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Top 7 Shure Microphones for Podcasters

For nearly 100 years, Shure has been at the forefront, making state-of-the-art equipment for every innovation in the world of sound since its inception. Fast-forward to today, and Shure microphones continue to be a top choice for radio stations, record companies, and the ever-growing podcast industry.

#1

Shure SM7B

by Shure

Type
Dynamic
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$399
Endorsments
103 hosts
#2

Shure SM58

by Shure

Type
Dynamic
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$99
Endorsments
63 hosts
#3

Shure SM57

by Shure

Type
Dynamic
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$99
Endorsments
12 hosts
#4

Shure Beta 87a

by Shure

Type
Condenser
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$249
Endorsments
26 hosts
#5

Shure Beta 58a

by Shure

Type
Dynamic
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$159
Endorsments
0 hosts
#6

Shure MV88

by Shure

Type
Condenser
Connection
iPhone
Estimated Price
$149
Endorsments
3 hosts
#7

Shure MV5

by Shure

Type
Condenser
Connection
USB
Estimated Price
$99
Endorsments
1 hosts

Company profile: Shure Microphones

The Shure Radio Company was founded in 1925 as a maker of radio kits, but it quickly became a leading innovator in the world of audio after developing its own line of microphones six years later. The landscape, technology, and customer base have changed a lot since those earliest days, but for nearly a century Shure has maintained excellence as they adapted to the times and continued providing top-notch equipment. With podcasts quickly becoming the fastest-growing industry in sound, microphones are finding their way into the homes of households all across the country. While many may suspect that a good microphone costs thousands of dollars in advanced equipment and a Masters’ degree in audio-engineering, Shure microphones are tailored to both the novice and the engineer from the get-go.

What Microphone Is Right For You? 

When starting your podcast, it's important to think about everything involved. Where are you recording the show? What kind of setup are you using? What kind of ambient sound may interrupt the recording? There are thousands of microphones out there with dozens of different purposes, and what is good for someone may be terrible for someone else. Shure offers what is perhaps the most extensive line of modern microphones, and WhatPods is here to help consumers know precisely what it is they need.

Dynamic or Condenser?

When answering this question, it's important to think about the smaller details such as your recording environment. For a fully functional studio, the go-to choice will typically be a condenser microphone. They offer high sensitivity, crisp sound, and more power than a dynamic microphone. Because of this, they typically operate through an external power source (though many digital models are powered through the USB port. This may make it seem as though the condenser is the obvious choice, but there are some drawbacks. The same sensitivity that allows for condensers to capture crisp sound also means that they have a tendency to pick up external noises without a proper setup. In a soundproofed studio, this is not a big deal, but, at home, anything from a passing car to a chirping bird can be picked up without the recorder realizing it. This is where dynamic microphones come in. They offer good sound quality that can hone in on the voice and eliminate much of the external noise. Put simply, a condenser with a perfect studio setup is obviously ideal, but for many people recording at home or on the road, the dynamic microphone may make more sense. 

What Are My Options?

Whether recording straight into your computer or into a professional soundboard, Shure has a large variety of other USB and analog microphones that were designed to appease the needs of everyone from novices to veterans—and everyone in between. From affordable bargain models to pricier professional models, you're guaranteed to find a few Shure microphones perfectly suited to your needs. 
The SM57 or SM58
Click here for a deep-dive comparison of these two classic Shure mics.
The MV51
This is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. It’s resilient metal design and loaded set of interior features make it a reliable, professional-sounding, and affordable option at just $149. Not only does this microphone offer USB connectivity for those who are recording from computers, it offers a lightning cable for those who want to use their iOS devices for recording. This makes it the ideal choice for those who want to take their show on the road or do not have the space or setup for a whole lot of equipment. Aside from these features, the MV51 offers
  1. Simple setup right out of the box
  2. Resilient design
  3. Built-in presets designed to adjust to your voice
  4. Ready-to-use stand for easy setup on your desk
The SM7B
While many microphones are designed with music in mind with its podcasting benefits built into it, the SM7B is designed specifically to capture the human voice. This $399 dynamic analog microphone is designed to capture a smooth, natural reproduction of the speaker’s voice with plenty of bass and a wide range of frequencies for a dynamic microphone. You’ll feel like a radio veteran after attaching this overhanging microphone to your stand and recording your show into this sleek design. Also included in the box are:
    1. A detachable windscreen
    2. A switch cover plate
 The MV88
Few companies offer professional condensers made solely for use with the user’s mobile devices, but Shure microphones has done just that with the MV88. With apps like Anchor allowing people to record podcasts from anywhere, it only makes sense to have a microphone worthy of your latest idea. While it won't naturally pack the same punch as a high-priced studio microphone, it’s hard to do much better when it comes to mobile podcasting, and with a $139 price tag, you won’t have to break the bank either. One detail of note—this is currently compatible with iOS devices, so Android users will have to wait. Also included in this purchase:
  1. A pocket-sized design ideal for on-the-fly interviews and easy transportation;
  2. Metal construction meant to give it good longevity;
  3. Native apps for honing the audio and, if your podcast has the option, video as well; and,
  4. Easy set up, out of the box.
Need an iPhone microphone? View the best models here.
The MV5
The cheapest microphone of the group, the MV5 connects directly to either your computer or your iOS device. While it may not have the breadth of features and perks of more expensive models, this affordable and portable mic packs a punch for a fraction of the price. It has a headphone jack for live monitoring, a unique ball design which makes it easier to handle, and the quality that Shure microphones are known for. Although it's a condenser microphone, it's tuned with your voice in mind, and its legendary design ensures external noise won't impact your recording. As far as bargain models go, it does not get much better than Shure’s MV5. Also included:
  1. A lightning cable and a USB cord with an easy setup that should be ready in seconds
  2. A removable stand for an easy setup where it is that you are standing.