To create your own high-quality YouTube vlogs, podcasts and more, your setup needs the right microphone. Here are some great options to consider.
We’re currently in the golden age of content creation. With easy to use and accessible content platforms for video, podcasts and more, all that is standing between you and your content creation goals is the right equipment. If you’re planning to create vlogs, podcasts or recording voice-overs, you need a great microphone as the first part of your creator journey. A mic for these objectives should be good at catching the speaker’s voice while also offering enough range for all types of users. Here are some of the leading options available on Amazon that you can consider. These microphones are designed with top-end specifications and features for the best results.
The large dual diaphragms in the Audio-Technica AT4050’s design are gold-vaporized and aged for a great performance that is also reliable. The diaphragms are present in a capsule design that helps retain an accurate polar pattern across the mic’s full frequency range. With a precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle, you get good stability and sensitivity. You can switch between omni, cardioid and figure-of-eight pickup patterns for the best results. Since it features a transformerless circuit, the model is capable of avoiding low-frequency interference. With a switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad, you can customise the input that the AT4050 takes.
The TLM 102 from Neumann is specially tuned to enhance the 8KHz to 12KHz range, best suited for the human voice. However, its overall range stretches from 20Hz to 20KHZ so you can record all types of sounds without any drop in quality. With an integrated pop shield, it can effectively address consonants and sibilants. The mic can reproduce sound pressure levels of up to 144 dB with high levels of clarity and accuracy. It can also handle volume changes dynamically without any distortion in the sound. The model’s plug and play design makes it easy to set up and get started.
With a one-inch capsule design, the Rode NT2 A offers great performance in a small package. It provides on-body controls to pick between the three polar pickup patterns available - omni, cardioid and figure-8. The model also features a high pass filter control that lets you toggle between flat, 40Hz and 80Hz configurations. It is designed to keep noise low. With an internal shock mount, the model also ensures minimal unnecessary vibrations. The package also features a separate studio mount, pop filter and dust cover for a complete setup. The wide frequency range from 20Hz to 20KHz covers vocals, instruments and much more.
The AKG C214 features an integrated suspension on its one-inch capsule design to keep mechanical noise to a minimum. With a switchable 20dB attenuation pad, this mic allows you to record louder sources of up to 156dB sound-pressure level. It also features a bass-cut filter that eliminates proximity effects for up-close recordings. The AKG Back-plate technology enhances its sound capture performance. Its durable design features an all-metal die-cast body with a shock and scratch-resistant finish. With a net weight of 280g, the mic features a lightweight design for easy usage. The AKG C214 supports a wide frequency range of 20Hz to 20000 Hz to cover the entire sound spectrum with the same audio quality.