The Top 5 Best Microphones for YouTube in 2017
It is said that is half of what makes a quality YouTube video is quality audio. Unfortunately, it is also commonly one of the most overlooked factors when creating content for YouTube. We all know how off-putting it is to hear terrible audio on an otherwise great video and this hinders a channel’s progress. Luckily for us, Microphones have become cheaper and more powerful than ever allowing creators like ourselves to produce high-quality audio for relatively cheap.
So What Is The Best Microphone For YouTube Videos?
Well, this will depend strongly on what kind of videos you intend on making. A vlogger would have no need for a USB Microphone and a Gamer or Make-Up Guru would have little need for a Lavalier system. For this reason, I’ve constructed a list of the absolute best microphones for YouTube videos based on the specific needs of YouTube Creators.
Best Microphones For YouTube
|Image||Microphone||Portable||Audio Quality||Price||More Information|
|Sennheiser EW 112P||No||4.7 / 5||$$$$||See Price|
|Blue Yeti USB Microphone||No||4.2 / 5||$$||See Price|
|Zoom H1 Handy Recorder||Yes||4 / 5||$||See Price|
|Zoom H4N||Yes||4.4 / 5||$$||See Price|
|Rode Video Mic Pro||No||4.5 / 5||$$$||See Price|
Overall Best Mic For YouTube
This microphone has grown to become a standard for YouTubers of all kinds. We would list the number of successful YouTubers who own it but the list simply would never end. This system produces extremely high-quality audio and with its small wireless design is extremely mobile and easy-to-use allowing you to capture high-quality audio regardless of environment or distance from the camera. The knock against the product is that it can take some time to set up as it requires manual placement on the talent. Also, it is by far the priciest option this list. Overall I would recommend this microphone as a must-have in your YouTube kit at some point in time. If you intend on doing any kind of skits, pranks, social experiments or any activity that require you to stand far from the camera, this is the product you’re looking for.
Best Microphone for Vlogging On YouTube:
Don’t be mistaken by its relatively affordable price tag; this is without a doubt one of the best Microphones money can buy. Casey Neistat along with thousands of other extremely successful YouTubers have given the Rode Video Mic Pro their stamp of approval. This microphone performs extremely well when paired with a DSLR and has become the must-have Shotgun Mic for YouTube. The knock against the Rode Video Mic Pro can only really be used when it is paired with a camera that has a microphone input jack. A feature most cameras today contain but those who intend on filming on iPhones might be disappointed to learn. However, if you currently have or intend on buying a Camera to complete the perfect set-up for success on YouTube, we have a complete guide here. We would recommend this mic for those interested in vlogging, beauty videos, challenge videos, gaming videos, etc. If you’re looking to upgrade from the default camera audio, there is no better option out there. If this is out of your current price range they is also the basic Rode Video Mic which still serves as a terrific option for capturing high quality audio.
Good Microphone for YouTube
The Zoom H4N is the perfect all around microphone for YouTube. It can be mounted onto a DSLR the same as the Rode Video Mic Pro and can record high-quality audio from any distance when paired with the Giant Squid like the Sennheiser EW 112P G3-A. And oh did I mention it’s cheaper than both of them? So what’s the catch? Simply put, it records audio separate from the camera. Meaning you’ll have to manually sync the audio using an editing software. Now programs like premiere pro cc have made this extremely simple but it’s an extra step some people don’t want to take. Regardless, this mic is perfect for anyone who is unsure about their current direction on YouTube or for someone who wants to do a little of everything. This is the best multi-purpose “All-in-one” microphone on the market today.
Best microphone for YouTube Commentary
This one is going to be very simple. If you’re interested in a USB Mic, get the Blue Yeti. We’ve found that it consistently outperforms its similarly-priced counterparts such as the Audio-Technica AT2020 producing a sound that is hard to match. I would recommend this mic for even the most price-conscious buyer. It is reasonably priced and the quality difference between the Blue Yeti and the Blue Microphones Snowball is worth the price difference twice over. I would recommend this microphone to anyone who intends on recording anything on their computer since it is the best microphone for YouTube commentary in our opinion.
Best cheap Microphone for YouTube
I understand not everyone has money to invest into buying the best microphones on the market. Not to worry: the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is coming to the rescue. The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is simply a lesser version of Zoom H4N mentioned above. It has very similar functionality with marginally less quality. I would recommend this microphone to anyone on a budget and I would recommend pairing it with the Giant Squid Audio Lab Mic to record individual subjects. This mic will give you the flexibility to use in any setting and quality that is simply worth the investment.
To summarize, all five microphones listed above are good microphones and depending on what your specific needs are, you’ll be happy with any of them. In closing, we wanted to include only the best microphones available based on what real famous YouTubers use themselves. We could have included some 40 dollar microphone but these simply are not worth the money as you’ll end up replacing them in mere months. All of these microphones will ensure you have amazing audio for years to come making sure your viewers come happy and leave as subscribers. If you’re interested in pairing your new microphone with a upgraded camera to complete your YouTube set up, check out our article here.