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One of the most important pieces of equipment you will need as a podcaster is a microphone. Your podcast doesn’t need the newest, most expensive mic on the market. One of the biggest things to consider when looking for a microphone is whether you want to use a USB or XLR microphone. 

The main difference between a USB and XLR microphone is that they have different connection cords. USB microphones can easily connect to your computer and don’t require any additional adaptors. They are also on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but still provide great sound quality. For a lone podcaster or a host who conducts interviews over the internet, USB mics will work great for your setup.

An XLR microphone is a little bit different than a USB. For one, they have a cable that is not as common to find as a USB connection. XLR cables also require separate equipment in order to work since computers lack an area to plug that type of cable in (but thankfully many offer adaptors). These mics provide that professional edge that USB mics can’t, but that does not mean that XLRs are the best option for you considering they are a bit more expensive than a USB mic. If you have a podcast that has other guests recording in the same room, we suggest using an XLR microphone over USB. 

We personally recommend the Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone with the XLR to USB C Microphone Cable Comica CVM-XLR-UC, XLR Female to USB C Microphone Audio Adapter. So while you’re getting a XLR microphone, we encourage you to purchase the USB adaptor cord to enable it’s use on the computer.

Both microphone types have their perks and drawbacks, but the biggest thing to consider is your budget. If you want to start recording sooner rather than later, we recommend buying a USB microphone first and save some cash for a later investment.

Now that you’ve learned about the difference between USB and XLR microphone, you can check out our podcast equipment list for beginners!