Podcasting: The brand of microphone most churches shouldn’t use for their podcasts
Listen to the audio: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.[tweet “Avoid buying this brand of microphone if your church is podcasting, no matter what you hear about its quality:”]
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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