questionsare there some decently priced podcast…


You won't be sweaty if you buy a Yeti.


If it were me, I wouldn't buy a USB mic. It's a quick way to get started, but you're giving yourself a single point of failure. The ADC (Analog/Digital Converter) is embedded into the mic - and you can't upgrade it without replacing the mic and vice versa. I would buy a USB audio input device with a couple XLR ports and buy a good vocal mic separately. Once you get going, you can add a second mic for much cheaper.

This also gives you the option of buying the microphone used and getting a better microphone for less money.

If you're getting a condenser mic, you want to be sure and get a mesh screen to put between each of you and the mic (or hack one together using a bent wire hanger and some nylon tights). Otherwise your P's will pop and your S's will hiss too much.

I haven't shopped microphones in way too long, so no specific advice. Be sure to check reviews at and as well


The other thing about condenser mics is that you practically need to record in a closet - away from your computer. The fan noise from the computer will be amplified unless you are very good about placement.

A dynamic mic like maybe the Sure PG58 requires you to be very close to the mic to be picked up. It's a cheaper version of what singers use on-stage at concerts. But it might not give you the sound you want for talking. Condensers definitely sound better.

We need a microphone expert to post here, not me.


I have a Blue Snowball. All of Blue's usb mics are great.


Absolutely LOVE Blue mics. I have a Snowball and Snowflake. I hear the Yeti is great also. The Snowflake is under $100 also (like $60?) to answer the original post, less than the Yeti. Sounds is very good on all Blue mics.


I have a Samson C01U that I picked up at a yardsale for a few bucks. It's a great entry level microphone (I just use it for gaming). I think you can pick them up for under $100 on Amazon new, and around $50 used. They're durable, but they won't be as attractive on your desk like a Blue Yeti or the like.


Recording Hacks did a nice shootout a couple of years ago at - the winners are more than $100, but there are a few decently ranked entries under it. There's also a separate shootout for cheap mics, and at the bottom of the page I linked to is a link to a cheap interface shootout. The real advantage to this format is the audio files recorded through each mic - you can hear how they change your sound.

I second the advice to get a separate interface. If you get a decent one, it will grow with you; at the least, you prevent a single point of failure. I further recommend investing a bit into a decent mic and audio chain generally, especially considering your subject matter. Movie people are generally a bit more media savvy than the general population, and the better you sound, the deeper they'll be immersed in your message (and the less likely to skip most of your content).


All of the comments about getting a USB interface board and nice mics are correct. However, until you are good and you know this is something you are going to be doing for a while, I'd stick with the one of the cheap ones that have already been mentioned. There is a big bump in price and complexity from the USB ones (plug and go) and higher quality systems. For a while even the Yeti mics are going to be far better than you are. Your first efforts aren't going to be very good: podcasting is harder than it looks and it takes time to get good.

If you and your brother enjoy this, and get a bit of a following, then go ahead and spend bigger bucks on a more complex set up. Keep the box and sell your first mics on Ebay or whatever.


I have a yeti and I absolutely love it. Fan sound is super easy to edit out if you use audacity. "Sound removal" is your friend.