A microphone specifically designed for podcasting? Sounds amazing, right? Well, it’s a reality thanks to Rode! They have created the PodMic, which has been tuned for voice and broadcasting, so we decided to put it to the test!
Pop No More!
It has also been made with an internal pop filter. This means, if you decide to get up close and personal with your PodMic and speak directly into it, it will do a good job of removing any harsh sounds, like “P’s” and “K’s”. The internal pop filter will also catch any sibilance from “S” sounds and reduce that down, making your voice sound the best it can. It also saves you some cleaning up work in editing afterwards which I don't think any podcaster would complain about!
No Extra Noise
The main thought behind designing this microphone was reducing the amount of ambient background noise the mic picks up. Let’s face it, a lot of us podcasters don’t record in perfectly soundproofed rooms, so we may still have some echoes or background noise that sadly gets picked up in our recordings. The PodMic has been tuned to reduce that noise so you just get your voice, nice and clearly. Obviously if you're in a louder environment, like a cafe for example, you will still pick up the background noise of coffee machines and people chatting, but this will be nicely turned down in comparison to your voice.
With it’s compact size and relatively lightweight nature, the Podmic is perfect for those of you who might want to take your podcast on the road. Paired with the Rodecaster Pro, it makes the perfect portable studio! Especially due to the Rodecaster being able to record directly onto an SD card, and now that they’ve added multitrack for SD card recordings, take a few PodMics on the go for you and a guest or two!
The PodMic has DEFINITELY been designed with Podcasters in mind. It’s small, lightweight nature means it’s perfect for carting around to on location recordings, and in a little studio, it won’t take up much space. Paired with the Rodecaster Pro, it makes for the perfect portable podcasting studio (Try saying that 5 times fast!), and the sound quality is fantastic! The only downside we can see is it is quite treble-heavy with not a lot of bass in there, so while the audio is great quality, there probably isn’t as much bass pickup as we’d like. All in all, it really does stand out against its competitors, and you have to admit, it does look pretty swish doesn’t it?
- Affordable: At $99 (£99) it really offers awesome quality recordings for a competitive price!
- Space Saving: It's small and lightweight, so it won't take up loads of space in your studio or on the road.
- Internal Pop Filter: Plosives, pops and sibilence, BEGONE!
- Lack of Bass: Personal preference time, but we'd prefer it to have just a bit more bass to it.
- No Settings: It doesn't have settings like some other mics, unless you pair it with the Rodecaster Pro and change the settings on that.