Best microphones for streaming and gaming 2022: boost your clarity this year

Best microphones for streaming

The best microphone for streaming and gaming are those models which, whether USB or XLR, provide amazing audio quality at competitive prices to help you sound your best regardless of the task at hand. While USB plug-and-play mics could be the most popular, we’ve hand-picked a quality mix below to suit most budgets and preferences from budget options to high-end models. 

If you want better audio quality with more control over the tone and richness of sound then an XLR model can certainly do the trick. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need an audio interface with 48V Phantom Power to take full advantage of the capacities, resulting in a more expensive way of doing things, though. We at GamesRadar have used many of the best microphones for gaming and streaming in our time, so we can tell you from experience that it comes down to your own personal preference and what you intend to it with the kit. 

Now, a good microphone is just the start of what’s essential for any good streaming setup, that’s why we recommend any aspiring live streamers and content creators to consider their next webcam, green screen, and ring light, too, in order to stand out from the crowd online. 

Best microphones for streaming 2022

Shure MV7 review

Shure MV7 review

Shure MV7 review microphone

Shure MV7 review microphone

1. Shure MV7

The best microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: Unidirectional (Cardioid)Connectivity: USBFrequency response: 50Hz-16,000HzFeatures: Dual XLR and USB output, touchscreen interface, SHure MOTIV desktop appToday’s Best DealsView at Sweetwater SoundView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (18 found)

Reasons to buy

+Dual outputs+Detailed sound reproduction+Cheaper than the SM7B with no obvious compromises

Reasons to avoid

-Physical buttons might have been better

Shure’s certainly got a history of audio excellence behind its name, and its recent SM7B podcasting mic extended the brand’s remit beyond live and studio sound. Then the MV7 came along, with dual XLR and USB inputs and a lower price. 

It sounds rich and full of detail out of the box with no need for plugin tinkering, with some subtle refinements to the EQ response that flatter a recorded vocal. But then you knew that because we’re talking about a Shure mic.

What’s more surprising is that the dual-input layout feels genuinely useful. Not everyone has an audio interface with XLR ins, so the USB connection solves that potential pitfall. And for those who do, recording a scratch track via the USB creates a handy failsafe, and can be used as a dry performance track to sit beneath an affected track in your DAW. (You might even nudge one fractionally ahead of the other for an efficient doubled vocal effect.)

All this, along with the usual gain and mute controls, is handled via a touch control at the front of the mic. It looks slightly at odds with the pro audio aesthetic evident throughout the mic, but it works well and prevents the mute ‘pop’ from some mechanical switches. All in this is absolutely one of the best microphones for streaming right now.

  • Read more: Shure MV7 review

2. Blue Yeti Nano

The best budget microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, OmnidirectionalFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: 48kHz sample rate, zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (42 found)7 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+Compact design+Simple to use+Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

-Less customisation than other Yetis

Blue are very well known when it comes to streaming mics, and with good reason – they’re masters of the craft. The budget Yeti Nano (the scrappy younger sibling of the Yeti range) is no less impressive. 

Hitting hard with great audio and a dual condenser setup, it perfects the Yeti formula while reducing that microphone’s price. It’s a whole lot smaller and lighter, too; the Nano is half the weight of the original Yeti, making it much more portable than its counterpart. The ease of setting it up certainly helps. Thanks to a plug-and-play USB connection, you can be recording in no time.  

Sure, you lose out on some options by going for the cheaper Yeti Nano. However, it won’t disappoint and still has a couple of surprises up its sleeve – more specifically, it allows you to swap between cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns.

3. Samson G-Track Pro

The best microphone for audio interface functionality

Specifications

Voltage: 100VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, OmnidirectionalConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 50Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Dual track recording, instrument input, zero-latency monitoring, gain, mute, and headphone volume controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (15 found)57 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+Awesome sound quality+Sturdy design+Audio interface functionality

Reasons to avoid

-Tricky to set up

Samson’s G-Track Pro is easily one of the best microphones for streaming and gaming that we’ve tried. Providing excellent sound quality to go with a very sturdy base, it’s armed with three polar patterns – cardioid, bidirectional, and omnidirectional – instead of one. That makes it a very flexible, adaptable choice. 

Thanks to crystal-clear sound that almost beats more expensive studio mics, the G-Track Pro won’t disappoint when you’re playing back recordings either. Throw in specific options for instruments or vocals and you’ve got a very comprehensive piece of kit on your hands.

Perhaps most importantly, it won’t break the bank. Even though it’s pricier than other recommendations on this list, it beats them all in terms of value for money.

4. Rode NT USB

The best premium microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Side-address, on-mic mix control, pop shield, tripod, zero-latency stereo headphone monitoringToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonLow StockView at WalmartView at Best BuySee all prices (11 found)7 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆https://t.myvisualiq.net/impression_pixel?r=hawk-cache&et=i&ago=212&ao=803&aca=123513&si=1943169&ci=234568&pi=356748&ad=-4&advt=1943169&chnl=-4&vndr=1481&sz=8336&u=EncryptedId|1943169|&pt=i

Reasons to buy

+Brilliant audio quality+Pop shield included

Reasons to avoid

-Only uses cardioid radius-Flimsy tripod

There’s a lot to love to love about the Rode NT-USB, and it’s  undoubtedly one of the best microphones for streaming if you can stretch your budget. With studio-quality sound and a very professional air, it’s a good call for those who want to go pro.

Besides its excellent cardioid audio, the NT-USB features an advanced interior shock capsule. That allows it to quieten – or avoid – the clacking of keys, thumps on the table, and more. It’s a very handy selling point for those who’ll be streaming PC games.

The mic’s other unexpected bonus is a clip-on pop shield. That helps to avoid those irritating, hard ‘p’ sounds that can ruin a recording. Because you usually have to pay for a shield separately, getting one in the box is pretty fantastic.

Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition

Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition

5. Blue Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition

The best microphone for roleplaying games

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Voice changer, WoW sound effects, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyLow StockView at WalmartSee all prices (5 found)https://t.myvisualiq.net/impression_pixel?r=hawk-cache&et=i&ago=212&ao=803&aca=123513&si=1943169&ci=234568&pi=356748&ad=-4&advt=1943169&chnl=-4&vndr=1481&sz=8336&u=EncryptedId|1943169|&pt=i

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic quality+Voice changer and sound effects+LED lighting and WoW design

Reasons to avoid

-A bit of a price-hike

The Yeti X improved upon everything that came before, and the World of Warcraft Edition pushes it even further. Although you might think it’s just a reskinned version of the original mic, this is much more than a new lick of paint.

Aside from the WoW-specific design (complete with golden trimmings and runes around the base) the main difference lies in its voice changer. This version of the Yeti X allows you to throw your voice via filters and turn your dulcet tones into those of an orc, demon, and more. In addition, it’s stocked up with a vast collection of sound effects you can play at any time. This is perfect for playing the MMO itself, but it’s also a real boon for those playing some of the best tabletop RPGs online. If you’re a Dungeon Master, being able to quickly use those features to more convincingly voice a gnome NPC is really cool.

Naturally, this all comes with the Yeti X’s already-superb performance. It sounds crisp and clear, offers four polar patterns (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo) and an LED-illuminated ‘smart knob’. This allows you to make quick adjustments on the fly when needed.

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3

6. Elgato Wave:3

The best Elgato microphone for streamers

Specifications

Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USB-CFrequency response: 70Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Wave Link software, built-in pop shield, Clipguard featureToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (12 found)

Reasons to buy

+Built-in limiter+…and a pop shield too+Polished sound

Reasons to avoid

– Awkward mute button 

If you want your streams to sound great with little to no tweaking on your part, Elgato’s utilitarian-looking Wave:3 should be right at the top of your list on your search for the best microphone for streaming. Now significantly cheaper than it was at launch, it’s no longer going toe-to-toe with Blue’s imperious Yeti X in price but offers something comparable in features and sound quality. 

A lot of its best attributes are hidden away, like Clipguard, an anti-peaking hard limiter built into the mic without the need to install any software. It works intelligently, squishing your signal just enough for it to feel smooth and subtly processed for your audiences. This is a streamer mic, after all, not something designed to capture the dynamic range of a live orchestra. 

You genuinely don’t need a pop shield with this one either, thanks to a built-in design that catches hard plosives before they explode anyone’s eardrums. Again, it works well and sounds great in conjunction with Clipguard. 

The overall sound is crisp and detailed, not quite as warm as the very best we’ve tested but only by fractions. It will get you compliments on Discord and its easy operation will keep your Twitch sessions ticking over without tech issues – all except for an awkwardly placed touchscreen mute control, which is a bit too easy to accidentally tap. 

  • Read more: Elgato Wave:3 review

7. Blue Yeti X

The best microphone for flexibility

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Blue Vo.Ce, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at Sweetwater SoundView at AmazonSee all prices (18 found)1 Amazon customer review☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+Blue’s best-quality microphone+Flexible Blue Vo!Ce software included+LED lighting indicates volume

Reasons to avoid

-Buttons are a bit noisy

Blue has dominated the microphone business for a long time, yet it’s rarely been able to escape the shadow of the Yeti – its original bestseller. Until the Yeti X, that is. This new contender takes everything that was great about its predecessor, improves upon it, and pushes the brand to the next level.

To start with, the X’s audio is unquestionably excellent. It sounds great in action, and it also impresses with four polar patterns (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo). That’s something lacking in the cheaper Yeti Nano, so it’s nice to see this flexibility return with the X. Speaking of which, the X has taken design cues from the Nano to make it lighter and less bulky than the original Yeti. That’s a win in our book.

However, the Yeti X’s coolest features would have to be the LED-illuminated ‘smart knob’ and Blue’s own Vo!Ce software. The former shows off audio volume in real-time for easy adjustments on the fly, while the latter provides filters, noise reduction, and sound effects. A must-have.

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

Razer Seiren V2 Pro

8. Razer Seiren Pro V2

The best Razer microphone

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: High pass filter, analog gain limiter, 30mm dynamic micToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (7 found)

Reasons to buy

+Typically gorgeous looks+Simplicity of design

Reasons to avoid

-Sound reproduction isn’t Yeti X-level-Boom arm is almost mandatory

Razer’s V2 refresh of the companies mics introduces an eye-grabbing pill shape around the mic capsule and an air of minimalism typical of the brand that adds a touch of class to any desk. The last Seirens were competent and attractive mics that fell short of the big market leaders in audio reproduction, most notably the Blue Yeti and Yeti X. Is that top of the agenda here, then?

In truth, probably not. The likes of Blue, Shure, Beyerdynamic, and Audio-Technica have decades upon decades of studio expertise to drawn upon when they design an affordable streamer mic, whereas Razer’s a relative newcomer. Beating those titans at their own game probably isn’t realistic, so instead the Singapore-Irvine, CA company focuses on smart looks, ease of use, and improving the audio characteristics of the original Seiren.

And it does so successfully, with clear sound reproduction and tight low-end. That’s when you get the mic placement just right – too far away and a lot of roominess creeps in. The controls are typical of a USB mic – volume and gain dials and a mute button. Also typically, they’re not much use without level markers and infinite rotation. Nevertheless, Razer brings a smart and tight-sounding refresh to the best microphone for streaming market here. 

  • Read more: Razer Seiren V2 Pro review

ROCCAT Torch

ROCCAT Torch

ROCCAT Torch

ROCCAT Torch

ROCCAT Torch

9. Roccat Torch

The best Roccat microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: Cardioid, Stereo, Whisper (ROCCAT Proprietary)Connectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Contactless quick mute button, reactive lighting, mixer style controlsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (5 found)

Reasons to buy

+ALL the features+Solid sound reproduction

Reasons to avoid

-Do you need TWO mic mute controls?-Unusual looks may divide opinion

Everyone likes an eccentric, and it only takes a glance at the Torch’s unconventional proportions and lighting to get the sense that this is very much an eccentric entry into the best microphone for streaming market. Thankfully there’s nothing about its idiosyncrasies that hamper it in terms of sound or operation – quite the opposite. 

What ROCCAT presents us with here is actually a mini mixer with a dual-capsule condenser mic mounted directly onto it. It can be unscrewed and mounted to a boom arm to eradicate those desk knocks being picked up, although you’ll need to source the thread adapter yourself.

Favouring physical controls over another bloated software suite, the Torch puts it all on the mixer for you, including a wonderfully weighted gain slider we may or may not have pretended to DJ with for extended spells during testing. While this slider’s well insulated against mic pickup, the other controls at the rear of the mixer can cause audible noise when you fiddle with them. 

There are more cables involved here than most mics demand. A USB-C to USB-C connects the mic and mixer, then another hooks up the device with your machine. If you plug some headphones into the mini-jack at the back too, you’ve got a challenge keeping things neat and aesthetic. However, good quality sound and some useful light implementation just about bring the whole endeavour together.

  • Read more: Roccat Torch review

Blue Blackout Spark SL

Blue Blackout Spark SL

Blue Blackout Spark SL

Blue Blackout Spark SL

10. Blue Blackout Spark SL

The sultans of stream show their studio mic chops

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: XLRFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser, 100Hz low cut filter, -20dB padToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (34 found)1 Walmart customer review☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+Studio quality sound+Low cut filter+Extremely versatile condenser

Reasons to avoid

-Requires audio interface & phantom power

Most gamers know Blue primarily as purveyors of fine USB microphones for streaming that made their way into, more or less, every streamer’s setup since the early twenty-teens. But the Logitech subdivision has skin in the studio game too, of which this Blackout Spark SL XLR condenser mic is evidence.

Given the connection type, hooking it up to your setup requires more financial investment than a USB model because it requires phantom power to operate (and obviously an XLR input) which means you need to add an audio interface to the signal chain between mic and PC/Mac. 

So although it’s veritably bargainous given the sound quality on offer, it’s not a cheap option on the whole. If you’re putting content out there on highly compressed platforms, you don’t need to spend this much – and likely your audience won’t hear a massive step up in quality if you did. 

However, if you record music or spoken word vocals and want to achieve the highest possible standard without having to pop down to Abbey Road, the Blackout Spark SL gets you there. A -20dB pad lends some versatility to the sources it can handle, from softly spoken vocals to drums being absolutely wailed on, Dave Grohl-style. Meanwhile a low cut filter brings out the more pleasing frequencies from a vocal and saves on EQ-shaving in production. 

There’s simply nothing to fault about this mic, other than its rather more involved setup than dedicated streamer models. 

  • Read more: Blue Blackout Spark SL review

EPOS B20 microphone

EPOS B20 microphone

EPOS B20 microphone

EPOS B20 microphone

11. EPOS B20

A strong mic with Sennheiser pedigree

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Voice changer, WoW sound effects, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Newegg

Reasons to buy

+Sophisticated looks+Four polar patterns

Reasons to avoid

-No volume or gain markers-Sound can’t quite cut it with Blue’s Yeti X

 Aesthetes rejoice: peddlers of upmarket Danish audio gear EPOS just released its first streamer mic. The B20 boasts four polar patterns for different recording setups, a brushed aluminium finish, and a stand that wouldn’t look out of place in a B&O showroom. But it’s priced only slightly under the $200/£200 point, and that puts it right in the fight with the best USB mics out there. 

Sadly it’s not the new reigning champ in terms of sheer recording quality, but with a studio standard 48KHz/16-bit it’s certainly more than capable of delivering your dulcet tones to the masses over a stream, a podcast, or a Discord chat with particularly high production values. 

A few small design tweaks are needed to elevate the B20 among the ranks of the very best, chiefly markers on its volume and gain dials, which rotate forever and keep those perfectly tweaked level settings a mystery. That’s an easy fix with either a new model or some Tippex, though – your move, EPOS.

This is one for the streamers who don’t mind shelling out for a grown-up aesthetic, and with podcasters and music producers with an eye on those additional polar patterns beyond the cardioid mode.

  • Read more: EPOS B20 review

12. Zalman ZM-Mic1

The best starter microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: 2VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: 3.5mmFrequency response: 100Hz-16,000HzFeatures: three mini-clips, lightweight, low powerToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at NeweggView at WalmartSee all prices (8 found)109 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆https://t.myvisualiq.net/impression_pixel?r=hawk-cache&et=i&ago=212&ao=803&aca=123513&si=1943169&ci=234568&pi=356748&ad=-4&advt=1943169&chnl=-4&vndr=1481&sz=8336&u=EncryptedId|1943169|&pt=i

Reasons to buy

+Incredibly cheap+Better sound than most headset mics

Reasons to avoid

-Smaller frequency range-Picks up background noise

Alright, the ZM-Mic1 isn’t awe-inspiring. All the same, it’s basically guaranteed to outdo any mic built into your headset. That’s a bargain at such a low cost.

What makes it special, then? For starters, the ZM uses very little power and is lightweight enough to clip on almost anywhere. This is perfect for streamers who want to keep their head in the game without being distracted by a dirty great mic planted in front of them. Furthermore, the quality of the audio is on par with many more expensive microphones. That’s no mean feat, especially considering the price of this one. 

Even though it does pick up a few background noises here and there, it’s pretty good otherwise – it generally doesn’t register the sound of the wearer’s breath, for example. As such, it’s an excellent purchase for those wanting to dip a toe into streaming or recording without spending lots of cash.

13. Razer Seiren X

The best compact microphone for streaming

Specifications

Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Super-cardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: built-in shock mount, mute button, zero-latency 3.5 mm headphone monitoring portToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonLow StockView at WalmartView at Best BuySee all prices (16 found)6 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆https://t.myvisualiq.net/impression_pixel?r=hawk-cache&et=i&ago=212&ao=803&aca=123513&si=1943169&ci=234568&pi=356748&ad=-4&advt=1943169&chnl=-4&vndr=1481&sz=8336&u=EncryptedId|1943169|&pt=i

Reasons to buy

+Portable, compact design+Brilliant cardioid performance

Reasons to avoid

-No other polar patterns-Picks up keyboard noise

Some mics take up loads of real-estate, but not the Razer Seiren X. It perches atop your desk like an alien obelisk from a sci-fi movie, and it’s not much bigger than a can of soda. That makes it ideal for streaming on the likes of Twitch, where you want viewers to be able to see you as well as the gameplay.

As you’d expect from Razer, there are a few big selling points to speak of. First up is the built-in shock mount, designed to dampen vibrations (when you accidentally knock the table, for instance). Next up is the ‘super-cardioid’ polar pattern, a feature that purportedly reduces background noise and hones in on your voice. While it’s not 100% effective, it’s still a solid effort.

Finally, it’s good value considering its price. There are more expensive versions out there like the Seiren Elite or the Seiren Emote (the latter has an 8-bit LED screen to show emoticons and the like), but this is still our favorite.

AverMedia AM330

AverMedia AM330

AverMedia AM330

AverMedia AM330

14. AverMedia Live Streamer Mic 330

A solid mic for all purposes

Specifications

Voltage:: TBCPolar patterns: UnidirectionalFrequency response: 50Hz-18,000HzFeatures: Broadcast-quality clarity, all-metal body, built-in pop filterToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at AmazonLow StockView at Walmarthttps://t.myvisualiq.net/impression_pixel?r=hawk-cache&et=i&ago=212&ao=803&aca=123513&si=1943169&ci=234568&pi=356748&ad=-4&advt=1943169&chnl=-4&vndr=1481&sz=8336&u=EncryptedId|1943169|&pt=i

Reasons to buy

+Bomb-proof (probably)+Rich and low latency audio

Reasons to avoid

-Requires audio interface and boom arm-Not much here specifically for streamers

Why aren’t we all using XLR studio contenders for best microphone for streaming in our livestreams and podcasts? Probably because they need an audio interface. The Blue Yeti stormed the market in no small part due to its USB cable and the ease of use thereof, so it’s interesting to see the Avermedia Live Streamer Mic 330 pop up with that three-pronged connection dangling from the end.

If you invest in the required audio interface and boom arm or stand, you’re rewarded with a rich sound despite the 330’s relatively narrow frequency response range of 50Hz-18KHz, and solid metal construction that makes most gaming market mics feel flimsy by comparison. With a single mute control on the underside of the capsule, you couldn’t call it fiddly or complex to use, but for a mic with ‘Streamer’ in its name it’s hard to discern where the concessions are to that intended purpose. Most streamers will find a USB mic setup a better solution for its sheer simplicity, but those who also have music projects and low-latency tracking on the mind are served a happy medium here by Avermedia. 

  • Read more: AverMedia Live Streamer Mic 330 review

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The best microphone for streaming and gaming are those models which, whether USB or XLR, provide amazing audio quality at competitive prices to help you sound your best regardless of the task at hand. While USB plug-and-play mics could be the most popular, we’ve hand-picked a quality mix below to suit most budgets and preferences from budget options to high-end models. 
If you want better audio quality with more control over the tone and richness of sound then an XLR model can certainly do the trick. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need an audio interface with 48V Phantom Power to take full advantage of the capacities, resulting in a more expensive way of doing things, though. We at GamesRadar have used many of the best microphones for gaming and streaming in our time, so we can tell you from experience that it comes down to your own personal preference and what you intend to it with the kit. 
Now, a good microphone is just the start of what’s essential for any good streaming setup, that’s why we recommend any aspiring live streamers and content creators to consider their next webcam, green screen, and ring light, too, in order to stand out from the crowd online. 
Best microphones for streaming 2022

1. Shure MV7
The best microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: Unidirectional (Cardioid)Connectivity: USBFrequency response: 50Hz-16,000HzFeatures: Dual XLR and USB output, touchscreen interface, SHure MOTIV desktop appToday’s Best DealsView at Sweetwater SoundView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (18 found)
Reasons to buy
+Dual outputs+Detailed sound reproduction+Cheaper than the SM7B with no obvious compromises
Reasons to avoid
-Physical buttons might have been better
Shure’s certainly got a history of audio excellence behind its name, and its recent SM7B podcasting mic extended the brand’s remit beyond live and studio sound. Then the MV7 came along, with dual XLR and USB inputs and a lower price. 
It sounds rich and full of detail out of the box with no need for plugin tinkering, with some subtle refinements to the EQ response that flatter a recorded vocal. But then you knew that because we’re talking about a Shure mic.
What’s more surprising is that the dual-input layout feels genuinely useful. Not everyone has an audio interface with XLR ins, so the USB connection solves that potential pitfall. And for those who do, recording a scratch track via the USB creates a handy failsafe, and can be used as a dry performance track to sit beneath an affected track in your DAW. (You might even nudge one fractionally ahead of the other for an efficient doubled vocal effect.)
All this, along with the usual gain and mute controls, is handled via a touch control at the front of the mic. It looks slightly at odds with the pro audio aesthetic evident throughout the mic, but it works well and prevents the mute ‘pop’ from some mechanical switches. All in this is absolutely one of the best microphones for streaming right now.
Read more: Shure MV7 review

2. Blue Yeti Nano
The best budget microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, OmnidirectionalFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: 48kHz sample rate, zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (42 found)7 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Simple to use+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Less customisation than other Yetis
Blue are very well known when it comes to streaming mics, and with good reason – they’re masters of the craft. The budget Yeti Nano (the scrappy younger sibling of the Yeti range) is no less impressive. 
Hitting hard with great audio and a dual condenser setup, it perfects the Yeti formula while reducing that microphone’s price. It’s a whole lot smaller and lighter, too; the Nano is half the weight of the original Yeti, making it much more portable than its counterpart. The ease of setting it up certainly helps. Thanks to a plug-and-play USB connection, you can be recording in no time.  
Sure, you lose out on some options by going for the cheaper Yeti Nano. However, it won’t disappoint and still has a couple of surprises up its sleeve – more specifically, it allows you to swap between cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns.

3. Samson G-Track Pro
The best microphone for audio interface functionality
Specifications
Voltage: 100VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, OmnidirectionalConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 50Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Dual track recording, instrument input, zero-latency monitoring, gain, mute, and headphone volume controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (15 found)57 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Awesome sound quality+Sturdy design+Audio interface functionality
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to set up
Samson’s G-Track Pro is easily one of the best microphones for streaming and gaming that we’ve tried. Providing excellent sound quality to go with a very sturdy base, it’s armed with three polar patterns – cardioid, bidirectional, and omnidirectional – instead of one. That makes it a very flexible, adaptable choice. 
Thanks to crystal-clear sound that almost beats more expensive studio mics, the G-Track Pro won’t disappoint when you’re playing back recordings either. Throw in specific options for instruments or vocals and you’ve got a very comprehensive piece of kit on your hands.
Perhaps most importantly, it won’t break the bank. Even though it’s pricier than other recommendations on this list, it beats them all in terms of value for money.

4. Rode NT USB
The best premium microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Side-address, on-mic mix control, pop shield, tripod, zero-latency stereo headphone monitoringToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonLow StockView at WalmartView at Best BuySee all prices (11 found)7 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Brilliant audio quality+Pop shield included
Reasons to avoid
-Only uses cardioid radius-Flimsy tripod
There’s a lot to love to love about the Rode NT-USB, and it’s  undoubtedly one of the best microphones for streaming if you can stretch your budget. With studio-quality sound and a very professional air, it’s a good call for those who want to go pro.
Besides its excellent cardioid audio, the NT-USB features an advanced interior shock capsule. That allows it to quieten – or avoid – the clacking of keys, thumps on the table, and more. It’s a very handy selling point for those who’ll be streaming PC games.
The mic’s other unexpected bonus is a clip-on pop shield. That helps to avoid those irritating, hard ‘p’ sounds that can ruin a recording. Because you usually have to pay for a shield separately, getting one in the box is pretty fantastic.

5. Blue Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition
The best microphone for roleplaying games
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Voice changer, WoW sound effects, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyLow StockView at WalmartSee all prices (5 found)
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic quality+Voice changer and sound effects+LED lighting and WoW design
Reasons to avoid
-A bit of a price-hike
The Yeti X improved upon everything that came before, and the World of Warcraft Edition pushes it even further. Although you might think it’s just a reskinned version of the original mic, this is much more than a new lick of paint.
Aside from the WoW-specific design (complete with golden trimmings and runes around the base) the main difference lies in its voice changer. This version of the Yeti X allows you to throw your voice via filters and turn your dulcet tones into those of an orc, demon, and more. In addition, it’s stocked up with a vast collection of sound effects you can play at any time. This is perfect for playing the MMO itself, but it’s also a real boon for those playing some of the best tabletop RPGs online. If you’re a Dungeon Master, being able to quickly use those features to more convincingly voice a gnome NPC is really cool.
Naturally, this all comes with the Yeti X’s already-superb performance. It sounds crisp and clear, offers four polar patterns (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo) and an LED-illuminated ‘smart knob’. This allows you to make quick adjustments on the fly when needed.

6. Elgato Wave:3
The best Elgato microphone for streamers
Specifications
Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USB-CFrequency response: 70Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Wave Link software, built-in pop shield, Clipguard featureToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (12 found)
Reasons to buy
+Built-in limiter+…and a pop shield too+Polished sound
Reasons to avoid
– Awkward mute button 
If you want your streams to sound great with little to no tweaking on your part, Elgato’s utilitarian-looking Wave:3 should be right at the top of your list on your search for the best microphone for streaming. Now significantly cheaper than it was at launch, it’s no longer going toe-to-toe with Blue’s imperious Yeti X in price but offers something comparable in features and sound quality. 
A lot of its best attributes are hidden away, like Clipguard, an anti-peaking hard limiter built into the mic without the need to install any software. It works intelligently, squishing your signal just enough for it to feel smooth and subtly processed for your audiences. This is a streamer mic, after all, not something designed to capture the dynamic range of a live orchestra. 
You genuinely don’t need a pop shield with this one either, thanks to a built-in design that catches hard plosives before they explode anyone’s eardrums. Again, it works well and sounds great in conjunction with Clipguard. 
The overall sound is crisp and detailed, not quite as warm as the very best we’ve tested but only by fractions. It will get you compliments on Discord and its easy operation will keep your Twitch sessions ticking over without tech issues – all except for an awkwardly placed touchscreen mute control, which is a bit too easy to accidentally tap. 
Read more: Elgato Wave:3 review

7. Blue Yeti X
The best microphone for flexibility
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Blue Vo.Ce, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at Sweetwater SoundView at AmazonSee all prices (18 found)1 Amazon customer review☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Blue’s best-quality microphone+Flexible Blue Vo!Ce software included+LED lighting indicates volume
Reasons to avoid
-Buttons are a bit noisy
Blue has dominated the microphone business for a long time, yet it’s rarely been able to escape the shadow of the Yeti – its original bestseller. Until the Yeti X, that is. This new contender takes everything that was great about its predecessor, improves upon it, and pushes the brand to the next level.
To start with, the X’s audio is unquestionably excellent. It sounds great in action, and it also impresses with four polar patterns (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo). That’s something lacking in the cheaper Yeti Nano, so it’s nice to see this flexibility return with the X. Speaking of which, the X has taken design cues from the Nano to make it lighter and less bulky than the original Yeti. That’s a win in our book.
However, the Yeti X’s coolest features would have to be the LED-illuminated ‘smart knob’ and Blue’s own Vo!Ce software. The former shows off audio volume in real-time for easy adjustments on the fly, while the latter provides filters, noise reduction, and sound effects. A must-have.

8. Razer Seiren Pro V2
The best Razer microphone
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: High pass filter, analog gain limiter, 30mm dynamic micToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (7 found)
Reasons to buy
+Typically gorgeous looks+Simplicity of design
Reasons to avoid
-Sound reproduction isn’t Yeti X-level-Boom arm is almost mandatory
Razer’s V2 refresh of the companies mics introduces an eye-grabbing pill shape around the mic capsule and an air of minimalism typical of the brand that adds a touch of class to any desk. The last Seirens were competent and attractive mics that fell short of the big market leaders in audio reproduction, most notably the Blue Yeti and Yeti X. Is that top of the agenda here, then?
In truth, probably not. The likes of Blue, Shure, Beyerdynamic, and Audio-Technica have decades upon decades of studio expertise to drawn upon when they design an affordable streamer mic, whereas Razer’s a relative newcomer. Beating those titans at their own game probably isn’t realistic, so instead the Singapore-Irvine, CA company focuses on smart looks, ease of use, and improving the audio characteristics of the original Seiren.
And it does so successfully, with clear sound reproduction and tight low-end. That’s when you get the mic placement just right – too far away and a lot of roominess creeps in. The controls are typical of a USB mic – volume and gain dials and a mute button. Also typically, they’re not much use without level markers and infinite rotation. Nevertheless, Razer brings a smart and tight-sounding refresh to the best microphone for streaming market here. 
Read more: Razer Seiren V2 Pro review

9. Roccat Torch
The best Roccat microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: Not statedPolar patterns: Cardioid, Stereo, Whisper (ROCCAT Proprietary)Connectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Contactless quick mute button, reactive lighting, mixer style controlsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (5 found)
Reasons to buy
+ALL the features+Solid sound reproduction
Reasons to avoid
-Do you need TWO mic mute controls?-Unusual looks may divide opinion
Everyone likes an eccentric, and it only takes a glance at the Torch’s unconventional proportions and lighting to get the sense that this is very much an eccentric entry into the best microphone for streaming market. Thankfully there’s nothing about its idiosyncrasies that hamper it in terms of sound or operation – quite the opposite. 
What ROCCAT presents us with here is actually a mini mixer with a dual-capsule condenser mic mounted directly onto it. It can be unscrewed and mounted to a boom arm to eradicate those desk knocks being picked up, although you’ll need to source the thread adapter yourself.
Favouring physical controls over another bloated software suite, the Torch puts it all on the mixer for you, including a wonderfully weighted gain slider we may or may not have pretended to DJ with for extended spells during testing. While this slider’s well insulated against mic pickup, the other controls at the rear of the mixer can cause audible noise when you fiddle with them. 
There are more cables involved here than most mics demand. A USB-C to USB-C connects the mic and mixer, then another hooks up the device with your machine. If you plug some headphones into the mini-jack at the back too, you’ve got a challenge keeping things neat and aesthetic. However, good quality sound and some useful light implementation just about bring the whole endeavour together.
Read more: Roccat Torch review

10. Blue Blackout Spark SL
The sultans of stream show their studio mic chops
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: XLRFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser, 100Hz low cut filter, -20dB padToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (34 found)1 Walmart customer review☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Studio quality sound+Low cut filter+Extremely versatile condenser
Reasons to avoid
-Requires audio interface & phantom power
Most gamers know Blue primarily as purveyors of fine USB microphones for streaming that made their way into, more or less, every streamer’s setup since the early twenty-teens. But the Logitech subdivision has skin in the studio game too, of which this Blackout Spark SL XLR condenser mic is evidence.
Given the connection type, hooking it up to your setup requires more financial investment than a USB model because it requires phantom power to operate (and obviously an XLR input) which means you need to add an audio interface to the signal chain between mic and PC/Mac. 
So although it’s veritably bargainous given the sound quality on offer, it’s not a cheap option on the whole. If you’re putting content out there on highly compressed platforms, you don’t need to spend this much – and likely your audience won’t hear a massive step up in quality if you did. 
However, if you record music or spoken word vocals and want to achieve the highest possible standard without having to pop down to Abbey Road, the Blackout Spark SL gets you there. A -20dB pad lends some versatility to the sources it can handle, from softly spoken vocals to drums being absolutely wailed on, Dave Grohl-style. Meanwhile a low cut filter brings out the more pleasing frequencies from a vocal and saves on EQ-shaving in production. 
There’s simply nothing to fault about this mic, other than its rather more involved setup than dedicated streamer models. 
Read more: Blue Blackout Spark SL review

11. EPOS B20
A strong mic with Sennheiser pedigree
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, StereoConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: Voice changer, WoW sound effects, zero-latency monitoring, Smart knob controlsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Newegg
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated looks+Four polar patterns
Reasons to avoid
-No volume or gain markers-Sound can’t quite cut it with Blue’s Yeti X
 Aesthetes rejoice: peddlers of upmarket Danish audio gear EPOS just released its first streamer mic. The B20 boasts four polar patterns for different recording setups, a brushed aluminium finish, and a stand that wouldn’t look out of place in a B&O showroom. But it’s priced only slightly under the $200/£200 point, and that puts it right in the fight with the best USB mics out there. 
Sadly it’s not the new reigning champ in terms of sheer recording quality, but with a studio standard 48KHz/16-bit it’s certainly more than capable of delivering your dulcet tones to the masses over a stream, a podcast, or a Discord chat with particularly high production values. 
A few small design tweaks are needed to elevate the B20 among the ranks of the very best, chiefly markers on its volume and gain dials, which rotate forever and keep those perfectly tweaked level settings a mystery. That’s an easy fix with either a new model or some Tippex, though – your move, EPOS.
This is one for the streamers who don’t mind shelling out for a grown-up aesthetic, and with podcasters and music producers with an eye on those additional polar patterns beyond the cardioid mode.
Read more: EPOS B20 review

12. Zalman ZM-Mic1
The best starter microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: 2VPolar patterns: CardioidConnectivity: 3.5mmFrequency response: 100Hz-16,000HzFeatures: three mini-clips, lightweight, low powerToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at NeweggView at WalmartSee all prices (8 found)109 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly cheap+Better sound than most headset mics
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller frequency range-Picks up background noise
Alright, the ZM-Mic1 isn’t awe-inspiring. All the same, it’s basically guaranteed to outdo any mic built into your headset. That’s a bargain at such a low cost.
What makes it special, then? For starters, the ZM uses very little power and is lightweight enough to clip on almost anywhere. This is perfect for streamers who want to keep their head in the game without being distracted by a dirty great mic planted in front of them. Furthermore, the quality of the audio is on par with many more expensive microphones. That’s no mean feat, especially considering the price of this one. 
Even though it does pick up a few background noises here and there, it’s pretty good otherwise – it generally doesn’t register the sound of the wearer’s breath, for example. As such, it’s an excellent purchase for those wanting to dip a toe into streaming or recording without spending lots of cash.

13. Razer Seiren X
The best compact microphone for streaming
Specifications
Voltage: 5VPolar patterns: Super-cardioidConnectivity: USBFrequency response: 20Hz-20,000HzFeatures: built-in shock mount, mute button, zero-latency 3.5 mm headphone monitoring portToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonLow StockView at WalmartView at Best BuySee all prices (16 found)6 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Portable, compact design+Brilliant cardioid performance
Reasons to avoid
-No other polar patterns-Picks up keyboard noise
Some mics take up loads of real-estate, but not the Razer Seiren X. It perches atop your desk like an alien obelisk from a sci-fi movie, and it’s not much bigger than a can of soda. That makes it ideal for streaming on the likes of Twitch, where you want viewers to be able to see you as well as the gameplay.
As you’d expect from Razer, there are a few big selling points to speak of. First up is the built-in shock mount, designed to dampen vibrations (when you accidentally knock the table, for instance). Next up is the ‘super-cardioid’ polar pattern, a feature that purportedly reduces background noise and hones in on your voice. While it’s not 100% effective, it’s still a solid effort.
Finally, it’s good value considering its price. There are more expensive versions out there like the Seiren Elite or the Seiren Emote (the latter has an 8-bit LED screen to show emoticons and the like), but this is still our favorite.

14. AverMedia Live Streamer Mic 330
A solid mic for all purposes
Specifications
Voltage:: TBCPolar patterns: UnidirectionalFrequency response: 50Hz-18,000HzFeatures: Broadcast-quality clarity, all-metal body, built-in pop filterToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at AmazonLow StockView at Walmart
Reasons to buy
+Bomb-proof (probably)+Rich and low latency audio
Reasons to avoid
-Requires audio interface and boom arm-Not much here specifically for streamers
Why aren’t we all using XLR studio contenders for best microphone for streaming in our livestreams and podcasts? Probably because they need an audio interface. The Blue Yeti stormed the market in no small part due to its USB cable and the ease of use thereof, so it’s interesting to see the Avermedia Live Streamer Mic 330 pop up with that three-pronged connection dangling from the end.
If you invest in the required audio interface and boom arm or stand, you’re rewarded with a rich sound despite the 330’s relatively narrow frequency response range of 50Hz-18KHz, and solid metal construction that makes most gaming market mics feel flimsy by comparison. With a single mute control on the underside of the capsule, you couldn’t call it fiddly or complex to use, but for a mic with ‘Streamer’ in its name it’s hard to discern where the concessions are to that intended purpose. Most streamers will find a USB mic setup a better solution for its sheer simplicity, but those who also have music projects and low-latency tracking on the mind are served a happy medium here by Avermedia. 
Read more: AverMedia Live Streamer Mic 330 review
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