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Best Ribbon Microphones (For Vocals, Guitar, Drums & More)

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Ribbon microphones usually give you the most accurate sound reproduction when compared with dynamic and condenser mics, but it comes at a cost…

They usually command a higher price point (the best ribbon microphones are over $1,000) and have a tendency to be more fragile, keeping them out of most beginner studios. For many ribbon mics, you don’t want to store them on their side, it can sag and permanently damage the ribbon. You also don’t want to use it in high wind or speak directly into it, as that can also damage the mic.

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Best XLR Microphones 🎙️ For Podcasting & Voice (For Every Budget)

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So you want a (new) professional-level XLR microphone to record yourself speaking or singing? You’ll need to consider 2 main things:

  1. Dynamic or condenser (I’ll explain which is better for your situation in a second)
  2. What your budget looks like

The mics are listed in ascending order by price (they go from low to high).

I also want to highlight that many of these microphones work great to record instruments and other sources of audio, but they excel for voice recording and podcasting.

Looking for a USB microphone?

Want to save some time? Here are my favorite XLR mics in 2022 at various price points:

Best Computer Microphones (For PC & Mac)

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So you need a computer microphone? Many laptops come with built-in mics, but they usually aren’t anything to celebrate. If you have a desktop PC, a lot of times they won’t come with a microphone.

So which one should you get?

Our top pick for a computer microphone in 2022 is the Blue Yeti.

It really depends on your intended use and budget though, so we’ll highlight our favorite picks for general use, like when using Skype or Zoom. All of these are excellent desktop mics for a variety of uses.

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Microphone quality usually increases with price, so know that for the most part, your budget will determine how well you will sound. You will also want to consider the type of input you are using. USB and 3.5mm are common connections that work with both Mac and PC.

Lastly, is portability import? Some of these mics are great for travel.

Check out our dedicated posts for gaming mics and USB podcasting mics if either of those fits your use case.

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Shure MV88 Review: Best Lightning iPhone Microphone?

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Shure MV88 on ipad and iphone with motivplus app

Not too long ago, Shure came out with the Motiv line of microphones that make recording excellent quality audio easy and accessible. We’re taking a close look at the Lightning-connected Shure MV88 iPhone Microphone.

You access and adjust all the features of the microphone within an iPhone / iPad app (except for physically moving the mic), so we’ll start by talking about the app and what’s possible once you pair it with the MV88.

If you want to skip to the device review, just click Shure MV88 iPhone Microphone in the table of contents:

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Best On-Camera Shotgun Microphones For DSLR Video Cameras

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Audio quality is critical when it comes to video production. On-camera shotgun microphones are an easy way to up your audio quality when recording with a DSLR video camera. Another benefit is that they don’t have to be mounted to the camera, you can get an extension cable and mount them on a boom pole or tripod to get the mic closer to your subject.

If you’re interested in other options besides shotgun mics for interviews, take a look at these interview microphones.

We’re going to take a look at the best shotgun mics in 2022 that are designed to be used on-camera, but of course, will work off-camera as well…

Quick Overview: Best On-Camera Shotgun Microphones For DSLR Video Cameras

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Rode VideoMic Pro+
  • Designed for camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders
  • Broadcast-quality audio
  • Super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimised
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Rode VideoMic Pro
  • Features a native 40Hz-20kHz response
  • High-pass filter at 80Hz
  • -10dB level attenuation is ideal for recording loud sound sources
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Rode VideoMic
  • Standard sized shoe mount
  • Employs a super-cardioid polar pattern for highly directional recording
  • Features a native 40Hz-20kHz response
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Rode VideoMic GO
  • Delivers clear, crisp, directional audio
  • Reduces other surrounding sounds
  • No complicated switches or settings
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Rode VideoMicro
  • Designed to improve the audio quality of your videos
  • High-quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule
  • Reduces distracting peripheral sounds
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TAKSTAR SGC-598
  • 10dB sensitivity enhancement
  • 200Hz low-frequency attenuation
  • Specially designed for the camera and high-sensitivity condenser microphone
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Shure VP83 & VP83F LensHopper
  • Detailed, high-definition audio
  • Full low-end response
  • For professional results every time
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Saramonic VMIC Recorder
  • Polar pattern super cardioid
  • Records 16-bit/48kHz WAV audio to a micro SDHC card
  • 3.5mm headphone monitor input
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Canon DM-E1 Directional Microphone
  • Shotgun and stereo (90 Degree/120 Degree) directional controls
  • Included wind screen
  • Shock mount construction helps reduce camera operation noise
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Sennheiser MKE 600
  • Pronounced directivity
  • Maximal rejection of side noise
  • Switchable "Low Cut" filter minimizes wind noise
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