The Rode Podcaster is a broadcast-quality USB microphone designed for recording spoken vocals from podcasts to voiceovers. As a USB microphone, it connects on to a USB port in your Mac or PC – and even an iPad utilizing the elective digicam connector package and a powered hub – thereby bypassing or eliminating the necessity for an audio interface. With a laptop computer, Podcaster and a few type of stand, you can be recording studio-quality vocals wherever you go.
The Podcaster is basically a USB model of Rode’s Procaster studio microphone, swapping the latter’s XLR jack for a USB port and inside analogue to digital conversion; that is extra handy for anybody recording with a single microphone immediately into a pc, though should you intend to make use of two or extra microphones, you’ll be better-served by conventional XLR mics linked to an audio interface with a number of inputs and mixing capabilities.
The Podcaster employs a dynamic audio design with a cardioid sample designed to pick-up audio from the entrance and sides however reject sound from the rear. Rode designed it to mimick broadcast microphones of the previous with a reasonably slim frequency response (40Hz to 14Khz on this case) and comparatively low sensitivity. Coupled with a built-in foam pop filter, it’s designed for use at shut vary for traditional radio-style spoken vocals, and whilst you can mount it on a stand (even a table-top one), it’s most snug with an angle-poise growth arm and anti-shock mount, similar to Rode’s personal PSA1 and PSM1 equipment; in the meantime should you want higher safety from pops or wind, you may match the elective WS2 foam defend. Within the following video, I’ll examine the standard and options of the Rode Podcaster in opposition to the Rode NT USB, an equally standard mic for voice work.
The cylindrical design measures roughly 56mm in diameter and 215mm in size, whereas the metallic building and 655g weight lends it an air of solidity and confidence. The Podcaster additionally contains a 3.5mm headphone jack for latency-free monitoring of audio each from the microphone and from the pc, together with a plastic quantity management. This quantity knob feels a bit flimsy in comparison with the substantial construct of the microphone itself though general the microphone seems in a position to take the knocks and be thrown into luggage for ad-hoc recording on the street.
The Rode Podcaster’s bodily and audio design means you’ll be talking immediately into the entrance of it at shut vary, usually from round two inches away; Rode features a small forward-facing LED which you must be capable of see should you’re within the right place. This recording distance coupled with the marginally narrower frequency response means voices sound fuller with higher bass than regular, whereas the quick typical working distance from the mic means it’ll nearly actually be in shot should you’re capturing video too. This makes it best-suited for audio podcasting or recording voiceovers, though some can also benefit from the skilled studio look of a big microphone mounted on an arm of their movies.
Rode Podcaster last verdict
The Rode Podcaster is a top quality USB microphone optimised for spoken vocals and ideally fitted to podcasts and voiceovers. The bodily and audio design encourages use at shut vary to ship a basic radio sound that’s flattering for spoken content material, whereas the USB interface means you could be recording studio-quality audio onto a pc or laptop computer with a stand and a single cable; it’ll additionally work with iPads with the elective digicam connector package and a powered USB hub.
The cylindrical shell is nicely constructed and features a headphone jack for monitoring audio, and the mic itself could be mounted on a stand, tripod or an articulated arm; certainly whilst you might use the Podcaster on a tabletop tripod within the area, I believe its design and close-range use means most will deploy it in additional of a studio atmosphere on a growth arm, however it’s price remembering the audio design means it’s more practical at rejecting ambient sounds than some mics. Should you’re after a extra clear – to not point out extra delicate – USB microphone that’s nice for musical devices in addition to voice, contemplate the Rode NT USB, however once more keep in mind it will likely be extra delicate to ambient sounds so is greatest utilized in a quieter atmosphere. In the end lots will even boil right down to preferences on styling and use – should you’ve at all times dreamed of a studio fashion microphone mounted on an arm for spoken work, then the Podcaster is the one for you. Do nonetheless be aware the growth arm – and your radio voice – are elective extras.