Want to increase the quality of your streaming, but are a little short on money. You have come to the right place. All the kinds of microphones you need to increase the quality of your streaming experience.
I can imagine how much confusing it is to find the perfect mic which suits you. Don’t worry I have got you covered. There are soo many options available in the market, that is why I have done all research on your behalf. And put together a list of Top 5 Streaming Microphones Under $100.
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Measuring 5.6 by 2.1 by 1.8 inches (HWD), with a circular base that has a diameter of 3.5 inches, the black NT-USB Mini is a relatively compact USB microphone.
Rode delivers a no-nonsense USB mic with the NT-USB Mini, a compact, easy-to-operate $99 desktop model. Its fixed cardioid pattern is useful for recording vocals or instruments, and is also suitable for gaming, podcasting, and business calls.
Some will find the lack of adjustable mic patterns and EQ/DSP modes to be limiting, but most professional mics lack these parameters as well.
The other thing is that it picks up plenty of table-top rumble, and I desperately wanted the mic to have a low-cut filter. Aside from this, and bearing in mind the pretty good plosive handling, it’s actually ideal for speech, as you’d hope.
But the response is also OK for plenty of other uses and once again that tabletop stand really comes in handy. Finally, I also found it worked fine with my iPhone with no further powering required.
Overall, NT-USB Mini is an excellent compact USB mic.
Blue Snowball ICE USB
At $49.99, it’s a very affordable option from a company known for its high-quality pro-level mics.
Available in black or white, and measuring 12.7 inches in circumference (a roughly 4.2-inch diameter), the orb-shaped Snowball Ice has a plastic cover that exposes a metallic grille at the front of the mic, where the Blue logo is, and also on the opposite end.
A status LED is located at the top front face—it lights up when the included USB cable is connected to both the mic and a recording source. Internally, the Snowball Ice employs a pressure gradient-style condenser with a cardioid pattern.
The mic screws into the tripod mount, and once it’s securely in place, it can be angled upward or downward. The Snowball Ice is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10, and Mac OS 10.4.11 and higher, and requires USB 1.1/2.0 (or newer) and 64MB of RAM (or better).
FIFINE Studio Condenser USB
The Fifine K669 is a solid, inexpensive cardioid condenser microphone that does well for any real-time audio recording like podcasts and live streaming.
The non-detachable cable is generously long, roughly 2m in length with a USB-A connector. You can connect to it your laptop, desktop or games console nicely, as well as any compatible tablet, though the iPad series does not accept it. I would have liked the cable to detach, considering the K669’s portable dimensions.
On the hardware front, for an inexpensive, budget microphone, the Fifine K669 is impressively well-built. It’s made of all-metal construction, from the body to the wire mesh and even the volume control. The body has a matte finish, while the volume control has a spun-metal pattern with a smooth, weighted motion at the turn.
The build quality rivals more expensive mics out there so kudos to Fifine on the hardware. The tripod can be titled up to 180 degrees in angle, while the universal thread allows for a setup with a tilted boom arm or microphone stand.
Razer Seiren Mini USB
The Razer Seiren Mini is a $50 budget microphone for streaming that might skimp on features but still delivers top-notch sound.
The Seiren Mini’s adorable pill-shaped design comes in your choice of Black, Mercury White, and Quartz (pink). Out of the budget mics out there, the Seiren Mini’s design is the most eye-catching.
Seiren Mini has a pill-shaped build, with a built-in desktop stand that can tilt to angle up to the person speaking and can also be angled slightly to the side, kind of like the 360-degree action of a joystick.
The microphone’s top half is all speaker grille, with a recessed micro USB port on the rear panel (a micro USB-to-USB cable is included). The front face of the mic has a tiny status LED that lights up when the Seiren Mini is connected.
Behind the grille, the mic employs a 14mm condenser capsule that delivers a super cardioid pattern and a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. The sample rate goes up to 48kHz, and the bit depth to 16 bits. The Seiren Mini also has some internal shock mount protection, according to Razer.
HyperX SoloCast microphone is all about delivering higher-fidelity voice recording for gamers on a budget.
If one thing characterizes the HyperX SoloCast, it’s simplicity. This microphone is designed from the ground up to get out of your way as much as possible—something millions of recently Zoom-bound workers no doubt very much wants.
This is a USB microphone with a mute sensor, and… that’s it. There’s no volume dial or built-in monitoring option, or even support for the HyperX NGenuity companion app.
The HyperX SoloCast is designed to just work—plug it in, put it in front of you, and you’re ready to go—and in that respect, it works very well. The mic itself feels very sturdy. It’s compact, barely 13 cm(~5 inches) long, and about 5 cm thick (~2 inches), but there’s a real heft to it, at 260 g.
The mic is housed in a black metal pop filter, with a lower half made of hard plastic and metal. Nothing creaks or feels loose. This isn’t something you’ll feel concerned about packed in a suitcase or tossed (gently) in a backpack.
This was our list of recommendations for you. I hope you find this article useful and can help you find the mic that’s perfect for you.
If you have got an extra bit of a budget on your hand then go check out our blog on Top 5 Streaming Microphones Under $300.