Omni-directional mics

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 16 Mar 2020
Omni-directional mics

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Be it a vlog, studio recording for a singing session or a podcast with more than one person, you should preferably go for omnidirectional microphones so that you can capture sound from all directions. When you use such microphones for your recordings, you should further check for the noise to sound ratio, the sound output it produces, the power output and the frequency range in which it operates. You can choose between a microphone that you can mount on a camera or use in the studio or a compact lavalier microphone. If you are looking for an omnidirectional mic for any kind of recordings, here are 4 different microphones that should suit your needs for sure.

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

These microphones from Blue are one of the best omnidirectional mics in the market, thanks to their wonderful features like good noise to sound ratio, good impedance value and zero-latency sound output, amongst others. You can select from a multitude of patterns apart from the omnidirectional one, like cardioid, bidirectional and even stereo. This helps you in recording good quality sounds under all conditions, be it in outdoor conditions, while podcasting, during studio recording for voiceovers or singing, field recordings and so on. It comes with a power output of 130mW and has a frequency range of 15Hz to 22kHz. With a good noise to sound ratio of 100dB, it is one of the best microphones in the market with this feature. It comes with one USB port and one 3.5mm jack to connect your devices to it. It also has an instant mute button to stop recording as and when you require.

Rode SmartLavPlus Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones

If you are looking for a compact microphone to pair with your smartphones, then the SmartLavPlus Lavalier from Rode is a great option for you to consider. It comes with a frequency range of 20Hz–20kHz, which is good enough to capture a wide variety of sounds. Since it has an omnidirectional condenser, you can capture sounds from any direction. You get broadcast-worthy professional-quality sound recordings with this. It has a discrete design with a 4.5mm thick mic and is ideal for people looking for a budget-friendly microphone without spending too much on a wireless device. The cable is reinforced with Kevlar to improve its durability and it also has a durable clip that helps you attach the mic to your shirt while recording. The foam pop shield over the mic helps with the reduction of noise, which can be extremely beneficial on windy days or during outdoor shoots in general.

Movo HM-M2 Dynamic Omnidirectional Handheld XLR Reporter/Interview/Presentation Microphone

If you are looking for a microphone that has a sleek design and looks good on camera while taking an interview, then this handheld microphone from Movo should perfectly fit the bill for you. It is an XLR Reporter microphone that comes with a modern design. The best thing about it is that it can record audio from all sides. Furthermore, since it is quite lightweight, you can easily carry it around during your outdoor interviews. It has a frequency range of 70Hz to 5kHz, which may be less when compared to other omnidirectional microphones but is perfect for handheld recordings and for interviews.  

Blue Microphones Snowball-GB USB Microphone

Here is a microphone from Blue that can work both as an omnidirectional microphone as well as a cardioid one. It comes with a frequency range of 40Hz–18kHz, which is a good enough range for you to capture sounds in various environments. It gives you a USB based digital output, which should help it deliver high-quality sounds for sure. In the omnidirectional mode, you can feel the ambience of the place as well in the recording, which is of great help in situations like concert recordings. It comes with a tripod stand as well, so that you can place it safely without causing any movement or disturbance in it, thus eradicating any possibility of further noise. 


Ashwin Nair

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