2020 Best Microphones For YouTubers
Deciding what the best microphone for YouTube is will largely depend on the type or style of videos you are doing. In many cases, you will want more than one microphone so you that you can use the one that fits your situation best.
If you are doing screen recordings or voiceovers after you record, a USB or XLR studio mic would work best.
Lavalier microphones are great in a lot of situations where you don’t want to have to worry about how close to the mic you are – just clip them on and start recording.
Shotgun mics are excellent for run-and-gun style videos, vlogging, and sit-down interview-style shots.
Because there are many different types of videos, and different microphones that work well for recording them, we’ve highlighted our favorite YouTube mics by category so you can easily find what will work best.
The Rode NT-USB is a studio cardioid condenser microphone with a USB connection for easy plug-n-play use. The included tripod works well to keep noise levels down, but it can always be improved by using an external shock mount.
Sound quality is excellent and easily one of the best YouTube mics under $200. There is a headphone jack with volume control as well as a mix control dial so you can blend computer audio with your voice. It is lacking onboard gain control, so you’ll have to set the input volume on your computer.
It’s no surprise that the Blue Yeti is a favorite among YouTubers. It offers great sound quality and a ton of features for the price.
There are 3 condenser mic capsules, allowing you to choose from 4 different pickup patterns. Most people will probably just need the cardioid pattern for voiceovers, but having the ability to turn it into a conference or interview mic makes it more than worth its price (and the Yeti is frequently discounted under $100 during holiday sales).
It also includes a mute button (very useful!), gain control, headphone jack (with volume dial), and a decent stand.
The Blue Snowball is the little brother of the Yeti and is an awesome USB YouTube mic. There are actually two different models: Blue Snowball and Blue Snowball iCE.
The first one (Blue Snowball) has 2 mic capsules, allowing omnidirectional (all directions) and cardioid (perfect for voice recording) pickup patterns, an adjustable-height stand, and a slightly better build quality.
The Snowball iCE has a single cardioid capsule and no height adjustments.
I love that the Audio-Technica AT2035 comes with a shock mount. You’ll need a boom arm to mount it, but your audio quality will be greatly improved and you won’t have to purchase the mount separately. The mic also has an 80Hz high-pass filter that will help eliminate really low sounds like computer fans, heaters, and other ambient noise.
This is a condenser microphone, which means you’ll need to provide it phantom power, but you shouldn’t need a whole lot of gain.
The Rode Procaster definitely punches above its price point. It has an internal pop filter to reduce p-pops and an internal shock mount to reduce vibrations and handling noise. You can also get the Rode PSM1 shock mount to further isolate the mic. I highly recommend the shock mount as the included mount is somewhat weak and made of plastic, plus it will be much easier to adjust the Procaster into the right position.
It’s an end-address dynamic cardioid mic that needs a decent amount of gain. The easiest way to give it an extra boost is to use the Cloudlifter CL-1 or a separate pre-amp like the DBX286s, but I use it straight into a Zoom H5 with the gain set to about 6 without any issues.
Rode Smart Lav +
If you want something you can just plug into your phone to get excellent audio, the Rode SmartLav+ is a popular choice. It uses a TRRS connection (that’s what your phone uses) but you can always get the Rode SC3 adapter if you want to use it with a recorder or camera.
This is a great choice if you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars on a professional-level lavalier mic.
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