Podcasting is a popular and effective way to share your expertise. While newer social media methods dominate the news, audio and video continues to grow as a way to connect with a listener and viewer, that is, your customer. For some, recording audio from a simple computer microphone is acceptable, but as you increase your listener base you will want to get a dedicated, external podcasting microphone.
The MXL Studio 1 Red Dot is a great USB-powered microphone at an affordable price. You can get their recording “kit” for around $100 on Amazon or your local electronics distributor.
MXL is well-known and respected for its recording equipment.
Podcasting Microphone: MXL Studio 1 Red Dot
I am not a sound expert, but I have used several external microphones over the years to record both audio and video (well, the audio portion of my videos).
But I have to say that this little microphone kit is now one of my favorites. It comes bundled in a durable carrying case, which is a small point. But one that makes a lot of sense given that most podcasting types are probably also mobile types. The company sent me a media review unit for this post.
What I Really Like:
- I already mentioned the nifty carrying case. What can I say, I like boxes and containers.
- Another nice thing to have is the 10-foot USB cable. Before you scoff, how many times have you received a short 2-foot USB cable with some peripheral gadget because the company was too cheap to give you some leash. MXL knows their customer.
- Comes with a useful little tripod. (That’s also the main disadvantage as you’ll see below.)
- Works with PC and Mac.
- This is the best part is that it comes with a 1/8 inch headphone jack so you can monitor the audio.
What I’d Like to See:
- A beefed up mic stand. This one will suffice as you get going, but you need a stable, secure spot for it.
This microphone is made well, feels solid and has a professional look to it. I have used it mostly for recording voice-over type recordings, but also some musical work and it performs well.
At the $100 price point, it can serve the needs of most podcasters until they start to get to the level where they are using a mixer board and other professional-level equipment.
I would add the wind screen (pictured left), by the way, to keep breath moisture away from the mic itself and to minimize popping when pronouncing P or T.
The last thing I’ll mention is — it is plug-and-play, just as it says on the box. I plugged it into the USB-port and it was ready to go with Audacity, the open source audio program I use, in minutes. No setup required.
Take a look at the MXL Studio 1 Red Dot if you’re in the market to upgrade your basic computer recording gear.