With hundreds of microphones out there, have you ever wondered which one to go with for your radio broadcasts?

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We’ve put together a couple of industry standard microphones with the help of Teddy, our microphone expert here at RadioKing, to try and give you a better understanding of what’s currently on the market.

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.3 features that you’ll want to be familiar with when choosing your mic:

.–  an integrated pop filter (to cut down on vocal sibilance)

– a shock mounted capsule (to isolate the mic from any vibrations/shock)

cardioid pick up pattern (to pick up your voice and ignore background noise)

.What’s the difference between condenser and dynamic microphones?

.Put simply, they differ in terms of how they pick up sound and convert it into an electrical signal.

.Generally speaking, condenser mics are more sensitive and produce a sound that is a lot warmer. They also tend to be more expensive.

.Dynamic mics tend to pick up mostly what’s in front of the mic (not background noise) and can be a lot more resistant to temperature and humidity.

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neumann_u_87Neumann U87

Condenser

Perhaps the cream of the crop when it comes to broadcasting mics. Often used by professional radio stations across the world, it’s without doubt a gem if you’ve got the means!

Retails for around $3,200 / 2,000€

Made in Germany

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neumann_bcm104Neumann BCM-104

Condenser

Adapts to lots of voices. Another microphone produced by Neumann with professionals in mind.

Retails for around $1,000 / 900 €

Made in Germany

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neumann-bcm705-0Neumann BCM-705

Dynamic

Yes, Neumann’s first dynamic microphone! Intended for close ranged speech production, it’s a good one for radio broadcasters.

Retails for around $700 / 560€

Made in Germany.

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electrovioice-re20Electrovoice RE20

Dynamic

Another industry standard and firm favourite, this tends to be the go to mic for lots of talk show hosts in the States.

Retails for around $410 / 538€

Made in the USA

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shure-sm7bShure SM7B

Dynamic

When this microphone has MJ’s Thriller on it’s résumé, what more can you say. A favourite amongst radio hosts and approaching more affordable prices than those previously mentioned.

Retails for around $400 / 425€

Made in the USA

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Sennheiser MD 421-II

Dynamicsennheiser-md421

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Another well known mic in the world, incredibly versatile and good at rejecting feedback – you can rely on Sennheiser.

Retails for around $380 / 400€

Made in Germany

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rode-podcasterRode Podcaster

Dynamic

Especially designed for podcasting, it plugs in directly via USB so no audio interface is needed. Worth looking into.

Retails for around $230 / 210€

Made in Australia

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156266The t.bone SC 400

Condenser

If you’re on a budget, this mic is hard to beat. Very effective and a lot of bang for the buck. Great for starting out.

Retails for around $80 / 60€

Made in Germany

On top of that, you’ll probably want to look into some kind of audio interface in order to get the sound in and out of your computer.

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Note: Condenser microphones need external power, also known as P48 Phantom Power. Just make sure to look out for the “48V” switch!

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focusrite-scarlett-2i2-audio-interfaceAudio Interface – Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen

Compact, portable and you don’t even need a power supply, simply get connected with just a USB cable.

Retails for around $150 / 140€

Made in the UK

Final say?

Here at RadioKing, Teddy recommends the Shure SM7B. A microphone that produces that warm and magical radio voice as well as a mic popular with lots of European radio stations.

Nevertheless, if you’ve got a slightly smaller budget, the t.bone SC 400 is a great mic for starting out in the world of radio.

 Don’t forget: If you’re opting for a slightly more expensive mic, do try and test it before you buy – the results can vary depending on your voice!