Best Vocal Microphones Under $100 Saturday September 11 2021, 2:43 PM
Yona Marie
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Best Vocal Microphones Under $100

What Is A Good Mic Under $100?

Recording at home with high-quality output has never been so easy. If you're on a budget but you are creating content for music or entertainment, you'll benefit from a type of microphone called a condenser microphone.

Condenser microphones are known for having the best frequency response and the best transient response (transients are fast bursts of energy, e.g., the attack of a sudden laugh or a high note).

On the other hand, dynamic microphones are more often used in live performance settings and can also be a cheaper option.

Still, the sound quality may not work as well for singers, rappers, and gamers who record in a home studio made with vocals used for streaming. 

Below are a few great condenser mics that I have tested out myself as a session singer and voice actor who often works from home in my studio, recording for hundreds of clients needing vocals for jingles, features, intros, and similar projects.

The only downside to condenser mics is that they pick up everything, so make sure you're doing proper soundproofing for your recordings in addition to getting a good mic. 

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Best Bang For Your Buck: Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica is a leader in the audio industry for a good reason. The AT2020 mic is one of my favorite affordable mics as a singer, hands down.

I used it consistently and happily for over ten years before I got the AT4040 for a few hundred bucks more. It's actually a crime for the AT2020 to be under $100 since the quality is so good and close to the AT4040, but here we are.

This is a great starting point if you're recording from home that you will not be disappointed with. Do note that you will need an external power source for this, as it's not a USB mic that can hook straight up to your computer.

The highest quality mics are not USB mics. I recommend using an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo, one of the most popular interfaces. Also, don't forget to get a good pop filter since condenser mics pick up everything, including your mouth noises! 

Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Ideal for Project/Home Studio Applications,Black

  • The price/performance standard in side address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home studio applications; The noise level is 20 dB SPL
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom engineered low mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source. Output connector: integral 3 pin XLRM type

Most Affordable: TONOR Professional Cardioid Studio Mic

This mic is a really good starting point that will take you pretty far at the beginning of your journey as a musician or streamer.

This is another mic that will need an external power source, but that shows you that this one can stand toe to toe with the big boys when it comes to audio quality. 

This is great, in particular for rapping or voice acting, but do note that it's not the greatest at containing very loud sounds like high notes being belted when singing, or yelling with gaming, so if you need a great mic for very loud vocals, consider skipping this one. 

TONOR XLR Condenser Microphone, Professional Cardioid Studio Mic Kit with T20 Boom Arm, Shock Mount, Pop Filter for Recording, Podcasting, Voice Over, Streaming, Home Studio, YouTube (TC20)

  • External Power Source Required: Note: Condenser microphones have active electronics that need an external power source. In order to function properly, you need to connect the TC20 to 48V phantom power, audio interface, mixer, or preamp. Designed for studio recording, home studio, podcasting, voice-over, streaming, YouTube video production, etc.
  • Professional Sound: The upgraded mic capsule with low-noise FET preamplifier, high SPL handling, and wide dynamic range provides smooth, high-end clarity, warm and natural sound.
  • Cardioid Pattern: TC20 adopts a cardioid polar pattern with excellent off-axis sound suppression capabilities to reduce the sound pickup from the side and rear and better eliminate background noise. Ideal for recording vocals and acoustic instruments.
  • Upgraded T20 Boom Arm: T20 is made of durable steel and comes with a desk clamp with 4 times larger contact area for easily clip to any desk up to 2.4''/60mm thick, suitable for most mics weighing up to 4lbs/1.8k.
  • What You Get: 1 x condenser microphone, 1 x T20 suspension stand, 1 x metal shock mount, 1 x pop filter, 1 x mic cover, 4 x cable tie, 1 x XLR cable (2m) and 1 x manual.

Best Entry USB Mic: Razer Seiren X 

Here's a very affordable mic that is ideal for beginner streamers recording for Twitch or Youtube.

There's an obvious plus with the USB input if you're looking to start very simply without needing external power, and the sound quality that comes from this baby is not bad at all.

It also has a built-in shock mount for those gamers that get a little too excited and have a tendency to bump the mic. 

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One downside besides the quality of this mic compared to other condenser mics is that the quality control suffers when you have a USB microphone and don't have it connected to an interface that gives you more options.

Also, be aware that this microphone is compatible with the Playstation console but not Xbox. If you have a good ear for mic sound quality, you might hate this one, so skip it. But it definitely isn't that bad at all if you're a beginner on a budget! Most people will not notice.

One other thing that doesn't matter much, but I thought I'd mention it: they look really sleek and cool. I especially like the pink one. 

Razer Seiren X USB Streaming Microphone: Professional Grade - Built-in Shock Mount - Supercardiod Pick-Up Pattern - Anodized Aluminum - Classic Black

  • Built-In background Noise Reduction: Utilizes a supercardiod pickup microphone to eliminate distracting noises further away from the microphone for professional-grade stream audio
  • Built-In Shock Mount: Dampens vibrations to help protect against bumps for smooth and uninterrupted audio
  • Zero Latency Monitoring: Allows for real-time in-stream monitoring without confusing echos

Tips For Your Mic


Consider your specific recording needs: Before making a purchase, think about the type of content you'll be creating and the specific requirements of your recordings. Different microphones excel in different areas, so choose one that suits your needs best.

Read reviews and do your research: Take the time to read reviews from other users and gather information about the microphone you're interested in. This will give you valuable insights into its performance, durability, and overall quality.

Test the microphone if possible: If you have the opportunity, try out the microphone before buying it. This will allow you to assess its sound quality, sensitivity, and suitability for your voice or instrument.

Don't overlook the importance of soundproofing: While a good microphone is crucial, remember that soundproofing your recording space is equally important. Invest in acoustic treatment, such as foam panels or diffusers, to minimize unwanted echoes and background noise.

Take care of your microphone: Once you've chosen a microphone, make sure to handle it with care. Store it properly, keep it clean, and follow any maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer. Taking good care of your microphone will ensure its longevity and optimal performance.

Remember, finding the right microphone is a personal choice, so take your time and consider your specific requirements before making a decision. Happy recording!

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Yona Marie

As a session singer, writer, and producer that has worked with over 300 clients to provide high-quality jingles, singles, and features, Yona spends her time creating and marketing new music and helpful resources for creators. Check out Yona’s latest releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share if you like it!

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