As a YouTuber, you’re always going to want the best microphones for YouTube that you can possibly get so that you can create quality content. Which one is the best for you will largely depend on what kind of content you are producing. In actuality, you’re more than likely going to need more than one microphone for different situations if you’re taking YouTube seriously.
If you are simply producing screen recordings or voiceover videos after you have recorded, a USB or XLR studio mic would work best for you.
Lavalier microphones are a good option for a vast variety of situations where you don’t really want to be worrying how close you are to the mic. You can just clip these microphones on and you’re good to start recording.
Shotgun mics are your best choice for videos on the move, this includes vlogging or other activities where you might not be staying in one place.
Due to the wide variety of different videos creators make, and variation of microphones available to record them, we’ve decided to make a list of all of our favourites divided by mic categories and what type of videos they are best for.
Best Studio Mics For YouTube
If the content you produce is mainly focused on voice recording like voiceovers or streaming you’re going to want a studio microphone. We also highly recommend getting a desktop-mounted boom arm to pair with any of these mics for convenience.
Let’s take a look at some of our top picks:
If you’re looking for something easy to set up then USB microphones are the way to go, however, they limit your ability to easily upgrade and better your audio quality over time.
The Rode NT-USB is a highly versatile microphone that is ideal for recording singing and musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-overs. It features a USB connection for easy plug-n-play use. The included tripod also works well and helps in keeping noise levels down, but there is potential to improve this by using an external mount.
Sound quality is truly excellent, and it is definitely one of the best YouTube mics under £150. The microphone includes a headphone jack complete with volume control and even a mix control dial so has the ability to blend computer audio with your spoken voice. However, this model is lacking a form of onboard gain control, this isn’t a major issue as you can just set this on your computer but including it would have been positive.
If you’ve been watching any YouTubers for any length of time, then you might have picked up that the Blue Yeti Mic is one of their favourites. It offers superb sound quality and an array of features at a competitive price.
There are 4 different mic pickup patterns for you to choose from so you can use it for different uses. Most people will probably just need the standard cardioid pattern for voiceover videos, but you also have the ability to turn it into a conference or interview mic which really does makes it more than worth its price (You can pick the Blue Yeti up for £95.00 at the moment).
In addition to this, the mic includes a mute button, gain control, headphone jack with a volume dial and to top it all off a very decent stand. Top marks.
They even offer the Blue Yeti in a bunch of different colours too so that it matches your set up!
The Blue Snowball is the younger brother of the Yeti, but this doesn’t mean it’s any less of a quality mic. This Microphone actually comes in two different models: Blue Snowball and Blue Snowball iCE.
Let’s start off with the Blue Snowball which has 2 mic capsules, this means it can pick up sound from all around using one (Good for interviews) and then the other one is good for picking up an individual (good for voice recording). It also includes an adjustable-height stand and a slightly better build quality than the Snowball iCE
The Snowball iCE has a single capsule that is good for just recording yourself and no height adjustments.
Ready to step up your YouTube audio quality, well you’ll want to get an XLR microphone. However, this does mean that you’re going to need a USB audio interface in order to connect it to your computer (We recommend: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2). In addition to this, there is the option to add mic preamps and other different types of equipment down the line as well to further enhance your audio quality. Let’s look at some XLR Mics then.
One great feature of the Audio-Technica AT2035 is the fact that it includes a shock mount right out of the box. You will need to pick up a boom arm in order to mount it, but the quality of your audio will be vastly improved, and you won’t have to buy the mount separately. Another great feature of this microphone is that it has an 80Hz high-pass filter that will help get rid of really low sounds like computer fans, heaters, and other ambient noise that might disrupt your recording.
This is a condenser microphone, which means you’ll need to provide it phantom power, but you shouldn’t need a whole lot of gain.
The Rode Procaster definitely performs like a microphone above its price point. It features an internal pop filter which reduces p-pops and also an internal shock mount to reduce handling noise or vibrations. You can also get the accompanying Rode PSM1 shock mount & boom arm to further isolate the noise levels of the mic. We would definitely recommend the shock mount due to the included mount being somewhat weak and plasticky, it’s also far easier to adjust the Procaster mount into the right position for you.
Looking for the best dynamic studio mic for your YouTube videos, well look no further than the Shure SM7B. Some great benefits of this are that you won’t need a separate shock mount or pop filter, making the value of this mic great. In addition to those things it even includes a thicker removable windscreen if you need it.
As a side note, you’ll definitely want a Cloudlifter for this mic as it really does need some added gain.
Best Lavalier Mics For YouTube
Lavalier mics are a great option for those who like to travel a lot. They don’t get in the way of your video and will quite simply clip or stick onto your shirt.
One thing you will need to pay watch is which type of connector they use as some are designed for smartphones and use a TRRS jack, and others for DSLRs and portable recorders which will be using either a TRS or XLR connection. There’s always the option to get adapters, but It’s always easier to get the right one first time.
Let’s take a look at some of my favourite lav mics now:
Looking for something to just plug into your phone, the Rode SmartLav+ could be a great choice. It has a TRRS connection meaning its made for your phone but you can also get the Rode SC3 adapter if you are looking to also use it with a recorder or camera.
This is a fantastic choice if you’re not in a position to spend a large amount of money on a professional lavalier mic.
RODE Link Wireless News Shooter Kit
The RODE Link Wireless News Shooter Kit is a wireless lavalier kit that is designed to be connected to a DSLR camera or digital recorder. You get a really high-quality lav microphone that connects to a digital transmitter and a digital receiver. This wireless connection is effective from a far distance but struggles if you’re at a crowded event such as a trade show with tons of other wireless devices nearby. Definitely, something to consider if you’re doing interviews outdoors.
The Audio-Technica ATR3350iS is a great deal for those of you who like to keep the cost to a minimum. It has a lengthy 20′ cable and also features an adapter so you can use it with a mobile smartphone or a camera. This mic performs relatively well in noisy environments. It’s definitely strongly recommended for those that want a cheaper option if you’re just getting started or don’t feel your content requires an expensive mic.
Best Shotgun Mics For YouTube
A shotgun mic for YouTube will usually attach to the bottom of your camera providing you with the ability to use an off-camera mic for things like interviews or other such tasks.
Let’s look at some shotgun mics for YouTube then:
Rode VideoMic Pro+ (Editors Choice)
The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is a reliable shotgun microphone that is packed with a boatload of great features. Our favourites are as follows; auto power on/off, removable cable, safety channel, and rechargeable lithium battery. Sounds good hey!
Unfortunately, that all comes at a cost as it’s not cheap, but it really is a great little shotgun mic.
If this is a bit out of your price range, Rode has a whole line of VideoMic’s for you to also check out.
One really neat feature of the Shure VP83F is the fact that it includes a MicroSD card slot so you have the ability to use this mic if you have no recording device available. In addition to that, it also has a really fine gain control, so you have the ability to adjust the pickup volume efficiently depending on your recording situation.
Best Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics For YouTube
The problem with Shotgun mics is that they have a tendency to struggle indoors when there is an echo. If you’re regularly making videos in this situation, you might also want to think about picking up a small diaphragm condenser mic.
Let’s look at some of our favourite small-diaphragm condenser Mics:
The Audio-Technica AT4053B is a hyper-cardioid boom mic and we would advise you to pick on up if you do a lot of indoor voice recording. It’s also useful that mic capsule is interchangeable, meaning you can switch out the heads in order to use a different pickup pattern.