Buying the best audio interface is going to help solidify both the power and overall capabilities of your studio, regardless if you’re a professional, semi-pro or even beginner starting to build your new home recording studio. For continued readers of our website, we’ve been able to help many when it comes to choosing which microphones are best; however, we have frequently mentioned the importance and necessity of phantom power and audio interfaces in our studio — not only for recording vocals with our mics but various instruments as well. Due to this, we wanted to create a guide to help those looking to power up their beloved music gear and instruments and get that sound quality we’ve always wanted. Cue in audio interfaces, and today we compiled some of our favorites to recommend you.
As we continue our search for the perfect microphone for your own personal needs and application(s), today we’re met with a great price-point that sits within the middle to lower-tier of budgets when it comes to recording and performing audio — $200 dollars or less. This will help us find a decently powerful and high-quality microphone solution while still saving some money at the same time. Although sifting through the different types of microphones may get a little messy for you (we understand), we’ll help spell out what kind of mic is best depending on what you’ll be using it for. Also keep in mind what setting (or settings if you intend to travel with your mic). Since it’s hard to pick just one and it’s relatively subjective when it comes to the word “best”, we chose quite a few of our favorites to give you options.
If you’re just starting out and are looking for the best beginner’s microphone to get your recording or performing adventures off to an optimal start, you’ve come to the right place. As we continue to survey the many different microphones in the world today, we’re met with a more directed and specific search for a mic, particularly for those beginning, to offer a budget-friendly yet high-quality solution to recording and performing what it may be in front of you. Whether you’re into vocals, drums, strings, keys in a home-studio or performing on stage for the first time, we’ve got you covered. First, we want to give you a checklist to keep in mind while you read our roundup to ultimately find the perfect solution as the best microphone for beginners. Let’s get started.
The best USB microphone nowadays can begin to rival even some studio-quality mics. They’re skyrocketing in popularity and overall quality and are amazing microphones for quite a few reasons — not only are they easy to use with their simple plug-and-play abilities for PC’s, Macs or Laptops, but they’re also extremely versatile to span across several different ‘uses’ and ‘applications’. We remember first delving into USB mics quite a few years ago (a decade or so we believe) and were skeptical to say the least — a mic you merely stick into a USB port and can immediately begin using and recording or streaming audio? Without an external power source! Unheard of. Let alone being so versatile to stem across uses such as gaming, live calls, streaming, YouTube videos, home studios, and more. How wrong we were, as we sit here writing about them today. Let’s get down to it.
The best microphone under $500 is going to give us a great balance of affordability and overall mic quality. As many of our guides thus far have covered a variety of different types of microphones, we’ve seen truly how many shapes, sizes, sounds and personalities are out there in the mic game today. For our guide in particular you’re reading, we wanted to make sure we had a specific price-point as our backbone of the decision for the “best”, considering budget is typically the number one priority in selecting a mic to buy.