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Best Microphones for YouTube Videos (with Top Creator Picks)
Deciding which is the best microphone for YouTube largely depends on the type or style of videos you are making. In many cases, you will more than one Microphone so that you can use the one that best suits your situation.
If you are doing screen captures or voice overs after recording, a USB or XLR studio microphone would work best.
Lavalier mics are great for many situations where you don't want to worry about how close you are to the mic - just plug in and start recording.
Shotgun microphones are great for run-and-gun style video, vlogging, and sit-down interview-style recording.
Since there are many different types of videos and different microphones that work well for recording, we've highlighted our favorite YouTube microphones by category so you can easily find what works best.
Quick overview: Best microphones for YouTube videos
Best studio mics for YouTube
We have separate articles (USB & XLR) that cover studio microphones for voice recording (perfect for voiceovers). I highly recommend connecting a table-mounted cantilever arm to one of these microphones.
Below are some of our top picks:
USB microphones are definitely the easiest to set up and use, but you are limited in your ability to easily improve and expand your audio quality over time.
The RodeNT-USB is a studio condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern and a USB connection for simple plug-n-play use. The included tripod works well to keep the noise level down, but it can always be improved by using an external shock mount.
The sound quality is excellent and one of the best YouTube mics under $ 200. There is a headphone jack with a volume control as well as a mixer control so you can mix the computer audio with your voice. It there is no built-in gain control, so you have to adjust the input volume on the computer.
It's no surprise that the Blue Yeti is a favorite among YouTubers. It offers great sound quality and a ton of features for the price.
There are 3 condenser microphone capsules with 4 different recording patterns to choose from. Most people will likely only need the cardioid polar pattern for voiceovers, but the ability to turn it into a conference or interview mic makes the price more than worth it (and the Yeti is often discounted under $ 100 on vacation sales).
It also includes a mute button (very useful!), Gain control, headphone jack (with volume control), and a decent stand.
You will find that they also offer the Yeti in a number of different colors.
The Blue Snowball is the Yeti's little brother and is a fantastic USB YouTube microphone. There are actually two different models: Blue Snowball and Blue Snowball iCE.
The first (Blue Snowball) has 2 microphone capsules, which allow an omnidirectional (all directions) and kidney-shaped (perfect for voice recordings) recording characteristics, a height-adjustable stand and a slightly better construction quality.
The Snowball iCE has a single kidney capsule and no height adjustment.
If you're ready to really improve your YouTube audio quality, then consider getting an XLR mic. That means you'll also need a USB audio interface to connect it to your computer (our favorite: Focusrite Scarlett2i2). You can also add mic preamps and other devices at any time.
I love that the Audio-Technica AT2035 comes with a shock mount bracket. You will need a cantilever arm to attach it, but your audio quality will be greatly improved and you won't have to buy the bracket separately. The microphone also features an 80Hz high-pass filter that helps to eliminate really low-pitched noises like computer fans, heaters, and other ambient noises.
This is a condenser microphone, which means you need to give it phantom power, but you shouldn't need a lot of gain.
The RodeProcaster definitely beats about its price. It has an internal pop filter to reduce P-pops and an internal shock mount to reduce vibration and handling noise. To further isolate the microphone, you can also get the RodePSM1 shock mount bracket. I highly recommend the shock mount bracket as the bracket that comes with it is a bit weak and made of plastic, plus it will be a lot easier to get the Procaster into position.
It is a dynamic cardioid device that needs a lot of amplification. The easiest thing to do is to use the CloudlifterCL-1 or a separate preamp like the DBX286, but I use it straight into a Zoom H5 with a gain of around 6 with no problems.
If you want one of the best dynamic studio microphones for your YouTube videos, the Shure SM7B is amazing. You don't need a separate shock mount or pop filter, which adds a little bit of value. You also get a thicker detachable windshield in case you need one.
Still, you will definitely get a cloudlifter for this microphone as it requires a lot of amplification.
Best lavalier mics for YouTube
Lavalier microphones are great because they are small and easy to carry. They won't get in the way of your video and just cut or stick to your shirt.
You need to be careful about the type of connection as some are for smartphones (TRRS jack) and others for DSLRs and portable recording devices (that use either TRS or XLR connectors). You can always get adapters, but just wanted to point out that the connectors are different.
Also, take a look at our full list of recommended Lav microphones.
Rode SmartLav +
If you want something that you can simply plug into your phone for excellent sound, the RodeSmartLav + is a popular choice. It uses a TRRS connection (which is what your phone uses) but you can always get the RodeSC3 adapter if you want to use it with a recorder or camera.
This is a good choice if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a pro-grade lavalier microphone.
Rode RodeLink Filmmaker Kit
The RodeLink Filmmaker Kit is a wireless lavalier kit designed to be connected to a DSLR camera or digital recorder. You get a high quality Lav microphone that connects to a digital transmitter and receiver. The wireless connection works from very far away unless you are in a crowded event like a trade show with lots of other wireless devices nearby.
On a budget? The Audio-Technica ATR3350iS is a killer deal. It has a long (almost 20 ′) cord and comes with an adapter so you can use it with a smartphone or camera. I used this microphone in fairly noisy environments and it barely picked up any background noise. Highly recommended for those who want a cheaper option.
Best shotgun mics for YouTube
A shotgun microphone for YouTube is ideally attached to the shoe of your camera and gives you the flexibility to use it outside the camera if you want to use it for interviews or similar tasks.
We have an in-depth post that highlights the best shotgun mics for the camera if you want to see more recommendations at different prices.
Rode VideoMic Pro +
The RodeVideoMic Pro + was only released in August 2017. It improved the VideoMic Pro (no plus) with a ton of new and useful features.
Some of my favorites are the auto power on and off, detachable cable, safety channel, and rechargeable lithium battery.
It's not cheap, but it's a great little directional microphone.
Rode has a number of VideoMic's, just in case this is a little out of reach.
The cool thing about the Shure VP83F is that it includes a MicroSD card slot so you can use this microphone without a camera if you need to. It also has extremely fine gain control so that you can quickly adjust the monitoring volume depending on your situation.
Best Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics for YouTube
Shotgun microphones often have problems indoors when there is a lot of echo. If you regularly record in an environment like this, consider a small diaphragm condenser microphone with a hypercardioid or supercardioid pattern.
The Audio-Technica AT4053B is a hypercardioid microphone that is highly recommended for indoor dialogue (voice). The microphone capsule is exchangeable. So if you need a different pickup pattern, you can easily swap the heads.
A cheaper option is the Oktava MK-012. This is also a modular microphone that comes with hypercardioid, cardioid and wraparound capsules - all in one kit! I would start with that.
Be careful when shopping because the model number MK-012 applies to several different capsules. At least you'll want the hypercardioid version.
What microphones do YouTubers use?
The short answer is: all of the above. But let's take a look at what microphones popular YouTube creators are using:
Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat)
Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD)
Kraig Adams (@Kaaadams)
David Rock aka Drock (@davidrocknyc)
Roberto blake (@robertoblake)
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