The music market is huge and offers a wide scope for business and fame. The music studios have become a new age powerhouse for generating good music and also online fame.
A microphone can also be called an energy converter and a transducer. The sound energy is translated into electrical energy with the help of this. As microphone is the main part, if it doesn’t work properly then the sound, we hear through the loud speakers won’t be clear, same goes for recordings and streaming and the output will be hampered.
From beginners to professionals, home to professional studios using microphones have eased up the music and other recording related tasks, and much affordable options of microphones are available in the market these days. People of all age groups are keen for creating, recording, broadcasting, streaming and more.
Let’s ponder on the best microphones who have and will facilitate a platform to many for making their dreams come true.
Professional Studio Microphone For Live Vocals
A wonderful recording microphone, works well for streaming, broadcasting, OBS and more. It comes with an easy application of plug and play, and has a 5.9-foot USB cable, which establishes an easy connectivity for your computer, laptops and PC’s. the connections with USB port aids in recording music, podcasts and even computer singing. It comes with an excellent facility which helps its installation with MAC or PC conveniently.
This one is a very durable and robust recording microphone, and is designed with metal construction. The tripod stand enables performing voice overs or livestreams on YouTube with utmost ease. This recording microphone also possesses an additional volume knob, providing excellent voice quality which works to make your voice audible enough for gaming, voice recording, skyping and more. There is no requirement of a 48V Phantom power supply as this one is a uniquely designed USB- powered condenser. Also has a cardioid polar pattern which is efficient enough to produce smooth, crisp and clear sound.
Works best for Cortana, discord, voice recognition and chat. It also doesn’t let any background noise overpower, and works well for gamers and streamers.
- Comes with a simple plug and play feature
- Its USB port helps in recording podcast, music and even computer singing
- The additional tripod stand also helps in performing voice overs or livestreams
- The additional volume knob lets you have a louder output
- Its Cardioid polar pattern helps in capturing the volume clearly
- It is not having compatibility with Xbox and phones
This Blue Snowball iCE Mic helps in recording and streaming in the best possible way. It is one of the premium quality microphones which works in the fastest and the easiest way. It also has a cardioid condenser capsule which helps in delivery sound with crystal-clear quality. It is certified for Skype and Discord as well.
The amazing sound quality lets it stand apart from its other competitor products. It provides you immense freedom with the custom condenser capsule making the voice absolutely clear for Skype, Facetime and messages. The ease of creating podcasts, recording locals and narration for home movies is unmatchable. Crystal clear sound recordings can be done with a Frequency response of 40 – 18 kHz for YouTube. It comes with an easy plug and play feature for your MAC and PCS. It boasts a sample/word rate of 44.1 kHz/16 bit and is a USB 2.0 device. Also comes with a backward compatibility pattern. It needs no extra drivers for installation. Blue’s Snowball ice is light-years ahead than your existing in-built computer microphone.
- Ensures easy and quick streaming and recording
- Certified for Skype and Discord
- It helps in creating podcasts, narration and recording locals with ease
- Helps in delivering a crystal-clear sound
- Comes with easy plug and play feature
- Backward compatibility pattern
- It provides best microphone recording
- Doesn’t support Xbox
- A little fragile
One of the best studio microphones which helps in giving premium sound quality. It requires a minimum voltage of 5V for this condenser microphone to work. If the connection is done with a desktop computer, then it can work on its own. This complete set features the following parts:
One Table mounting clamp’
A metal shock mount
3.5 mm Male to XLR female cable
Ball-type anti-wind foam cap
Adjustable suspension scissor Arm stand
For more sound effects, sound cards, 48 V Phantom Power or XLR cables have to be purchased additionally. This professional recording microphone easily sets up into a new audio circuit without any hassles. Any kind of sound surrounding the mic is easily captured with this in a rich, clear and full-bodied manner.
It comes with a scissor arm stand, which comes with a steel construction. The cardioid feature helps in isolating it from any surrounding noise disturbances. It is very sturdy and durable with double-braced arms. The maximum load capacity is approximately 350z. Hiss and lisp sounds of any sort are vanished while using this professional studio microphone.
- It comes with double braced arms, and has super strong strings
- The material used is steel
- This has a table mounting clamp, pop filter, condenser microphone, a metal shock mount and more
- It also has a cardioid pick-up pattern
- High sensitivity output and also a wide dynamic range
- It doesn’t work with MAC
A wonderful podcast condenser microphone, which supports Mac and Windows also. It possesses an easy Plug and play system. It absolutely voids the need of any external power source such as 48V. This is the best microphone for recording music as well as broadcasting. A very durable and a sturdy podcast microphone which features a volume control knob. The volume control knob works to control the sound output in every way (mute, down and up volume).
The adjustable tripod stand gives it a firm base, and the USB cable (6ft, long), increases portability for tabletop use. It possesses a Cardioid polar pattern that gives improvised audio recording quality for YouTube or for recording software. This is a sensitive vocal desktop microphone which facilitates chatting or talking with friends, works great for podcasts, clear voice overs, Skype and many other things, while playing games or streaming. It also supports push-to-talk VoIP (voice over internet protocol) and virtual assistants like Cortana. It is again a microphone with metal construction.
- Compatible with Mac and windows
- Has a volume control knob
- Cardioid polar pattern improves audio recording quality
- It comes with easy plug and play feature
- Works great for recording and broadcasting
- It doesn’t support Xbox and phones.
One of the best condenser mics for professional studio. It boasts of its quality and best consistency standards, as compared to the other mics of this category. It is manufactured ruggedly and is one of the most durable ones. Audio-Technica comes with a wider range is dynamic too. This side-address audio condenser comes at an affordable price. It is efficient enough to handle high SPL’s (sound pressure level) conveniently. It is structurally designed, with a low-mass diaphragm, which enables superior transient and frequency response.
This one is certainly a revolution in microphone technology, and that too at an affordable price. It comes with an unmatchable versatility, and is best suited for project or home studio appliances. The noise level is 20 dB SPL, and the cardioid polar pattern improves sound quality and doesn’t let the surroundings sound to effect it. The finishing of the item is done with black speckles, giving it a unique design. This one comes with a source connector, 3 pin XLRM type.
- It comes with a unique design and peak performance
- This is versatile and has a wide dynamic range
- It can handle high SPL
- Cardioid polar pattern helps in improving isolation of sound source
- It comes at an affordable price, and is a best home studio mic
- A very durable and rugged, best studio microphone
- Doesn’t come with the promised quality
The USB mic by Blue Snowball iCE is made with awesomeness. It has a cardioid condenser capsule which makes it easier for delivering best quality audio sound. Furthermore, the best sound quality facilitates communicating, creating and recording par excellence. It is certified with Skype, providing great sound results. Without any additional drivers, this can work with automation along with your personal Mac or PC.
This light in weight mic comes with adjustable desktop stand, USB cable and is the best one to record vocals. A computer has a built-in microphone but this one is an amazing one and is light years ahead. It possesses ultimate sound quality, and has made recordings so easier like never before. Skype, messages and facetime have been benefited with its crystal-clear audio pattern. The best recording mic boasts of 40 to 80 kHz frequency response. This is another one which comes with an easy plug and play feature. A splendid mic for recording vocals, creating podcasts and adding narration. Also comes with a backward compatibility pattern.
- It is a USB 2.0 device
- This one helps in recording vocals, creating podcasts and adding narration
- Requires no additional drivers
- It provides a sound so clear, for Skype, Messages and Facetime
- Comes with a backward compatibility specification
- It features easy plug and play
- Doesn’t support Xbox
- A little fragile
The TONOR XLR is an all-in-one pack inclusive of various useful parts. The kit possesses a microphone along with a shock mount, pop filter, table mounting clamp, adjustable suspension scissor arm stand, 3.5 mm XLR cable, XLR male to female stand. A sound card and a user’s manual are also a part of the kit. This one is again a professional and home recording mic which comes with a cardioid polar pattern, which improves sound quality by providing isolation from other surrounding sounds.
This one is best suited for podcasting, streaming, videos on YouTube and also functions as the best home and professional studio mic. The laptop connection can be made with a sound card, and if the connection has to be established with a mixer then a mixer device can be used. It is a pride for people who love to play games, record videos, voice over and more.
I am surely going to give one kit to my friend on her birthday.
- This kit is a complete all-in-one pack
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Serves as the best home and professional studio mic
- Provides great sound quality
- Enables excellent podcasting, streaming and YouTube videos
- A good gift for your friends and loved ones
- Incompatible with mobile phones and tablet computers
- Doesn’t act as described
A Few Guidelines Before Selecting The Best Studio Recording Microphones
After going through the above points and products in the article, it is pretty clear that microphones act as the best ones for recording, streaming, creating, narrating and much more. But a few points should always be considered before choosing the microphone which is best suited for your needs.
A good Frequency Response
The frequency response refers to the high and the low which your microphone will pick up or catch. When we enter the world of sound, it is all about the frequency or its levels. If we discuss more regarding this then the ideal range of frequency can be considered 80 Hz to 15 kHz, (hertz is the measurement unit for frequency levels) for a mic, but the modern microphones come with a huge frequency response, even more than this. What frequency response or sound levels you want should be considered before buying a microphone. It is wise to choose a mic of good frequency response.
Dynamic or A Condenser Mic
It again depends on your requirement. Dynamic mics are best suited for powerful vocals and loud sounds. They are mostly used for live purposes and enable strong signal capturing. They are supposed to be more rugged and are different from condensers. On the other hand, condensers prove great for delicate vocals, home or studio use and is a high frequency catcher. They exhibit excellent detail and accuracy when it comes to sounds. They use power from external sources, like the phantom power. Dynamic mics are preferred more for the higher sounds, but when it comes to recordings, streaming with a very high accuracy then condenser mics are preferred.
Your Microphone’s Connectivity
Most of the microphones come with an easy plug and play feature. A microphone is a device requiring a preamp for more output, as it produces a low-level output. Many of the microphones these days have built-in preamps, or can have power from outside sources also. For more sound levels you can connect your interface with a 48 V Phantom power. Only the switch button P48 or 48V has to be switched on for the desired results. Though some possess their personal P48 (expensive versions). The connection should be established before the phantom power is used, and hot plugging should be avoided in case the P48 is already activated on your device, as it might harm mics. The latest microphones have combo jacks also, XLR (outer part) and TRS (inner hole).
Microphones Pick-up Pattern
When any microphone is used it is bound to pick up the surrounding sounds. The mics are designed as such to give the best sound quality and can be categorized on the basis of pick-up pattern. Most of the microphones discussed in the above article are cardioid microphones, and are supposed to be the best. These microphones mostly pick the sound from the front of the mic, though the back part is not suppressed always. The cardioid feature enables to give improved sound quality and provide isolation from the other sound sources. It works well for recordings, streaming, and creating. It is a very flexible pick up pattern and can be used for different purposes. There are unidirectional and bidirectional and hyper cardioid pickup patterns also.
The Technical Specifications
These interfaces have to have good technical quality, to provide you the best. A few points should be religiously considered for studying the technical specifications. From sound to basics of microphones, the polar patterns, sensitivity, frequency response and decibel scale should be compared while choosing the best option for yourself. As a microphone works as a transducer to convert sound waves into electric signals, the sound waves should produce a quality output for best results. Polar patterns are omnidirectional, cardioid, super cardioid have also to be considered. The frequency response as discussed in the first point should be ideal for producing best quality sound. Higher sensitivity leads to more signal catching power as compared to the microphones with low sensitivity.
Frequently Asked Question’s
Q1 What Do You Mean By Sound Pressure Level?
SPL or the sound pressure level is sometimes confused by the users, it is thought of as the microphone’s ability to withstand sound without breaking. But it is not that, rather the microphone can deliver how much without any distortions is the SPL. The mics of older versions had very low distortion handling capacity, as compared to the ones built with latest technology. The latest models of microphones of today have marvelous and huge SPL handling ability without distorting.
The newer models can have an appreciable SPL i.e. up to 144 dB, while the older ones possessed a maximum of 120 db. The microphones with fairly good SPL prove to be the best recording microphones for vocals, home and professional studios.
Q2 What Care Should Be Taken For A Microphone?
For having good longevity of your microphones, take care of them properly. A few tips can be adhered to, such as consider a pop filter which will help in keeping the diaphragm and the capsule clean. At least, a distance of 6 inches should be maintained between the mouth and mic to keep the it clean and preventing any popping sounds. The turning off of the mic should be done properly, as shocks might damage it. Always the mic should be stored in a plastic bag when not in use, to avoid moisture. In case, you want your mic to be cleaned then, get it done professionally. While doing the set-up also, be particular to do it carefully in order to avoid any sensitivity issues.
Q3 What Is The Cost To Be Spent For A Microphone?
The market offers a huge variety of microphones at affordable prices and good quality. It is very personal, as expenditure should be done according to one’s budget. You can opt for any good microphone or mic ranging between 100 to 200 dollars. A price point above 100 dollars can be considered for any purchasing any decent mic. One more aspect is there, the purpose you are buying a microphone for, home or professional recording, creating or streaming etc. Are you looking for a condenser or a dynamic mic? All these parameters should be thought of before the purchase, in order to decide right.
Henceforth, discussing in so much detail, you must be confident enough to choose a good quality microphone. At least I am sure! These high-tech microphones are a boon for the people who love streaming, recording, creating, gaming and music. A little research should always be done before buying your device of joy. The design, durability and construction should also be a part of your decision. Though, all these specifications are mentioned on the microphone wrap, you can go for a demo of any microphone in a store for getting the best you aspire for. Go ahead, choose the best and you never know, you may be the next super star on YouTube or any online sensation. I feel excited, already!! Don’t you?
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