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Best Microphones for YouTube under $350

For any aspiring or professional musician, singer, Web show host, podcaster or game commentator on YouTube, you want to sound your best when posting online.

We’ve put together a list of the best (Blue) microphones for YouTube starting from the easiest plug-and-play USB mics to semi-professional, all under $350

So which microphone is best for your YouTube showcase recording...?

Snowball

Snowball is a plug-and-play USB mic that works on both PC and Mac with any recording program. Featuring a dual-capsule design, Snowball allows three recordings patterns: cardioid (right in front of the mic, best for singing), omni (all around the mic, best for multiple people or band practice), and cardioid w/10db pad (best for instruments), giving you incredible versatility to produce great recordings in a wide range of situations. Snowball is also compatible with iPad via Apple’s camera connection kit!

The same mic used by Justin Bieber to record Omaha Mall!  No kidding, he was discovered on YouTube and see how well that worked out??

Who is this mic for? The Snowball is great for the beginner or those who don’t need all the bells and whistles. While it produces quality audio used by many professionals for voice overs and recording, it’s enough for the first time recordist or the hobbyist. Or maybe you just like the way it looks in your videos.

RRP $149

 

Yeti

Taking it to the next level – Yeti is a multi-pattern USB condenser microphone. Featuring Blue’s premium condenser capsules in a proprietary triple array, the Yeti offers four recording patterns: stereo (natural sounding, right and left channels), omni (360 degree around the mic), cardioid (right in front), and bi-directional (front and back, great for interviews or duets).

Additional features include a zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring, adjustable microphone gain control, and a mute button. The Yeti’s angle can be adjusted on its custom-designed desk stand, features driverless installation and works with both PC and Mac.

Who is this mic for? If you are ready for gain control, direct monitoring, stereo and bi-directional modes, then you are ready for the Yeti. Or maybe you just like the way it makes you look like Walter Kronkite.

RRP $219

 

Yeti Pro

Ready to get serious with your recording? Ready to take it to the PRO level? The Yeti Pro is the world's
first USB and XLR microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution—the highest digital resolution on the market—with analog XLR output.

With recording resolution up to 24bit/192kHz, Yeti Pro captures audio with four times greater detail than CD-quality audio. Take your recordings into a studio or run it through a mixing board in your home setup, Yeti Pro’s analogue output allows you to go from USB to XLR at any time. For analogue recording, Yeti Pro also includes an XLR stereo breakout cable for analogue equipment.

Like the Yeti, Yeti Pro features Blue’s premium condenser capsules set in a proprietary triple capsule array, offering the flexibility of four recording patterns (cardioid, omni, bi-directional and stereo) for capturing a variety of recording situations from desktop to studio. Additional features include a zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring, adjustable microphone gain control, and a mute button. Yeti Pro works with both PC and Mac.

Who is this mic for? If you have an audio interface or mixing board and need a mic that will do both USB and XLR, Yeti Pro is for you. Or if you want the highest digital resolution on the market, then Yeti Pro is for you. Or if you just like the outfit we put on Yeti…

RRP $349

  

Spark

Spark is a studio recording microphone (read: XLR-only) featuring an innovative Focus control with dual sonic signatures. Designed to capture a wide range of recording situations, Spark also comes with a custom shockmount and pop filter in a professional wooden case.

Spark features Blue’s premium condenser capsule, delivering low noise, high efficiency, and rapid response in any recording situation. With a standard 3-pin XLR connection, Spark is well-suited for the professional studio or the home-studio interface or mixing desk. Out of the box, the sonic signature of Spark is crisp and powerful with an enhanced low end. To achieve a more present sound, Blue introduces the Focus control, which when selected results in a tighter, more direct and focused sound. This all-inclusive professional microphone package also provides a detailed recording guide showing complete setup and recording tips for a variety of instruments and vocal sounds.

Who is this mic for? Spark is for the recording artist who wants to graduate from USB to a studio mic and begin to look further into professional recording gear. While it is an XLR mic, Spark is inherently well-suited for the beginner, with a Focus button that allows you to experiment with your sound.

RRP $299

 

Dont forget! The Icicle...

 

Icicle is a USB-XLR converter that allows you to connect any XLR mic directly into your computer via USB. 

The Icicle is a combination USB-XLR converter & mic preamp that features a professional-quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, analogue gain control and driverless installation. With high-quality analogue-to-digital conversion, Icicle achieves studio-quality sound through USB. Its portable, lightweight design makes it perfect for recording music, vocals, instruments, podcasts and more straight to your laptop or iPad. The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC.

Who is this for? Icicle is for that person who wants to use their favorite live mic for recording or wants to use their studio mic to record on a computer

RRP $79