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Podcasting: The Type of Professional Microphone you shouldn’t use

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Podcasting: The Type of Professional Microphone you shouldn’t use

Most of the time, professional gear is best, but this time, in this unique situation, there’s a certain type of professional gear you should NOT use.

Most microphones are either dynamic or condenser microphones.

In a professional studio, ambient sound is very well controlled. As such, you won’t have unwanted sound, so you’ll want a microphone that picks up every last detail of what’s being said.

Most churches don’t have professional audio studios, so for a podcast other than the sermon, you’ll want a microphone that doesn’t pick up as much random sound.

Back in the day, one of the first microphones that podcasters were recommended was the Blue Snowball. This microphone seemed perfect. I came with a stand and was a USB mic, so you didn’t need a mixer or any audio interface to get it into the computer. Unfortunately, it was a condenser microphone, so it picked up all sorts of audio from the environment that you didn’t want.

Fast forward to today. Now, we have choices like the ATR-2100 USB microphone (affiliate link) which can connect directly to a computer, but also has an XLR connector to interface with a mixer, should you ever need that, too.

Like all the microphones you should consider, this is a dynamic mic. It doesn’t pick up details that you don’t want, but does pick up your voice.

For most situations, a microphone, like this one, will actually give you better results than a professional broadcast condenser microphone costing hundreds of dollars.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.