Best Podcasting Mics: Audio‑Technica ATR 2100‑USB vs Heil PR40

Best Podcasting Mics: Audio‑Technica ATR 2100‑USB vs Heil PR40


– So, when it comes to podcasting, there are usually two mics that seem to rise to the top of recommendation lists, the Audio-Technica ATR 2100 USB and the Heil PR 40, but how do they compare? In this video you’re gonna
get a full comparison. Let’s go. (fast techno acceleration sound) Hey, this is Leslie Samuel here from becomeablogger.com where
we’re changing the world one blog at a time. Today we’re looking at my
two favorite podcasting mics, the Heil PR 40 and the mic
with the ridiculously long name that I just love to say because
it makes me sound smart, the Audio-Technica ATR 2100 USB. It’s like they made the
name just for us geeks. I love it. Now, there’s a significant
difference in price between the two mics. The ATR 2100 is currently
priced around under $70 and it’s actually kind of interesting because the price used to
be around $30 something but I think they figured out that it was a ridiculously low price
for the quality of the mics so it may or may not be a little different depending on when you’re
watching this video. The PR 40 runs about $315. Obviously it’s for someone
with a bigger budget. How do they stack up against each other? First, I want to talk about
what they have in common. They’re both dynamic microphones and that’s a great thing. This is in contrast to
a condenser microphone. This is kind of like the stuff that you have in a recording studio. Dynamic mics are gonna
have less sensitivity than the condenser mics. I’ve seen people recommend condenser mics like the Blue Yeti for podcasting but I highly recommend for you
not to go in that direction. Those mics are way more sensitive and they’re perfect for
controlled environments like in a recording studio where you have sound treatment on the wall and all that good stuff, but in a regular room
it’s gonna be more likely to pick up the sound of the room, the heater, the a/c, crazy kids running around upstairs. You’re podcasting and probably don’t want to spend thousands of
dollars treating your room, so sticking with these dynamic mics, that’s a good thing. Another way that they’re both similar is they both have a cardioid polar pattern. What the heck does that mean, right? Basically, they’re gonna
be more sensitive to sound that is right in front of
the head of the microphone. If you move to the side
or the back of the mic it’s gonna be less sensitive. Let me show you. Testing one, two, three. Hey, this is Leslie Samuel here from becomeablogger.com where
we’re changing the world one blog at a time. Hey, this is Leslie Samuel
from becomeablogger.com where we’re changing the world one blog at a time. Can you hear me now? Not very well. Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? Oh yeah, you can hear me now, but now you can’t hear me as well. Hmm. This is exactly what you want. That way you get only the sounds that you actually want to get. Another way that they’re both similar is they both have this XLR output. This is a circular jack and you can see we have
three pins on the inside. In order to connect the mic
with an XLR output to a computer you’re gonna need to have some
kind of an audio interface. Your laptop doesn’t have an XLR input so you need something else. In my case, I connect my PR 40 to a mixer and then that connects to my laptop via a simple audio interface. Actually, for my podcasts, I use a digital recorder to record it. The main thing I need
you to know right now is that you need something
else to connect it to your computer or some
other device to record. This is where we start
looking at the differences. There are a few pretty cool features that this little budget mic
has that I want to point out. First off, in addition to
having that XLR connection it also has this USB connection. Why is this significant? Because you don’t have to
have an audio interface to use this mic. You can literally plug it
directly into your computer via USB and you’re good to go. Then you open up a free
program like Audacity and you just start recording. For this reason alone, this mic here is the one that I recommend for people that are just
getting started with podcasting. Whenever I’m traveling and I need to do my podcast on the road, I always take this mic with me. You can start out using
the simple USB connection and if you grow to the point where you want to do a full-fledged studio with a huge mixer and
a bunch of microphones, you can take this right with you. It also has a headphone jack, which is kind of interesting. You can use that to monitor
your audio directly. Just plug in some headphones and you can hear what
your audio sounds like going directly into the mic. It also has this light here, blue LED light that shines when you plug it into your computer and turns on when you
turn on the on switch. Turn on the on switch? You know what I mean. This really is a feature
that I can do without because I don’t like the way
it looks when you plug it in and maybe you’re doing a video interview and you have this bright LED
light shining in your face. Not a big deal, though. All in all, this is a great
mic to get you started that you never have to get rid of because the audio quality is that good. Now, with the Heil PR 40 you’re really just dealing
with a simple dynamic mic. You can plug it into any
mixer or audio interface and record high quality sound. There’s no additional bells and whistles or headphone jacks, USB port, blue light, or anything of that sort. Instead, you just get a
solid high quality mic that just sounds great and it’s why so many podcasters use it. One more thing, it just looks so much
sexier than the ATR 2100. I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve been on a live stream or something of that sort and people ask me about this mic just because of how great it looks. That never happened to
me with the ATR 2100. All those details aside, how different do they sound? I mean, the PR 40 is about
five times as expensive as the ATR 2100. Let’s do an audio comparison. By the way, you’re gonna
hear the differences best if you put on some
headphones or some earphones. If you have some available, I would recommend for you to
pause this video right now, get them, plug them in, and listen to this next part. Once you’ve done that or if you’ve decided that
you’re not gonna do that, let’s have a listen. Alright, I am speaking
into the Heil PR 40. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go ahead and say
the intro to my podcast and then do the exact same thing on the Audio-Technica ATR 2100 USB. I’m gonna keep the
settings exactly the same so that you can have a fair comparison. Let’s go. Hello hello hello, and welcome to another episode
of Learning with Leslie, the podcast where you
learn, I learn, we all learn about how to build an
online business with a blog. Hello hello hello, and welcome to another episode
of Learning with Leslie, the podcast where you learn,
I learn, we all learn, about how to build an
online business with a blog. This is Leslie Samuel here
from becomeablogger.com where we’re changing the
world one blog at a time and until next time,
take care and God bless. This is Leslie Samuel here
from becomeablogger.com where we’re changing the
world one blog at a time and until next time,
take care and God bless. Lastly, as an additional comparison, I just plugged this microphone
into my computer via USB and I’m recording it using Audacity. You’ll notice that the blue light is on which indicates that it is
plugged in and turned on. Let’s hear how this sounds. Hey, this is Leslie Samuel
here from becomeablogger.com where we’re changing the
world one blog at a time. When I listen back to both recordings, I can definitely say that the PR 40 sounds a
little fuller and richer, and if you listen very carefully, the ATR 2100 sounds a
little tinny in comparison, but honestly, the
difference isn’t that huge. All in all, I think they’re both excellent choices for podcasters. If you’re just getting started, I highly recommend starting
with the Audio-Technica because you’ll get a great sound and you’ll have the flexibility of having both USB and XLR available
at a reasonable price. If you have some extra money to spend and you want that extra
sweetness to your sound and if you’re okay with the
fact that you have to spend more money on an audio
interface, mixer, or some kind of digital recorder setup, then you will not be
disappointed with the Heil PR 40. So, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news, we’re at
the end of the video. Now, the good news, the great news, is that I have a lot more
great content coming your way every single weekday. Go ahead and like the video. Share it with your friends. Subscribe to the channel. Turn on notifications. Do everything. If you’re on Facebook, like the Become a Blogger Facebook page and add me to your See First list. This is Leslie Samuel here
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7 thoughts on “Best Podcasting Mics: Audio‑Technica ATR 2100‑USB vs Heil PR40

  1. I think the Audio-Technica is the better choice regardless of your budget. In my opinion for the price difference not enough people are going to notice a difference. Great video! Much love from Seattle, WA!!

  2. Lol..You're funny as well as knowledgeable. I like your attitude. I subscribed and smashed the bell.

  3. I'm starting a podcast and got the Heil PR40. Seems like an amazing mic. Just received mine today and waiting for an audio interface to come in as well as the shock mount! Thanks for the comparison!

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