The cheapest podcasting mic [daily podcasting photo, day 4]

Cheap Creative Labs stick mic

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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This is a post from the “daily podcasting photo” series. Learn more about the series, including how you can sponsor a day, at Daniel J. Lewis’s personal blog.

About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

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