Condenser microphones are generally used to record sound and for communication purposes through your computer or for recording purposes. In today’s growing internet marketing world and the growing popularity of video marketing producing good, clear sound is a must. There are lots of aspiring musicians globally who need condenser microphones that do not distort the recorded sound no matter what scale they are recording in. There are lots of choices and with the expanding need for recordings on the go, it is essential that a person has a microphone which is small enough and a genuine plug and play type to enable a person to do their recordings at any time whether it be music or an inspired video.
Doing recordings and communication using your laptop needs good quality Condenser microphones that will not distort any sound what so ever. For this purpose, a USB connection and size is essential so that you can comfortably use it while you are on the go.
- As can be imagined prices can vary considerably so one needs to get the best value for sound quality available.
- A top Condenser microphone will be fitted with a FET preamp to produce the best sound and will accommodate both music and vocals.
- Suppliers of the different manufacturers need to be able to give an excellent service so that you as the consumer can be confident that the use of the microphone is hassle free
- The purpose for the condenser microphone because if it is required for a person who likes to do recordings whenever they have an inspiring thought the size of the microphone is important for ease of carrying as part of a person’s equipment.
- Materials and durability of the microphone need consideration.
Soonhua Professional Stereoscopic Condenser Sound Microphone
The SoonHua Condenser microphone is supplied with a 3,5mm stereo plug and not with a USB fitting. This enables it to be used with any computer and if your computer does not have a 3,5mm socket it is not a problem because you can buy an adapter from USB to 3,5mm socket. This is required for Mac computers because it will not recognize the condenser microphone if it is plugged in using the 3,5mm stereo plug. It is a great for using with Skype, QQ, MSN and as a gaming microphone. It can be used for voice and music recordings and the recording quality is very good.
The SoonHua is an excellent plug and play microphone and is very simple to use. Unlike some microphones that are complicated to set up, it is perfect for people who are just starting up using youtube and the quality of the sound is good and no pop filter is required for this purpose. The price is under $15,00 and if you would like to start out with a nice simple condenser microphone the SoonHua is an excellent buy.
Excelvan BM-700 Condenser Studio Recording Microphone
The Excelvan BM-700 is designed to be a stationary microphone and it works well with doing video recordings as well as voice recordings. It can be used in small rooms that are not sound proofed as no bounce back can be heard. It can be used in conjunction with your computer but you will need to purchase a mixer for this purpose. It is ideal for home or office because there is no need to be right next to the microphone to get a good recording. It can be stationed at the other side of your desk and the sound produced for video chat is excellent and anyone listening to you can hear the sound clearly.
It is amazing how well this cheap condenser microphone works but it does not get supplied with a stand which it requires to be set up in your room or office. You will require a phantom power supply and it is advisable to replace the XLR cable with a higher quality cable. Other than that the Excelvan Condenser Microphone is well worth considering.
Royal Voice Lavalier Lapel Microphone
This small condenser microphone is designed for those people who like to do videos on the go. It comes with a 3,5mm stereo Jack. There is a distinct difference in sound quality when you do recordings using your phone directly or through a microphone. Using a microphone the sound is much clearer and crisp. The Royal Voice Lavalier is plug and play and no software is required. Plug it directly into your phone, iPad, or iPod. Even though it is designed to be used with iPhone it is also compatible with Android, Windows and Samsung smartphones. This is not a voice amplifier but a professional voice recorder.
It is Omni-direction which means that you can speak into the microphone from any direction making it the perfect microphone which you can clip onto your lapel. It comes with an extra long cord so that you are able to hold your phone and just pass the microphone around for people to speak into. The Royal Voice condenser microphone turns your phone into a recording device and the reviews of the sound quality are excellent. For under $15,00 this is an unbelievable accessory.
Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone
The microphone is supplied with an adjustable suspension scissor arm for easy installation in your studio or home. The Neewer NW-700 cannot be used with smartphones or tablets and it is important to note that it is not compatible with Mac computers. It has a screen popup filter to make sure that your voice comes across clear and crisp and eliminates the dreaded hissing and lisping. It has a ball type anti-wind foam cap to protect the microphone from wind interference and the singers spit.
The voltage requirement for the Neewer NW-700 is 5V and a desktop computer will supply enough power and the recordings will be of high quality. If you are using a laptop make sure that it is operating from the mains supply but if you find that the sound quality is not good you might have to purchase a Phantom 47V Power Supply. With all the accessories supplied with this microphone, the Neewer NW-700 is a give away at under $40,00
CAD GXL2200 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The CAD GXL2200 is a great way to upgrade your studio and is ideal for broadcasting or using it for recording vocal as well as instrument sound reinforcing applications. The CAD GXL2200 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone and is fitted with a gold deposited diaphragm which creates a consistent sound quality. The CAD GXL2200 comes with a shock mount that will fit any standard 5/8 inch x 27 thread microphone stand and is suitable to be used for vocals, piano, symbols and other musical instruments.
As a musician, this is a good condenser microphone to add to your collection as the reviews claim that it is especially good at recording the higher notes and compares very well with the much more expensive models. Don’t let the cheap price scare you this microphone is well constructed and produces a clear crisp sound. It can be used as a recording device for video recordings as well as studio purposes. For under $100,00 the CAD GXL2200 Cardioid Condenser microphone is a good asset for whatever recording use you would like.
CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
The CAD U37 microphone is a good vocal condenser microphone but care must be taken with other noises in the recording room as it is very sensitive and picks up even small noises such as computer fans and other background noises that might be present. These are easily overwritten with computer software and with its very good price is a good buy.
Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
Samson is diversifying its product range and the Samson Go Mic has been specifically designed for Mac OS and Windows systems with no extra software required simply plug and play. The Go Mic is perfect for recording music, video chat and room chat with its two different modes. It can be switched between cardioid and omnipolar patterns making it easy for you to switch to whichever pattern you require at the time. It is compact and clips onto your laptop or sits unobtrusively on your desk. If you need it for directly focused recording or conducting a meeting with multiple people in the room the Samson Go Mic is the small diaphragm condenser microphone for you. As a vocal condenser microphone, the Samson Go Mic will deliver clear sound quality.
The compact design and ease of use make the Samson Go Mic, a good choice for the person who loves to make recordings as soon as they are inspired especially musicians that write as well as sing.
Rode NT1A Condenser Microphone
The Rode NT1A condenser microphone is one of the best large diaphragm condenser microphones on the market and has become an industry standard microphone. With its cardioid Condenser microphone extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability it competes with some of the most expensive microphones on the market. The microphone is supplied complete with a studio quality pop screen, shock mount and a 20-foot microphone cable making it ideal for home recording.
The Rode NT1A is a vast improvement on its counterpart the NT1 and produces very natural sound quality. If you would like to plug it into a computer it is possible but you will need to get a USB audio interface. The customer reviews of this relatively inexpensive microphone are good and are all impressed with the sound quality that you get from the Rode NT1A. As a studio condenser microphone or to use as a microphone to do recordings on your computer it will be difficult to find a microphone that offers better value for money.
Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
As a large diaphragm condenser microphone, the Audio-Technica AT2035 is one of the better models. It is designed for home, project, professional studio production and live performances. It delivers exceptional detail and with its side-address cardioid studio condenser, there is very little noise. The microphone handles high sound pressures with ease due to the 10dB pad and the 80Hz high pass filter. The Audio-Technica AT2035 has a rugged construction and consistently delivers high-quality sound.
If it is to be used with a computer you will need a phantom power supply or buy a proper mixer. The sound quality is better than most microphones but it is very sensitive so if you are going to use it make sure that you have a quiet room if you do not want background sound. It can only be used as a cardioid condenser microphone but for the price of under $150,00 it is definitely one of the better condenser microphones on the market.
MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The MXL 770 Cardioid Microphone is the best large diaphragm condenser microphone that one can buy. It is equipped with a gold-sputtered low distortion diaphragm and a FET preamp with balanced output to deliver the best sound quality. It also comes with a switchable bass cut and 10dB pad to handle high noise pressure. The MXL 770 is designed to please both the professional musicians or for the aspiring rising stars which delivers the best sound without costing too much. It can connect to a computer but to do this you will need to buy a phantom power supply with a USB connection.
This the best condenser microphone for anyone who would like to record vocal, instruments or use for the purpose of video chats. Like all equipment, the MXL 770 takes a bit of getting used to but if you treat it well and not abuse it you will have the best large diaphragm condenser microphone for an incredible price of under $100,00.