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5 Best Microphones for YouTube Videos and Live Streaming

For seasoned YouTubers, vlogging newbies, and everything in between.

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Content creation has grown ever more popular in the last year, and if you’ve been shopping around for the right gear to start your own YouTube page, buying a proper microphone should be at the top of your list. Sound quality is obviously a major part of the YouTube experience, especially when it comes to audio clarity and background noises – both of which can ruin a prerecorded video or live stream (crystal clear audio also makes it easier to generate captions for the hearing impaired). Whether you’re a seasoned YouTube or a newbie to the vlogging sphere, we comprised a short list of the best microphones that you can get online, no matter what your budget looks like.

Below, find five of the best XLR and USB microphones to use for YouTube, gaming, video chatting, and podcasting. For more tech recommendations read our recommendations for best podcast gear and best webcams.

Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording & Streaming

Blue Yeti is one of the top USB microphones on the market. You’ll get pristine broadcast-quality sound for your YouTube channel, but also for game-streaming, podcasting, video calls, music, and more. Just plug it in and press record. The Blue Yeti has four different pattern settings, serving up incredible flexibility to let you record vocals for music, podcasts, Twitch streaming, YouTube videos, or whatever else you might need. Speaking of necessities, you might also need Lavalier mics, which you can buy for less than $20.

Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone

Another super affordable option from Blue Mics is this compact USB mic. If you’re new to YouTube, the Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone is a good starter option (mostly because it doesn’t cost much). With a 40 –18 kHz frequency response, the Blue Snowball offers crystal-clear capabilities for your YouTube recordings, but also Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and more. The mic is available in black or white.

Rode VideoMic Pro+ Shotgun Condenser Microphone

There’s a good reason why Rode microphones are so popular among YouTubers. The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is designed to be used with camcorders, DSLR cameras, and portable audio recorders. An upgrade from the VideoMic Pro, the VideoMic Pro+ features two-stage high pass filter which reduces low frequencies (like traffic or air conditioning); a high frequency boost that enhances recording details, and three-stage gain control with +20dB function that’s designed to improve audio quality on DSLR or mirrorless cameras. If you want something cheaper try the Rode PodMic for $99.

Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone, XLR Connector

The Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone is one of the top rated microphones for YouTubers, due in part to key features such as blocking the electromagnetic hum generated by electrical devices (including computer monitors, and neon lights). This version is an update from earlier models and offers up an improved bracket design to give you more stability.

TKGOU M799B USB Microphone

For those on an extra-tight budget, USB mics can be cheaper than XLR options which offer more versatility. This desktop microphone from TKGOU will only set you back $20 for an all-in-one package, with no setup and clear sound. Use it for YouTube, live streaming, gaming and more.

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