Even if you have a high-quality video camera to record beautiful footage with, bad audio can drag the overall quality of your videos down. In fact, most viewers will be willing to watch videos with low video quality as long as the audio is good. Luckily, in today’s day and age, you can purchase great quality microphones for affordable prices. Over the past few decades, good microphones have become affordable, and affordable microphones have become good.
We are aware that it is easy to become overwhelmed by the massive choice of microphones out on the market. However, this guide is guaranteed to help you find the perfect microphone for you–to instantly boost the quality of your YouTube Videos.
Types of Microphones
Before we dive into the top 10 best microphones for YouTube videos, it is essential to understand the functions and characteristics of the various types of microphones. Here are 4 of the most common types of microphones used for YouTube videos.
1. Shot Gun Microphones
Shot gun microphones are microphones that attach directly to your camera. They connect to your camera through a 3.5mm audio jack and mount directly above the viewfinder on most cameras. Shotgun microphones are easy to set up and record directly with your video footage which eliminates the need to manually synch the audio with the video footage. Furthermore, shotgun microphones are great for those who record themselves speaking in close range from their camera. So, if you are a keen vlogger, a shotgun microphone is your prime option.
2. Studio Microphones
Studio microphones connect to a computer or laptop to record audio. Studio microphones are the obvious choice for those Gaming YouTubers and those who record voiceovers for their videos.
Most studio microphones used by YouTubers connect directly to a computer via USB. These microphones, also known as USB microphones, are extremely convenient as they require no extra equipment for recording.
However, some higher end studio microphones connect via an analogue XLR port. To connect these microphones with a computer, you must purchase a USB audio interface. Despite the added complication and the higher price, XLR microphones offer improved sound quality and control over USB microphones.
Lastly, some studio microphones have the ability to connect to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones via the 3.5mm headphone jack. Though these microphones are rare and a little more expensive, the added convenience and versatility make them a great option for some.
3. Lavaliere Microphones
Lavaliere microphones are extremely compact microphones which clip onto a piece of clothing to offer hands-free recording. Lavaliere Microphones sound consistent and clear regardless of the distance from the camera. Therefore, lavaliere microphones are the best options for YouTubers who record at a far distance from the camera such as in social experiments and public pranks.
Some lavaliere microphones are wired while some are wireless. Wireless Lavaliere microphones transmit the audio wireless to the camera in real time so that the audio is automatically synched with the video footage. Wired lavaliere microphones on the other hand must be plugged into an audio recorder or a mobile phone and the audio has to be sank manually with the video footage.
4. Standalone Microphones
As the name may suggest, standalone microphones are microphones which can record audio independently of any other gear such as a camera or a computer. Standalone microphones operate on a battery and store the audio onto a memory card. These microphones are the easiest to set up and use. However, as with wired lavaliere microphones, the audio has to be manually synched with the video footage.
Top 10 Best Microphones for YouTube Videos
|Microphone||Claim to Fame||Price Range||Amazon Links|
|1. Rode VideoMic Go||Best Budget Shotgun Microphone||$||Buy Here|
|2. Rode VideoMic Pro||Best Professional Shotgun Microphone||$$||Buy Here|
|3. Blue Snowball Ice||Best Budget Studio Microphone||$||Buy Here|
|4. Samson Meteor||Best Compact Budget Studio Microphone||$||Buy Here|
|5. Blue Yeti||Best Professional Studio Microphone||$$||Buy Here|
|6. Apogee Mic 96K||Best Compact Professional Studio Microphone||$$$||Buy Here|
|7. Rode SmartLav+||Best Wired Lavaliere Microphone||$||Buy Here|
|8. Sennheiser G3||Best Wireless Lavaliere Microphone||$$$$||Buy Here|
|9. Zoom H1||Best Standalone Microphone||$$||Buy Here|
|10. Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack||Best Microphone Combo Pack||$$$||Buy Here|
1. Rode VideoMic Go
“Best Budget Shotgun Microphone”
Easy to Use
No Batteries Required
The Rode Video Mic Go is one of the most affordable shotgun microphones from Rode. Despite its competitive pricing, the microphone offers great sound quality which will make your videos instantly sound better. It sounds the best when recording 1-2 feet away from the subject. However, the microphone can start to sound a little tinny when recording subjects further than 3 feet away. As with all rode products, the VideoMic Go is very easy to set up and use, and has a solid build quality. Also, thanks to its power efficient nature, the microphone can be powered entirely through the 3.5mm audio jack which eliminates the need for a battery to be used. If you are in the market for an affordable shotgun microphone for your YouTube videos, this microphone is a no brainer.
2. Rode Videomic Pro
“Best Professional Shotgun Microphone”
Professional Stereo Sound
The Rode VideoMic Pro is one of the most popular shotgun microphones among YouTubers. Many popular YouTubers such as Casey Neistat use the Rode Video Mic Pro for their videos. Despite its great sounding professional stereo recording capabilities, the microphone is very compact and light weight at only 86 grams. It also does a great job at eliminating unwanted sound with its switchable high pass filter controls built onto the back of the microphone. One potential downside is the need for two AA batteries required for its operation, but does not disappoint with an impressive 70 hours of battery life. In addition, you can sign up for a 10-year warranty at the Rode Website for free. If you are in the market for a shotgun microphone in this price range, there is no better option than the Rode VideoMic Pro. Though there is a newer model of this microphone called the video mic pro+ which packs some new features into smaller body, it is simply not worth the extra 150 dollars for YouTube videos.
3. Blue Snowball
“Best Budget Studio Microphone”
Great Sound for The Price
Plug and Play
Big and Heavy
I’m sure a lot of you already know about the Blue Snowball Ice microphone. Over the past few years, this microphone has become the default choice among beginner YouTubers, and for good reason. The amazing sound quality and build quality found on Blue products are not compromised with the Snowball’s affordable price tag. In addition, the best thing about this microphone is its ease of use. The microphone requires no software drivers which means that you can instantly start recording amazing audio as soon as you plug it into the USB port on your computer. The microphone is also shipped with a direction adjustable triple leg stand which is perfect for when placing it on a desk. The single downside of the of the microphone that it’s quite heavy at 700g and the shape makes it awkward to carry around.
4. Samson Meteor
“Best Compact Studio Microphone”
Inclusion of an Audio Jack
Sound is Not as Good as Snowball
The Samson Meteor is another studio microphone which comes in at a similar budget friendly price point as the popular Blue Snowball microphone. This microphone is on our list for the top 10 best microphones for YouTube videos, because it solves the single flaw of the Blue Snowball–Portability. Unlike the Blue Snowball Ice, the Samson Meteor mic is ideal for carrying around with its ingenious foldable leg design, and its inclusion of a carrying pouch. Another great thing about this microphone is the 3.5mm audio jack on the back which can be plugged into some headphones for real time monitoring. However, in terms of the audio quality of the recordings, the Blue Snowball Ice marginally outperforms the Samson Meteor. To conclude, if portability or the inclusion of the audio jack in an important factor to you, get the Samson Meteor. Otherwise, the Blue Snowball Ice is a better option.
5. Blue Yeti
“Best Professional Studio Microphone”
Many Recording Profiles
Great Sound Quality
We have selected the Popular Blue Yeti microphone as the best professional studio microphone for YouTube. The Blue Yeti is one of the best-selling microphones worldwide, and has basically become the default choice for professional YouTubers. This is no surprise when you consider all the good things about this microphone. It features an incredible build quality, a stunning retro ascetic, and most importantly records crystal-clear audio. Furthermore, the Yeti sets its self apart with its ability to easily switch between different recording profiles. Each recording profile is suitable for different scenarios. For example, the cardioid mode is the most suited for voice overs for YouTube videos. It is worth mentioning the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack for real time audio monitoring, and a nob allowing for gain control. Also, due to the popularity of the microphone, Blue has recently bought out a range of new colour options for the Yeti, so there is sure to be a colour to match your style. The only downside, as with most Blue microphones, is its bulky build which makes it hard to carry around. Therefore, if portability is an important factor, this microphone may not be for you. However, for everybody else who is looking from a studio microphone in this price range, this is guaranteed to be the best option for you.
6. Apogee Mic 96K
“Best Compact Professional Studio Microphone”
Compatible with Smartphones
Great Sound Quality
Small Form Factor
The Apogee Mic 96K is a lesser known product compared to the others featured in this list of the top 10 microphones for YouTube videos. The thing that sets this microphone apart from its competition is the incredible sound quality which is uncompromised by its small form factor. Therefore, if you make YouTube Videos on the go, and are looking for a great sounding microphone, the Apogee Mic 96K is the perfect option. Another amazing thing about this microphone is its ability to record with smartphones and tablets as well as computers which is an extremely convenient feature. The ability to control the gain directly on the microphone is a great touch as well. However, the only downside is its relatively high price tag–though, it will sure be a good investment for your YouTube videos.
7. Rode SmartLav+
“Best Wired Lavalier Microphone”
Compatible with Smartphones
Great Build Quality
No external Power Needed
Need For an Adaptor
The Rode SmartLav+ is our pick for the best lavaliere microphone for YouTube Videos. As with all Rode Products, the build quality of this microphone is great, and of course the sound quality is on point too. However, the main reason why this microphone made it onto the list of the top 10 best microphones for YouTube Videos is because of its ability to connect and record to a smartphone. This is a truly great and convenient feature as it eliminates the need to purchase an external recorder. In addition, the microphone is fully powered through the 3.5mm audio jack, so no need for batteries. Just simply connect the microphone to your phone, attach the microphone to your shirt, put your phone in your pocket, and just like that, you have yourself a working lavaliere microphone all setup and ready to record. One slight downside for the SmartLav+ is its incompatibility with some external audio recorders such as the popular Zoom H1. Luckily, this problem can easily be solved by using a fairly inexpensive TRRS to TRS adaptor.
8. Sennheiser EW112 G3
“Best Wireless Lavalier Microphone”
Eliminates Ambient Noise
Professional Sound Quality
Trusted By Many Professionals
The Sennheiser G3 takes the spot for the best wireless lavaliere microphone for YouTube Videos. The kit comes with a wireless transmitter that connects to the included lavaliere microphone. It transmits the audio wirelessly through infrared waves to a receiver which plugs into the camera. This allows clear audio to be captured directly to the camera within a range of about 150 meters. Therefore, the audio is synched with the video footage which makes postproduction a lot easier as you don’t have to manually synch the audio with the video. Furthermore, the sound quality is outstanding, and the microphone is able to eliminate background noise extremely well. Overall, this is the perfect package for any YouTubers who do a lot of filming outdoors or in public–public pranks, social experiments, etc. However, as with all good quality lavaliere microphones, the Sennheiser G3 comes in at a premium price point which is likely to be over the budget of most beginner YouTubers. However, if money is not a limiting factor for you, you are guaranteed to be impressed by the performance of the Sennheiser G3.
9. Zoom H1
“Most Versatile Microphone”
Small and Compact
Easy to Use
Cheap Feeling Build Quality
The Zoom H1 takes the spot for the most versatile microphone in this list of the top 10 best microphones for YouTube Videos. The Zoom H1 is a standalone microphone, which means that it can record audio all by itself–so no need to connect it to a camera or a computer. The Zoom H1 records directly onto a micro SD card. This makes the zoom H1 an extremely handy and versatile option for making all kinds of YouTube Videos. Also, the compact size and light weight body makes the zoom H1 extremely portable. Furthermore, The Zoom H1 is extremely easy to operate. To start recording, it is simple as pressing the big red button on the front–and to stop recording, just press it again. On the side of the microphone, there are a series of buttons for audio playback and control of the input levels (gain). Though the audio quality is great when recording directly through the built-in microphone, the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio input allows external microphones such as the previously mentioned Rode SmartLav+ to be connected. One slight downside of the microphone is its plastic build construction which feels somewhat cheap. However, as long as you take good care of it, it will last onwards of 5 years under moderate to high use. All in all, if you are looking for a versatile microphone to suit a variety of recording scenarios, the Zoom H1 is the clear choice to go with.
10. Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack
“Best Microphone Combo Pack”
Includes Everything You Need
Saves Time Shopping Around
Inclusion Scarlet 2i2 to Boost Sound Quality
Microphone is Not Amazing
The Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack is our top pick for the best microphone combo package. Not only will this package will allow you to record amazing audio for your YouTube videos, it will also save you some time and money if you are in the market for some monitoring headphones and an audio interface too.
The main star in this package is the famous Scarlett 2i2 audio interface which is “the best-selling USB audio interface in the world.” It is no surprise when you consider the beautiful design and solid build quality as it offers at an affordable price. Moreover, the Scarlett 2i2 will work great for getting some preamp and phantom power to your microphone as well as control over the gain.
The microphone is nothing too special, but is a decent condenser microphone with an XLR input instead of a USB. It has a solid build construction and the sound quality is more than enough for YouTube Videos. However, if you do want to upgrade to a higher quality microphone down the line, this package gives you the flexibility to upgrade for some even better audio quality.
Lastly, the package includes a pair of monitoring earphones for your recordings. Again, these are not quite as good as a pair of professional studio grade headphones. However, they are very comfortable and will get the job done for monitoring your recordings. They also sound incredible especially through the Scarlett 2i2. Though, if you do want to upgrade to a more professional pair of headphones, the option is open.
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