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RODE Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone

RODE Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone
Key Features
  • Broadcast-Quality Mic for Podcasting
  • Recording for Mac & Windows Computers
  • Internal Pop Filter Mitigates Plosives
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Output
Record high-quality vocals for podcasts and voice-over work right to computers with the RODE Podcaster, a USB microphone designed to sound great in home studio and mobiles setup. If all you have is a room and a computer, you can use this microphone to record your voice with professional resolution and clarity.
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RODE Podcaster Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Great Sound for Your Pordcasts
  • 3Works with Your Setup
  • 4Directional Polar Pattern for Home Use
  • 5Built-In 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 6Professional Audio Capture
  • 7Simple to Set Up
  • 8Thoughtful Appointments

Record high-quality vocals for podcasts and voice-over work right to computers with the RODE Podcaster, a USB microphone designed to sound great in home studio and mobiles setup. If all you have is a room and a computer, you can use this microphone to record your voice with professional resolution and clarity.

Podcasters will appreciate the cardioid polar pattern—which naturally reduces room noise by rejecting any audio to the back and rear of the mic's capsule—as well as the built-in pop filter to minimize p-pops and plosives. The mic comes with a USB cable and a standmount, so you can set it up right out of the box.

Great Sound for Your Pordcasts
Perfect for recording podcasts or voice-overs on your computer, the mic offers a clear and present sound.
Works with Your Setup
The mic will operate with both Mac and Windows computers. No preamp, interface, converters, or mixer are necessary for recording your voice.
Directional Polar Pattern for Home Use
The mic has a cardioid polar pattern to tamp down any extraneous room noise. This directional polar pattern is a great choice if you're working out of an untreated room. The dynamic capsule can also be said to aid in minimizing room noise as it's less sensitive to noise compared to a condenser microphone.
Built-In 3.5mm Headphone Jack
The mic offers a headphone jack for monitoring. Just plug a pair of headphones into the headphone jack, and you'll be able to listen to your pro-quality audio in all its glory. Also, a convenient volume dial helps you raise or lower the headphone volume—you won't have to change the volume on your computer or your recording software to hear audio at your desired level.
Professional Audio Capture
This USB mic boasts a 96 kHz/24-bit converter, so you'll be able to record audio with the same specifications of a professional recording studio.
Simple to Set Up
Just plug the mic into your computer's USB port with the attached cable, select it as a device in your recording software, and you're ready to get to work. The mic runs off your device's power, so no need to plug it into a wall.
Thoughtful Appointments
An included USB cable means you can get up and running right away. An integrated pop filter helps mitigate vocal pops and plosives for a cleaner sound. A ring mount for a mic stand is also included.
UPC: 698813000920

RODE Podcaster Specs

Primary Applications
Studio Recording, Broadcast, Podcast, Web-Streaming, Conferencing
Form Factor
Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Speech/Voice Over
Sound Field
Element Type
1 x Dynamic
1.10" / 28 mm
Polar Pattern
End Address
High-Pass Filter
1 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board Controls
Headphone Volume
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 14 kHz
Maximum SPL
115 dB SPL Peak
-51 dB
Digital Output Connector
1 x USB-B
Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Cable Length
9.8' / 3 m
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion
Sample Rate
Up to 96 kHz
OS Compatibility
*As of July, 2020: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Bus Power
Operating Voltage
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Mounting Thread Size
5/8"-27 Female (3/8"-16 Female with Included Adapter)
Included Case
Included Filters
ø: 2.05 x L: 8.46" / ø: 52 x L: 215 mm
1.44 lb / 655 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.38 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.6 x 5.6 x 2.9"

RODE Podcaster Reviews

Terrific kit, fast setup

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-02

This setup elevates your videoconferencing or webcam game to a pro level, without any specialized knowledge required. You don't need any audio mixer or adapters -- just plug the USB into your machine and you get magical sound. No drivers needed on Windows 11, I can verify. Apps automatically recognize the device. Ambient sound is removed and you get a really high quality voice signal.

The Rode Podcaster Kit is Fabulous!

By Elizabeth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-17

I ordered the Rode Podcaster microphone for mainly podcasting and radio interviews to be recorded at home. With the offer of the Kit that B & H offered it just made life easy for me. The mic stand by Auray is excellent, not just good. In fact, it seemed stronger than the Rode mic stand equivalent that I could have bought separately. I am so happy with this purchase and will continue to look to B & H for these kinds of Kits which are well thought out!

One of the best microphones out there

By Cameron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-29

The audio quality that I can get out of this microphone is phenomenal. And not just for a USB microphone, I think this could go toe-to-toe with some of the big boy XLR microphones + audio interface options out there. I have this set up with the Røde PSA1 Studio Arm and PSM1 shock mount in a carpeted room, but with nothing on the walls (definitely not an ideal space for recording audio) and I don't have any issues with background noise or echoes or anything. With how good this microphone is, I would only upgrade to an XLR mic (like the Røde Procaster) if I were doing interviews with others and so needed multiple mics, and then I would get the Rodecaster interface at that stage.

Best Mic I've ever had!

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-28

This is the best Mic I've ever owned. For years I was using blue mics and really didn't enjoy them. I switched to this mic and instantly knew I made the right choice

Decent podcasting mic, but overpriced

By Tristan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-04

Not super impressed with the tone of these things...but pretty nice. As far as cardioid dynamic USB mics go, I kind of prefer the tone of the AT2100 (way cheaper too)

Not as great as I expected

By Tristan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-04

These things look nice and are well built, but I'm not crazy about the tone on these. For a Cardioid Dynamic USB mic – I almost prefer the tone of the Audio Technica 2100x (less than half the price)


By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

I was a little skeptical about moving from XLR to a USB microphone. Works amazingly well with Arch Linux and no issues so far. Very happy and highly recommended.

High Quality Mic (A Bit Quiet)

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-20

I have really enjoyed using this mic. It’s been a few weeks in and I am very pleased with the quality and sound style this mic has. One immediate downside I found is that it’s a bit quiet, and you don’t have a gain knob. You can either stay in a fixed, very close position (1 inch) while speaking, or use a virtual mixer (like Voicemeeter), which is what I did. Using virtual mixers can be a hassle for most users to set up properly and take time to troubleshoot. I wouldn’t recommend this mic to any beginner who doesn’t know what they are doing. However, for more experienced software users, you will be pleased with this mic. The cardioid pattern is very apparent, which is great. I would recommend buying another pop filter to slip on top of this to reduce plosives, which did make it through the built-in filter in some cases.

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Is this a good mic for live-streaming presenters ...

Is this a good mic for live-streaming presenters at a conference? Are there other mics that you would recommend for that purpose instead of this one?
Asked by: Michael
Yes the Rode Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone is an excellent solution to consider for live streaming presenters.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2022-04-11


Hi. I need to connect a rode podcaster to my ipad, how? Just the USB plug isn't enough, it says, when plugged in. Takes up too much power, so what to do?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Podcaster USB mic is designed to be used with desktop computers. According to Rode, It may be used with an iPad using the Apple Camera connection kit and powered USB hub to provide power.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


24 bit?
Asked by: Anonymous
18-bit resolution, 8-48kHz sampling
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

What type of USB cable comes with the Podcaster. ...

What type of USB cable comes with the Podcaster. I want to use with my USB-C M.acBook?
Asked by: Richard
A USB-B to USB-A cable is included with the Rode Podcaster microphone. To connect to a MacBook or other USB-C device, a cable like (BH #STUSB2CB1M) or an adapter such as (BH #SEUSBACA) could be used.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2022-11-21

Will this help the audio when I record a YouTube ...

Will this help the audio when I record a YouTube interview I was in? Currently, the audio sounds terribly tinny.
Asked by: Carol
Hello Carol, there are a lot of factors to consider while recording interviews to and from the internet. However, I would say that in general this microphone is an incredible upgrade when used as the source audio for Skype, Youtube, or any streaming services.
Answered by: Ryan w/ RØDE
Date published: 2019-02-21


I want to connect this mic to an XLR output. Can you point me to a decent adapter?Thanks.
Asked by: Edwin R.
Unfortunately at this time, there is no product that allows XLR mics to be connected to an XLR input.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2019-04-15


whats up with the free podcast upload? how does this work?
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi, this is an old promotion from when the Podcaster was released, and is no longer available.
Answered by: Mathew P. Rode Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is the Rode Podcaster Mac compatible (without any additional hardware or software)?
Asked by: Chris R.
Yes it is. I plugged it into my early 2008 Mac Pro. I forget if I had to go into Preferences and select the mic as my input or if it did it for me. I do recommend you use a good set of headphones/earbuds to make sure you hear how you sound on the mic. Just to make sure everything is good. BTW I recommend BSW's Pop Filter: BSW REPOP - Pop Filter for RE20 Microphone. It's super small, and stylish while very functional. IDK if B&H carries them. If they do snag it up. If not, go to bswusa site and run a search for the RE20 Pop Filter
Answered by: DANIEL R.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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