Low budget good quality studio microphones are difficult to find. So we decided to write this article to help you find the best microphone according to your budget.
First of all, it’s useful to note the difference between the two most common types of microphones, dynamic microphones and condenser microphones. What’s the difference?
- Dynamic microphones are commonly used for live performances, but are also useful in the studio, where they are often used to record snare drums or guitar amps. The Shure SM57, for example, is found in most music studios around the world and is typically used in this way. In general, dynamic mikes don’t require their own power supply like condenser microphones do. However, they have a more limited frequency response but a better tolerance for high sound pressure levels, making them the preferred choice for live vocals or drums.
- Condenser microphones are usually used for vocal and instrumental studio recordings.
In general, they have a more linear frequency response than dynamic microphones, especially regarding the higher end of the frequency spectrum. At the same time, they are more sensitive to high sound pressure levels, and are therefore less used on stage, where they can easily pickup unwanted sounds or create potentially dangerous feedback loops.To record with a condenser microphone you’ll have to make sure that your external sound card or mixing desk has 48v phantom power. This is because the plates present in the microphone need to be charged with a correct power supplement (+48v) to be able to record.
So, if you want to use a condenser microphone, make sure that your audio device supports 48v phantom power.
Here’s our microphone chart to chose the best home recording microphone.
Behringer C-1: Price (40/70 dollars)
This is the best-but-cheap microphone that you’ll find on the market. It offers a good recording quality at a very convenient price.
In fact, Behringer produces instruments and musical accessories famous for their ultra competitive prices compared to their real quality and reliability.
This is a great microphone for those who are approaching home recordingfor the first time and don’t have much money to spend.
This product could also work well for recording podcasts, voiceovers or other cases in which you may want to capture audio during a video session.
- Behringer C-1
- Microphone clip
Audio‑Technica AT2020: price (75/130 dollars)
This is surely a low budget microphone you should consider to buy.
The price is low, and the quality is only slightly lower than a mid-range microphone.
This is definitely a great instrument to include in your home recording studio and it’s perfect for users that approach the world of recording for the first time.
- Microphone Audio‑Technica AT2020
- Microphone clip
- Microphone case
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Blue spark: Price (100-150 dollars)
Elegance. This microphone has all the characteristics to become part of our top 5.
An extremely versatile microphone, great for recording your own voice and acoustic instruments as well.
The high quality offered by this microphone, in combination with its affordable price, makes this jewel a great choice for home recording.
- Blue spark
- Custom shockmount
- Custom pop filter
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Rode NT1-A: price (190/250 dollars)
For those who are looking for a middle-range mike combined with a very low price.
Rode NT1-A has been called the “world’s quietest studio condenser microphone“.
This little gem from Australia is a must-have for your home recording studio and this is definitely our favorite microphone in this chart.
Rode NT1-A delivers the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability typically only featured on some of the world’s most expensive microphones.
- SM6 pop filter
- XLR cable (6m)
- Microphone cover
SE Electronics SE2200A II: price (200/280 dollars)
The price is higher than the previous mikes but this is one of the best mid-range microphone ever made.
If you can spend some money, this is a product you should seriously consider to buy.
- SE Electronics SE2200A II
- Shock mount
- Pop filter
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