Hey everyone, today I am going to share with you a short little guide that will help you choose a budget microphone for doing YouTube, live-streaming, and voiceover work.
For starters $100 might seem like a good chunk of money but when it comes to microphones it’s actually not that much. Good quality mics are not cheap and they can cost hundreds of dollars, but when you are just starting out a budget USB microphone can go a long way.
The nice thing about these 3 microphones that I am going to talk about is that there audio quality is very high. If you use one of these mics for your videos your voice quality will be far better then the vast majority of people online.
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1. Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
The first one on my list is going to be the microphone that I actually use myself. The Audio-Technica AT2020 is top of the line for its price range. If you watch any of my videos off my YouTube Channel you will see that I use my mic with a boomstand and the set-up works quite well.
This microphone is one of the more expensive options on this list and at the time I think I paid a little bit over $100 for it. I highly recommend it and when it comes down to the wire it would be a toss up between this and the Blue Yeti.
2. Blue Yeti USB Microphone
I’ve never used the Blue Yeti myself however I’ve seen countless popular streamers and YouTubers use it because the quality of the microphone is very good.
This mic is a popular option, next time you watch a video online keep an eye open for it because you will probably see it.
Overall I like the quality of this microphone and if you do choose to get the Blue Yeti you will be making a good choice.
3. Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
The last USB microphone that I am going to be mentioning here is the Blue Snowball. This microphone is truly a budget mic coming in at only $50. This is the first microphone that I purchased online and I used it for a few years before I finally upgraded to the Audio-Technica AT2020.
If you are on a budget I’d definitely go with the Blue Snowball, the quality is not as good as the previous two mics but it will definitely get you started.
You can always upgrade your mic later on when you have the extra money to do so as well.
What microphone do you use? Let us know in the comment section below!