We have already covered some of the equipment you will need to build a professional podcast program. At the very least, you need to have a decent microphone to record higher quality audio. There is a good reason most pros go with XLR microphones. They give you more flexibility when the time comes to expand your operations. Connecting your XLR microphone to your computer is easy with a USB interface or mixer. Don’t want to invest a whole lot of money to get one of those? These 3 XLR to USB microphone adapters let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer using a USB cable:
Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter: an elegant solution for connecting your dynamic or condenser microphones to your computer. It has integrated pre-amp with microphone gain.
Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter: just plug your microphone in and start recording. It supplies 48V phantom power for condenser microphones.
Nady UIM-2X XLR-to-USB Interface Module: a USB 2.0 adapter for your microphone with headphone output for real-time monitoring. It is pretty compact. It offers phantom power too.
Let’s keep in mind that these XLR to USB converters don’t replace a high-end audio interface or mixer. But they do help you connect your microphone to your computer more conveniently. They are not expensive either.
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