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Top 5 Streaming Microphones under $300

Stuck trying to figure out which microphone is the best for streaming under $300? Don’t worry we have got you covered.

There are so many options available that it’s easy to make the wrong decision and the wrong decision could lead to you losing more than winning. Not to mention wasting your money on crappy products. 

After a lot of searching and testing, we have put together a list of the Top 5 best microphones under $300, and here it goes:

Best Streaming Microphones

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Blue 1967 Yeti Pro

There’s no debate, really: the original Yeti, is the best USB microphone going. The Blue Microphones Yeti Professional version doesn’t actually mess with the formula at all.

$300

It has the same proprietary three capsule sensor with on-board gain control. It has the same quartet of operating modes, making it suitable for close-range, conferencing, stereo or mono recording.

It carries the same old-school looks, this time with a matte black finish to the body. And it’s equipped with the same two-way USB interface which features the same latency-free headphone/Mac output monitoring.

Addition of a stereo XLR jack, which means the Yeti Pro can be hooked up to any industry-standard mixing console and used as a standard condenser mic.

Pros
  • Clean, warm sound
  • Great low-latency monitoring
  • More flexible than the first one
Cons
  • Not cheap if you don’t need XLR
Top 5 Streaming Microphones under $300 1

Rode NT1KIT Cardioid Condenser

The performance from this affordable large diaphragm condenser is truly exceptional, making it a smart choice. Rode claims the NT1 is the world’s quietest 1-inch cardioid condenser.

$270

The transducer is then suspended inside the microphone using Rycote’s Lyre system, thus minimising external vibrations. The high-grade electronics at work help keep the self-noise level down to 4.5dBA. Indeed, Rode claims the NT1 is the world’s quietest 1-inch cardioid condenser.

The NT1 has a sleek, fuss-free and clean design – with no switches for bass roll off or a pad. It is finished in a very dark shade of grey. The machined aluminium body is nickel-plated to resist corrosion, while a military-grade ceramic coating makes the whole finish resistant to scratches or marks.

The NT1 is crisp and detailed, with plenty of warm low-end body in the mix and nothing absent or poking out in the midrange. There is an airy clarity in the top end and the double-meshed pop shield is both unobtrusive and effective.

Pros
  • Very low noise.
  • Exquisite sound quality.
  • Built quality is excellent.
  • The Integrated shock mount and pop shield is good design.
Cons
  • Lack of pad makes close-mic’ing loud sources tricky.
Top 5 Streaming Microphones under $300 2

Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser

The Audio Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a beast of a mic, and competes with other giants that are way out of their price range!!

$299

This is a great all-around work-horse microphone that handles a variety of studio applications with ease. Its sound is immaculate, and it is also very affordable! It sports a flat, neutral, but also warm sound. It will not color your voice, but rather presents it as is.

A very versatile mic, this will be an all-around great option.

It has a really clean sound that is easy to work with. It isn’t colored in any way and remains neutral and honest.

As stated above, the sound is very clean, clear, and uncolored. It is also very sensitive, picking up everything. This is pretty standard of all cardioid condensers, so adequate room treatment must be considered.

Pros
  • Silky smooth high end
  • Extremely versatile
  • Warm sounding yet remains flat and neutral
  • Durable and sexy looking
Cons
  • recorded through an average pre-amp the mic sounds a bit harsh.
  • It may not like to be pushed too hard and could get distorted and thin in the upper registers
Top 5 Streaming Microphones under $300 3

Blue Bluebird SL

Bluebird is a true general-purpose mic. The Bluebird SL flatters any sound source. Its proprietary hand-tuned capsule and transformerless design deliver tremendous upper-end clarity, smooth midrange frequencies, and rich lows that make every detail of your sound come to life.

$289

It features a high-pass filter and -20dB pad, which expands it versatility greatly. It can accommodate loud instruments and singers, and can help mitigate harsh input signals at the source.

Every component of Bluebird SL is specially designed to deliver modern, crystal-clear tone. The hand-built capsule utilizes a fine, gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm that delivers superior resonance at higher frequencies to help vocals cut through the mix.

The sculpted rear backplate ensures balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum. And discreet Class-A circuitry maximizes the accuracy of your sound.

Bluebird SL is a one-of-a-kind mic for every kind of performance. The new onboard switchable 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad give you the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources with nuance and power.

Pros
  • Supplied with useful set of accessories.
  • Smooth but detailed frequency response.
  • Very low noise floor and wide dynamic range.
  • Looks much more expensive than it is.
Cons
  • Chassis screen connection in cable may cause ground-loop problems.
  • No 3/8-inch thread adaptor.
Top 5 Streaming Microphones under $300 4

VO: 1-A Harlan Hogan

The VO:1-A is a large-diaphragm FET condenser designed for voiceover use. It is part of MXL’s signature series and is sold directly by Harlan Hogan.

$299

The mic uses a 32mm capsule with a 25mm diaphragm of 6-micron Mylar. It is a center-terminated design and is presumed to be one of MXL’s K67 derivatives.

The amplifier circuit uses through-hole components and has a transistor (transformerless) output.

The mic ships with a ring mount, a shock mount, spare elastic bands, a fleece storage pouch, a 15-foot Marshall cable, and a foam-lined travel case. Hogan’s “Voiceover Essentials” website offers a 30-day trial period and a 3-year warranty.

Pros
  • A great Mic MADE For Voice Over
  • Excellent response
  • Comes with accessories
Cons
  • Screen dents easily

CONCLUSION

When it comes to picking the absolute best microphone, you really have to consider what you’ll be using it for. Do you need a better response or better durability?

These were our top recommendations. We hope you find this article useful.

And if you looking to complete your setup we have tons of article which can be helpful for you. So please check it out.

Ritvik

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