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Podcasting: The brand of microphone most churches shouldn’t use for their podcasts

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Podcasting: The brand of microphone most churches shouldn’t use for their podcasts

In 2005, when podcasting was just beginning, podcasters rushed to try and find microphones that they could connect to computers and record with. One of the most popular lines of microphone was the Blue line. The Blue snowball was particularly popular.

Here’s the problem though. Both the Snowball and the Yeti are condenser microphones. In a controlled environment, that capture beautiful sound. Unfortunately, most churches don’t have dedicated studio space that’s been treated to get the best sound. As a result, condenser microphones get not only the sound you want, but other background sounds as well.

Now, there’s a better option if you need a microphone that connects with a USB connection to a computer, the Audio Technica ATR-2100 (affiliate link). This microphone is a dynamic type and uses either USB or XLR, so it can grow with you.

Some people might argue that it’s not as good a microphone as the Yeti or Snowball. That’s true, but for most churches, it’s a better choice. If you have a dedicated studio with sound treatment, maybe not, but that’s the exception and not the rule.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly 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 a peak of 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. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.