Reasons to buy the Rode PodMic:
- Robust and heavy. Built with an all metal body with a ceramic finish and mesh, the Rode PodMic has been tagged as a “beast” and a “tank” by most of its users. A two-pounder microphone that will last users for years.
- Every podcasters’ must-have. True to its name, Rode PodMic is a perfect partner for every podcaster. All users heard a rich, warm and deep sound that was extremely astonishing. Users were able to unlock this Rode PodMic's true ability when paired with a solid microphone preamp and start focusing on the lows, mids, and tops.
- Tailored for vocals. The Rode PodMic's well-balanced sound, along with the wide-range frequency response that users don't often see in dynamics, astounded all reviewers. This makes it ideal for anything from speaking to rapping, and perhaps even rock vocals.
- Built-in pop filter and shock mount. Unwanted plosives can be reduced by this microphone’s built-in pop filter. Most users find the shock mount convenient and functional, made specially for podcasters. All users were mind-blown with these additional features especially at the Rode PodMic’s price point.
- Broadcast sound. The sound quality of this microphone is vivid, crisp, and excellent especially if tapped with a bit of EQing. All reviews claim that Rode PodMic has the ability to reject enough off-axis noise that the sound produced is very professional with the radio studio feels.
- Tight cardioid pickup pattern. Most reviewers were bemused on how reasonably tight the cardioid pickup pattern of Rode PodMic is, making it perfect for multiple microphone setups.
- Awesome price point. All users were astonished as to how this microphone can level up or even exceed the higher-end dynamic microphones in the market. With a quarter of the price of high-end microphones, Rode PodMic delivers a hands down sound quality.
- Superb side rejection. Rode PodMic can pick up sounds above 8 kHz, but users report that ambient noises below 8 kHz are unlikely to be a problem with this microphone. This microphone does a fantastic job in blocking background noise as per reviews.
- Cheap yet topnotch value. The affordable price point of this microphone is definitely a head-turner for buyers looking for their potential microphone. All reviewers had no regrets in getting the Rode PodMic as it surpassed their overall expectations.
- Stunning design. All users commended how the Rode PodMic looks. It’s aesthetics screams sophistication.
Reasons not to buy:
- A user commented that a clone or an inline mic amp would be great to lift the microphone’s gain.
- A reviewer suggested getting a boom arm for this microphone.
- A user noticed that the Rode PodMic lacks a bit in the lows.
- Some users find that this microphone does not have a massive proximity effect.
Rode PodMic Review:
From Freedman Group comes an atypical audio company located in Sydney, Australia. Branching to different countries; like London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Seoul and Shenzhen, makes it a global competitor in terms of the audio industry.
Rode has been known for its microphones and their PodMic is one of their front-runners. This microphone has the attributes that users are looking for - affordability and first-class intricacies.
Crafted by engineers with podcasters in mind, this microphone offers top of the line sound quality, great for starters or even professionals who would like to have an extra powerful microphone at a fraction of a cost. Since this is tailored for vocal sounds, the tight cardioid pattern and proximity effect gives podcasters a booming radio broadcaster sound. This effect is also exceptional for broadcasts made at home as this microphone is quiet and can reject off-axis noise.
In terms of size, it’s 12 cm length does not equate to its build. The Rode PodMic weighs 2 lbs and is made with an all-metal body and integrated pop shield, this microphone will last users for years.
Rode PodMic FAQ’s:
Can I use XLR to USB for the Rode PodMic?
Any XLR to USB converter qualifies as an adapter. Be sure this is connected to a mic preamp, whether it's on a USB interface, a mixer, or a standalone mic preamp. Since this is a low-draw dynamic mic, some would suffice.
Is it possible to link the Rode PodMic to an iPhone and record directly from it?
No the Rode PodMic can't connect to an iPhone for recording.
Is the Rode PodMic compatible with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd gen)?
Any microphone should fit. Compare this mic to the EmphasisRite microphone included in the set. I use a Rodecaster, which is fantastic.
Scarlett 2i2 is the first generation of Scarlett. Is a Cloudlifter with a PodMic required? Without a cloud lifter, would it be loud enough?
Yes, a Cloudlifter is needed. You'll be marginally quieter than a forced whisper if you turn up the gain to maximum.
Is there a spider shock mount available that would suit the Rode PodMic?
While spider style shock mounts in that size, 56mm, are available, they would not match well. The mounting hardware is attached to threaded posts that protrude about an inch from either foot. To make it work, you'd have to lower the mic very deep into the mount. I've never had an issue with the internal shock mount system, however.
Is the Rode PodMic compatible with the Rode PSA 1 swivel mount studio microphone boom arm?
What is the maximum distance between the mouth and the microphone at which good audio can be obtained? In my streaming show, I want it above the frame.
I want it to be within 8 inches of my face, but since I am a soft-spoken baritone, it works much better. Nevertheless, you must maximize the gain before increasing the activation to ensure that it does not pick up keyboard clicks.
Is a Triton Fethead or Cloudlifter needed while using the Rode PodMic with the Rode Rodecaster Pro for higher gain?
With these microphones, I'm using a Rodecaster Pro, which boosts gain.
Is it possible to use the Rode PodMic microphone with the Zoom H1 recorder? Is the pre-amp capable of amplifying the mic input?
XLR connectors are used for the PodMic. It isn't compatible with the H1.
Do I really need to buy a preamp or a cloudfilter if I have a Behringer xenyx 1002fx mixer?
I have this mic and it is extremely silent. An inline preamp is something I would suggest. (I use a Fethead), and it's fantastic.
Will the mic work if I plug in a PodMic XLR to 3.5mm cable into my computer?
No. You will need an XLR mixer to amplify the mic.
Does the Rode PodMic need phantom power?
No, it does not require phantom power.
Is the Rode PodMic good for singing?
Yes, the Rode PodMic is great for singing. If you're looking for the best microphone for vocals for voice over work on a budget, the Rode PodMic is one of the finest choices on the market and a go-to for many musicians.