Nowadays, it seems as though independent content creation has been growing more than ever before. Podcasting and streaming especially has seen a dramatic uptick since the beginning of this year. In response, we’ve already seen many audio companies taking full advantage by making products specifically targeting these creators. Before the year started, Blue Microphones had a pretty overwhelming control of the market with its Yeti condenser microphone. Since then, it seems many other audio companies have been tapping into this budget friendly pool with their own iterations. While most from the likes of Behringer and Mackie have remained within the realm of USB condenser microphones, we now have a new type of contender. PreSonus has now taken its first step into broadcasting territory with a product of its own, the PD-70 dynamic microphone.
What is the PD-70?
The all new PD-70 from PreSonus is a new type of broadcasting mic with a design similar to that of a Shure SM7-B. Contrary to the popular broadcasting condenser though, PreSonus has made PD-70 a dynamic microphone. It can only pick up signal using a cardioid polar pattern, making it very directional, and significantly cutting versatility. The PD-70 uses a classic XLR connection, meaning it does not convert the analog input to a computer-friendly digital signal in house. For this plug-and-play setup, we’d definitely recommend looking into one of the other broadcast microphones from Blue, Behringer, or Mackie.
Like many other broadcasting dynamic microphones, the PD-70 will have a very low-level signal output. So users are definitely going to want a preamp equipped with plenty of room for gain. Better yet, one could also use a microphone booster like the Cloudlifter to cleanly boost its output up a few notches. Either way, we are very excited to see PreSonus entering the broadcasting microphone field, and look forward to more ahead. The PD-70 has a suggested market price set at $129.99, and we expect most dealers will be selling at this price, at least starting off. To learn more information about this microphone and other PreSonus products, head over to the company website.