Streaming games or videos on social media is a great way to show off your gaming skills, while also creating an audience for yourself. Whether you’re playing games on your smartphone, PC, or console, you can use software to stream your progress in real-time. However, while figuring out all the tech you need to make this happen, keep in mind that the audio quality is just as important as the video quality, especially if you’re planning to keep up a running commentary on your actions. To enhance the quality of your live streams, here are a few good microphones for streaming. Note that these have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, we well as listed features.
The Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone comes with the convenience of USB connectivity. This microphone is a highly versatile side-address microphone that is ideal for recording music while also being suitable for spoken applications such as podcasting and recording voice-overs. It is compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. However, do note that to use it on the Apple iPad, you will need a suitable USB connection adaptor, such as the Apple Camera Connection Kit. The body of this microphone features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows you to monitor the microphone input in real-time. It also comes with dials to adjust the monitoring level and alter the mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input. A premium pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positioning the filter at the ideal distance from the capsule to minimise plosives during singing or speech.
The HyperX QuadCast – USB Condenser Gaming Microphone comes with its anti-vibration shock mount to help reduce rumbles while the built-in pop filter should muffle annoying percussive sounds. You can check the mic status thanks to the LED indicator, and use the tap-to-mute functionality to avoid awkward broadcasting accidents. You can also select between the four polar patterns and use the conveniently-located gain control dial to adjust the mic input sensitivity quickly. One can monitor the mic input with the built-in headphone jack. The device is certified by Discord and TeamSpeak so streamers can expect the microphone to broadcast loudly and clearly.
The Blue Yeti USB Mic has a custom three-capsule array that should deliver clear, broadcast-quality sounds for YouTube, game streaming, podcasting, conference calls and music. It has an onboard audio control that lets you alter the headphone volume, pattern selection, mute functionality, and microphone gain to help you feel in charge of every aspect of the recording and streaming process. You can also adjust and pivot the microphone with the sound source to optimise the sound quality. The microphone comes with cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional, and stereo pickup patterns, which offer flexibility, allowing users to record in ways that would usually require multiple microphones. Users can also monitor their voice in real-time mixed with the sound from the computer to make sure the streams sound great. With the adjustable Mic gain, one can control the sensitivity of the mic capsules to achieve the desired broadcast quality sound. The microphone does not require any additional application to work – you can plug the device and start recording.
The AKG Lyra Ultra –HD USB-C Condenser Microphone comes with four user-friendly capture modes, optimised for any performance or application. These include Front, Front + Back, Tight Stereo, and Wide Stereo. It is perfect for live streaming games, creating podcasts, YouTube videos, music and more with 4K-compatible, Ultra HD audio quality. It features the cutting-edge AKG Internal Element Overload Prevention, an internal shock mount and built-in sound diffuser, so you can expect it to reduce noise and improve signal levels for optimal performance automatically. This microphone has a plug and play functionality which means that it can work by simply plugging in.