Dynamic mics are excellent for recording vocals – everything from podcasting to voiceovers to singing – and work especially well when you’re recording multiple people in the same room.
Like our similar article on the best condenser microphones, there are a variety of different models at different price points.
Dynamic mics, especially higher end models, tend to require a large amount of gain to record adequate levels.
This can introduce noise on cheaper preamps (and some might not even have enough gain to record), so I recommend considering investing in a separate preamp (the DBX286s is a great option) or the Cloudlifter CL-1 (it uses phantom power to give passive mics an extra 25dB of gain). Just remember to get an extra XLR cable.
Dynamic microphones also work well for live performances, so you’ll find a handful of wired dynamic mics that you’d find during a live presentation.
If you’re interested in wireless live vocal mics, we have a separate article for that.
To save you some time, here my top dynamic mic picks in 2020 at various price points:
- Under $1,000: Sennheiser MD 441-U
- Under $500: Shure SM7B
- Under $300: Rode Procaster
- Under $100: Shure SM58