Try Our "StudioBuilder" Tool To Find The Right Mic For You!

Our search tool helps find the best microphone for your specific home recording studio application. The results represent what we feel are the best microphones based on our experience, user reviews, and expert advice from recording and sound professionals. Search options include -

  • Application – Is the mic for mobile recording or strictly for the studio? Will it be used for live performance or podcasting?
  • Connection - Do you need a standard dynamic? A condenser mic with phantom power? Will a USB mic work?
  • Retail Price - What is the amount of money you're willing to invest? Do you need a workhorse or a specialized mic?
  • Sound Source – What is the sound source you will be recording? One specific instrument or multiple types?

Just like musical instruments, price can matter. All things equal, $100 guitars don’t sound like $1000 guitars. And a $30 mic usually won’t sound as good as a $300 mic. Let your budget and the type of sound sources guide your decision. If your budget is limited, buy one quality mic that can handle the majority of your sound sources. You can add more specialized mics later as you need them.

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Audio Technica AT2020 Microphone
Price: $99.00

    Audio-Technica's stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.FeaturesThe price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser...

    Shure SM57-LC Dynamic Microphone
    Price: $99.00

      The Shure SM57 is one of the best under $100 cardioid mics ever made for both live performance and studio recording. It has a distinctive old school sound and is particularly suited to drums, guitar, and even vocals. A true classic, rugged, and tailored for high decibel sound applications. The Shure SM57 should be in every musician's or engineer's mic toolbox. It's been around for a long time and has recorded some of the best studio sounds and live performances on the planet.The SM57 should be...

      Shure SM58-LC Microphone
      Price: $99.00

        What can you say about a classic? This is the number one selling microphone in the United States if not the world. And for good reason. It is the workhorse of every live show and home studio. Even professional engineers and producers will pull out their trusty 58's when all else fails. It is truly one of the most rugged, great sounding, and versatile mics ever produced. Although famous for vocals this mic will handle just about any sound source including high volume amps and drum kits.The...

        MXL R144 Ribbon microphone
        Price: $99.99

          Incorporating a Figure-8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the MXL R144 offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings and is an excellent microphone for broadcast applications. The R144 also performs brilliantly on acoustic instruments, strings, and horns and offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.Features:Perfect for a musician who needs a workhorse ribbon micMellow sound with a rich midrange and rolled-off top endFigure-8...

          Sennheiser e835s Microphone
          Price: $109.95

            The e835 is designed for live vocals but its also a good choice for the home studio especially in cramped rooms where monitor feedback could be a problem. Uniform frequency pick-up pattern maintains signal quality when moving on and off axis during performance. Gentle presence boost to even tonal response ensures clarity and projection. Minimal proximity effect provides consistently clear bass and performance when singing closer to or farther from capsule. Features Rugged metal bodyExcellent...

            MXL V67GS Condenser Microphone
            Price: $119.95

              The MXL V67GS is a popular mic for hip hop/EDM style vocals because of the class-A FET (field-effect transistor) circuitry. FET circuitry was common decades ago and a transformer /coupled output gives it that fat old school tube sound. It also has a smooth rising presence peak which helps to bring the vocal track forward in the mix. This latest version of the classic V67 has high-pass roll-off switch and additional -6 dB pad.Features: Extremely versatile solid-state vocal microphoneBass...

              Blue MicBlue Microphones Yeti USB Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
              Price: $129.99

                The ultimate USB mic for professional recording The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is an ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. With exceptional sound and performance, the Yeti can capture anything with a clarity & ease unheard of in a USB microphone. The Yeti features Blue's innovative triple capsule array, allowing for...

                Sennheiser e604
                Price: $139.95

                  The frequency response and cardioid pick-up pattern are optimized for drum sets and other percussion instrument miking, while also producing exceptional results on all forms of brass and woodwind. An integral stand mount screws directly onto mic stands and included clip attaches mic to rim of drum. Very high sound pressure level handling, in excess of 160 dB, is combined with a balanced, clear, low distortion signal similar to a high-end studio condenser microphone. Lightweight voice coil...

                  Audio Technica AT2020 USB Mic
                  Price: $149.00

                    The new AT2020 USB offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer'۪s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable & storage pouch*The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica'۪s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid...

                    Audio-Technica AT2035
                    Price: $149.00

                      Designed for critical home/project/professional studio applications and live performance, this side-address cardioid studio condenser delivers exceptional detail and low noise. Equipped with a switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad, the AT2035 handles high sound pressure levels with ease. Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2035 provides an exceptional level of consistency from model to model. It comes equipped with a protective pouch and a...

                      Shure PG27-LC
                      Price: $149.00

                        The PG27LC side-address cardioid condenser microphone is designed with a flat frequency response for natural reproduction and features a large diaphragm. A high SPL threshold handles a wide variety of acoustic, amplified and vocal sound sources with professional clarity. It includes a stand adapter and zippered pouch. Features: Flat, neutral frequency response for natural reproduction of sound sources Large diaphragm capsule provides wider dynamic range for clear highs and strong lows...

                        Shure 58A Microphone
                        Price: $159.99

                          Supercardioid Dynamic with High Output Neodymium Element for Vocal Applications In the tradition of the SM58, the Beta 58A dynamic microphone has become a top choice among vocalists and touring sound professionals.In the tradition of the SM58 , the Beta 58A dynamic microphone has become a top choice among vocalists and touring sound professionals.The Shure Beta 58A is a high-output supercardioid dynamic vocal microphone designed for professional sound reinforcement and project studio...

                          AKG Perception220
                          Price: $179.00

                            The Perception 220 is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone offering outstanding build quality and excellent value. Its many useful features and included accessories make this microphone uncommonly versatile. It delivers a classic warm, clear sound and conforms to the stringent standards defined for AKG recording products. These standards are based on AKG's six decades of experience in making microphones and on input from sound engineers around the world who use AKG products every...

                            Shure Beta 52A
                            Price: $189.00

                              The Beta 52A is a Premium Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone for Kick Drums Optimized for use with kick drums, this supercardioid, dynamic microphone features an integral locking stand mount for fast, easy set-up. Specifically tailored frequency response for a new level of low-end punch on kick drums and other bass instruments.  Effective pneumatic shock mount minimizes mechanical and stand noise.FeaturesFrequency response shaped specifically for kick drums and bass instruments Built-in...

                              Sennheiser e906 Guitar Microphone
                              Price: $189.95

                                The cardioid e 906 instrument microphone was especially designed for guitar amps and is also excellent for percussion and horns.Features:Lively, full soundVery fast attackFlat shape is ideal for miking amp facesThree position switchable sound character: bright, moderate, darkRugged metal bodyFlat shape perfect for guitar ampsSwitchable presence filters (3 levels)Extra-resistant reinforced metal bodyIncludes MZQ 100 clamp and pouch ...

                                AKG D112 Kick Drum Microphone
                                Price: $199.00

                                  AKG claims the D 112 has earned a reputation as the best kick drum microphone ever made. Well, we're not sure about that but it's hard to argue with success. The D 112 handles a punch, up to 168 dB SPL with no audible distortion. A specially engineered diaphragm with very low resonance frequency maintains solid and powerful response below 100 Hz, while a narrow band presence rise at 4 kHz punches through dense mixes with little or no added EQ. The result is a kick drum sound that ideally...

                                  AKG C 1000 S Condenser Microphone
                                  Price: $199.99

                                    The popular C 1000 S enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the most versatile microphones for recording or live sound applications. That's why thousands of musicians and engineers rely on it as their "do it all" microphone.One of the most important features is that it can be powered by phantom voltage or an internal 9 V battery so it can be used in places that other high-performance condensers can't. A new feature that has been added to the C 1000S is a built-in battery status monitor. A...

                                    Blue Microphones Spark
                                    Price: $199.99

                                      Blue's newest professional mic, Spark, is a cardioid, solid-state condenser microphone designed to help you achieve professional quality recordings in any creative environment. Spark features a custom-designed condenser capsule with Class-A discrete electronics resulting in superbly detailed and uncolored output, making it the ideal microphone for recording vocals, drums, guitars, pianos, brass, woodwinds, and just about anything else you can light a fire under. A new feature found only on the...

                                      Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
                                      Price: $229.00

                                        The versatile AT2050 provides consistent, superior performance in switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-of-eight polar pattern settings. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use. Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad, the microphone is ideal for studio and live sound use on vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.FeaturesThree switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid,...

                                        Sennheiser e901 Microphone
                                        Price: $239.95

                                          Professional pre-polarized, half-cardioid, boundary layer condenser for bass drum, Leslie and low frequency instrument applications (1 lb 2.4 oz). Features Frequency response optimized for bass drumNo stand needed -- just lay it on a towel or pillowStandard XLR plug: no adaptor cable neededCapable of handling extremely high SPLsIncludes storage pouch ...

                                          Shure Beta 87A Condenser Microphone
                                          Price: $249.00

                                            The Shure Beta 87A is a premium quality supercardioid hand-held electret condenser vocal microphone with exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level capability. Used for professional sound reinforcement, broadcasting, and studio recording applications, the Beta 87A combines superb performance with the ruggedness needed for touring and field production. The Beta 87A features a controlled low-frequency roll-off that compensates for proximity effect and prevents the...

                                            Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Analog Condenser Multi-Pattern Mic
                                            Price: $249.99

                                              The ultimate microphone for professional USB & XLR recording. The Yeti Pro is the world's first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output. Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs. Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for usewith professional studio mixers and...

                                              Samson CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphones (Pair)
                                              Price: $249.99

                                                This matched pair of Samson CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphones are designed to provide maximum flexibility in a variety of miking and recording applications. Whether on stage or in the studio, these mics are perfect for capturing the brilliant ambience or direct sound of any performance.Available as a matched pair, these true capacitor condenser mics feature a high pass filter and a 10dB pad. Each CL2 comes with a pair of removable mic elements that can easily be interchanged for either...

                                                Blue Microphones Bluebird Cardioid Condenser Mic
                                                Price: $299.99

                                                  In a departure from its normally application-specific designs, Blue engineered the Bluebird to be as versatile as possible. Designed for applications ranging from vocals and electric and acoustic guitars, to close-miking of drums, drum overheads, percussion, piano, horns, and strings, virtually any application is enhanced by the Bluebird's crystal-clear sound. In addition to the microphone itself, the Bluebird includes a specially designed shockmount and metal mesh pop filter. No matter your...