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Best Microphones for Gaming 2019 (Reviews + Buyer’s Guide)
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One of the best ways to elevate your gaming experience is to get a microphone that ensures your communication is smooth throughout the game, whether it is with your friends or enemies. Whether you are looking for a microphone that improves the quality of your streams on Twitch and YouTube, or simply desire a top-notch system for in-game communication, a microphone will really step up your experience.
There is a wide array of products available when it comes to gaming gear. You can simply choose to replace your existing headset’s mic or get an entirely new setup that bodes well with your top of the shelf setup. No matter what your needs are, This guide ensures that you’ll get the best product.
Through extensive research and having used a wide range of microphones, we have curated a list of a few products that we believe will suit your needs. These models are also ideal for those of you who stream video games, record podcasts, take conference calls, or use a microphone for almost any side project.
Check out this curated list of the 10 best microphones in the market right now, along with their features, pros and cons, price, and where to buy them
Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Equipped with a dazzling array of features and sleek looks, The Blue Yeti microphone is one of the best microphones for gaming and will knock out every other microphone in the market right now. It is a professional multi-pattern USB mic which produces an unparalleled sound quality.
One of my favourite features of this microphone is that it has a tri-capsule array, that is, three condenser capsules are fitted inside the product which is designed to perfectly capture any kind of sound around the microphone. Yeti is known for using blue’s proprietary tri-capsule technology. The result is a microphone that gives you pristine and studio-quality broadcast sound.
It is also a very versatile product with a multi-pattern selection. You can choose one of the four patterns to fit your needs, depending on how you are streaming.
For example, the cardioid mode is aimed at people who spend most of their time creating a podcast or use a microphone during gaming, Skype calls, vocals and instruments. When this mode is activated, the microphone captures sound sources directly in front of it in order to deliver a rich and full-bodied sound.
The second mode is omnidirectional, which as the name indicates, picks up sound equally from all the directions. This mode is perfect for all those times when you are in a conference call and want to capture that feeling of real-life conversations.
The bidirectional mode records sound from two directions, in the front and back of the microphone. If there is an interview between two people, this mode is perfect.
The stereo mode is ideal for realistic sound imaging when multiple sound sources are present around the mic and you need to capture sound from both left and right channels.
Thus, it is clear that this product by Blue Yeti can be used for almost anything you want to do on the internet, making it an extremely multifunctional product. But that’s not all this microphone has to offer you.
It can also be connected to your headphones and control volume and pattern on it. Basically, the product puts you in charge of everything. Adjust the sensitivity with the gain control if the source is too loud, or use the mute button if you want to take a break during streaming for a podcast. With this level of control over its functionality, you can do almost anything with this microphone.
The microphone also comes installed with a 3.5 mm headphone jack so that you can connect a pair of headphones and listen to your own recording. Another of my favourite features is that there are no latency delays while using this feature, which can get really annoying if it happens. The microphone also lets you adjust the volume on your headphones with the press of a button in the front of the microphone.
Even the stand is designed to provide maximum support to the user. Adjust and pivot the microphone in whatever direction the source is and then screws can be placed to secure it in its position. You can also mount it on a Radius III Shockmount or Compass Desktop Boom Arm to get the ultimate desktop studio.
The microphone is compatible with both MacBooks and PCs.
Multiple pattern selection
Tri-capsule array captures crystal clear sound
Poor customer support
Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
The Blue Snowball iCE microphone has satisfying quality and reliability. It comes in two colors – black and white. It also comes in two variants. You can either buy a microphone only product, forget yourself battleground bundle for an extra $10. The game comes in a PC digital standard edition along with the microphone.
This gaming microphone proves to be the ideal companion when you are streaming on twitch, applying and all online game like PUBG and need in-game communication. It has crystal clear audio at a bargain price, and what’s more, you have to pay $30 game for just $10, so you can play the legendary Battle Royale Shooter game and sound like a professional by using your brand new microphone.
This microphone will help you get amazing sound quality light years ahead of the current technology in the market. You will be surprised to know that you will never be satisfied with the quality of sound provided by your headsets for computers built-in microphone again.
The Blue microphone is installed with a custom cardioid condenser capsule that works to provide crystal clear audio whether you are streaming a game on twitch, or communicating with other players in an online game. And since the microphone is compatible with both PCs and MacBooks, you don’t have to worry about matching models. Just plug in the microphone and play your favorite game without any hassle.
This product is also certified with Skype and Discord, which means that you are going to get crystal clear audio even when you are on calls. The microphone also comes with an adjustable desktop stand so that you can turn it around in whatever direction you want.
A USB cable is provided so that you can plug the microphone into your computer. No need to go through the hassle of installing any specialized drivers to use this product.
According to our research, the Audio Technica USB mic is the best for YouTube gaming. This microphone has also been regarded as an Amazon’s choice product on the online retail store.
The product has a silvery grey finish, and the sleek and sophisticated appearance will certainly make you fall in love with this microphone when you first look at it. The cardioid condenser USB microphone is ideal for anyone who is into podcasting or recording at a home studio. You can also try recording in the field, or use it for voice-overs on the internet. This versatile product will plug into your computer and you can get started the right way, recording with whatever software you want to.
It has a large diaphragm side-address condenser which allows for crystal clear sound recording, unlike anything you have ever seen before. The product also has a USB output for transferring the recording to your computer.
The microphone is fitted with a high-quality analogue-to-digital converter that ensures that not only do you get excellent quality sound, but also make sure that the fidelity is top-notch.
You can also plug in your headphones with the mic, and control it with buttons right in front of the product. This way you will get to listen and monitor the quality of the sound you are recording simultaneously, while you are still recording. Adjust the volume with easy to use controls on the microphone.
The cardioid polar pattern office microphone is ideal for picking up sounds just from the front of the microphone, thus reducing any unwanted sounds from the sides and background.
This microphone is perfect for anyone who is using digital recording equipment because the noise created by the microphone itself is negligible. It has been used by broadcasting and recording studios, as well as for major broadcast music events like the Grammys and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, precisely because of this feature.
High-quality AD converter
Large diaphragm side-address condenser
Headphone monitoring has low volume
The base is easily breakable
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone
Are you looking for a cheap gaming microphone but don’t want to settle for bad quality? The Zalman ZM-Mic1 is the best bet. With a price tag of just over $10, you will not find a better deal than this anywhere else.
The headphone has a very sleek and sophisticated compact design. In fact, it will fit in the palm of your hand. It is a very high sensitivity headphone mic, even if you are speaking at very low volume, the product will pick up the sounds.
It comes with 3-minute clips so that the wire does not get tangled up. It also has the main clip that you can use to slide it onto another wire and keep your space free of clutter.
This is one of the most durable products in the market. Because of its small size, the product will not break even if you drop it on the floor. You could very well use this tiny microphone for years and years if you take care not to break it.
The microphone also comes with earphones. The length of the wire itself is pretty good – 10 feet. Although you will have to keep it clip on itself so that the product does not end up getting entangled with itself or other wires in the vicinity. The wire also has a good quality plastic cover which does not wear and tear easily.
The extreme length of the wire can be a drawback, especially for people who do not have a lot of space where they keep their PCs. This can be solved by using the clips that come with the microphone, but be aware that these clips are not sturdy enough to keep the wires from being tangled up.
The sound quality of the microphone is crystal clear. However one of the drawbacks of the product is that it picks up all the sound around it, so if you are someone who works in a noisy environment, this may not be the ideal microphone for you.
The microphone comes with earphones
Extremely cheap price
The wire gets tangled up
No background noise cancellation
Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
No matter where you go, you can take the Samson Go mic with you, as it is a compact and portable device which will help you record your story even on the go.
The unique product design allows you to fit the product in your pocket or place it just about anywhere in your laptop bag. Now you can record crystal clear audio directly to your personal computer, even if you are travelling.
The microphone comes with two pickup patterns which can be switched easily. So whether you are recording for your podcast, gaming with a bunch of friends, streaming on Twitch, recording music at your studio, or making a conference call at Skype for VoIP – Samson Mic USB will be your partner in crime, no matter what.
One of my favourite features of this product is that it goes above and beyond the range of other microphones. It has an innovative design that means that you can clip it on your laptop, or place it on your desk, depending on your requirements.
The product is engineered in such a way that it will be able to record sound that is clear and appears as if it has been recorded in a professional studio.
The high-quality components and meticulous design make sure that the product functions well with its looks. It has a frequency response of 20 hertz to 18 kilohertz and a resolution of 16 bit/ 44.1 kilohertz. The compact micrLS
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