TOP 10 Best Budget Microphones

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Picking the right microphone is a third of the success of high-quality vocal recording. An inappropriate or poor-quality microphone will spoil the sound of the vocalist and the entire song. Therefore, the choice of a sound recording device must be approached with responsibility.

The question «Which microphone for recording vocals to choose?» every musician asked at least once. It would seem that it is enough to find a device that is suitable for the price and quality and pick it up in the store, but in reality everything is not so simple. In a home recording studio, when there is no money to buy a whole park of microphones, you want to make the only right choice the first time.

Editorial SAMESOUND.RU explains how to choose a microphone for recording vocals. We researched the market and selected thirty of the best microphones for recording vocals in the low, mid and high price segments. When compiling the list of devices, external factors influencing the choice of a microphone were not taken into account: the structure of the room, the presence of sound insulation, and the individual characteristics of the voice. We chose microphones only on the basis of price-quality ratio.

  • Microphones for recording vocals: the best models in terms of price and quality
  • Rating of the best inexpensive microphones in 2021 (TOP-10)

    10 best budget microphones

    No. Name Description Price
    one. Samson C01U PRO Best budget mic under $100 100$
    2. BOYA BY-M1 Chinese lavalier microphone from Aliexpress 20$
    3. Sennheiser E 835-S The best karaoke microphone with quality sound, professional model 90$
    four. AKG WMS40 Mini Single Vocal Set The best wireless microphone for public speaking, stage and singing 100$
    5. Maono AU-410 Portable external lavalier microphone with USB connection 40$
    6. Saramonic SmartMic Small and inexpensive microphone for the phone 25$
    7. Shure SV100-A A good microphone for karaoke on a PC from Shure 45$
    eight. Maono AU-A04 Inexpensive electret USB microphone for computer 70$
    9. SVEN MK-170 The cheapest wired lavalier microphone for computer and smartphone 4$
    ten. BEHRINGER C-1U Good cheap digital usb microphone 50$

    Best Inexpensive Microphones

    small digression

    In this material, we describe a fairly large number of products from the Australian company Rode. Unfortunately, Rode did not pay us and the appearance of their products in our article is an objective fact. Fortunately, the company makes great things that are either the best in their price segment, or simply unique and unparalleled.

    We don’t do audio professionally. However, the accumulated experience of working on the radio and creating videos for YouTube allows us to share a couple of secrets with you. We will tell you how to choose a microphone. This information will help you understand how sound works and which microphones are best for you and your needs. There are few such materials on the Internet, so read our article to the end. Immediately make a reservation that universal microphones do not exist. Therefore, you need to choose them based on a specific need.

    BEHRINGER C-1U

    Budget digital USB microphone, one of the best under $50.

    Opens our TOP of the best budget microphones BEHRINGER C-1U ($50) — Cheap USB microphone with good value for money. The microphone writes the voice with dignity, does not require a sound card, and can boast of reliability. The only, perhaps, minus is that there is no stand in the kit.

    Best Budget Microphones BEHRINGER C-1U

    Main characteristics

    • Type: condenser
    • Construction: stationary
    • Purpose: universal
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    • Max. sound pressure: 136 dB
    • Impedance: 100 Ohm
    • Frequency range: 20 Hz — 20000 Hz
    • Connector: USB
    • Power supply: via USB
    • Case material: metal
    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 54x169x54 mm
    • Weight: 450 g

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • Stand mount (with adapter)
    • USB cable
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Sound. Best for speech than vocals.
    • Design. Stylish and interesting.
    • Build quality and reliability. The microphone is durable, made of metal. Will definitely last more than a year.
    • Value for money.
    • Sound volume. The microphone may be quiet.
    • Can pick up noise from PC.

    The best professional microphones for recording voice, vocals

    There are two types of microphones in recording studios: for capturing vocals and for recording instruments. According to the device, they are divided into capacitor, dynamic and tape, according to the direction — into unidirectional, bidirectional, guns and non-directional.

    one

    Neumann U 87 AI

    Rating:5.0

    • condenser microphone
    • instrumental, vocal, podcast/radio/television
    • switchable diagram
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 117 dB
    • sensitivity -22 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz

    Average price:

    The most expensive and high-quality professional condenser microphone for recording, which became the best among analogues in 2012 and the gold standard. Thanks to its balanced parameters, it is perfect for recording speech and vocals. When used as a point microphone, it perfectly writes instruments: cello, guitars, drums. Records detailed bass and rich mids.

    The best microphone for recording vocals and instruments is equipped with three switchable polar patterns. Works with sound up to 127 dB without the slightest distortion. The low-cut filter compensates for the effect of the proximity effect. It has a surprisingly flat frequency response. The design of the device has not changed since the 1970s, only the component base has been updated.

    Peculiarities:

    • negligible level of own noise;
    • balanced frequency response;
    • three radiation patterns;
    • Versatile: Suitable for capturing voices and instruments.

    2

    Neumann TLM 103 — expensive, but high quality

    Rating: 4.9

    • condenser microphone
    • for vocals
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 138 dB
    • sensitivity -33 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz

    Average price:

    Universal transformerless microphone with a linear frequency response, which has almost no inherent noise. Suitable for recording vocals and instruments in recording studios. The capsule used in the U87 reduces the level of noise located behind the directional axis (cardioid). This eliminates the appearance of acoustic feedback when recording concerts.

    Enlarged grille, transparent to acoustic vibrations, protects the capsule from intense sounds and noises resulting from blowing. It copes equally well with sounds with a pressure of 138 dB and physical fluctuations of the environment, which are barely perceptible to the human ear. Replacing the transformer with an electronic circuit eliminated the influence of RF signals on the sound.

    Peculiarities:

    • large membrane;
    • transformerless circuit;
    • low own noise;
    • works with voice and all instruments.

    3

    Soyuz MALFA

    Rating: 4.6

    • condenser microphone
    • instrumental, for vocals
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 140 dB
    • sensitivity -25 dB
    • frequency range 30-18000 Hz

    Average price:

    Microphone for voice and instruments, produces a soft and high-quality sound. Particularly pleasant mids. Due to the soft top, this microphone is often compared to ribbon microphones. Great for recording acoustic guitar, drums and other music. tools. In this series, the capsule was redesigned, thanks to which the “lower middle” became even smoother. In terms of sound, they even compare with such an expensive model as the Telefunken ELA 251.

    Comes with a black oak case with a handmade suspension designed to completely isolate the microphone from vibrations.

    Peculiarities:

    • lightweight version of C414 at an affordable price;
    • durable patented design;
    • high sensitivity;
    • sensitivity switch;
    • low-pass filter to get rid of the proximity effect.
    • Capsule — two 33 mm diaphragms (one gold-plated)
    • Frequency response — 30Hz/18kHz
    • Directionality — cardioid
    • Sensitivity — 25 mV / Pa
    • Impedance — 190 Ohm
    • Limit SPL — 140 dB
    • Own noise — no more than 18 dB (according to curve A)
    • Power — Phantom 48 V
    • Size — 187mm x 47mm
    • Weight — 475 grams

    four

    sE Electronics Z5600a II

    Rating: 4.8

    • instrumental, for vocals
    • pie, switchable, bi-directional, cardioid
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 137 dB
    • sensitivity -32 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz
    • tube amplifier
    • power supply: external adapter
    • low pass filter

    Average price:

    Universal tube condenser microphone with five polar patterns, the best solution in the price range up to 700$. It is used in all areas of sound recording: concerts, choirs, vocals, instruments, thanks to a 10 dB attenuator, a frequency range of 20 Hz — 20 kHz and high-quality electronic components. An advanced low-pass filter will remove the proximity effect from the audio. Tubes add detail, warmth, naturalness and appeal to the sound.

    The solid package includes:

    • case for storage and carrying;
    • multilingual documentation;
    • power adapter with cable;
    • wooden case with soft upholstery;
    • holder «spider» with an additional cable;
    • 8 pin cable.

    Peculiarities:

    • five radiation patterns;
    • a solid set of delivery;
    • sound pressure up to 138 dB;
    • tube amplifier;
    • low pass filter.

    5

    Rode NTK

    Rating: 4.7

    • instrumental, for vocals
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 158 dB
    • sensitivity -38 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz
    • tube amplifier

    Average price:

    Professional studio microphone with an enviable -38 dB sensitivity and a wide gold-plated diaphragm. It is mounted on a suspension that protects against mechanical noise. It features low self-noise and dense, detailed sound without the slightest distortion, which are provided by a polarized capsule with a two-triode tube amplifier. The latter brings vintage notes to the natural clean sound. There is only one polar pattern — a cardioid. With the right vocal direction, the microphone reveals the potential laid down by the manufacturer. Supplied in a case with a power supply and with a cord, 8-pin cable, mount and documents.

    Peculiarities:

    • ultra-low self-noise;
    • switchable power supplies 120/220V;
    • peak sound pressure without distortion — 158 dB;
    • M2 rack mount;
    • mesh made of heat-treated steel.

    6

    AKG C214

    Rating: 4.7

    • universal
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 156 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz
    • power: phantom
    • low pass filter

    Average price:

    Microphone for voice and instruments, designed as an alternative to the expensive models of the C414 line. It is equipped with a productive inch capsule that reduces vibration noise. A switchable attenuator expands the scope of the device — it writes clear sound with a pressure level of 156 dB. The low pass filter allows you to record close to the sound source without the effect of zooming in. Outstanding performance is provided by a combination of capsule properties and a patented diaphragm design. Captures the quietest sounds, the sources of which are tens of meters away, therefore it requires a room with soundproofing.

    Peculiarities:

    • lightweight version of C414 at an affordable price;
    • durable patented design;
    • high sensitivity;
    • sensitivity switch;
    • low-pass filter to get rid of the proximity effect.

    7

    LEWITT LCT 440

    Rating: 4.7

    • condenser microphone
    • instrumental, for vocals
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 140 dB
    • sensitivity -31.2 dB

    Average price:

    Affordable, single-pattern microphone that incorporates advanced LEWITT technology. An inch condenser capsule will capture the smallest nuances of the voice and all shades of the musical instrument, conveying the character and emotional background of the author. The design allows you to capture the live sound of any instrument in all its diversity. Due to the low self-noise and the ability to work with high-pressure sound, it writes both the quietest sounds and from the amplifier. The holder with an anti-shock system isolates the device from noise transmitted through the rack.

    Peculiarities:

    • captures the sound of instruments in all their fullness and volume;
    • the soundproof rack does not transmit mechanical vibrations to the membrane;
    • gold-plated diaphragm;
    • magnetic pop filter prevents frequency loss.

    eight

    Octava MK-105

    Rating: 4.8

    • for vocals
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • Max. sound pressure 124 dB
    • sensitivity -10 dB
    • frequency range 20-20000 Hz

    Average price:

    A professional studio microphone with an oversized diaphragm that is renowned for the quality of its diaphragms. Suitable for capturing instruments and voices from any distance, and gives the second «velvety». The catchy sound is demonstrated by the use of proven circuitry and a perfectly tuned preamplifier. By replacing the transformer in the circuit with a set of electronic components, its own electromagnetic noise does not exceed 18 dB. The imperfection of the setting affected the sound on the high frequencies — they are slightly pulled up. Housed in a nickel plated case.

    Peculiarities:

    • equipped with shock absorber-suspension;
    • single radiation pattern;
    • high frequencies are turned up;
    • no RF filter;
    • demanding on room acoustics.

    9

    Shure SM7B

    Rating: 4.6

    • for podcast/radio/television
    • cardioid pattern
    • XLR connector 3 pin (M)
    • sensitivity -59 dB
    • frequency range 50-20000 Hz
    • low pass filter

    Average price:

    A device for recording vocals and speech, a radio with a flat broadband frequency response. Widely used in radio, television and recording studios. It has a cardioid directivity with maximum reflection, slight coloration of off-axis sound and a barely noticeable cutoff at the low-mid frequencies border. Pneumatic suspension strut eliminates the transmission of mechanical vibrations. The design suppresses electromagnetic noise and broadband interference generated by computer electronics and mobile devices. A high-quality POP filter compensates for noise caused by human breathing.

    Peculiarities:

    • smooth amplitude-frequency characteristic;
    • switchable low-frequency filters;
    • effective pop filter;
    • advanced protection against electromagnetic interference;
    • bracket for precise positioning of the device.

    SVEN MK-170

    The cheapest wired lavalier microphone for computer and smartphone.

    The next place in the ranking of the best inexpensive microphones is occupied by the cheapest model in the TOP — SVEN MK-170 ($ 4) — a lapel microphone for recording voice on a PC or smartphone through an adapter. When recording voice and video on a smartphone, the sound quality will be better than through the built-in one.

    The sound, of course, leaves much to be desired when compared with other lavalier microphones. But on the other hand, look at its price. You won’t find cheaper. If you need a microphone «here and now» and need it cheaper, then SVEN MK-170 is definitely your choice.

    The Best Budget Microphones SVEN MK-170

    Main characteristics

    • Microphone: lavalier
    • Type: electret
    • Directional pattern: omnidirectional
    • Frequency response: 50Hz — 16000Hz
    • Sensitivity: -58 dB
    • Connector: mini jack 3.5 mm (TRS)
    • Cable length: 1.8 m
    • Body material: plastic
    • Weight: 16g

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • clip
    • Wind protection
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Value for money. Worth its 4 dollars.
    • Long cable.
    • Suitable for both PC and smartphone.
    • Pretty noisy.
    • Build quality. The clip or plug may immediately break.

    conclusions

    In addition to microphones, you will definitely need headphones for monitoring and processing. If in the case of monitoring you can get by with the usual ones, then for processing it is better to have a special pair. But that’s another story, which we’ll talk about next time. If you read the text carefully, you probably noticed that we are using an AKG Perception P220 condenser microphone. All because we have a prepared studio with a soundproof room. Condenser microphones allow for more detail, which is why we chose this solution. However, we do have a Rode Podcaster, an external USB microphone, as well as a Zoom F1 for interviews and recording hosts, and a Zoom H1 with a Rode SmartLav+ loop. If suddenly our opinion is important to you, then we have chosen these microphones. But the sound, unlike the picture, is a much more individual phenomenon. We just introduced you to what you can buy and what is relevant on the market. Further research and choice is entirely up to you.

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    Maono AU-A04

    High-quality inexpensive electret USB microphone for the computer.

    TOP-8 rating of the best microphones under $100 takes Maono AU-A04 ($70) — Quality budget USB electret microphone for PC, most likely the best microphone under $70.

    The microphone has an excellent set, stylish design, reasonable price and good sound quality. Maono AU-A04 is perfect for letsplay or streaming (and if you are looking for headphones for the same purposes, then be sure to read our TOP of the best headphones for streaming).

    The best budget microphones Maono AU-A04

    Main characteristics

    • Operating principle: electret
    • Microphone directivity: unidirectional
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    • Sensitivity: -38 dB
    • Frequency range: 30 — 16000 Hz
    • Signal to noise ratio: 70 dB
    • Sound pressure: 120 dB
    • ADC sampling rate: 192 kHz
    • ADC bit depth: 24 bit
    • Connection connector: USB
    • Cable length: 2.5 m
    • Case material: metal
    • Weight: 205g

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • Pop Filter
    • Wind protection
    • Vibration protection «spider»
    • Pantograph with mount
    • USB cable
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Sound quality.
    • Good combination of price and quality.
    • Rich set. Pantograph, pop filter, windscreen, spider, USB cable.
    • Quality build.
    • Design.
    • Sound volume. The microphone is quiet (requires software amplification).
    • Picks up a lot of noise.
    • There is no direct monitoring and regulators.

    Important Equipment Features

    For a microphone, such characteristics as maximum and minimum frequency, frequency difference (nominal frequency), sensitivity, dynamic range, directivity are essential. The data is indicated in the technical documentation.

    Maximum and minimum frequencies — the values ​​​​of the highest and lowest frequencies of the sounds with which the microphone works. The wider the range, it would seem, the better. But, too large a range is not needed in practice. The minimum frequency for speech recording is limited to 200 Hz.

    Frequency response unevenness — the indicator is the difference between the maximum and minimum frequency of the microphone sensitivity within the range. The lower the score, the better.

    Sensitivity is the ratio of input voltage to sound pressure. The resistance must be at least 3 times the inlet pressure. In practice, this indicator indicates that the output is the loudest possible sound with a quiet input. The values ​​of the indicator are expressed as parameters with a negative index in decibels, for example, -30 dB will be a higher indicator than -40 dB.

    Dynamic range is the difference between signals in frequency that a device can reproduce without distortion. The higher the value, the better.

    Shure SV100-A

    High-quality original microphone for karaoke on a computer for a small price.

    Seventh place in the ranking of the best inexpensive microphones under $100 gets Shure SV100-A ($45) — a high-quality original microphone for karaoke on a computer. Good sound quality for little money. Voice transmission at the highest level. Separately, I am pleased with the presence of a long cable in the kit and an on / off switch on the case.

    With this microphone, you can sing karaoke on your computer, but a high-quality sound card (ideally) and / or a preamplifier may be required.

    Best Budget Shure SV100-A Microphones

    Main characteristics

    • Type: dynamic
    • Construction: manual
    • Purpose: for vocals
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    • Frequency range: 50-15.000 Hz
    • Sensitivity: -52 dBV/Pa at 1kHz, 1 Pa=94 dB SPL
    • Impedance: 600 Ohm
    • SPL: 94dB
    • Connector: XLR
    • Weight: 244 g

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • XLR-6.3mm cable (4.5m)
    • Stand Holder
    • Carry bag
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Quality sound. The voice transmission is natural, the sensitivity is high, it catches little noise.
    • Value for money.
    • Rich set.
    • Off button.
    • Demanding for a good sound card.
    • Picks up too much noise.

    No. 9 — Ritmix RDM-125

    Price:

    If possible, we recommend saving up money and buying at least Ritmix RDM-125. The model has good sensitivity and thereby saves you from having to be in close proximity to the microphone. Buyers in the reviews report that the device picks up the voice well at a distance of up to 50 centimeters. It comes with a tripod, making it easy to set up.

    The solution wire is long enough, so there will be no problems with this. There is a button to mute the microphone — useful if you do not live alone. Regarding the shortcomings — users complain about the smell of plastic.

    Ritmix RDM-125

    Saramonic SmartMic

    Compact inexpensive microphone for phone from Aliexpress.

    Sixth place in the ranking of the most budgetary microphones gets a small microphone for a phone with a 3.5 mm mini-jack connection — Saramonic SmartMic ($25). The microphone works great on both iPhone and Android. You only need to install an application that allows you to record sound from an external microphone. The model is compact: there are no wires, only the plug and the microphone itself, which can be rotated 180 degrees.

    This small microphone for phone from Aliexpress. It picks up less noise than the built-in microphones and accentuates the voice better.

    #2 — Razer Seiren X

    Price:

    Although many people treat Razer products with apprehension and distrust, the Seiren X turned out to be a suitable microphone. The model has a reliable desktop mount, because of which it will not slide on the surface. The case is equipped with a 3.5 mm jack, allowing you to connect headphones directly to the microphone. Appearance is a separate reason for praise.

    To mute the microphone, there is a special button with a backlight. There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission — this model will be enough for you. It will sound natural, clear and deep. Due to the super-cardioid directivity, the microphone clearly filters out background noise. As is often the case with Razer brand peripherals, the main disadvantage of the device is the price.

    Razer Seiren X

    Maono AU-410

    Portable external lavalier microphone with USB connection.

    The middle of the ranking of the best inexpensive microphones behind a portable external lavalier microphone with USB connection is Maono AU-410 ($40). The microphone is designed to work in combination with a laptop or PC, perfect for communication, conferences and similar conversational events. The Maono AU-410 is remembered for its good sound quality, low cost and error-free performance in most conversation and recording applications.

    If you need a small lavalier microphone with a USB connection at a reasonable price, then the Maono AU-410 is definitely an excellent choice.

    #7 — HAMA Stream (00139907)

    Price:

    One of the latest innovations. When creating it, the developer took into account the wishes of the streamers, and therefore, a tripod is supplied with the microphone, as well as a pop filter. Due to the latter, viewers of the broadcast will not hear your breathing. Given that you have to hold the microphone as close to your mouth as possible, this is relevant.

    The new model does not require installation of drivers and is ready to work immediately after connecting to a computer via USB. Due to this particular method, the device can be connected even to a laptop that does not have a microphone jack. The length of the cord is two meters, which is enough for most users.

    microphone HAMA Stream (00139907)

    AKG WMS40 Mini Single Vocal Set

    The best wireless microphone under $100 for public speaking and stage.

    AKG WMS40 Mini Single Vocal Set ($100) — The best wireless microphone for public speaking, stage and singing under $100. The microphone stands out for its stable performance, high-quality voice transmission, ease of use and reasonable price. Also, the microphone can work up to 30 hours on a single AA battery.

    Best Budget Microphones AKG WMS40 Mini Single Vocal Set

    Main characteristics

    • Audio frequency range: 40 Hz — 20000 Hz
    • Modulation mode: FM
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB-A
    • Distortion (THD): 0.8%
    • Radio signal power: 10 mW
    • Range: up to 20 m
    • Batteries (1 pc): alkaline LR6 AA
    • Working time: up to 30 hours
    • Body material: plastic
    • Black color
    • Dimensions: 230mm x 51mm
    • Weight: 195 gr
    • Receiver AKG SR40 mini
    • Audio frequency range: 40 to 20,000 Hz
    • THD at 1kHz:
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB-A
    • Operating temperature: -10 to 55 C
    • Radio sensitivity: -100 dBm
    • Recommended number of simultaneously operating stations: 3
    • Range (line of sight): 20 m
    • Encryption: no
    • Modulation: FM
    • Noise canceling function when turned on: no
    • Audio outputs: balanced jack (6.3mm)
    • Power supply: 12V

    Equipment

    • Transmitter microphone
    • Base receiver
    • Power adapter (with multiple outlets)
    • 1 AA battery
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Good sound quality.
    • Excellent value for money and quality.
    • Autonomy up to 30 hours on 1 battery.
    • Stable work.
    • Simple control.
    • Fairly long range.
    • Noisy in hand.
    • There is no remaining charge indicator.

    Sennheiser E 835-S

    Good budget karaoke microphone with high quality sound.

    TOP-3 ranking of the best microphones under $100 is occupied by the notorious Sennheiser E 835-S ($90) — the best budget karaoke microphone with high-quality sound. This karaoke microphone is considered a professional model, it can also be connected to the phone via an adapter. But to fully reveal its potential will help the presence of a good sound card. In this case, the voice is transmitted very naturally and balanced.

    Another feature of the Sennheiser E 835-S is that it picks up a minimum of ambient sounds. The cardioid polar pattern and some other technical features of this inexpensive karaoke microphone do the trick.

    Sennheiser E 835-S is suitable even for performances — it will transmit only what is needed, even if it is noisy around.

    Best budget microphones Sennheiser E 835-S

    Main characteristics

    • Type: manual, vocal
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    • Frequency response: 40 — 16000 Hz
    • Microphone type: dynamic
    • Sensitivity: 2.7mV/Pa
    • Rated impedance: 350 ohm
    • Minimum load resistance: 1000 ohms
    • Size 48 x 180 mm
    • Weight 330 g

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • Rack holder
    • Case
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • Quality sound. Natural full voice transmission, without distortion.
    • Versatility. The microphone is designed for karaoke, but it is also great for both phone and PC or laptop.
    • Price.
    • Good noise rejection.
    • Power button.
    • Big switch. Holding the microphone in your hand, there is a chance of accidentally turning it off.

    No. 10 — Defender MIC-117

    Price:

    The cheapest solution of our rating. You should not expect anything outstanding from it, but if you are as tight as possible in the budget and are considering options from the budget segment, then pay attention to this model first of all. With regards to the quality of voice transmission, miracles should not be expected. To achieve the absence of background sounds, you will have to sacrifice volume, such is the other side of a cheap coin.

    The microphone is omnidirectional, so it does a good job of capturing the voices of several people at the same time, and you yourself don’t have to put it directly in front of your mouth. The main disadvantage is that the weight is only 50 grams, which makes it easy to move the device by accidentally hitting the cord.

    Defender MIC-117

    BOYA BY-M1

    The best lavalier microphone under $20.

    The silver of the best inexpensive microphones ranking goes to the best lavalier microphone from Aliexpress — BOYA BY-M1 ($20). The Chinese microphone has the best value for money. For such money you will definitely not find a worthy competitor. The microphone writes sound at the level of models two to three times more expensive, you can buy it , and the equipment is pleasing for such a price.

    Best Budget Microphones BOYA BY-M1

    Main characteristics

    • Purpose: for podcasts / radio / television, for computer
    • Design: lavalier (clip)
    • Type: condenser
    • Directional pattern: omnidirectional
    • Frequency response: 65Hz — 18000Hz
    • Impedance: 1000 Ohm
    • Sensitivity: -30 dB
    • Signal to noise ratio: 74 dB
    • Power: LR44 cells (1 pc.)
    • Connector: mini jack 3.5mm
    • Cable length: 6 m
    • Body material: plastic

    Equipment

    • Microphone
    • Pop Filter
    • clip
    • Adapter 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm
    • 1 battery
    • Case
    • Documentation

    Video review

    • The best combination of price and sound quality.
    • Equipment.
    • Versatility. The microphone does not require any special software to work. Can be connected to absolutely any device. And / or record in any suitable program.
    • Price.
    • Long cable.
    • There may be problems connecting to a PC.

    Which microphone to choose for a computer

    The choice of microphone is influenced by a lot of criteria. Let’s talk about the main ones:

    1. Connection method. Wired microphones for connection can use a 3.5 mm line-in or USB connector. The first option is considered universal, since through a 3.5 mm microphone you can connect not only to computers, but also to other equipment: smartphones, tablets, game consoles. USB microphones also have their advantages. Often they are equipped with audio cards.

    According to the connection method, microphones are wired and wireless. This is convenient because the wires do not hinder the user’s movements.

    1. Orientation. Microphones are unidirectional, bidirectional or omnidirectional.
    • Unidirectional models pick up sound from the front while canceling background noise from the rear and sides. Such microphones are used by gamers, podcasters, streamers.
    • Bi-directional record clear sound from the back and front. This is a suitable option for shooting videos in the format of an interview or conversation.
    • Omnidirectional models pick up sound equally well from all directions. Because of this, it is not entirely correct to buy them for streaming or podcasting. But such microphones are suitable for recording video with the participation of several people.

    Some models have two or all three types of directivity at once. They are recommended for bloggers who record a variety of content (for example, streams, interviews and podcasts).

    1. Fastening. The type of microphone attachment depends on its purpose. If this is a model for conversations, then, as a rule, it is mounted on a low stand or tripod. Microphones for streaming, gaming and vocals are often mounted on a bracket that is adjustable in height and tilt.
    2. Frequency range. When choosing a frequency range, it is worth considering exactly where the microphone will be used. If the device is purchased for conversations and videoconferencing, then the range from 50 to 15000 Hz is enough. In a microphone for streaming and vocals, the range should be somewhat wider.
    3. Length of cable. It all depends on how far from the computer the device will be placed. If close, then a length of 1.5 meters will be enough.
    4. Auxiliary accessories. For comfortable work, one microphone is not enough. It is desirable that all the necessary accessories are included in the kit.

    The pop filter blocks unwanted noise that occurs during the recording process. Wind protection helps protect against explosive consonants, gusts of wind.

    1. Price. A very important parameter, which largely depends on the brand and characteristics of the device. For example, the most common microphone costing up to is suitable for talking. Models for amateur recording are available in the price range from . But for a good professional microphone for a computer, you will have to pay at least 8,000-100$.

    Samson C01U PRO

    The best budget microphone of 2021.

    The best budget microphone of 2021 Samson C01U PRO ($100) — top-rated universal high-quality portable USB microphone for a laptop. Despite the fact that this microphone for a computer is the easiest to find and , the model is reliable and will last for more than one year. From the useful — it is possible to connect headphones for direct monitoring

    This microphone is quite suitable, for example, for voice acting video. He writes his voice well. And many musical instruments too. At least for its price level.

    Main types of microphones

    Devices can be dynamic or condenser. The first option is a small speaker. It is reliable, inexpensive, but the sound quality leaves the best. In turn, microphones of the second type convert the sound with the help of special capacitors. They transmit voice better, but they are whimsical to the surrounding conditions, have a higher price, and also require additional phantom power.

    For streaming, gaming and online conferences, it is best to use a USB microphone, since it has all the necessary amplifiers and an audio card, so you don’t have to buy anything else. The settings are extremely simple and even an inexperienced user will understand them. In addition, all controls and indicators are located on the device itself, which is also very convenient.

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