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Podcast Microphone Shoot Out

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Audio Technica 2020 (condensor XLR/USB $99)

Audio Technica 2100 (Dynamic XLR/USB $59)

Audio Technica BP40 (Dynamic XLR $349)

Electrovoice RE320 (Dynamic XLR $299).

You will hear that all these microphones sound great. I recommend podcasters NOT use a condensor microphone (2020). In listening to the 2005 vs the BP40. The 2100 seemed to carry more bass (odd as they have the same bass frequency). There is a low cut switch on the BP40 if you want to cut frequencies below 100 (these are so low, these are almost frequencies you feel more than hear).

The one thing that hit me right out of the gate is this microphone can double as a weapon. Its super solid, looks good, and just seem heavy duty. I really liked the AT8484 shock mount that is designed to be used with the microphone. It has a super slick lock that allows you to slide it in and out with ease (not that most of us will be switching microphones, but it is cool). As the shock mount is designed for the unit, it holds it well. I have a “off the shelf” shock mount for the RE320 and it seems a little strained to hold it (so here again sticking with factory stuff, even though slightly more expensive might be the way to go).

Test One: Gain

How much gain is coming out of the microphone?

All of the microphones seemed to need the same amount of gain. It seemed like the BP40 did provide a little more (and needed less gain).

Test Two: Tone

The ATR2100 (for me) had the most pleasing tone. Plenty of low and high end. The RE320 was the clearest, and the BP40 had a smooth sound (but didn't have the hi end of the RE20)

What is my first impression?

I love the look of the BP40. It's super rugged. It's super solid. I LOVE the shock mount that is an accessory as it is SUPER EASY to snap the microphone in and out.

Test Three: How much room noise does it pick up?

I put a fan on in the background and turned the radio on lightly. None of the microphones (accept the 2020) would pick up a noticeable amount of room noise. Can you hear it? Yes, but only if you are in a quiet room listening through headphones. Of the 2100, the bp40, and the RE320, it seemed the BP40 seemed to pick up the most room noise (but again, the amount of noise was something you would really have to strain to hear).

For me, for the money and the flexibility I still like the Audio Technica 2100. Now, the ATR2100 is not as durable as the BP40 or the RE320. These are microphones designed to be in a broadcast booth. They (the BP40 and the RE320) definitely have different tones (the RE320 is more clear). Keep mind you want your voice to not be abrasive or distracting. So having too much high end, or too much low end can ruin your tone.  The more I use the BP40, it's really growing on me especially when I run it through my DBX 286 microphone preamp.

Bottom Line:

I couldn't really pick one that was miles above the others. I liked all the microphones, and when run through a mixer where you can boost and cut the EQ I was able to pull out any tone I wanted. None of them had any major proximity effect issues.  I like the look for the BP40 more then the RE320. As always tone is a very subjective, and in the end it depends on how the microphone works with your voice.

Which one did you like?

 

About the Author
Owner of the School of Podcasting. Also produces the "Ask the Podcast Coach." He is also the author of the book "More Podcast Money" and is a regular speaker at podcasting and media conventions.
7 comments on “Audio Technica BP40 – Electrovoice RE320 – Audio Technica ATR2100 USB Microphone Shootout
  1. Hi Dave, I’ve been listening to your show for about 6 months and have moved The School of Podcasting into the top spot of my podcasts about podcasts list. Plenty of other ones out there, but I’m gravitating to your format lately. I’ve been considering the ATR 2100 USB for quite a while for remote recording, sending to guests, etc. But after listening to your comparison between this, the ATR 2020, ATR BP40, and the RE 20 I decided to make the purchase and likely will end up buying a few of these considering the versatility. Also used the podcast shopping page that you have setup through Amazon to give back a little to your efforts.

    Keep up the great work, I’ll certainly be listening. 🙂

  2. Richard,
    Thanks so much for listening. What do you like most about the show? Also, anything you wish I’d stop doing? (you’ll now more about why I asked this in the next episode) and special thanks for using bestpodcastinggear.com -Dave

  3. Theo says:

    Hi Dave

    First saw you with Ray and the gang on podcastersroundtable, love the format… Anyway checked out your website and love the content…

    Now RE: the Audio Technica BP40
    I’ve been waiting for some trusted reviews and knew you would have one after you introduced yours at the last PRT episode…
    Dave, in your opinion how does the BP40 stack up against the Heil PR 40 and RE 320 (Have them both) is it worth the $350?

  4. I like the PR 40 ( I had one on loan for a bit) everyone loves the bass (I do not). For me, I love the 2100 and the 2005 because they work with XLR and USB. It kind of depends also on your budget for some people an extra $300 is a drop in the bucket. For me that’s a chunk of change. I really think if you go with the PR40, an RE320, or a BP40 you’ll be fine. In all instances you will be adjusting the EQ. The PR40 is a bit too bassy, the RE320 is a bit too clear (that’s a great problem to have), and the BP40 could use a bit more clarity. Tweak a couple of knobs and your golden. It is super, duper sturdy. If you have the other mics, I would skip. Nothing here that you don’t already have.

  5. Theo says:

    Thanks Dave

    A bit disappointing, i really hoped that Audio Technica had hit on something special with the BP40 like they did with the AT2100 and AT2005….

  6. In the end, its not about the technology. Its about the content and since you have a PR40 and an RE320, you are soooo good to go.

  7. Konstantin says:

    Nice review. Thanks for helping me to rule out a couple of mics from my wtb list:-)

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