10 Best Microphones for YouTube Videos

Updated March 2017

According to science, audio is 50% of your videos. Don’t leave high-quality audio behind. Your videos need it.

Watch the video above to see my audio quality tests of my top 10 best microphones for YouTube videos. Below you’ll find the Amazon affiliate links to all 10 microphones (5 USB mics and 5 external mics for your camera or DSLR)

Top 5 USB Mics for Voiceovers

Sorted by price, lowest to highest

Samson Go Mic: Cheap microphone for beginners on a budget. Not the best but definitely better than built-in mics.

 

Blue Snowball: Awesome microphone. Superb quality at a great value. My first ever mic. Watch my review here.

 

Audio-Technica ATR2100: Currently my favorite microphone for doing video voiceovers. Watch my review here.

 

Audio-Technica AT2020: Nearly perfect 5-star rating on Amazon. Top-notch audio quality.

 

Blue Yeti: #1 Best Seller on Amazon and constantly referred to as the best USB mic by many users.

 

Whichever mic you choose, get a pop filter: Here’s a great deal on the best selling pop filter on Amazon.

Top 5 External Mics for Cameras/DSLRs

Sorted by price, lowest to highest

Takstar SGC-598: Cheap shotgun mic for beginners on a budget. Decent quality for the low price.

 

Zoom H1: Portable digital audio recorder that produces high quality audio. Goes great with the accessory pack. See my H1 review here.

 

Rode Videomic Go: Rode makes great shotgun microphones. This is their entry-level mic.

 

Rode VideoMic Pro: Very popular choice among YouTubers. This is my go-to shotgun mic for my videos.

 

Sennheiser MKE 600: High-end professional shotgun microphone that delivers some amazing audio.

Bonus: Lavalier Microphones

If you decide to get a Zoom H1 then you’ll want to get a clip microphone (lav mic) to pair with it. These are the lav mics I own and use.

Budget Lav Mic: Sony ECMCS3 is extremely affordable and was my first lav mic I used. Very cheap but works great.

Best Lav Mic: Giant Squid Omnidirectional Audio Lab Mic is my most recommended lav mic. It’s the one I use when recording with the H1. Very high quality but not too expensive either.

What Mics Do I Use?

For voiceovers/commentary, I usually use my Audio-Technica ATR2100.

When recording with my DSLR, I either use the Rode VideoMic Pro or the Zoom H1 paired with a Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Microphone.

I hope this helps you find your perfect microphone for your YouTube videos, and let’s make audio cool again.