The Best Microphones for Streamers | April 2021

The Best Microphones for Streamers | April 2021

One of the most important things in recording and making live streaming is without a doubt the quality of the microphone. If your voice is not crystal clear and of good quality, rest assured that you will definitely not be followed. It is therefore essential to at least purchase a well-made microphone. In fact, in this article we will recommend different ones, from the cheapest to the most expensive ones, in any case offering you excellent products.

Clearly, quality aside, the product should also be selected on the basis of your needs : if you usually shoot videos on vacation or, in general, love to shoot yourself around, it is certainly more advisable to use a small microphone to attach to your clothing; different speech instead if you recover from your room or from a study. In this case a table microphone is the best choice, whether it is a Yeti or a Rode depends entirely on your budget. That said, let's get started!

The best microphones

Blue Yeti Lavalier, Rode Tonor Rode NT-USB

The best value for money

We couldn't help but start from him, a microphone that, over time, has earned the esteem of many users, becoming a highly recommended purchase for all interested parties. Clearly it is not the best microphone on the market, also because, if you want, you can always find better, budget permitting. However, it remains a very valid choice.

The design of the Yeti is simple but captivating, worked with care and above all built with excellent materials which return a resistant feeling. On the front, in addition to the logo clearly visible, we have two buttons: the first allows you to change your voice (very useful action; never have a sudden allergic crisis), while the second is actually a small knob through the which to adjust the volume. On the sides, on the other hand, we have thin cranks positioned specifically to fix the microphone and avoid possible oscillations. And on the back we find two other options: one for gain adjustment and another for switching the various audio capture modes. We would like to point out immediately that, if your intent is to use it only during streaming, the ideal choice is the penultimate, that is the pattern designed to capture a single voice coming from the front.

Finally, we close by spending a few characters on connectivity. To connect the microphone to your computer you simply need to have an unoccupied USB port, after which the drivers will be automatically installed and ready for use. There is even a headphone jack input that is very useful for listening to your voice, so you can proceed with the adjustments carefully.

The microphone is useful for both live streaming and video recording. Obviously, however, it also depends on the type of content you want to develop: if you usually go around and make Vlogs, it's a wrong purchase. So keep in mind what you want to do, as we said at the beginning.

The best for making Vlogs

As discussed in the previous paragraph, if you love making videos on the go rather than sitting them in your bedroom, then you need a very different microphone from the common Yeti.

Here, the purchase of a small product is recommended and to attach to your clothing. It is appropriate to suggest this Lavalier device by Rode, very useful to carry around and designed mainly to be used with smartphones and reflex cameras. Little to laugh about the design, built with excellent materials and already equipped with anti-pop filter; it is even resistant to water. A practically perfect purchase for those who love to film themselves on the go and on the go.

Nothing prevents you from using it even for classic home recordings or for live on Twitch and YouTube. While it is designed for making videos on the go, it goes well with the rest of the activities you might want to do. Furthermore, as with the Yeti, it is immediately recognized by programs such as OBS or Audacity, so you will be able to use it very easily and, in the case of Audacity, also to record the audio and improve it in post production.

The cheapest

Do you have about 40 euros to spend and are you looking for a good microphone? The answer could be this TONOR product, absolutely already equipped with everything necessary and useful for many activities. From the usual group chats, video recording and live streaming, this microphone proves to be a good choice and, as for the devices we told you before, it is plug & play: connect the microphone to the USB port, and it's done. br>
The design is rather classic, nothing extravagant, and perhaps it is better this way. What matters is in fact the audio quality, and considering the price of the product we are faced with one of the best purchases you could make, with nothing to envy to other microphones. Moreover, obviously it is perfectly compatible with the most common programs, so you will be able to make the most of it.

The best ever

Here we are at the top step of this ranking, clearly occupied by Rode. If you hang out in the field, you know: Rode has always been a leader in this market, thanks to products characterized by an enviable quality, a bit like Logitech for webcams.

The model we recommend is Rode NT-USB, characterized by a simple and clean design, extraordinary audio quality and good connectivity. In addition to the classic USB, as always useful for connecting the microphone to the PC, there is a jack cable that allows you to connect headphones and listen to your voice in real time.

In short, if you have enough budget to invest, this microphone is absolutely for you.

How to choose a microphone

Audio quality

To choose a good microphone you don't need to keep a lot of things in mind, the important thing is that your voice is reproduced in a crystal clear way. In this regard, you must first of all be clear on the type of use: if you usually do live on the most common streaming platforms and bring gaming-related content, a good table microphone like the Yeti will certainly be for you; alternatively, if you have more guests on your channel and you want to equip them all with a microphone, a lavalier is by far the best choice. Both options, following the suggestions and templates listed in the guide, will please you with good sound quality.

Ease of use

Finally, it is important not to underestimate the ease of use , compatibility with programs such as OBS and StreamLabs and driver downloads. All the models listed by us are very simple to use, thanks to the convenient plug and play system. In this way, once the microphone is connected to the computer, it will be immediately ready for use and will be immediately recognized by the programs.

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