Updated: Nov 24, 2019
It was just a few weeks after RØDE introduced the RØDECaster Pro podcast production studio (which I reviewed yesterday), that they introduced a new dynamic microphone to go with it. The RØDE PodMic and let me tell you, not only is it a match made in Heaven for the RØDEcaster… but it’s also one heck of a great Microphone on its own! Early comparisons on YouTube had it going head to head with a number of professional broadcast mics costing hundreds of dollars more. Not just any mics either, legends in the industry like the Electrovoice EV RE20 and RE27, even the Heil PR40 and the absolute legend the SHURE SM7B. Were they epic fails? NO! This mic actually beat a few and came very close to the rest.
One panel of broadcast experts in particular could not tell the difference between the $400.00 SHURE SM7B and the $99.00 RØDE PodMic!
The RØDE PodMic is an XLR-connected, end-address professional grade dynamic microphone that is specifically designed for vocal broadcast. Like the RØDEcaster Pro, it was created 100% with podcasters and digital content creators in mind of course, and likely those intending to use the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio along with the PSA1 studio microphone boom arms. And why wouldn’t you? The fact is that now, you can get an absolute stellar professional grade podcast studio setup complete for under $1,500.00 US and THAT was unheard of, until now.
The PodMic sports a very stylish and very robust construction and is very easy to place and maneuver; making it super suitable for the world of podcasting.
Let me be clear… when I say very robust construction, I mean very heavy and very tough. I mean like Brad Pitt’s tank FURY tough. This microphone, like that tank will go through hell and still sit there looking at you like, “is that it? Is that all you got?”
The RØDE Microphones PodMic (like all RØDE Dynamic microphones) has a built-in pop filter, and features a dynamic capsule design with a cardioid pattern for clear and accurate speech capture. The PodMic can be used with any XLR interface or mixer, but is as I mentioned in my RØDEcaster review, optimized for use with the RØDECaster Pro.
RØDE Microphones PodMic Main Features
Optimized Design for Podcasting & Broadcasting
Front-Address, Broadcast-Style, XLR Mic
Dynamic Capsule Tailored for Speech & Broadcast
Cardioid Pattern for Tight Audio Capture
Internal Pop Filter Reduces Plosives
Integrated Shock mount Reduces Vibrations
Rugged All-Metal Construction
As I mentioned above, the PodMic also features a very robust all-metal construction that has been built to last World War 3. The robust swing-arm mounting unit that comes standard on these microphones matches perfectly of course to the RØDE PSA1 boom arm for ultimate flexibility and convenience. It’s also guaranteed to take the weight too. This is important to mention I feel as a lot of microphone boom arms out there will just not support this weight. The RØDE PSA-1 will absolutely and I have tested and confirmed that the Heil and Auray brands of broadcast arms will support it also. No promises on ANY other microphone boom arm, sorry.
The end-fire dynamic capsule is protected by a stainless steel mesh grille and a integrated pop shield, allowing you to do what I love doing which is to get up close to the microphone for that intimate ‘radio’ sound utilizing the Proximity Effect.
RØDE PodMic Technical Specifications
Sound Field Mono
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Range 50 Hz to 13 kHz
Sensitivity Cardioid: -57 dB at 1 kHz
Output Connectors1 x 3-Pin XLR
Length6.77″ / 172 mm
Diameter4.29″ / 109 mm
Weight2.06 lb / 937 g
As I mentioned, even though it can work with any XLR enabled interface, the PodMic has been optimized for use with the new RØDECaster Pro integrated podcast production console.
Users can simply select the ‘PodMic’ profile as their microphone type using the touch screen on the RØDECaster Pro and the console will automatically apply the right settings to deliver the best possible results from the PodMic.
Absolutely brilliant and I can’t say enough about this microphones total awesomeness! I used to rave about mics like the SM7B and recently the MXL BCD-1 and I don’t want to take anything away from them as I still stand by everything I’ve ever said about them however, If this mic was available back in 2010 I can tell you that I would have bought them and stuck with them and I can pretty much guarantee they would all be functioning just as well today in the studio too.
The PodMic simply put is a stellar sounding powerhouse, workhorse of a microphone with an iconic design and look that will surely go down in the microphone history books as a legend in its own right. A $99.00 US legend… did I mention that? Less than 100 bucks! Yep, go go now, buy many!
Christopher John Taylor - VineHill Entertainment