Rode Podcaster Dynamic USB Microphone

Record podcasts or track voiceover for videos and presentations with Rode's broadcast-quality USB dynamic microphone, tailored specifically for voice.

With a classic design that instantly evokes the sturdy end-address dynamic mics that have long been indispensable in radio stations, the Rode Podcaster is a professional USB microphone designed for no-nonsense direct-to-computer recording. As the name implies, it's ideal for podcasters and home-studio voiceover talent who need a dependable desk mic that rejects off-axis background noise. A built-in headphone output on the microphone body provides zero-latency monitoring so you can hear what you're recording with no echo or delay -- and it's built like a tank (with a 10-year warranty that takes effect after registration on Rode's website). With the Rode Podcaster, the term "USB mic" no longer means "cheesy." This is one USB microphone that delivers great sound and serious build quality for your money.

Dynamic vs. Condenser

As any audio engineer will tell you, most microphones fall into two categories: condensers and dynamics. In general, dynamic mics are a must-have for live performance, while condensers are often a good choice for recording. But in the home environment, condensers' sensitivity makes them susceptible to background noise. Condenser mics are more delicate, touchy instruments, and many consumer-level USB condensers tend to suffer from an unnaturally "hyped" high-end response. The Rode Podcaster fills a void in the market by providing a robust, broadcast-quality USB dynamic mic with accurate vocal reproduction.

Fast, Simple Setup

Setting up the Rode read more Podcaster couldn't be easier: simply plug the included 10-foot USB cable into your computer's USB port. With a USB mic, there's no need for an audio interface, preamp, or external sound card of any kind. The microphone's LED will flash red, then solid green to indicate that it's being properly powered over USB -- clearly visible whenever you're in the speaking position. And there's no need to install a driver; simply open your computer's system preferences to select the mic for your audio input and adjust its sensitivity to your voice. Plug any 1/8" headphones into your Podcaster's built-in headphone jack to monitor your sound directly off the mic with zero latency. And you can use Podcaster's included stand mount to secure it on any standard threaded desk stand, or choose the optional Rode PSM1 shock mount and PSA1 boom arm to save space on your desk.

Features:

- Broadcast-quality dynamic USB microphone
- Cardioid pickup pattern rejects background noise
- Simple setup -- works with any Mac or PC
- Built-in headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring
- 10-foot USB cable and stand mount included
- Up to 48 kHz sampling rate
- 18-bit digital-to-analog converter
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Acoustic Principle: Dynamic (neodymium) 28 mm

Active Electronics: Analogue signal conditioning + A/D and USB interface

Pickup Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 40 Hz ~ 14 kHz

Sensitivity: -51 dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (2.8 mV @ 94dB SPL) +/- 3 dB

Maximum SPL: 115 dB

Signal/Noise: > 78 dB

Analogue Output: Headphone audio output for monitoring

Digital Output Interface: USB

Resolution: 18 bits

Audio Control: AC97

Power Requirements: Power supplied from USB port.

Weight: 610g (21.5 oz)

Packed Weight: 1025g (36 oz)

Dimensions:
Length: 215mm (8 in.)
Height: 56mm (2 in.)
Width: 52mm (2 in.)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PODCASTER
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PODCASTER

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 562-364-7400
Email:
Web: https://rode.com/en/support/contact

Rode Podcaster Dynamic USB Microphone

Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio dynamic microphone with unparalleled A/D converters, so that the microphone can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.

The Podcaster offers an end-address configuration, the clarity of RODE's tailored-for-voice frequency response, an 'ON' L.E.D, a direct headphone amp, and of course very low self noise.

The Podcaster opens up possibilities for anyone who records audio - from podcasters, journalists and students to business people adding audio files to websites and multimedia presentations.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (20 ratings)
Submitted March 16, 2008 by a customer from 3buckaudio.com
Rode Podcaster USB Mic Customer Review
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sound
I chose this mic for audio narrations because my voice naturally has a lot of sibilance. This mic sorted that out. Very sensitive/responsive. Only bad thing I can say is that I'm used to a bit more bottom end from most mics. But easy enough to fix in post-production.
Features
built-in headphone jack and volume control for the headphones are an incredible feature.
Ease of Use
Plug & play with both a PC and a mac are a snap.
Manufacturer Support
I had an issue with my recording software. RODE sorted me out rather than the software developer. Above, and beyond the call of duty. GREAT to deal with.
Musical Background:
Composer / Producer / Voice-over artist
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