast-quality USB dynamic microphone, tailored specifically for voice.
With a classic design that instantly evokes the sturdy end-address dynamic mics that have long been indispensable in radio stations, the Rode Podcaster is a professional USB microphone designed for no-nonsense direct-to-computer recording. As the name implies, it's ideal for podcasters and home-studio voiceover talent who need a dependable desk mic that rejects off-axis background noise. A built-in headphone output on the microphone body provides zero-latency monitoring so you can hear what you're recording with no echo or delay -- and it's built like a tank (with a 10-year warranty that takes effect after registration on Rode's website). With the Rode Podcaster, the term "USB mic" no longer means "cheesy." This is one USB microphone that delivers great sound and serious build quality for your money.
Dynamic vs. Condenser
As any audio engineer will tell you, most microphones fall into two categories: condensers and dynamics. In general, dynamic mics are a must-have for live performance, while condensers are often a good choice for recording. But in the home environment, condensers' sensitivity makes them susceptible to background noise. Condenser mics are more delicate, touchy instruments, and many consumer-level USB condensers tend to suffer from an unnaturally "hyped" high-end response. The Rode Podcaster fills a void in the market by providing a robust, broadcast-quality USB dynamic mic with accurate vocal reproduction.
Fast, Simple Setup
Setting up the Rode Podcaster couldn't be easier: simply plug the included 10-foot USB cable into your computer's USB port. With a USB mic, there's no need for an audio interface, preamp, or external sound card of any kind. The microphone's LED will flash red, then solid green to indicate that it's being properly powered over USB -- clearly visible whenever you're in the speaking position. And there's no need to install a driver; simply open your computer's system preferences to select the mic for your audio input and adjust its sensitivity to your voice. Plug any 1/8" headphones into your Podcaster's built-in headphone jack to monitor your sound directly off the mic with zero latency. And you can use Podcaster's included stand mount to secure it on any standard threaded desk stand, or choose the optional Rode PSM1 shock mount and PSA1 boom arm to save space on your desk.