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 differences to spot between a USB and XLR microphone is that they have different connection cords, but there are quite a few differences in quality as well.

USB microphones can easily connect to your computer and don’t require any additional adaptors. While they are also on the cheaper end of the spectrum, the quality isn’t as great for podcasting as you may thing. Please note: for a beginner podcaster just getting started on a budget, a higher quality USB mic will work for your setup, but consider price comparisons with XLR microphones before you buy.

XLR microphones are a little bit different than a USB in technology and quality. For one, they typically come with an XLR cable, so you have to buy an adapter or a USB cable. These mics provide that professional edge that USB mics can’t.

Both microphone types have their perks and drawbacks, but the two biggest factors to consider are your budget and the quality you want to put out.

If you’re considering investing in an XLR microphone, we suggest the Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone (What we use on our podcast).

Now that you’ve learned about the difference between USB and XLR microphone, you can check out our podcast equipment list for beginners, including all of the gear we use to record on Clocking In with Haylee Gaffin.

Grab our full list of recommended gear that we share with our clients!