Why ‘best microphone for podcasting’ is NOT your most important decision

best microphone for podcasting is not most important decision

I see it all the time in several podcast groups I am a member of. A new member will join and ask, “what is the best microphone for podcasting”? Or, they will say, “I just bought XYZ microphone on Black Friday, will this be ok to use from my home office”? You get the idea. The emphasis is on the specific piece of equipment.

That absolutely ISN’T the first thing to start with when planning your podcast. It isn’t the most important decision either. Yes, of course, if you are going to be podcasting, then you will need a microphone. But it’s not the starting point.

Here are 7 more important things than the best microphone for podcasting:

  1. WHY do you want a podcast
  2. WHAT are you going to be talking about
  3. WHO are you going to be talking with, if anyone.
  4. WHO do you want to listen
  5. WHY would they want to listen to you
  6. WHAT do you want them to do after listening
  7. WHERE are you going to do your podcast recordings

In a nutshell, how will you leverage the show to generate interested clients and new opportunities. If you don’t consider those issues you’ll waste hundreds if not thousands of hours.

There are plenty of podcast decisions to make…

There are plenty more decisions to take before it is an appropriate time to consider which microphone would be suitable. And by thinking in more depth about your proposed podcast, you will get a much clearer understanding of what you need your microphone to do, and where you are expecting to use it, and who with.
Different situations require different microphones.

Select the ‘wrong’ or inappropriate microphone for your podcast situation and you will struggle with poor audio quality, and you will spend a lot of time getting frustrated, trying to get it ‘fixed’.

Microphone instructions are important too 🙂

Even if you have selected a microphone suitable for your podcasting situation… PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE SETUP AND USAGE INSTRUCTIONS. Using the right microphone in the wrong way is just as bad as using the wrong microphone.

I am not a microphone expert, but there are plenty of people out there who are. There is tons of information available to help you select the best microphone for your podcasting needs. My point here is that there are plenty of other things that you need to consider and decide, BEFORE you get busy with microphone selection and purchase.

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  • Paula Goude

    13th December 2018

    Good point – one microphonevwont be perfect for every need!

  • Karey Martin

    14th December 2018

    This is great info to focus on the real questions. I can get so lost in the weeds of things like what type of microphone as a way to avoid asking the real questions 🙂 Thank you!

  • Susan

    14th December 2018

    Glad it was so helpful – yes its easy to rush off and buy something and feel like you have made progress…… whilst the important issues are still unresolved

  • Susan

    14th December 2018

    so true – people often rush off and buy something without actually fully understanding where and how they will use it.

  • Lesley Anne Kinney

    8th February 2019

    Good advice. It’s so easy to get involved in all the “things” you need to record a podcast and not in the actual podcast itself.

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