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.
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.
Buying the best boundary microphone will benefit your audio capturing in many ways, especially if you’re in need of some certain applications, such as conferences, churches, meetings, desktops, specific instruments and more. They’re not necessarily the most “popular” type of mic (although the internal build is since it’s technically a condenser microphone, more particularly small-diaphragm); however, if you feel a boundary mic is something you’ll benefit from, you’ve come to the right place. There are some amazing models out there to look at, so we compiled a list below to give you the options of the best boundary microphones in the market today.
Tube microphones are considered by some an ancient artifact, while others (including us) say they’re just the right solution if you’re aiming for a particular sound and feel of your recordings. Whether you’re recording vocals, playing string instruments such as violin, piano or acoustic guitar, or even some for drums, the best tube microphones are going to give you that extra edge and “feel” many of us are all in love with when it comes to specific microphone personalities. Since we think tube mics still have a use today in today’s “advanced” and “electronic” movement, we wanted to compile a list for those who are still searching for their timeless solution. Let’s get into today’s picks.