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Best Handheld Wireless Microphones (For Live Performances)

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We’re going to look at the best handheld wireless microphones with transmitters built into the body of the mic.

These mics are designed for live “performances” of any kind: business presentations, singing, churches, conferences, and any other type of event where you would want or need a live vocal microphone.

There have recently been some changes to the wireless frequencies allowed in the 600 MHz band (specifically 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz). Basically, stay away from any device that that even overlaps with these frequencies. Feel free to take a look at the wireless microphone guidelines at the FCC that was updated June 26, 2017.

Other considerations include:

  • Digital vs Analog
  • UHF or VHF (Ultra High Frequency or Very High Frequency)
  • Frequency range selectable (wider is typically better)
  • Useable transmitter to receiver distance (how far away the mic will work)
  • Number of simultaneous microphones
  • Budget
  • Sound quality (which microphone to get)
  • Pickup pattern

There are also options for wireless lavalier mics, head-worn mics, and wireless instrument lines that can all be used together in your mixing board. We’ll take a look at some of those other options in a future post.

For the most part, price and quality will go up as you go further down the list.

Let’s get into the wireless live vocal mic recommendations for 2022…

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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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