Many podcasting professional recommend expensive equipment like a Heil PR40, big mixer, and an external recorder. Truly, this combination yields the best quality and easiest workflow.
But that's not how I started, and you don't have to, either.
This is a cheap stick mic that came with my Creative Labs sound card, very similar to several Labtec mics. For the first several episodes of the Ramen Noodle clean-comedy podcast, this mic worked fine. Listen to my third episode. Clearly, I hadn't quite learned about compressors back then.
It was even better when I added a homemade pop filter with old pantyhose. (Imagine how embarrassed I was to ask female friends if they had any they could spare!)
I got by with what I had, which was all I could afford when my podcasting hobby started. But I also knew some techniques like how some basic EQ adjustments could make even a cheap mic sound better.
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