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RodeProcaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Built like a tank

By Ezeevee

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

Great mic for for podcasts. Clean design and built to last.

 
5.0

Great Studio Mic!

By Drew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

I picked up the Rode Procaster (XLR version - not the USB Podcaster) to use on multiple podcasts and as an addition to the studio's mic collection. After putting it through the paces for vocals, I must say, I'm beyond impressed with this mic. It has a good clean sound without muffling the audio as much as other large diaphragm dynamics like it. The character feels smooth with a solid low end. This requires much less gain than the SM7b, and therefore gives a cleaner signal (less electrical noise). On the voices that I've tested it with, it seems to have a much more natural response as well. Keep in mind, microphones are like instruments, they all sound different and will work differently with every voice.

All-in-all, I'm very happy with this mic. It is heavy, especially when using the shock mount with it (which is a must in my book), but it's a great mic for most vocal purposes. I have not tested it directly into an interface, however, so you may need a signal/gain booster (brand of your choice) to get a clean enough signal for that. But you may not, I haven't tested it that way. I run it through a cloudlifter into my mixer with w/compressor before going into my interface. I use this on podcasts, voice over work, and to record rock vocals.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great microphone

By Dwayne

from Raleigh, nc

Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

We had tried several other Mocs for streaming audio but all of them caused problems while trying to teach a class. On the recommendation of a coworker I bought the rode Podcaster and I love it. No more audio issues. Just plug it in and it works.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic!

By ArtyC

from knoxville

Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

This can stand up to both the RE20 and the Heil PR40. Can't go wrong with this mic for the price

 
4.0

Good Sound - Needs a preamp

By Russell

from Virginia

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

  • Needs Preamp

Best Uses

  • Podcasting
  • Voiceover

Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

I got this because I wanted a good mic for doing voiceover work and recording audio for youtube videos. Right out of the box its nicely constructed. I use it with a Rode PSA-1 studio arm and its easily positioned anywhere around my desk and stays tucked nicely out of the way when Im not using it. Overall I like the sound quality. Its has a clear sound and good tone. Its a little hot on the low end but its easily EQ'd down.

The reason I gave this 4 stars is because its a very cold mic. What I mean by that is, plugged straight into my computer audio interface I can barely get a useable signal out of the microphone. I ended up running it through my Presonus StudioChannel and it brought the level up to a good useable level.

Overall Im happy with the microphone and would buy another one (and a second preamp).

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck

By That guy on the board

from New York, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Broadcasting
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Vo

    Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

    I love this mic. I own 3 and use them for Internet radio broadcasting and VO work. They do require a fair amount of gain, but any quality mic pre should suffice. Alternatively, it's possible to ramp up the gain with a plug-in, such as UAD's 1073, which I have also done with great results.

    I performed a fair amount of auditioning prior to selecting this mic, A-B'ing it with what's considered to be the industry standard RE-20, as well as the current fan fave SM7b. I couldn't find a reason not to own it.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for any level of experience

    By C.S.

    from Cincinnati,Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

      I <3 my Rode Microphone !

       
      5.0

      Professional Sound At A Reasonable Price

      By hrhken

      from new jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

      I went to B&H, and a very helpful salesman guided me through the amazing selection in the MIC ROOM !
      What an amazing experience at B&H. After trying about a dozen mics, I kept coming back to this sound. I do ham radio, and have a great audio set up. This mic is solid, and sounds great for my voice over the air. Beats another mic of mine costing almost double the price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Value and Sound

      By RVideo

      from Eugene, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

        This is a very serious mic for the money. Sounds great and is built like a tank. I wasn't expecting a mic in this price range to be as good as it is. Have only used it for voice-over, but so far it sounds very good.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Procaster, the microphone for pros

        By Redmax

        from Meridian Idaho

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

        Even if you play a pro on TV this microphone will work for you. Things to keep in mind, the mic does need a fair amount of gain to work. I'm currently using the Focusrite 6i6 (with 60dB of gain) and one click of max works well for voice work in a room with background noise. The microphone does have some heft so make sure your stand is weighted with the large style threaded mount. I use this mic for a monthly podcast and so far I really like the sound. It does take longer to setup than a USB mic so expect that if you don't have a permanent sound stage.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great sound, picks up hum.

        By Thirdman

        from Durham NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

            I bought this microphone for recording voiceovers for my church's radio program. The quality of the sound is excellent and the microphone does a great job of excluding background noise. The output is rather low, so I use a FETHEAD to bring it up.

            The microphone is rather sensitive to power line magnetic fields, so I had to position it carefully in the studio.

             
            5.0

            A winner

            By leicaguy

            from Silver Spring, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Quality

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

            I was a little worried about spending this much money on a microphone for just narrating use, but this product has exceeded my expectations. I do not have professional grade recording software. I am using Garage Band and Audacity, but the quality of the recordings coming from this mic are amazing. To my ear it is very natural and not colored.

               
              5.0

              Great Microphone

              By Mike

              from New Jersey

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                I love this microphone. While I have only had this mic for 2 weeks now, I love the low ends of it. It puts out a great sound for podcasting which is what I use it for. And it is heavy for a good reason. It feels like quality.

                 
                5.0

                great for the $

                By The Red Eric

                from NJ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                  used for podcasting and does what it says. Great standard sound and rugged construction. Have used many Rhode mics and will keep using them.

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Quality Mic

                  By Justin Dye, New Media Producer

                  from Ashland, Oregon

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                    We use this mic for our company's weekly podcast about business development (www.e-myth.com/blog) and we love the quality. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Just what I needed...

                      By Big DE

                      from linden nj

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                        I have a deep voice and needed a flatter response mic than my audio technica at2020. I do voice overs and screencasts of powerpoint presentations. this broadcast quality mic did the trick and at a great price. you'll need a strong mic-boom stand b/c this puppy is built like a brick.

                        Another reason I bought this is b/c of the large diaphragm that allows me to move around the mic (while at my computer) and my voice doesn't fade out, as if I'm too far from it.

                        You'll also need a mic preamp (mine was $70) if you're using this "dynamic" mic with your computer and a usb audio interface (mine was $140). If you don't want to go thru the extra expense of that set up, get the usb version (rode "podcaster"). I don't think you'll be disappointed.

                        My set up (preamp & interface) get my by, but I'll be upgrading both to get the best of the procaster.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        solid and great sound...

                        By stopint

                        from cincinnati, oh

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                          great dynamic voice/narration mic...similar to an re20 but in my comparisons the rode is brighter and not as dull as the re20...i like the re20 but i feel the rode is just as solid in every way yet has more life and warmth than the re20...and of course less expensive...been using this more for voice overs than my condensers (akgc3000b,rodent2)...

                           
                          4.0

                          This is a REAL microphone

                          By szimmer

                          from Easton, MD

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound

                          Cons

                          • Bulky/Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                          You need a lot of gain but once it is setup correctly, the sound is quite good.

                           
                          5.0

                          The one for the road

                          By Ben the actor

                          from Rome, Italy

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                            This mic is doing exactly what I want. It has everything built in and it is easy to pack and carry when I am traveling. Set up time is minimal. Sound is great.

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Affordable and Easy

                            By Meadia

                            from Dana Point, CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Narration
                              • Professional Recording
                              • Voice-Over

                              Comments about Rode Procaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone:

                              If you need a great sounding mic for narration or other voice-over work, and don't want to spend a lot of time with processors, then try this mic.

                              I've used a ton of different mics over the years, and if money were no object, I would have purchased one of the Neumann broadcast models ... but since I was on a tight budget for a current project and needed something fast, I thought I'd give this one a shot, knowing it would at least be good enough for a decent recording that could be processed further.

                              To my surprise, the sound quality was great with no upfront processing ... and very little post processing. Since time is valuable, this is a wonderful find! I've had to do a lot more tweaking for mics that cost many times more. Plus, it seems to reject noise well, and doesn't get weird if the user moves around a little while speaking.

                              The mic is built well ... heavy and solid ... and doesn't feel the least bit fragile. A shock mount would make the whole thing look more impressive, but isn't really necessary for most applications.

                              Very nice!!

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