The 10 Best Microphones For Vocals
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Whether you’re a singer, a journalist, or an online content creator, you know (or, at least, you’re learning) that the microphone that amplifies your voice is an instrument that can drastically alter the tonality of your sound, for better or worse. We've compiled a range of options, from budget-tier picks to models used in the world's most renowned studios and broadcasting facilities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
January 31, 2019:
In today's internet-driven digital world, a democratization of content creation has organically grown. Whether it's musicians making albums in their bedrooms, producers oscillating between podcasting and radio broadcasting, or Youtubers looking to start up a new channel, the motivations behind seeking out a vocal microphone are perhaps more varied and complex than ever. Therefore, our list contains options ranging from under $100 in price (like the classic Shure SM58) to meet the needs of amateurs and hobbyists, and goes all the way up to world-class microphones whose intimidating price tags have likely made some of the most richest musicians think twice before buying (like the Manley Reference Cardioid). There's likely something here for everyone, although our list does tend to skew more towards those recording vocals in a musical context.