For a long time, if you wanted to be able to record music, you had to either spend tons of money on getting a home rig/ home studio set up (this could cost five thousand dollars on the low end, and that’s with used equipment and cheap rigs) or you had to have access to a real studio or something similar. Having a decent microphone and the ability to use it to record your thoughts, your speaking, or your music, it was something that was beyond the means of the average person. Today, the best condenser mic is affordable enough that even if you make minimum wage, you can still afford it.
But there are many microphones out there on the market, so how are you to know the best one for your uses? Maybe you want to have a condenser microphone that will allow you to record lyrics for music. Maybe you’re a YouTuber who is sitting in their house and wishing to be able to use something that can provide a bit more clarity than the built-in microphone on your laptop or the cheap microphone on your gaming headset. Maybe you’re running your own podcast of some sort. Whatever you’re looking to get a mic for, we’ve got you covered.
Comparison of the Best Condenser Microphones
Below is a good table to get a feel for the mics that are available and that will be reviewed here today. It’s a good list of condenser microphone information, so be sure to pay attention to this and get a feel for what might meet your needs.
Without any further talk, here are the best condenser microphones of 2018.
|Name||Output Jack||Other Information|
|Floureon BM-800 Condenser Studio Recording Mic||XLR3||Requires 48V phantom power supply|
|MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone||XLR3||Includes -10dB pad and switchable bass cut|
|Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone||XLR3||Requires phantom power supply|
|Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone||XLR3||XLR3 to USB cable included, custom condenser capsule offers clearer audio|
|Blue Yeti USB Microphone||USB||3 condenser capsules and plug ‘n play compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher or Microsoft Windows XP or more recent, included mute button|
|Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone||XLR3||Includes popfilter and 10ft XLR3 cable, switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad|
|MXL V67G Large Capsule Condenser Microphone||XLR3||Solid state preamp, balanced transformer output|
|Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone||Apple Lightning Connector||5 preset modes, auto adjusts EQ|
This is just a very general look at the reviewed microphones, mind you, but already it should be giving you some information about what may or may not be right for your particular needs. If you already feel you have enough information to go out and make a purchase, congratulations. Otherwise, let’s take a much more specific look at the eight microphones that we reviewed, and see what might be the very best microphone for your uses and the things that you are looking to do with said microphone.
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