What Are The Best Microphones For Creating YouTube Videos?

What Are The Best Microphones For Creating YouTube Videos?

What Are The Best Microphones For Creating YouTube Videos?


Ever watched a video with horrible audio? You most likely didn’t finish it. It was too painful! This illustrates how crucial high-quality audio is to effective video-making. Assure your videos are top-notch by investing in a high-end microphone. What are the best microphones for creating YouTube videos?

 

What Are The Best Microphones For Creating YouTube Videos?

The Importance Of Audio


It’s easy to get caught up in the visual aspect of making videos, but don’t forget the importance of audio. There’s no better way to hijack your videos than to have poor-quality audio.

The built-in audio on smartphones, webcams, and cameras, although good enough for some applications, doesn’t make the grade when creating YouTube videos. This is where a separate microphone comes in handy, and will become your new best friend. Get silky smooth audio, that complements your videos, rather than distracting from them.

Compare videos made with a mic, to those made without one, and there’s really no comparison. Microphones are not that expensive, so if you’re serious about creating videos on YouTube, you’ll definitely want to consider purchasing one. This is one of those little-effort-big-reward types of investment.

Making You Tube Videos


When choosing a mic, consider how the mic performs, the value it will provide, and of course the cost. Here are two of my favorite mics for recording YouTube videos.

Both are easy to use. Simply set them up, and start recording. This is unlike lavalier mics, that must be hooked up to an external audio recorder.

I always use a mic when recording videos for my affiliate marketing channel on YouTube.

Read my review of how I got started here. 

1. Rode VideoMic Studio Boom Kit


Rode has established a name for itself, which comes as no surprise, because their microphones produce great-sounding audio. The mic fits on the hot shoe of your camera, and comes with a cord to plug into the camera’s mic input.

The Rode VideoMic is a well-made, solid shotgun mic that comes with a 10-year warranty. You can’t go wrong with this microphone, and the boom makes it even more versatile.

Shotgun mics are unidirectional, meaning they must be pointed directly at whoever is talking, in order to get exceptional audio.  The closer you are to the mic, the better the sound quality. When using the boom, however, the sound quality won’t be jeopardized.

This set up is applicable for interview-type videos or music videos. The Rode mic is especially awesome for travel because it attaches directly to the camera’s hot shoe, making it ideal for filming on location. Thanks to its superior suspension and sturdy construction, the Rode can go the distance.

Rode Shotgun Mic

 

Check out these features. The Rode is also good for sporting events, broadcasting,  or any other application where the subject can’t wear or hold a mic.

Features:

  • Easy to set up
  • Includes Video mic, adjustable stand, and stand adapter
  • Sturdy construction
  • Rycote suspension system for attaching to hot shoe
  • Black music stand comes with tripod base and boom arm
  • Mic mounts to the boom to capture elevated audio

Pros:

  • Comes with a 25′ extension cable for use with boom
  • Has two settings: normal and high-pass filter, which eliminate outside noise and internal white noise
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Doesn’t take up a lot of space, making for easy storage
  • Convenient for vlogging

Cons:

  • Mic must be close to the subject when not using a boom
  • Does not include wind cover

4 1/2 rating starts

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2. Yeti Blue Microphone


This is the microphone I’ve been using to record screencasting tutorials and YouTube videos. It has taken my audio to an entirely new level. I can now listen to my videos without cringing.

The Yeti is a condenser microphone, which are the preferred mics for studio recording. These types of mics require an external power source. I plug mine into the USB port of my computer when recording screencasts. Condenser mics shine at producing realistic and superior sound.

The omnidirectional mode is able to pick up sound from all directions. This makes it suitable for music performances, podcasting, Skyping or game streaming. The bidirectional mode records from both the front and rear of the mic, making it ideal for capturing interviews, vocals, conference calls, and voice overs.

I bought an adapter off eBay that allows me to use my Yeti on my iPhone, which I’m super excited about. Check out this adapter. The Yeti is affordable and easy to use. Plug it in and enjoy the rich, full-bodied sound.

Yeti Blue Microphone

Features:

  • Comes with the Yeti microphone, adjustable stand, pop filter, and USB cable
  • Item weight is 5.49 pounds
  • Conveniently plugs into a USB port
  • Controls recordings in real-time
  • Four different polar patterns
  • Plug-and-play: plug it in and it’s ready to go

Pros:

  • Comes in two colors: midnight blue and black
  • Omnidirectional mode
  • Bidirectional mode
  • Headphone output
  • Mute button
  • Both Mac and PC compatible
  • Can detach mic from stand

Cons:

  • Condenser mics require an external power source
  • There is no turn off switch on the mic. It has to be unplugged

4 1/2 rating stars

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Key Points


Both the Rode and Yeti Blue microphones produce exceptional audio. These mics are a steal when you consider how much better your videos will be.

The Rode is a shotgun mic that attaches to the hot shoe of any DSLR. This makes it great for traveling and filming on location. Shotguns mics are the most effective when aimed directly at the subject, however, the boom circumvents this feature.

The Yeti Blue is a condenser mic that depends on an external power source. It’s simple to use and is applicable for making screencasts, tutorials, and YouTube videos. Both mics deliver high-quality value for the price.

Do you create YouTube videos? What microphone do you use? Please take the time to leave a question or comment below.

10 thoughts on “What Are The Best Microphones For Creating YouTube Videos?”

  1. I thought when making videos that the built-in mic of cameras and cellphones are enough to get the job done. However, I have now realized it’s better to have an external mic to ensure the sounds quality is good. 

    I will look into these types of microphones when my budget allows. 

    I hope the Rode is available in my location. If it’s not available, maybe there is an alternative one. 

    • Unfortunately, the built-in mics of smartphones and cameras aren’t sufficient to produce high-quality audio. Do consider a Rode or a Yeti depending on what you’re using it for.

      You can purchase the Rode online~

  2. Nice, I will check this out. My daughter needs a mic for vlogging. I’ve been encouraging her to start her online gig as early as she is not. She loves making videos and is excited to take classes in video editing after the holidays. 

    This might just be the perfect gift for her. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s really cool your daughter is vlogging. She’ll definitely need a mic to make her videos shine.  A microphone would be the perfect gift!

  3. I Believe that micro phones are vital to producing high quality sound. I’ve experienced this firsthand when I couldn’t understand an audio message. 

    I see from the article that I am not up to date with the latest technology. I would like to find out more. I’ll be googling this topic to learn more about it. 

    Thank you for this post!

    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for reading my post. Microphones are absolutely vital to get good quality sound. There’s nothing worse than not being able to understand audio. 

      Check out the mics to see if they’ll fit your needs. 

  4. Holly, this has come along at just the right time for me.

    I’m getting heavily into internet marketing, with books successfully published on Amazon and several websites in the health and fitness space. I’ve joined Wealthy Affiliate and am in the process of building my first affiliate site.

    I’m pretty much on top of everything except the one thing I’m constantly being told I need to do, and that’s make videos.

    I made one using my several years old video cam with its built-in microphone. I tried getting a lapel mic but it just didn’t work.

    And you’re right. Really good sound quality makes all the difference. Look how popular sound bars for TVs are!

    So thanks for this. I’ll be checking out the ones you recommend.

    • Thanks for commenting Phil. 

      Congratulations on getting your books published on Amazon. That’s awesome! Video marketing is all the rage these days, and with good reason. People love watching and listening to videos. 

      Lapels mics are good for certain applications, but for YouTube videos, screencasts, and tutorials, I would get the Yeti Blue microphone. Sound quality can make or break a video.

  5. I have several websites, and my goal this year is to start creating YouTube videos.  I think the Yeti Blue Microphone is the one that will work for creating all of my screencasts, and the price is pretty reasonable for a great quality microphone. I see where you were able to get an adapter for your iPhone, do you know if an adapter is available for android phones?  

    • Hi Janell,

      The Yeti is a great mic and perfect for screencasts. Jump on the YouTube bandwagon this year. It’s easier than you think.

      I would think Android would have an adapter. 

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