Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
The popularity of streaming (conducting live webcasts) so many newcomers involved in this lesson that the question of choice “right” equipment has become one of the most talked about in electronics industry. Today, the editors present you special review in rating format, dedicated to the most important streamer tool – a microphone.
Our experts have highlighted in gigantic market diversity the most well-established models, focusing on different categories of streamers – leading interviews, gamers, podcasts and others. But for starters, we still devote a few words the topic of choosing the best microphone for streaming and those criteria for which you need to choose a model for you.
- How to choose the best microphone for streaming
- frequency range
- Optional accessories
- Rating of the best microphones for streaming
- SVEN MK-150
- Trust Mico USB
- SAMSON METEOR Mic
- AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +
- Blue yeti
- Rode nt
- RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE
How to choose the best microphone for streaming
So, in choosing a good microphone there is an important feature. Here the principle “the more expensive and branded the better” does not work (well, almost). Because you have to choose a microphone, guided strictly by where and how it will be used. Because for normal recording live stream on the street in a crowd of people is one thing, but for high-quality voice transmission of the host and guest in a cozy studio – absolutely another. And only after that you can give preference to those or other brands. Consider the main characterizing factors for what streamer activity they are most important.
This is the sensitivity of the microphone to one or another key. It is measured in hertz and kilohertz. Actually means how much sounds high and low, the microphone can generally recognize. Than this range is bigger the better. But chasing the beyond values, and lay out the amount of your annual budget for the device also pointless.
Here, for whom this parameter is important, it is for those who engaged in vocals. It’s not so important for the game streamer to convey tones and one and a half of those expressions with which he accompanies battles in Dote 2.
This parameter reflects the sensitivity of the microphone to sound, depending on the location of its source. Everything seems to be clear but there are many nuances. There are unidirectional microphones, bidirectional and omnidirectional.
Unidirectional, in turn, are also divided into cardioid, hypercardioid and supercardioid. Cardioid – the most popular with streamers. They are highly sensitive to sounds emanating only in front. The sides are already worse, the back is even worse. Normal working option for conversational streamer, podcast. Hyper and supercardioid microphones have an acceptable sensitivity of up to 180 degrees in front, but “stall” in the back. Good for gamers which in the heat of battle can strongly and sharply deviate back and forth, lean back on the chair, roll back a little.
Bidirectional microphones, as you might guess, are equally perceive sounds well front and back. The perfect choice for Interview a la Yuri Dud. Well, or for vocals in a duet.
Omni-directional microphones capture 360 degrees of sound equally. It would seem that you can buy one and not bother, but it is not. Omnidirectional is not suitable for the podcast, as it is treacherously clear will inform the audience that the mother entered the room to call the streamer to eat. This is a microphone for recording sounds of the “environment” – the crowd, establishments, nature, etc.
Even such an explanation may leave doubts about the choice, more, if you have not decided yet what kind of streams you will broadcast. In this case, you can buy a multidirectional microphone. It allows you to switch the focus according to need. But it’s better to make a concrete choice, for many considerations.
The microphone bundle is a minor matter, but a few words about it also worth saying. Perhaps the most important thing is the pop filter. it fixture leveling redundancy of sound artifacts human voice – breathing, whistling, and those same jumps in sound when pronouncing the sounds “b” and “p” (that’s why it is called that). how usually it looks like a rounded “screen” in front of itself microphone. In studio shooting, this accessory immediately rushes into eyes, and laymen take it for the microphone itself.
Another important accessory is a stand or mount. Ok if this accessory “native”, but often other manufacturers make it it’s better. A carry case is a good bonus, but here it’s certainly not you should pay too much attention, because the main thing is still microphone.
So, we figured out the basic principles of choosing a microphone for streaming, and now go directly to the rating.
Rating of the best microphones for streaming
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best microphones for streaming||7||SVEN MK-150||90 rub|
|6||Trust Mico USB||1 890 rub.|
|5||SAMSON METEOR Mic||6 350 rub.|
|4||AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +||11 687 rub.|
|3||Blue yeti||11 990 rub.|
|2||Rode nt||16 550 rub.|
|1||RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE||16 990 rub.|
We start with the simplest and cheapest microphone for everyone. famous brand SVEN. Its price is so ridiculous that The reader may have doubts about its performance. On the in fact, our experts included this model in the review specifically for beginners, for the first samples of the pen in the conduct of live broadcasts. Share streamers, who were initially carried away by this business, and then disappointed and abandoned, very great. Therefore, for the very start not worth buying equipment worthy of Joe Rogan.
What is this microphone like? Firstly, he is very miniature – it can be fastened in the buttonhole of the jacket (not to be confused with buttonhole on military clothing) or another convenient place on the top clothes. Yes, this is the very “loop” you often talk about heard, but did not know why such a name. Strictly speaking, this not even a loop, but a clip, which is even better, as it makes it possible to fix the microphone not only on clothes. Here, just in case, for overall development, you need to understand that a tiny microphone is not it means automatically cheap. There are “tabs” for tens of thousands rubles.
Now go through the dry technical specifications. it electret microphone with a circular pattern, 2200 Ohm impedance, -58 dB sensitivity and frequency range from 50 to 16 thousand hertz. Connects to the receiver easily a standard 3.5 mm jack through a standard 1.8-cable meter.
The microphone weighs 23 g. The housing is made of black plastic colors. It is attached with a plastic clip, it can also be installed stationary on a monitor or furniture items with regular adhesive tape.
There is one feature with this model. There are a lot of enthusiastic about her reviews about high sensitivity, but come across and exactly opposite opinions. Therefore, it makes sense to consider that control the quality of this particular model from the manufacturer is very “loyal”.
In conclusion, we say that in the line of microphones SVEN many other models of other form factors that also cost a few hundred rubles and in general are suitable for the first samples in streaming.
- high sensitivity (there are exactly opposite opinions);
- simplicity and reliability;
- unreliable “native” mount.
Trust Mico USB
Second position in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming by versions – this is another budget condenser microphone, but already Another brand name is Trust. And this is not a buttonhole, but a desktop option on a tripod stand. It is very inexpensive compared to others studio microphones, but 10 times more expensive than the previous “crumbs”.
The dimensions of the microphone are 43x130x35mm. Weight – 150 g, assembled – 258 g. Made in a discreet but pleasant design, the case is plastic, black with soft-touch coating. Mounted on a folding tripod with lock. The latch itself also has a stroke of about 270 degrees for the most convenient placement of the head direction. All high-quality materials, solid assembly, accurate.
You can connect a microphone to the receiving device through a cable 1.8 meters long. The cable is connected to a USB adapter in which there is also a jack for a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Technical characteristics of the device are as follows: circular radiation pattern, impedance 2.2 Ohm, frequency range from 50 to 16 thousand hertz, sensitivity -45dB.
In terms of application, this is still an entry-level model, but that’s it one of the best in this price category. Among users there are complaints of noises that others immediately fend off users, they say, you need to be able to configure. In general, it can be recommend for game streaming.
This model is covered by a 24-year manufacturer’s warranty. of the month.
- high-quality sound recording;
- convenient placement with reliable fixation;
- quality materials and assembly;
- soft-touch coating of the case.
- there are complaints of noise, but their objectivity is not indisputable.
SAMSON METEOR Mic
Third in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming by version we will consider the model of the SAMSON trademark. Under this brand very high-quality audio equipment comes out. Produced in China.
Here we again make a sharp price leap up, but the microphone worth it. Its appearance is already impressive – in the materials polished metal predominates – double chrome coating, metal nets, rubber foot pads to microphone did not go around the table. The design surprisingly combines hi-tech and retro, accordingly, the frame will look great. In addition, on compared to other models, its price still looks very attractively – about 6500 rubles, but can vary greatly in depending on the configuration and point of sale.
Now about the characteristics. This is a condenser type microphone with a large membrane of 25mm. The radiation pattern is a cardioid. The range of confident response in frequencies is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Connected via USB. There is also a 3.5mm jack for headphones with the ability to track recording without delay.
Of the microphone controls on its front is located mechanical monitoring volume control (not at recording level affects) and the Mute button. There is also a clearly visible indicator activity. At the back there are two ports: USB for connection and 3.5mm for headphones.
The microphone is easily recognized by the operating system as USB device with audio input and output. That is, in fact you You also get an external sound card.
Packaging is as luxurious as the device itself, reliable, convenient and beautifully designed. The minimum delivery set also includes mini-USB cord, carrying case, documentation.
We emphasize again, since it is important – the adjustment wheel serves only for headphones. This model does not have its own adjust the recording level, and this state of things may turn out to be convenient not for everyone. But podcast streamers are great option.
- good recording sound quality;
- membrane capacitor 25 mm;
- the ability to monitor recording without delay;
- the actual role of an external sound card;
- spectacular appearance;
- high quality materials.
- no own recording level adjustment.
AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020USB +
Continues rating brand studio microphone AUDIO-TECHNICA. This is already something much more interesting and more serious than previous models. Namely – the technique, albeit lower segment, but still professional grade.
The dimensions of the microphone are 52x162x52mm. Weighs 386 g. Completed in concise but respectable design. The case is black. It is connected via a USB cable as long as 3 meters. There is access to headphones. Installation – desktop, on a tripod with a latch.
This is a cardioid condenser type microphone. Impedance is 32ohm. The frequency range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Frequency discretization – 44.1 / 48kHz. Independent Elements for adjusting the volume in the headphones and mixing.
Among streamers and all those involved in this kind in studio work, this model has established itself as reliable, capable of clearly transmitting sound, with sufficient characteristics for professional recording and sound mixing. Formally he positioned as a studio microphone for vocals, but it is often still can be found with podcasts and voice actors.
There are several more in this range of AUDIO-TECHNICA sound samples, and if you need the characteristics of this model seem insufficient, you can look at the USBi model. It capable of recording sound in 24 bits and maximum frequency her sampling rate is 96 kHz. But that model will cost, understandably business, more expensive.
- clear sound recognition;
- convenient location of controls;
- professional class;
- built-in headphone amplifier.
- shaky tripod included.
Now in the ranking of the best microphones for streaming according to the version we consider even something almost legendary. This is not the most expensive, not the most “pathetic” microphone, but at one time it certainly was perhaps the most talked about in streamer and video blogging environment. This is a Blue Yeti manufactured by an American specialized Blue Microphones. Actually, this is a subsidiary yet a better-known developer of quality electronics – Swiss company Logitech International S.A.
It’s worth saying right away that from “Blue” in the nomenclature there is only the name, but in fact the colors of the finish of the case of this model as many as ten! This is a big plus for those streamers who care about to design the workspace in a certain strictly unified style. His dimensions are 295x120x125mm, weight – 550 g. Case metal. Connects to the receiving device through USB interface via removable cable included delivery. There is a headphone jack.
From a strictly technical point of view, the Blue Yeti is a capacitor multidirectional microphone with a frequency range from 20 to 20 thousand hertz, sound pressure 120dB, sampling frequency 48kHz and ADC resolution of 16 bits. Its direct functions include high-quality studio stereo recording, also easily adjustable sensitivity, headphone volume, mute and to switch the radiation pattern.
From everything described, it is clear that Blue Yeti is universal device. For streaming, it is good in addition to quality, also because it can easily be made bi-directional or omnidirectional or with cardioid polarity. It is equally suitable for a professional gamer, and for recording pure vocal parts – here the professional level will be provided by Tri-capsule technology. Of course, it is perfect for podcasters.
The manufacturing warranty for this model is two years.
- professional level;
- many colors of the case;
- Easy to install and configure.
- expressed minuses were not found.
Now, in the framework of our rating, we will consider one more, no less noteworthy model than Blue Yeti, but a little less PR streamer and video blogging environment. This is a production microphone Australian company RØDE Microphones LLC. Professional a model that is equally suitable for the top streamer, and for the musician.
The dimensions of the microphone are 184x62x50 mm and the weight is 520 g. metallic, black. Connects to a computer through USB-interface, the length of the standard cable (removable) – as much as 6 meters. There is a headphone jack. Installation on a tripod rack with a clamp. The control knobs are located above the 3.5mm jack for headphones.
Key technical parameters of the model: capacitor principle action, unidirectional, cardioid pattern, ADC sampling rate and resolution – 48kHz and 16bit respectively. The frequency range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hertz. Maximum sound pressure level: 110 dB SPL. Dynamic the range is 96dB. JFET converter with 2-pole outgoing the buffer.
As is clear from the above, this microphone is much narrower “specialization” than the universal Blue Yeti – it is unidirectional. The diaphragm is located in a lateral position parallel to the body microphone. It is great for any studio work: recordings. instrument, vocals or high-quality conversational streaming.
The package includes the microphone itself, a removable cable, tripod stand, carrying case, pop filter, documentation.
- professional level;
- zero delay;
- high-quality recording;
- not marked.
RAZER SEIRĒN ELITE
Finally, in our ranking, we are close to almost An interesting solution in the world of microphones for streaming. And interesting it is already at least a manufacturer. This RAZER is one of the most “ideological” gaming equipment manufacturing companies consisting of real fans. And we present their next creation – Game Streaming Microphone SEIRĒN ELITE.
This is the most expensive microphone in our review, but this is a serious thing. not for fun, but for esports live or for serious commercial streaming when the slightest flaw in sound at the climax, it can infuriate the audience, cause a fall donations and unsubscribes, as well as directly affect promising advertising contracts. Against this background, such a financial investment is not looks so burdensome.
Dimensions of the device – 90x685x226mm, weight – 783 g. The body is deep black, looks unusually stylish, although the design is not too catchy. Mounted on a standard rack, connected to USB port of the computer, the kit also has an adapter with microUSB to USB, a 3-meter cable for connecting and wind protection nozzle.
Let’s go over the main technical characteristics. it omnidirectional condenser microphone with sensitivity 120dB, frequency range from 20 to 20 thousand hertz, maximum resistance 16ohm.
One of the most important features of the Razer Seirēn Elite (however, its some other models in the ranking are not without) – this is an opportunity monitor sound with zero delay. To do this, connect Headphones directly to the microphone. This is crucial for the team. gaming so that team members hear each other’s voices instantly, and not with a lag of 5 seconds, as it happens when using ordinary sound cards.
Well-designed dynamic capsule design Pro-grade in combination with a limiter and a filter guarantee such rich vocal tone that was previously achievable only at times more high-tech equipment, inaccessible to ordinary to the consumer.
- brand name
- quality and reliability;
- delay control;
- dynamic capsule Pro-grade.
- rare complaints about the inconvenient location of the controllers.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.