Best Vlogging Microphones for Youtube Videos

Surely you agree with me when I say a good YouTube video is one that not only has crisp and bright images throughout its length, but also clear audio quality. After all, nobody can comprehend whatever your video content is when the sound is too muffled and noisy. Video and audio goes hand in hand to create a good vlog. You can’t put all your attention to one while overlooking the other. So, if you’ve already got yourself a good camera for YouTube, it’s time to fetch the right microphone.

Much the same as camera, there’s a different microphone for a different type of video you’ll be filming. If you’re a gaming vlogger who’s seated behind a desk most of the time, it’s best to use a USB condenser mic, like Blue Snowball. On the other hand, if you’re an indie vocalist who produces music videos regularly, you’ll have the best result with studio-grade mic equipped with a cardioid polar pattern, such as Rode NT1-A. Below, I’ve listed 15 top-rated microphones for YouTube that won’t let you down, regardless what video you make.

Best Microphones for YouTube

Compared to other types of microphones, shotgun mic fares the best at rejecting unwanted sound. Any sound coming from the rear and sides of the mic can be muffled easily, emphasizing the main audio source and rendering it crystal clear. As such, it’s preferred by many vloggers, including YouTube’s sensation, Casey Neistat.

Still, there are few things you must keep in mind. First, not all shotgun microphones come with hotshoe mount. Second, some of them are powered with Phantom, instead of the common AA battery. Last but not least, quite a few of them use XLR cable, instead of 3.5mm, for their output.

What I’m saying is not all of shotgun microphones are compatible with your vlogging camera; not, unless you buy the necessary connectors, or unless you use a $3000 pro-grade video camera that already has an XLR mic input. To save your time (and money), I’ve listed those that are. The following shotgun microphones are favored by many vloggers, not only because of the audio quality they deliver but also their practicality.

Rode VideoMic Pro

Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro R with Rycote Lyre Shockmount With Rode DeadCat VMPR and 9V Rechargeable NiMH Battery
  • Rycote Lyre shock mounting onboard
  • All new capsule with lower noise and higher sensitivity
  • Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone
  • Compact form factor (150mm/6" length)
  • INCLUDES: Rode DeadCat VMPR and Watson 9V Rechargeable NiMH Battery

Rode VideoMic Pro is not the quietest microphone coming out of Rode’s shelf (see its studio-grade condenser mic below for lowest self noise of a mere 5dB). However, if you’re looking for the most practical option – and arguably the best audio quality – to pair with your DSLR camera, this is the one for you.

Featuring a secure shoe-compatible mount, you can clip it right away on top of your camera. Better yet, the mount is not just a mount. It’s also a shock absorber that helps keep out that common clicking sound as you move the camera around.

The built-in cardioid pattern provides an excellent noise rejection, making sure that the sound the mic captures is the one you want to be recorded. For a more flexible use, it’s equipped with a thread that allows you to mount it on a boom pole. In short, it’s easily one of the best microphones for YouTubers.

Shure VP83 LensHopper

Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Shotgun Microphone for use with DSLR Cameras and HD Camcorders - Capture Detailed, High Definition Audio with Full Low-end Response
  • Detailed, high-definition audio with full low-end response for professional results every time.
  • Highly directional super cardioid/lobar polar pattern rejects unwanted off-axis audio while clearly capturing the intended sound source.
  • Superior RF immunity to avoid against unwanted audio artifacts from cellular and RF devices.
  • Integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise through its customized, robust design exclusively developed with Rycote for the VP83 model.
  • 125 hours of battery life from 1 AA alkaline battery (included). Connector type is 0.125 inch dual mono, unbalanced. Frequency response is 50 to 20,000 hz. Sensitivity is minus 36.5 dbv per pa

Shure VP83 LensHopper may not be as popular as Rode’s mics among YouTubers, but it’s more than just worth a look. It’s an excellent plug-and-play shotgun microphone that’s not only easy to use, but also performs splendidly.

Its inner super cardioid polar pattern makes it highly directional, meaning it only picks up sound in front of it, while also muffling any coming from its rear and sides. Like VideoMic Pro by Rode, it’s also integrated with Rycote Lyre mount capable of absorbing vibration. The mic won’t pick up any of those mechanical noises caused by the vibrating steel on the mount connection.

To prevent interference from cellular devices, it’s also been made immune – to a high extent, not completely – against such signal. It’s unlikely that it’ll produce audio artifacts when you receive a call, unless you put your handset right next to it. The price is a tad higher, but no doubt it’s going to serve well as an alternative to Rode.

Rode VideoMic Go

RØDE Auxiliary VideoMic GO Lightweight On-camera Shotgun Microphone for Filmmaking, Content Creation and Location Recording
  • Delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use
  • Rode designed the videomic go with a tight pickup area that focuses directly in front of the mic
  • Reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that your subject is isolated from background noise
  • The integrated Rycote lyre shock mount isolates the video mic go from bumps and vibrations
  • No complicated switches or settings and is powered by your camera's external microphone input, required

Rode VideoMic Go is the cheaper version of the VideoMic Pro above. Design-wise, it’s roughly the same length with the Pro looking a bit fatter. It’s less quiet than its higher-end counterpart, but still very much usable to handle the audio capture in an interview video or typical selfie-vlogging footage. The cardioid pattern on the inside as well as proprietary Rycote Lyre shock-absorbing mount will help suppress any rumbling and other background noises, though you could still benefit from the wind shield (sold separately) if you film your video outdoor.

Its rear panel hosts various controls and also a dedicated output port for a headphone. Its normal working frequency range is 40Hz-20kHz, but there’s a high-pass filter switch that you can engage to limit it to 80Hz; useful when you’re shooting in a room with intense hiss and fuzz from the road traffic nearby or the room’s air conditioner. All in all, it’s a great inexpensive microphone for YouTube videos.

Sennheiser MKE 440

Bundle Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone + Sennheiser MZH 440 Fur Windshield
  • Two Shotgun Elements
  • Super-Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Captures Sound within Camera Angle
  • Good Off-Axis Sound Rejection
  • Dual mini shotgun microphones create frontal focus

Here is a premium entry from a premium mic maker, Sennheiser MKE 440. If you’ve been doing your research, you’ll know that Sennheiser distinguishes itself by selling pricey mics. Their move seems to work well as people in general tend to think their microphones are of professional quality, and that’s not too far wrong.

The Sennheiser MKE 440, for example, is not your usual camera-mounted shotgun mic. Instead of one cardioid capsule, it gives you two and instead of mono, it captures stereo sound. It feels solid and robust at hand, thanks to all-metal chassis underneath. It packs some weight too, though, which is a thing to consider if you’re going to shoot using a handheld stabilizer.

As with its competition, the MKE 440 offers a high-pass filter that can effectively exclude any low noises in the scene. You can also adjust its sensitivity using the three-step gain control at the back. I’d choose this mic over any others for my YouTube vlogging project if not for the high price.

Top USB Microphone for YouTube Gaming and Other Desk Application

For voiceover work, it’s best to use a USB mic. They’re cheaper in general, yet still deliver outstanding sound quality (most USB microphones today feature a condenser, just like those mics used in a studio). Gaming vlogger or computer geek that makes video tutorial can benefit a lot from this type of microphone.

It’s easy to set up – Just plug it into your laptop / desktop, and turn on your recording software. Not need to get messy with so many cables. You can also use it for interviews behind a desk, too – though if the condition is less than ideal, shotgun mic works better. Here are some top-rated USB microphones for YouTube

Blue Yeti

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Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti USB Microphone for Gaming, Streaming, Podcasting, Twitch, YouTube, Discord, Recording for PC and Mac, 4 Polar Patterns, Studio Quality Sound, Plug & Play-Blackout
  • Custom three-capsule array: This professional USB mic produces clear, powerful, broadcast-quality sound for YouTube videos, Twitch game streaming, podcasting, Zoom meetings, music recording and more
  • Blue VOICE software: Elevate your streamings and recordings with clear broadcast vocal sound and entertain your audience with enhanced effects, advanced modulation and HD audio samples
  • Four pickup patterns: Flexible cardioid, omni, bidirectional, and stereo pickup patterns allow you to record in ways that would normally require multiple mics, for vocals, instruments and podcasts
  • Onboard audio controls: Headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and mic gain put you in charge of every level of the audio recording and streaming process
  • Positionable design: Pivot the mic in relation to the sound source to optimize your sound quality thanks to the adjustable desktop stand and track your voice in real time with no-latency monitoring

Blue Yeti is hands-down the best USB microphone for YouTubers who do frequent voice-over works, podcasts, conferences. To begin with, it sports a rather unique internal construction in a way that it’s integrated with not just one but three condenser capsules.

That alone is enough to make it worth the price, for such configuration allows the mic to pick up sound in any situations with utmost clarity. Additionally, it provides you with four different patterns to suite various recording purposes (stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional).

For all of those goodies, however, I don’t think it’s enough to make it the right gear for vocal and instrumental recording. You’ll get much better result with true studio-grade condenser microphone with large diaphragm (see below). Still , as far as desk applications are concerned, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other USB mic that works better than Blue Yeti. It’s a marvelous piece of work and very easy to use.

Rode NT-USB

RØDE NT-USB Versatile Studio-quality Condenser USB Microphone with Pop Filter and Tripod for Streaming, Gaming, Podcasting, Music Production, Vocal and Instrument Recording
  • High quality studio microphone with the convenience of USB connectivity
  • Pop shield, Tripod desk stand, ring mount, storage pouch and 6m (20’) USB cable included
  • 3.5 millimeter stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring

Rode has firmly established itself as a prominent microphone manufacturer. As such, I understand very well that some of you just can’t get over it. Well, no worries. Rode apparently has also designed a highly capable USB microphone to suit your vlogging needs. Rode NT-USB is a slick looking mic featuring side-address condenser capsule, perfect for various spoken applications such as podcasts and voice-overs. Integrated with robust stand mount of 3/8-inch thread, you can attach the mic to a studio boom arm for more versatile usage.

On-mic controls are available for easy and quick adjustment over the mic’s input and output. Yes, while it doesn’t offer multiple pattern selections like Blue Yeti, it does provide an output 3.5mm port for headphone, so you can tell if everything is as you want it to be. It’s pricier too, unfortunately, but for the extra bucks it charges you, it gives you a nice mini-tripod stand and functional pop-up filter.

Blue Snowball

Blue Snowball USB Microphone for PC, Mac, Gaming, Recording, Streaming, Podcasting, Condenser Mic with Cardioid and Omnidirectional Pickup Patterns, Stylish Retro Design – Black
  • Legendary Blue broadcast sound: 2-capsule design gives your voice exceptional presence and detail for professional-level recording so you can elevate your YouTube videos, Twitch streaming and more
  • Multiple pickup patterns: The USB microphone features a cardioid pattern for recording and streaming, and omnidirectional which puts you “in the room” for conference calls on Zoom, Skype and more
  • Stylish retro design: Record or stream in style with a classic recording equipment design that looks great on your desktop and on camera; available in 3 bold colors
  • USB microphone brand: Based on independent sales data (April '19 - March '20) of PC microphones in both units and dollars in the US and Canada
  • -10 dB Pad: Maintains professional audio quality and keeps Snowball sounding clean and distortion-free on louder voices and instruments for everything from voiceovers to podcasts to singing

Not everybody can / wants to pay well over $100 for a USB microphone and that’s totally fine. If you’re one of those people, then I’m absolutely sure that you’ll find Blue Snowball an appealing alternative. Less than half the price of Blue Yeti, the Snowball reproduces surprisingly clear and bright audio. Its internal cardioid pattern doesn’t work as well as premium microphones.

However, it does allow the mic to better focus on the sound source on its front, reducing any ambient noise that will otherwise render your voice muddy. It really is just that; no flashy bells and whistles. No multi-capsule configuration, no headphone port, and no different recording modes, obviously. If you look for an inexpensive USB microphone for YouTube that gets the job done nicely, Blue Snowball is for you. I recommend at least getting a pop filter too, to help eliminate plosives that can make your video sound cheap and poorly produced.

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, With Built-In Headphone Jack & Volume Control, Perfect for Content Creators (Black)
  • Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
  • High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kilohertz sampling rate for superb audio
  • Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
  • Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and prerecorded audio
  • High output, the internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall

I can hardly find anything to complain about on Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+. It’s the newer version of the original AT2020, which has been discontinued for good. Interestingly, there is no big jump in price, despite the better components and functionality put into the mic.

It sends absolutely clear audio straight to your computer – thanks to the new cardioid pickup pattern that effectively rejects off-axis noise. You can also plug in a headphone to it to better keep tabs on what you record. On-board controls are kept to a minimum – there are only two dials: one for mixing the mic with pre-recorded audio and the other for adjusting the headset volume – but then other USB mics never provide more than two buttons as well.

As good as it is, it’s best that you limit its usage for spoken recordings and voice-overs on gaming and computer tutorial videos. You can record a YouTube music video with it, of course, but then the quality will be subpar compared to if you record it using a dedicated studio condenser mic below.

Top Studio Condenser Microphone for YouTube Singing / Music Video

The best thing about YouTube is you can be a star without even bothering to audition for one of those idol shows. If you’ve got the talent as a musician or even a singer, all you need is to show it to the world through YouTube. To complement your talent, you could use a highly capable microphone that can capture your voice at best quality.

The following studio-grade condenser microphones are great to kickstart your YouTube singing channel. They’re solidly built and exhibits very low noise (almost no hiss at all!) Most don’t come with an audio interface, though. So, if you haven’t had one already, Focusrite Scarlet 2I2 is the best one you can get for your buck. It’s been used by many singers and musicians who have carved a career path for some time now on YouTube.

Audio-Technica AT2035

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Bundle with Pop Filter with 2 Layered Mesh and 10-foot XLR Cable
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • Pop Filter to eliminate the annoying "plosives" from your recordings
  • 10ft. XLR Cable to connect the mic to your mixer or interface
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Whether you’re a vocalist or play an instrument, Audio-Technica AT2035 will perform equally well in your semi-professional home studio, which is the reason many musicians favor it as their microphone for YouTube. Compared to other microphones manufactured by the company, the AT2035 has the largest diaphragm construction; at least, largest in its price range.

Thanks to that, it accurately picks up of the sound source coming from its front and delivers it with exceptional warmth and clarity. The mic itself is very low in noise, which allows your vocal characters and details to be preserved.

As a side note, though, it’s more on the sensitive side. The tendency for it to pick up background noise is rather high; something to consider if you haven’t set up your own quiet room (a microphone isolation shield helps a lot in keeping out the ambient noise). That said, it still comes with a pop filter, shock mount and even an XLR cable; great value there for an affordable-ish microphone for YouTube.

Rode NT1-A

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Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Large diaphragm 1” gold-sputtered capsule
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Ultra-low noise, self-noise of only 5dB (A)
  • Includes Rode SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover
  • Internal capsule shock mounting

If it wasn’t for its tad higher pricing, I’d put the Rode NT1-A before the AT2035. This microphone is downright unbelievable. It blows any higher-end microphone that can easily cost you twice as much. The sound clarity it reproduces is exceptional, thanks to the ultra-low self-noise that never goes any further than 5dB.

Featuring extended dynamic range, YouTube vocalists with unique vocal characteristics can certainly appreciate to find that every bit of the specialty in their voice is not altered by the mic. This also means that the NT1-A is also ideal recording any string instruments and percussions. Still, just because it’s used largely by musicians doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other purposes.

This mic will also work spectacularly for podcasts and voice acting. Just get yourself a USB audio interface/ mixer, plug the mic into it, and connect the mixer to your computer. As with any condenser microphone, however, it requires an isolated and quiet room to work optimally.

AKG Pro Audio C214

AKG Pro Audio C214 Professional Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, Grey
  • Sonic Character Of The C414 Xlii For Beautifully Detailed Recording Of Lead Vocals And Solo Instruments
  • Outstanding Dynamic Range And Ultralow Noise For Close-Up Recording Of High-Output Sources Of Up To 156Db Spl
  • Switchable 20Db Attenuator And Bass-Cut Filter For Close-Up Recording And Reduction Of Proximity Effect
  • Integrated Suspension To Reduce Mechanical Noise And Vibration From Stage

For a more serious YouTube artist, I can’t better recommend AKG Pro Audio C214. This mic’s got a classic look and surprisingly solid build to it. It’s more expensive than the previous two condenser microphones, but once you learn the price of the mics used by professional studios and artists, it can be easily overlooked.

That’s especially after you spend some time with it and know what it’s capable of. First things first, its outstanding 156dB dynamic range can handle close-up recording from a real loud sound source.

This is important if your home-studio is kind of small and you like to bang the heck out of your vocal. It’s also got a attenuation pad and bass-cut filter that you can switch on and off to reduce the continuous rumble that’s apparent when you put the mic close to your instruments. Overall, the C214 by AKG outweighs its cost by a good deal; a perfect microphone for YouTube singing and music videos.

Top Lavalier Microphone

Some of the best camera for vlogging come in a compact body that has no room for a 3.5mm microphone jack. Using the camera’s built-in mic may work, but in most cases, the resulting audio will be of poor quality. This is where lavalier microphone comes in. Although it’s omnidirectional (it picks up main sound source as well as ambient sound from any direction), your voice will be highlighted over any other sounds because it’s mounted close to your mouth.

You can use your smartphone as the recorder, but if you have extra budget, you may want to grab a dedicated recording device too (like the awesome Zoom H4N), to improve the audio clarity even further. Connect the lavalier mic to it and record a separate audio to be synced later with your video. Anyhow, here are some of the best lavalier microphones that I know of.

Rode SmartLav+

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Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones,Black
  • Broadcast quality, professional-grade Lavalier Mic with TRRS Jack
  • High-quality omnidirectional condenser capsule; discrete 4.5 millimeter miniature microphone
  • Kevlar reinforced cable ensures that you never stretch or snap your microphone under normal usage conditions
  • English (Publication Language)

Honestly, I don’t think it’s possible to find a lavalier mic that performs better than Rode SmartLav+. Many are cheaper, but they do next to nothing in transforming your voice into digital signal loud enough for your recording software to take in.

Unlike those dinky lapel-mounted mics, its quality build ensures you can depend on it on long term, paying off the investment you afford upfront. Its omnidirectional capsule will not only pick up your voice, but also the person close to you. Its tiny discreet form factor makes it ideal for recording candid videos like pranks or any of those social experiments.

It’ll also serve well for interview videos. One thing to note, Rode SmartLav+ comes with a TRRS output cable. It’s compatible with iPhone and some select Android handsets, but you’ll need an adapter to connect it to a recording device. Other than that, it’s a well-made microphone for YouTubers.

Audio-Technica ATR-3350

Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Mic with Smartphone Adapter
  • Engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction. Omni pickup pattern offers full coverage
  • Ideal for video use, and is a great choice for aerobics/dance/sports instructors
  • Low-profile design assures minimum visibility. Dual-mono 1/8" output plug connects to a video camera, DSLR, or handheld audio recorder's stereo 1/8" input, to record audio on both left and right channels
  • Smartphone adapter provides instant compatibility with newer smartphones (Android, iPhone, etc.)

A more budget-friendly alternative to Rode’s mic is Audio-Technica ATR-3350. For half the price, you get a lavalier mic already equipped with 3.5mm output. So you don’t need to buy any connector to hook it into your recording device, or maybe even a DSLR camera.

It does come with an adapter, though, to address those who use newer smartphone to handle the recording. The adapter also houses a port to plug in a headphone, so you can monitor the sound capture with ease. All you need to buy is some spare batteries.

If you’re an instructor – either fitness, dance, or academic one – and have only a compact point-and-shoot camera to film your YouTube video, this can be the microphone you’re looking for. Just be wary when you use it because like many other inexpensive mics, it feels rather fragile, especially the windscreen and power button.

Sennheiser ME 2

Sennheiser ME 2 omni-directional lavalier EW microphone
  • Operating voltage (stand alone) : 7.5 V
  • Equivalent noise level: 36 dB

Sennheiser ME 2 is originally part of the company’s body pack transmitter, but now sold separately. That’s why its 3.5mm jack is equipped with threaded locking nut, to strengthen the connection with the provided port on the transmitter, so it won’t come undone when the users move around. Now, some people are worried that the said locking nut prevents the mic from being jacked into any common 3.5mm port, that they can’t use it with their recording device.

Well, it works. I know people using it with the likes of Zoom H4N, Zoom H5, even the outdated Zoom H1. And in terms of audio quality it delivers, it’s just as excellent as you can expect from a Sennheiser microphone. Still, I think it’s not enough to justify its steep pricing. If you ask me, I’d still go with Rode SmartLav+ above. It functions the same as well, and significantly less expensive.

Movo WMIC50

Movo WMIC50 2.4GHz Wireless Lavalier Microphone System with Integrated 164-foot Range Antenna (Includes Transmitter with Belt Clip, Receiver with Camera Shoe, Lapel Mic and 2 Earphones)
  • CORDLESS RECORDING: Wireless lapel microphone system includes transmitter with belt clip, receiver with camera shoe and tripod mount, Lav microphone and 2 earphones
  • GREAT WIRELESS SOUND: The 2.4GHz Wireless system features internal boost antennas with 164-foot (50-meter) range. Perfect for YouTube interviews, tutorials, and presentation recordings podcasts
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY: We’ve got your back. Our products are designed to ease your technical woes, not add to them. Our friendly US-Based support is here to help
  • AUDIO MONITORING: Receiver headphone features second isolated microphone to communicate with the transmitter headphone (audio does not pass through to output). No need to stop and replay the tester to make sure your audio is recording properly
  • KIT FEATURES: Audio input/output: 3.5mm and TRS audio signal cable. Transmitter and receiver powered by 2 AAA batteries (not included) providing 4 hrs of runtime

Movo WMIC50 is more than just a simple lapel mic. It’s a complete pack coming with a transmitter, receiver and even two earphones. The receiver is equipped with an adapter that allows you to mount it on your camera’s hotshoe.

You can then connect it to the camera’s 3.5mm mic port using the provided cable. With such setting, you don’t need a dedicated audio recorder because the sound that the mic captures will be transmitted and recorded directly by your camera. What’s even better is the transmitter has a working range up to 164 feet. All of that for the price of less than 100 bucks is a total steal.

Anyway, the microphone works pretty well, though it emits more self-noise than other mics listed previously. Also, don’t expect it to survive the same level of wear and tear. The build quality is not poor, but I don’t think it’s meant to last for long.

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