That ride PodMic is a $99 XLR microphone designed for podcasters, live streamers, and other speech or vocal applications. Pushing it below that $100 price point is a big step for Rode, as it can now be classified as a lower-budget XLR offering. For those looking to upgrade from USB or dive straight in with XLR, the PodMic could be a great entry point. That’s how it held up in my tests.
Rely on the sound
Rode’s no-frills approach to the PodMic is immediately apparent upon unboxing. Although the packaging is nice, there isn’t much in it. Just a quick start guide and the PodMic itself is waiting for the user. This might come as a bit of a shock to those accustomed to USB mics, which often come with a small stand and/or shock mount, but for buyers of other XLR mics, you’re used to providing your own cables to the mic boom and audio interface.
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The PodMic looks more retro than modern, although “timeless” might be more accurate. It’s a sure-fire look that looks good in 2022 and should still look good in 2032. That’s good news because this mic is only $99, it’s solidly built and feels like it’ll stand the test of time.
Previously I said there was no included shock mount, but that’s not entirely accurate as the PodMic has a built in shock mount and pop screen and is attached to an integrated swivel mount. The only extras required are a cable, something to attach the microphone to, and an audio interface.
So it looks and feels good, but how does it sound? As with all microphones, the proof is in the sound quality. As you can hopefully hear in the video embedded above, the Rode PodMic sounds great despite my cold.
As a dynamic microphone, the PodMic is able to cancel out unwanted background noise much more effectively than its condenser competition. It’s also set to a cardioid pickup pattern, which is the top choice for solo recording.
In terms of gain, I found 55dB to be the best to get good volume for live presentations. Of course, those who move up in the post can take things down a bit.
The PodMic test sample was provided by Rode.
At $99, the Rode PodMic is an affordable entry into the world of dynamic XLR microphones. In the sub-$100 range it’s at the top in my opinion and should be considered by anyone looking to up their audio game with XLR and the benefits of audio interfaces, mixers and whatnot. It also feels like it’s going to last, meaning a $99 investment could last for many years.
positive and negative
Great sound that responds well to post-processing.
Fantastic build quality.
Internal pop filter.
Last shine unboxing experience.
The integrated shock mount is not very effective.
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