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Podcasting: The brand of microphone most churches shouldn’t use for their podcasts

In 2005, when podcasting was just beginning, podcasters rushed to try and find microphones that they could connect to computers and record with. One of the most popular lines of microphone was the Blue line. The Blue snowball was particularly popular.

Here’s the problem though. Both the Snowball and the Yeti are condenser microphones. In a controlled environment, that capture beautiful sound. Unfortunately, most churches don’t have dedicated studio space that’s been treated to get the best sound. As a result, condenser microphones get not only the sound you want, but other background sounds as well.

Now, there’s a better option if you need a microphone that connects with a USB connection to a computer, the Audio Technica ATR-2100 (affiliate link). This microphone is a dynamic type and uses either USB or XLR, so it can grow with you.

Some people might argue that it’s not as good a microphone as the Yeti or Snowball. That’s true, but for most churches, it’s a better choice. If you have a dedicated studio with sound treatment, maybe not, but that’s the exception and not the rule.


PaulAlanCliffordPaul Alan Clifford works with church staff and volunteers who want to use technology to impact people far from God, by navigating through the maze of possibilities and jargon. He wants your church to get past the hurdles and embrace the tools so that technology is a gift, not a burden. He has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc.

Heliterally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.

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