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Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone

4.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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  • Broadcast sound quality
  • 28mm dynamic capsule
  • 18-Bit Resolution, 8 - 48 kHz sampling
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection
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Product Description

Do you podcast? Do you jump through hoops just trying to get decent microphone sound into your computer? That's no fun. Here's what you do to fix that: you get yourself RODE's incredibly awesome Podcaster USB mic. Convenience? Try this on for size... you plug the USB-equipped Podcaster straight into your computer! This thing is purpose built for podcasting (probably why they named it the Podcaster, right?); it has an on-air indicator light, a low-cut filter that lets you tailor it for different vocals, a built-in pop filter, and low-noise performance. Plug it in, get great sound in your computer, and focus on sharing your voice with the world!

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Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 2.5 x 5.2 inches
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000JM46FY
Item model number PODCASTER
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4.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,328 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#34 in Musical Instruments > Live Sound & Stage > Microphones > Dynamic Microphones > Multipurpose
#2,714 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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The RØDE Podcaster Package Includes:

- RØDE Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone.

- RØDE RM2 Ring-Mount Microphone Stand.

- USB Cable (3 meter/10 feet).

RØDE Podcaster Package

Podcaster (Front View)

Podcaster (Rear View)

Cardioid Polar Pattern


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I picked up the R0DE Podcaster a few days ago, and it sounds great -- much better than I expected. I honestly expected it to sound cheesier because it's USB instead of XLR. I made a couple of test recordings and gave them to my wife, who is always saying that I don't sound like myself in my recordings. She said that this is the best-sounding mic I've ever used, and that I sound just like myself. My background in audio is a couple of years in podcasting and some live interviews. Equipment I've used in the past includes the Audio Technica 4033a, Heil Pro PR-40, Symetrix 528e, Zoom H-4, and the M-Audio MobilePre.

Pros:

Sounds great.

Very competitive price when compared to decent XLR mics.

Direct to USB (computer sees it as a sound card).

Headphone jack built in for direct, live monitoring (huge plus), with volume control (which does not effect recording volume).

Allows remote recordings to a laptop (with all the nice software) without lugging around extra devices to convert a "real" mic to USB or Firewire.

Works automatically on a Mac.

Feels very solid and sturdy -- very well made.

Front-firing cardiod-pattern dynamic mic (helps reduce most "background" noise).

Completely USB-powered.

Cons:

Direct to USB: No possibility of using a hardware mixer or voice processor, and you can't use more than one at a time (except maybe with special software).

Large and heavy. Not really a big deal if you keep it on a mic stand like I do, but you need a real stand -- not a cheap one.

Doesn't come with any kind of padded box for storage/travel like pro mics. It's probably not meant for travel, but its functionality and all-in-one design certainly encourage it.
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For recording my voice (baritone), it does a great job. For extra warmth that means close-miking, which in turn means not popping your p's, etc. If you hold it close to your mouth but don't directly face it end-on, that's easily done (or get a pop filter). [...].

The microphone electronics are extremely quiet - the audio is sampled at 18 bits.

It comes with a warranty which is easily extended to 10 years for free.

The real-time headphone monitoring is a great idea and works well.

It's a bit heavy (part of being built like a tank), and you need to think a little about how you're going to mount it, since some cheap desktop stands can barely manage it.

Some things to keep in mind are:
1) It likes close-miking (at least for male voices)
2) It is USB-only
3) It is a on the bit large and heavy side.

If those don't bother you, and the price is in your range, then you will probably like it a lot.
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By GR Fire on July 30, 2009
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Ok - this is one heavy mic! I'm using it to create podcasts and training video's. The sound quality is excellent - studio quality. I had to purchase On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand, Black to keep it from falling over. The problem is the the mic must mount from the rear, so all the weight is hanging over. I also strongly suggest Rode PSM1 Shockmount. It serves a few purposes; 1) it changes the center of gravity when mounting the mic since it attaches to the mic stand in the middle and allows the mic to hang more rearward and it provides a shock absorber. Using it on a MAC with VM - has no issues being recognized by XP and OS X. Overall, very happy with the mic.
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I am an audio professional of over 20 years in Nashville, both recording and sound reinforcement (live sound).

All-in-one USB mics are all compromised to begin with since it is a mic, mic pre, and analog to digital converter all in one unit. But with the right mic, the tradeoffs can be worth it. This is NOT the right mic.

The Podcaster is the worst of its breed and price range. Check out what The Wirecutter says about it in their tests...

Tonally it is very mid-rangy and "open" sounding, and tends to get harsh and "honky" (mid-rangy/nasal). Many podcasts I listen to use it and I can hear it's bad sound instantly.

The internal electronics of mic pre and analog to digital converter are worst in class. These electronics are just as critical as the mic element/pickup, so dedicated pre+converter is always better. With the Podcaster, it's cheap electronics not only add to the bad sound, but also allows it to distort easily. I can't stress how terrible this device sounds to my trained ear.

Typically a dynamic mic like this should be less susceptible to ambient and handling noise. One podcaster I consulted with was getting 400Hz resonance reflections from proximity to his computer monitor, and it was picking up typing noise and him bumping his desk all of the time (it was on a desk stand without a shock mount). Another one was picking up his MacBook Pro's fan noise plain as day, which had to be gated. They say it has "good rejection". Wrong!

The first guy upgraded to the Shure PG42 USB (almost same price), and tonality is much improved, as is ambient noise - despite the fact that it's a more sensitive condenser. It comes with a shock mount too!
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