Every equipment in a music production has a vital role to ensure a quality and precise results. If you are on the run in looking for the best studio microphone but under a budget, you might want to check on these.
Studio microphones are one of the most popular microphones for professional studio recordings for its frequency range and ability to reproduce speed of an instrument or vocal. It is used to capture accurate sound waves. Below, we gathered the six best picks of studio microphones under 200 dollars.
The Audio-Technica’s AT2020 is an ideal microphone for project use or home studios. With a noise level of 20 db spl and wide dynamic range, it provides an unmatched versatility. Its customized low mass diaphragm provides extensive frequency response and super transient response.
It’s cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear. Thus, focusing on the main vocals. This improves the isolation of noise resulting in a desired sound production. You can get this in either the AT2020 or AT2020 in Streaming or Podcast Pack. It comes in black finish and limited edition chrome color.
For its built, I would say that this is the normal to standard microphone for just starting outs or beginners who want to broaden their knowledge and explore the music production process. Also, since it is affordable, this is value for money for newbies.
Now this PEMOTech Studio Recording Microphone looks sophisticated. It comes in a USB condenser microphone that spreads the voice evenly in unidirectional pattern and captures all the sound source signal from the main vocals. It minimizes background noise but not to a certain point.
One thing I observed that it highlights that this microphone makes the sound source pure and clear — which is great for records. You can use this in vocal recordings, live streaming, podcasts, broadcasts, video conferences, and album recordings. The versatility of this microphone makes it open for all possibilities.
Aside from its diverse uses, it is easy to connect it directly through your laptop, computer, or phone since it has a built-in 3.55 mm jack port. You would not need a converter for this. It is also tripod mounted and pop filtered which not only makes the microphone stand up but also reduces the pops and crackles when the main source speaks.
Personally, I love how they are clear about what the microphone does unlike other brands that states the jargon terms of microphones. With this product, you get to use it in an easy and lightweight way for your sound production. It is also ergonomically designed which I like. You get a 1 piece USB microphone with 1.8 m audio cable, 1 piece pop filter, 1 piece support rod, 1 piece adjustable 100 mm tripod, 1 piece shock mount, 1 piece neutral packing box, 1 piece manual, and 6 pieces of rubber ring when you buy this.
This MANLI Professional Studio Microphone just has the most detailed information when it comes to their professional sound background. It has a high resolution sampling rate of 192 kHz/24 bit great for singing, speeches, and voice overs. It’s frequency response ranges from 30 Hz to 16 kHz.
It comes with a 3.55 mm in length stereo headphone jack which allows the user to monitor the microphone input in accurate and real time. It also has a cardioid polar pattern to reduce sounds coming from the sides and rears.
This microphone is recommended for interviews, singing recordings, and video conferencing. Specifically, it targets those content creators in YouTube for their Vlogging. This is also suitable for all types of systems such as laptops, computers, and mobile phones.
Since the current trend is Vlogging, I will highly suggest this to Vloggers starting out or have been in YouTube for a long time. This will be a great help in producing content for their profiles. Editing is already a hard process, so they will need something compact and convenient.
With studio headphones and a 50 mm large driver and deep bass response, the Maono USB Microphone brings the best treat for your ears. It has an advanced active noise reduction and isolation technology to focus on main vocals. It is also equipped with 192 kHz/24 bit built with a professional sound chip-let.
It has a USB 2.0 data port to smoothly connect with computers or Linux systems, not requiring another driver software or external sound card. The 16 mm electric condenser transducer and magnet ring gives a strong bass response to pick up clear crystal audio.
This is ideal for podcasts, live streams, video calls, and any kind of recording. The package includes wired headphones, condenser mic, adjustable scissor arm stand, metal shock mount, pop filter, foam mic windscreen, table mounting clamp, USB-B to USB-A cable, 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm adapter. You also get a 12-month covered warranty for a better shopping experience.
One kit comes with a condenser microphone, adjustable suspension scissor arm stand, table mounting clamp, metal shock mount, pop filter, ball-type anti-wind foam cap, and 3.55 mm male to XLR female cable. This professional condenser captures full and rich sound from sources directly input from the mic.
This is by far the only studio microphone that came in a gold chrome color which makes it unique among the rest! Its microphone wind screen ensures that tracks are audible to hear and easy to understand making the message appear to be loud and clear.
The downfall with this is that it only works with devices that could provide power with 5 volts. It cannot work with mobile phones and tablet computers, also such systems like Mac.
This Rode PSA Studio Microphone is different with its 360 degrees rotating mount that reaches 32.5 inches horizontally and 33 inches vertically. Talk about reaching lengths, right?
It features an ⅜ inch thread adapter and holds up to 4.4 lbs including a two desk mounting options. You also have a 2-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning.
Since it does not include a microphone or headphone, the boom arm is fighting for itself. For me, if I buy the microphone and boom are in two different shops, it will cost a lot. Especially if on a tight budget. This may be feasible for some with money, but for me, I would go with one that includes a total package.
It is vital to know the purpose when choosing your next studio microphone. Why? Because every studio microphone is designed based on certain environments such as for starters and professionals. It is important to think if you are in for a long run or just having some time off and you need to practice a hobby.
Studio microphones are classified in two types: dynamic and condenser. It is essential for you to know the differences of these two. Usually, dynamic microphones are used on-stage because it is more rugged. While condensers are used in studio recordings because they are more sensitive and delicate. But dynamic microphones are not limited to on-stage use only, there are some varieties that can be used for recording studios also. Same thing applies to condensers.
Another thing about these two types are: a dynamic microphones operate even without the need for a power source, while condensers need a power supply such as batteries or electricity.
You may have seen in our article that we mentioned “pickup patterns” a few times now and maybe you are wondering, what is it? The pickup pattern is the sound field wherein the microphone literally pick ups the sound. Additionally, you should be careful on the pattern of every microphone as it differs per kHz.
A professional microphone has a standard frequency response. This means it will pick up whatever sound the user generates. However, the difference is, how much can your microphone actually pick up? Some may pick up high frequencies, others may pick up low ones.
Like I said in types, microphones have different types which sometimes need a power supply. Check if the one you like requires batteries or other sorts of external power supply or if they simply work alone. Either way, you need to be prepared to buy things sold separately.
A lot may not know this but microphones themselves contribute to the noise you hear during the production process. This is called the “self noise.” In simpler terms, when you turn on the microphone, it generates a sound coming from the background.
One of the things that makes a microphone priced in a higher one is due to its dynamic range. A dynamic range is the lowest and loudest level you can record yourself.
Yes, the USB microphone is perfectly compatible with all types of systems whether desktop or laptop.
No, it does not come with an XLR cable or a stand.
Yes, it is suitable.
Yes, of course.
The PS4 has a standard USB port that can be connected directly to this microphone.
It has a metal plate that attaches to the unit and then screws to the desk.
It comes with everything you need to set it up.
Coming from a tight budget, it is essential to carefully pick which studio microphone is the best deal for money and at the same time give what you are looking for. Start by asking yourself, “What will I record?” With this question, you get to weigh down what you need in a microphone to supply the needs of your production.
Just do not forget to check all the things needed to be considered before finally purchasing one. Remember, you are on a tight budget, so most likely you will need something that is reliable and with good customer service so when everything goes wrong, you will have a leverage.