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Rode PodMic review – a perfect choice for aspiring podcasters

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  • VERDICT

If you’re an aspiring podcaster, the Rode PodMic is a perfect choice. You just plug it in and start talking. Instead of worry about all the technical aspects, you can just get on with creating great content.

You want to record a podcast but don’t know enough to choose the right microphone? Rode has once again come to the rescue with the PodMic – a broadcast quality dynamic microphone designed for podcasting.

It’s relatively small – a lot smaller than Rode Podcaster microphone which is what we normally use for our Tech Guide podcast – but it still offers a warm and rich sound.

In fact, we recorded Tech Guide Episode 345 (embedded below) using the Rode PodMic so you can hear the quality for yourself.

It has Rode’s typical solid construction and is built to last. And it’s only $148.

Being this size means you can take it anywhere but be warned – the PodMic is still quite heavy. It weighs 937g.

It plugs into any XLR interface like a mixer and, naturally the PodMic has been optimised with the Rodecaster Pro which automatically applies the right settings for the optimal results no matter what your voice type.

It has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz and an output impedance of 320 Ohms and phantom power is not required

The PodMic has been built for the spoken word and even has a built-on pop filter so there’s no need to add a pop sock – that’s the foam cover that goes over the end of the microphone.

The outside of the microphone has a stainless steel grille which integrates the pop shield so you can get right up to the microphone without popping your Ps.

We were impressed how well this worked. We hit our Ps pretty hard and, as you can hear, the PodMic handled it with ease.

The microphone has a swing arm mount so you can attach it to either a stand or a swivel arm.

For our review we connected it to our swivel arm which was easy to set up and connect with an XLR cable (sold separately).

We also connected it to the excellent Rodecaster Pro podcast console which allowed us to select the PodMic as the microphone via the touchscreen.

This meant the right settings were applied to produce the best result – we didn’t have to do anything else.

It’s yet another example of how Rode does the heavy lifting when it comes to getting you ready to record.

That’s why the RodeCaster Pro is so popular because it’s a plug and play solution which means you don’t need to be an audio engineer to get started.

It’s the same deal with the Rode PodMic.

I can remember years ago trying to explain to the people in the audio store that I needed a microphone mainly for spoken word recording and it took some time to match me up with a product that would suit my needs.

Today, with the Rode PodMic that’s not an issue any more.

And to make it even better there is no need to spend extra money on a pop sock or pop shield because it’s already built in. And at just $148 you;’re getting amazing quality at an affordable price.

Rode PodMic

Price: $148

VERDICT

If you’re an aspiring podcaster, the Rode PodMic is a perfect choice. You just plug it in and start talking. Instead of worry about all the technical aspects, you can just get on with creating great content.