Podcasts have blown up since the early 2000s and now nearly every person and their cat has one, or is thinking of creating one. While there’s nothing wrong with people expressing their creative juices, those who are new to the podcast game will need to think about how they sound and ensure they have good quality tech in order to attract listeners.
Whether it’s true crime, fashion, the Royal Family, food or mental health, there’s many genres of podcasts to choose from, all of which can be found via various streaming platforms.
There are a range of microphones to choose from, most of which can be used for dual purposes, so whether you’re thinking of starting a YouTube channel or a podcast, or are an avid gamer there’s probably a microphone out there for you.
Amazon has a range of microphones from big brands and independent sellers, both for children and older ages. I tested one from a brand called Trust Gaming, an affordable brand which has become popular with gamers.
I tested out their GXT 241 Velica model which is a USB steaming microphone and is currently priced at £36.49 on Amazon. Measuring at just 20cm tall, the microphone is smaller than the one I currently have and is also less bulky. I was curious to see how it would sound given the size, everything is quite compact which is good when it comes to travelling.
The microphone is packaged in four parts, one which is the USB cable, another is the long tubular microphone and the other two make up the stand and microphone extension. It was simple to put together and I was recording in less than five minutes.
I used Clean Feed to record a disclaimer segment for the podcast and sat at my usual distance away from the microphone, about 10 inches away, from the mic head. After a minute and a half of recording I listened back to the sound and was impressed straight away.
The audio sounded crystal clear and more powerful than my previous microphone which is connected via a boom stand. The window was open in my bedroom as I was recording but you could hardly hear the noise from outside on playback. My voice came through clearly without any distortion or interference.
I was really surprised over just how good the quality of the sound was, especially for an item that weighs 360 grams and measures 20 x 15 x 25 cm. The microphone is a 16bit/48kHz cardioid model and has a shock mount and a pop filter, as well as a mute button.
For the price, at £36.49, I would definitely recommend it to gamers, those who want to Skype and use it for things like Microsoft’s Cortana. While I used it for the No Really, I’m Fine podcast this time, I would only use it again for short spouts of audio that I need to do quickly – for longer pieces of recording, such as interviewing guests, I would worry about the quality over time.