Chapter 10. Selecting the Right Microphone

In This Practice

  • Shopping for a microphone

  • Looking at some recommended models

  • Taking a mic for a test drive

John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, on teaming up with director John Landis for the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, created comedy gold. The humor in the film still stands the test of time, but there was always one exchange early in the film that never really made sense to Tee:

  • “Where's the Caddy? The Bluesmobile?”

  • “I traded it. For a microphone.”

  • “You traded the Bluesmobile for a microphone?! Okay, I can see that.”

Tee never did get that joke. At least not in the first few (hundred) times he saw it. Then he got into podcasting. A few months into Morevi, he was watching The Blues Brothers once again, and when that moment came up, he guffawed so loud that his wife was wondering if they were watching the same movie.

He finally got the joke.

Microphones are a great mystery in podcasting. There are so many to choose from — and they vary in price, some going well beyond the $1,000 mark. Which one works for you? If you ask a podcaster, brand names will come flying at you from every direction. Along with the brand names, you get types of microphones. It can be a bit daunting. It can be a bit frustrating.

It can also be a lot easier to find the right mic if you know what to look for and how to shop.

Choosing the Best Microphone FOR YOU

Microphones to podcasters are what shoes are to Sex in the City's Carrie Bradshaw. You see some of the particularly pretty ...

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