What mixer do I need for a podcast?

Carl from California

Episode 1487 (12:50)

https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-XR18-Digital-Mixer/dp/B01JMYNDN0

Carl wants to start up a podcast running four different XLR mics through a mixer. He wants multiple channels for each one. Is the mixer what he needs? Leo says that while condenser mics are more accurate and hear everything, he really wants a coiled diaphragm mic, which doesn't pick up everything - just the voice. Leo uses a Heil PR-40. But for a budget, the Shure SM58 mic is very forgiving. Leo says for a mixer, the Behringer XR18 is great. He can control it from an iPad, it has great mic pre-amps, and is simply a good choice. Elgato also makes the Stream Deck, which plays back audio sound effects.