The Most Practical Livestreaming Microphones on the Market
Here are five of the best, most affordable microphones for anyone interested in recording high-quality audio for livestreaming.
When setting up an important livestream, it’s easy to prioritize a few things: the camera, your outfit, the background, the internet connection. However, the single most important aspect of a good, clear livestream is good audio. More than likely, your audience cares about being able to hear you first — the visuals come second. So, if you’re new to the world of livestreaming, where do you start? Which microphone brands are the best? What should you look for in specs and details? Do you even need to buy a mic?
Let’s go over some of the best options on the market, who they’re for, and where you can get them.
Nothing new here. This microphone has been a consistent winner for a long time. The quality is exactly what you need for a streaming mic. The body is durable and intuitive, too. There’s no complicated setup with this thing. Just plug it in, and go! It also looks good — you can order it in different colors, which sounds ridiculous, but if you care about your setup, you know how important this is. Remember, everyone will be looking at you, so make sure the shot is worth looking at. It includes cardioid, bidirectional, and omnidirectional pickup patterns. Connecting to the computer is simple with a USB cable, so there’s no need to buy extra cables or attachments. If you’re interested in which cameras to purchase for livestreaming, check out our list below:
The HyperX Quadcast is one of the sleekest designs available right now. The mic boasts an anti-vibration shock mount and a built-in pop filter to reduce any unwanted sounds or frequencies. When you’re streaming, the last thing you want is outside noises or the sounds of your mic moving or your chair creaking.
The mic gets branded as a gaming mic but, rest assured, that’s the type of mic you want; the gaming community has this nailed down. I’d trust a product that was built with practical use in mind and can withstand all types of situations and setups.
This is the only mic on this list that I personally haven’t used yet. However, everything I looked up recommended this mic as one of the go-to pieces of equipment for streamers. Consider it the Old Faithful of streaming microphones. With three knobs on the side for volume, instrument, and mic, this isn’t a piece of equipment that will take long to figure out. All the tests I’ve listened too sound great, the reviews seem wonderful, and it really does look like one of the best bang-for-you-buck microphones on the market.
This just might be your best bet. If you’ve never streamed, recorded a podcast, or even been interested in something like this before, this mic is simple and cheap, and it will give you quality audio. Set this bad boy up on your desk and get to work.
In terms of price, its probably the cheapest option out there, short of the microphone on your headphones. This cardioid condenser mic is perfect if you’re in your room with little to no background noise. So in that sense, you get what you pay for, as it won’t handle a lot of noise very well. I used this mic once on a super cheap commercial project and it did the job.
This supercardioid pickup pattern mic has a built-in shock mount with a supposed zero-latency monitoring. So when you’re streaming, you don’t get tripped up by a slight delay in feedback. These little things matter when you consider the fact that you’re live and there are no second takes. In terms of design, this thing is slick, small, and very good with background noise ,as the supercardioid pattern is decent for blocking it out and staying with your voice. It’s also a very good-looking microphone, so the presentation is there as well.
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