Best Budget Podcast Microphones – Podcast Starter Kit For 1, 2 & 3+ Hosts

Most often than not podcast listeners judge a podcast by its audio quality, the audio quality of your podcast is one of the most important things that you need to care about. Audio quality of your podcast solely depends on your microphone, to produce good quality audio for your podcast you need to choose a good quality microphone.

Choosing a microphone for your podcast can be intimidating, especially if you are new to podcasting. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place I have created a list of budget (but quality) microphones that you can buy.

Now without wasting any time let’s get started.

Microphones for One-person podcast

1. BOYA BY-M1

Price: $19.95

BOYA BY-M1 is an omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone. This microphone has an integrated 6-meter cable with a 3.5mm 4-pole gold plug which can connect directly to smartphones, laptops, PCs and most of the DSLR cameras.

Audio Quality: BOYA BY-M1 produces decent sound quality. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s good enough to get started.

Best For: Recording a solo podcast show with a smartphone.

Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional

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2. RODE smartLav+

Price:$79

Rode smartLav+ is an omnidirectional lapel microphone designed specifically for smartphones.

Audio Quality: smartLav+ produces crispy and natural sounding audio. smartLav+ is one of the best smartphone microphones you can buy.

Best For: Recording a solo podcast show with a smartphone.

Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional

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3. Samson Q2U

Price: $59.99 

Samson Q2U is a handheld USB/XLR dynamic microphone. It also allows you to plug headphones (with a 3.5mm jack) straight into the microphone and adjust the volume accordingly to monitor your recording. Samson Q2U also works with iPhone, iPad via Apple’s lighting to USB Camera Adaptor or with Android devices via a Host OTG cable.

Audio Quality: Samson Q2U produces good audio quality.

Best For: Recording a solo podcast show with laptops or PCs.

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

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4. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB

Price: $66.95

ATR2100-USB is a handheld USB/XLR cardioid dynamic microphone. This mic allows you to plug headphone (with a 3.5 mm jack) straight into the microphone to monitor your recording and adjust the volume.

Audio Quality: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB picks up sound from the front which reduces background noise and produces good quality audio.

Best For: Recording a solo podcast show with laptops or PCs.

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

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5. Audio-Technica AT2005-USB

Price: $79

Just like ATR2100-USB, AT2005-USB is a handheld USB/XLR cardioid dynamic microphone by Audio-Technica. This mic allows you to plug headphone (with a 3.5 mm jack) straight into the microphone to monitor your recording and adjust the volume. ATR2005-USB is new and improved microphone if compared with ATR2100-USB.

Audio Quality: Audio-Technica AT2005 picks up sound from the front which reduces background noise and produces good quality audio (a little bit better than ATR2100-USB).

Best for: Recording a solo podcast show on Laptops & PCs.

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

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Microphones for Two-person podcast

6. BOYA BY-M1DM

Price: $21

BOYA BY-M1DM is a dual omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone. This microphone has an integrated 4-meter cable with a 3.5mm 4-pole gold plug which can connect directly to smartphones, laptops, PCs and most of the DSLR cameras.

Audio Quality: Just like BOYA BY-M1 this microphone also produces decent quality audio.

Best for: Recording a co-hosted or interview podcast show with a smartphone.

Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional

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7. SC6-L/SC6 Mobile Interview Kit

Price: SC6-L $79 and SC6 $20
Price: smartLav+ X 2 = $158

SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit includes one SC6-L/SC6 and two smartLav+ lavalier microphones. It’s the perfect solution to record your podcast using your smartphones.

Audio Quality: smartLav+ produces crispy and natural sounding audio quality.

Best for: Recording a co-hosted or interview podcast show with a smartphone.

Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional

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Buy SC6 on Amazon

Buy smartLav+ on Amazon

Microphones for 2, 3 and 4-person podcast

8. Blue Yeti

Price: $99

Blue Yeti is a multi-pattern USB microphone. Yeti has built-in functionality to control headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute button, and microphone gain. It even comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring your audio in real time without latency delays.

Audio Quality: Blue Yeti offers pretty decent sound quality, it captures crispy and natural sounding audio quality.

Best for: Recording 2, 3 and 4-person podcast show with laptops and PCs.

Polar Pattern: Cardioid Mode, Stereo Mode, Omnidirectional Mode, Bidirectional Mode.

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9. Samson G-Track Pro

Price: $128

Samson G-Track Pro is a multi-pattern USB microphone; it has in-built audio interface and mixer. Samson G-Track Pro is packed with a lot of features and functionality which includes 3-positing polar pattern switch, recording select switch (mono/2 track), microphone volume control knob, mute button, headphone volume control knob, instrument volume control knob, 1/4″ instrument in and 1/8″ stereo headphone out.

Audio Quality: Samson G-Track Pro produces great crispy and natural sounding audio quality.

Best for: Recording 2, 3 and 4-person podcast show with laptops and PCs.

Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Figure-8 (Bidirectional), Omnidirectional

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