In need of a top-notch microphone? Today we show you the 5 best microphones for live radio broadcasting and pre-recorded audio for podcasting.
#5. Blue Spark
The Blue Spark is visually different from the other studio condenser microphones on this list. What makes it stand out is its large diaphragm which makes it good for vocals, so it can pick up the full dynamic range of your voice. From high to low sounds, it captures everything whilst avoiding audio peaking.
An interesting feature the Blue Spark comes with is a “focus button”. When pressed it reduces low-end sensitivity and increases the high-end. Essentially your audio gets more clarity and adds a layer of richness.
One of the best things about the Blue Spark is that it comes with a pop shield and shock mount so you are ready to go right out of the box. This mic is perfect for voice-overs and super popular with podcasters due to the vocal range (you can even find famous YouTubers using it like PewDiePie!).
#4. Behringer B1
Next, we have the Behringer B1. It’s a budget studio condenser that is surprisingly good value. The best thing about the B1 is it adapts to its environment with set frequency and sensitivity responses for different locations.
For example, the flatline is really good at capturing spoken word. Changing this to -10 dB provides additional headroom, minimising noise when capturing peaking levels like in a noisy room.
The Behringer B1 and all the mics mentioned throughout this video use phantom power to operate. You have to plug it directly into either a mixer or audio interface capable of outputting enough voltage, so you can’t plug these directly into your computer or laptop.
The B1 works best as a starter microphone for home studio setups. It gives you crisp sounding audio that’s hard to beat elsewhere. Personally, we love the B1. It’s a good low-cost microphone if you are just starting out as it’s excellent for home recordings like podcasts or live radio broadcasts.
#3. Warm Audio WA87
The WA87 is a reproduction of the classic Neumann U87 microphone but at ¼ the cost. It’s commonly used in recording studios for voice-overs, music, and live radio due to its range.
It has a really solid build quality, so it can be knocked around without a scratch. Now in terms of audio quality, it’s really fantastic because you get an idea of what it sounds like without going through a mixer or in post-production. Check out what it sounds like in our full review.
The cool thing about the WA87 is its amazing performance. It takes all the best parts of the iconic ‘87 mic and nails it! Our final verdict is its a great mic for advanced setups. The build and sound quality for the price are superb, especially if you are on a budget.
#2. Electro-Voice RE320
The Electro-Voice RE320 is exceptionally versatile. It’s an industry standard microphone used by most commercial radio stations here in the UK and aboard in the USA.
There are 2 settings: “Flat” for spoken word and “Contour” for instruments. Radio Stations use the Electro-Voice for radio shows and live music sessions. For example, at MCR Live radio station they record music sessions using the RE320 – check out the acoustic set from The Blinders.
It’s a perfect microphone for broadcasters who want to lower background noise without losing detail. Sound amazing when broadcasting live or pre-recording shows without having to process audio. Overall, the Electro-Voice light and easy to use. It reduces your background noise and gives you bright high-end and punchy low-end audio whilst maintaining a natural tone.
#1. Neumann TLM 103
The Neumann TLM 103 is one of the best and most well-rounded studio condenser microphones available. It’s widely used by radio professionals like Howard Stern and many local stations here in the UK.
The TLM 103 features design elements that make Neumann such a trusted name. For example, the body rejects sounds trying to come in from the sides. It uses a transformer list circuit which basically cuts out background hiss.
Aside from being a great vocal microphone, it has the ability to capture very high-quality audio. For example, Jack White from The White Stripes uses this for his guitar rig when he’s playing at a concert, so it’s an ideal mic for live music and spoken sessions in your studio.
The Neumann TLM 103 gives home studio access to the kind of quality previously reserved for commercial radio studios. It’s a great sounding microphone that delivers high-end professional quality audio.
Which Are the Best Microphones?
Now that you have heard each microphone individually from the video up top, how did they sound and which one do you prefer? What mic do you currently use? Let us know in the comments.
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