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Best Condenser Microphones For Voice Recording (For Every Budget)

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Condenser microphones (also known as capacitor microphones) are well-known for their excellent audio quality and sensitivity. They typically have wider frequency response and better transient response than dynamic microphones.

They require power to work either through batteries or by phantom power and are preferred for studio recording or other environments where background noise can be controlled.

We’re going to be focused on large-diaphragm condenser microphones commonly used in home studios for recording voice, singing, podcasting, guitar, and more.

Some models have more than one mic capsule, allowing them to record different pickup patterns from the standard cardioid pattern typically used with single-capsule models. This tends to add a bit of additional cost – and I’ll highlight those options as well.

The cost varies widely so we’ll organize them by price so you can choose a mic that fits your budget. You’ll find mostly mics that use XLR connections, but I’ll also highlight a few USB condenser mics as well.

Here are my top picks for each price point in 2022:

Best Microphones For YouTube Videos (With Top Creator Picks)

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Deciding what the best microphone for YouTube is will largely depend on the type or style of videos you are doing. In many cases, you will want more than one microphone so that you can use the one that fits your situation best.

If you are doing screen recordings or voiceovers after you record, a USB or XLR studio mic would work best.

Lavalier microphones are great in a lot of situations where you don’t want to have to worry about how close to the mic you are – just clip them on and start recording.

Shotgun mics are excellent for run-and-gun style videos, vlogging, and sit-down interview-style shots.

Because there are many different types of videos, and different microphones that work well for recording them, we’ve highlighted our favorite YouTube mics by category so you can easily find what will work best.

Quick Overview: Best Microphones for YouTube Videos

IMAGE PRODUCT
Rode NT-USB
  • USB connection
  • Easy plug-n-play use
  • Included tripod
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Blue Yeti
  • 3 condenser mic capsules
  • Choose from 4 different pickup patterns
  • Includes a mute button, gain control, headphone jack, and a decent stand
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Audio-Technica AT2035
  • Comes with a shock mount
  • Has an 80Hz high-pass filter
  • Designed for critical home/project/professional studio applications
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Rode SmartLav+
  • Plug into your phone to get excellent audio
  • A popular choice
  • Uses a TRRS connection
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Rode VideoMic Pro+
  • Auto power on/off
  • Removable cable
  • Safety channel
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Audio-Technica AT4053B
  • Hypercardioid boom mic
  • Highly recommended for indoor dialogue
  • Mic capsule is interchangeable
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Blue Yeti Upgrades: Accessories To Improve Your Yeti Microphone

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The Blue Yeti microphone is one of the most popular microphones for podcasting, gaming, YouTube, and any other type of recording you typically do in front of your computer.

It’s an excellent microphone out of the box – it’s our top pick for USB microphones and gaming microphones – but there are a few things you should get to increase your audio quality and make it easier to use properly.

Update: You can get the brand new Blue Yeticaster Bundle that includes the Blue Yeti, Blue Radius III shock mount & Blue Compass boom arm – and you save a bunch by getting them together!

Check out the top Blue Yeti accessories here:

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Best Interview Microphones (Handheld, Shotgun & Lavalier)

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There are many different ways to record an interview: outside or inside, sitting or standing, planned or spur-of-the-moment, video or audio-only, and likely more that I haven’t thought of.

Each scenario will excel with a certain type of microphone and for planned interviews, people will commonly use a shotgun mic combined with a lavalier mic as a backup.

You will find the sections below highlighting handheld mics, shotgun mics, lavalier mics, and other accessories you may need. You’ll also find wireless options where it makes sense.

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Best Earbuds (In Ear Headphones) For Listening To Podcasts & Music

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In-ear headphones are easily the most common type of headphones to use with smartphones for listening to music or podcasts.

Check out the best podcast apps.

They are small and light, making them easy to carry or travel with. Audio quality is usually excellent, although that tends to scale with price (i.e. higher price = better quality) for the most part.

We are going to highlight the best wired earbuds for music and podcast listening in 2022. We won’t be specifically highlighting active or sport models as that deserves its own post, although most will work just fine for light activity.

They are organized by price, so you can easily find something that fits your budget.

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