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 style 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 are also a cheaper option, but the sound quality just won't be the same as singers, rappers, and gamers that record in a home studio made with vocals that are used for streaming.
Below are a few great condenser mics that I have tested out myself as a session singer and voice actor that often works from home in my studio, recording for hundreds of clients in need of vocals for jingles, features, intros, and the like. 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.
Audio Technica is a leader in the audio industry for good reason. The AT2020 mic is my favorite mic as a singer, hands down. I've used it consistently and happily for over 6 years now. It's actually a crime for it to be under $100 since the quality is so good, 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, which is one of the most popular interfaces right now.
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 for 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.
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.
One downside besides in comparison to other condenser mics is that the quality suffers when you have a USB microphone. Also, be aware that it's compatible with Playstation 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.
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