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On today’s episode, I recommend the Audio Technica 2100X-USB microphone for podcasting, pod-guesting, and online meetings. Today is Black Friday in the US, and Cyber Monday is coming up Monday, November 30. If you’ve been thinking about buying a microphone, now might be a good time to buy!
Knowing which microphone to buy can be intimidating. When I first went into the voiceover industry, I didn’t know what to buy or whose advice to take. I also didn’t know how to adjust my computer’s sound preferences so my microphone was the audio input. No matter which microphone you buy, make sure you go to your computer’s “sound preferences” and tell your computer which microphone to use. Just plugging a microphone into your computer does not guarantee your computer will use it. You have to intentionally tell your computer what to use. I learned this the hard way. Learn from my mistake, and don’t let it happen to you!
Researching microphones as a podcaster was a little overwhelming. Too many choices. I needed help from someone who could boil it down to a couple of choices and present them to me with some empathy. Some reviewers forget what it’s like to be a beginner. Fortunately, I had a fantastic podcasting coach named Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting. He recommended Audio Technica 2100 (aka ATR2100). I use my ATR2100 for podcast interviews, but the ATR2100 is no longer made. The newer model is the ATR2100X-USB microphone.
If you buy a microphone, you will need a stand. You will also need something to keep your spit from flying onto the microphone. Buy a ball-type wind screen or a pop filter.