7 Best Microphones for Youtube, Singing, Recording Vocals, Podcasts, and Streaming
If you are looking for the best microphones for voiceovers for Youtube Videos, Podcasts, Streaming live videos, or recording lectures or doing podcasts, we have got the best list for you.
A lot of people are confused about which type of Mic you should buy and for what purpose. Let me give a brief idea about this from my last 6 years of using different mics.
What are the different types of Mics available in the market?
- Condenser Mics USB ( the big-size mics that you see for recording and voiceovers).
- Lapel or Lav or Collar Mics ( the tiny collar mics used for interviews and outdoor recordings).
- Boom or ShotGun Mics ( These are typically used in film making or even Youtube videos when you don’t want the Mic to be seen in the shot)
- XLR Vocal Microphones (Needs an XLR amplifier to work) Usually seen in concerts or singing and vocal recording.
I hope you have got the idea of which mic is used for what purpose. Before using these mics, I used to think having just one mic is enough. No, Not at all mate, we need different mics for different situations.
The benefit of a condenser microphone is the very high-quality sound (much better than the Collar Mics). You don’t need to have any stands or separate recording devices typically used with Boom mics. The XLR Mics are excellent for Audio but need an amplifier and a bit complex recording setup.
The condenser mics come with a USB cable that you plug into your PC or Laptop, and you are good to record without much hassle.
You should buy a condenser microphone (shared in this article) for the following purposes:
- Recording Voice Overs (For Youtube Videos or professional work)
- Recording Lectures
- For Giving online Lectures and classes
- For Singing, Streaming, or recording Podcasts or Audio Books.
These are not suitable for recording outdoors or films where you don’t want the audience to see your microphone.
I hope now we are clear about the Pros, Cons, and specific uses of different Microphones.
Let’s check out some of the best microphones that you can buy. Pick the one that suits your budget.
Let’s start with one of the most affordable, high-quality mics, Fifine.
1.Fifine K670B USB Microphone with Headphone Monitoring :
Price – ₹ 4,290
- 16 mm diaphragm
- Cardioid Unidirectional polar pattern
- Built-in headphone out
- Vocal mic with Blue LED
- Pluggable USB cable
- Connectivity – Auxilliary, USB
- Compatibility – Windows and macOS
The Fifine USB microphone comes with a 3.5 mm headphone monitoring jack. You can plug in headphones to monitor the audio levels.
The USB mic offers precise capture with its cardioid polar pattern. It has 16 mm of the diaphragm. The mic can catch the high frequency and moving content effectively. It delivers a clear sound.
The built-in headphone out gives you monitor playback, latency-free for real-time playback and multi-tracking.
The plug n play USB connectivity gives quality sound capture. It measures 6.56′ in size. The USB cable is double shielded, which lessens interference.
The detachable metal construction desktop stand is adjustable accordingly.
The stand height is adjustable for ease of recording, and it is not too big or bulky, weighs 684 grams.
2.Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac:
Price – ₹ 4,999
- Delivers crystal clear sound
- Cardioid pick-up unidirectional pattern
- Retro and stylish design
- Adjustable Desktop stand
- Supports USB Mini 5 pin B
- Plug and play
- 16-bit Depth
- Connectivity – USB
Blue is an excellent company, and they make high-quality Audio mics. The Blue Snowball has been there for last many years, and it has been a starter microphone for many people.
The condenser capsule delivers crystal clear sound. It features an audio quality that is light years ahead of your built-in computer microphone.
The cardioid pick-up pattern catches a clear and focused sound. It is a great device for streaming, podcasting, and Skype calls.
It is stylish with a retro design inspired by the classic recording equipment. The adjustable desktop stand allows you to set the sound source as per your need.
You can start your recording quickly with plug n play technology.
The Mic is suitable for all sorts of recordings and easy to operate. (Can use for Voiceovers, Streaming, Video calls and online meetings, lectures, etc.).
The Mic is not huge in size and weighs around 460 grams.
Bigger and expensive mics like Blue Yeti have better sound, but they are difficult to manage on a desk.
The Blue Snowball microphone is available in two color options – Black and White.
3.HyperX SoloCast – USB Condenser Gaming Microphone (HMIS1X-XX-BK/G):
Price – ₹ 5,790
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Tap-to-mute sensor with LED status indicator
- Multi-device compatibility
- Designed like a Boom arm
- Adjustable stand
If you are on a budget and want the best mic for the recording voiceovers, streaming, or gaming – Hyper Solo cast is the best choice.
It provides a great sound quality. The plug n play makes the microphone simple to use. The device comes with some of the alluring features – tap-to-mute sensor and LED mute indicator.
It has a flexible and adjustable stand – that is compatible with almost all boom arms. So, you can mount or keep it on your desk.
The mic is certified by TeamSpeak and Discord. It has compatibility with OBS, XSplit, Streamlabs OBS.
The HyperX mic weighs just 243 grams, and I love the compact design and low weight. Even for office calls, if you need better audio, this is the mic that will not get in the way.
This HyperX microphone works excellently for the streamers.
4. Samson Technologies C01 Large Diaphragm Vocal Condenser Microphone (XLR)
Price – ₹ 6,099
- Cardioid pick-up pattern
- 19 mm diaphragm
- Heavy-gauge mesh grill
- Gold plated XLR connector
- Smooth and flat frequency response
- Blue LED indicator
- Swivel stand mount
If you want to record professional-grade voiceovers or want to sing along with guitar or piano, this is the mic that can get you the right sound quality.
The Samson large diaphragm microphone comes with a unidirectional polar pattern. It has a 19 mm diaphragm.
The Microphone comes with an XLR output, and you will need an XLR amplifier to capture the Audio. You can buy the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2 Amplifier and XLR recorder.
Using this is not very difficult – You have to plug XLR cable in the mic and in the amplifier and then can get the out put to your PC or Mac using the USB cable. The only addition here is the amplifier that will enhance your audio quality signifincatly.
This microphone is fabulous for recording vocals, acoustic instruments, and as an overhead drum mic. The condenser microphone is accurate with detailed and smooth sound quality.
The XLR connector is gold plated. The internal shock mount allows lessening the unwanted handling. It has a heavy mesh grill screen with a blue LED indicator.
5.AKG P120 – High-Performance (XLR Microphone)
Price – ₹ 6,999
- low-mass diaphragm
- 20Hz – 20KHz frequency response
- 150 dB max SPL
- 24 mv/pa
- Cardioid polar pattern
- dent-resistant stainless steel grille
The AKG P 120 microphone is also an XLR condenser microphone (you will need a separate amplifier to make it work).
The microphone is suitable for recording very high-quality voiceovers or for recording vocals or singing.
The mic has a low-mass large diaphragm that delivers an excellent sound quality.
The 2/3 inches cardioid polar pattern capsule offers a stable response with an exceptional transient.
It can withstand high SPLs – can manage everything from vocals to drums. At home, this device is capable of giving you a pro studio performance.
The bass roll-off switch and 20 dB pad come with many more options.
6.Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio (XLR Microphone):
Price – ₹ 8,979
- Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm
- Handles high SPL
- 3-pin XLRM connector
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Pivot and threaded stand mount
- 48 DC power requirements
If you want to up the sound quality a little more, you can get the Audio Technica AT2020 Microphone with a high-quality amplifier like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface.
The Audio-Technica microphone offers a great sound quality with a cardioid condenser microphone. This device has side-address studio condenser microphone technology that gives an outstanding performance.
The high SPL management with a wide and excellent dynamic range makes it even more versatile. The custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm offers extended frequency response and better transient response.
The cardioid polar pattern decreases the sound pick-up from sides and rear. This improves the isolation of the desired sound source.
The pivot threaded stand securely attaches for simple and accurate placement of your microphone.
7.Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming microphone (Midnight Blue):
Price – ₹ 10,999
- Custom three capsule array
- Four pick-up pattern – Cardioid, Omni, bidirectional, and stereo
- Legendary Blue broadcast sound quality
- Plug n play
- Unique adjustable design
- Onboard audio controls
Yeti is the world’s number one USB microphone for recording and streaming.
You want the best Audio Quality without getting into the hassle of buying an XLR Mic with an amplifier, the Blue Yeti can deliver exception sound.
I have been using the Blue Yeti for my YouTube videos and have no complaints about sound quality or working even after 5 years of use.
The classic audio gear inspires the stunning and beautiful design. It offers amazing color options to choose from.
It comes with a three-capsule array that produces clear and powerful sound quality for youtube, game streaming, podcasting, conference calls, and of course, music.
The Blue’s Legendary broadcast quality sound offers the professional difference for recording, streaming, or building your audience.
The mic has onboard audio controls – headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain. The adjustable design captures the accurate sound source that optimizes the sound quality.
The no-latency technology monitors real-time mixed with the computer sound to stream an excellent sound.
The only Con, I can say, is the big and bulky size; otherwise, it an exceptional microphone.
Written By – Heena Makwana, Edited By Kanuj Sharma