Best Mic for Streaming

Choosing the right mic for your audio job can get confusing and even tedious. With so many types of mics in the market and different features and specifications, it can get you scratching your head.

Worry not. We’re here to help you select the best mic for streaming that fits your recording requirements and your budget.

In this article, we’ve selected some of the best USB mics available in the market. Furthermore, we’ve categorized them into their individual set, so it is simple to understand the design, features, and benefits.

We know that microphone specifications can get ambiguous to many. So this article has a separate section at the end with the explanation of the technical terms you’ll find in the user manual of a typical mic in an easy to understand language.

Best Mic for Streaming

Product Name
Type
Polar Patterns
Frequency Response
Bit Depth/Sampling Rate
SNR
Max SPL
 
Audio Technica AT2020USB+CondenserCardioid20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz74 dB144 dBCheck Price
Blue RaspberryCondenserCardioid20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit or 24-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz-120 dBCheck Price
Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USBCondenserCardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit or 24-bit/192 kHz114 dB120 dBCheck Price
Blue Yeti Standard USBCondenserCardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit/48 kHz100 dB120 dBCheck Price
Razer Seiren EliteDynamicCardioid50 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz114 dB120 dBCheck Price
Razer Seiren XCondenserSuper Cardioid20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit/44.1 or 48 kHz>=85 dB110 dBCheck Price
Rode NT-USBCondenserCardioid20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit/48 kHz-110 dBCheck Price
Samson G-Track ProCondenserCardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional50 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit or 24-bit/96 kHz85 dB120 dBCheck Price
Shure MV51CondenserCardioid20 Hz – 20 kHz16-bit or 24-bit/48 kHz-130 dBCheck Price

Best Overall Streaming Mic – Shure MV51

Shure MV51 is a large 1″ diaphragm condenser capsule studio quality USB mic. It offers five DSP presets modes to suit the recording preferences like Speech mode, Singing mode, Acoustic instrument mode, Loud mode, and Flat or untreated mode.

The build quality is impressive and feels like it’s built to last. The metal body and the compact size of this mic offer the right solution for the streamers who travel for work. Furthermore, it is Plug-and-Play and compatible with Windows, Mac, IOS, as well as Android. This means you can use this mic with an audio app on your mobile device. Its vintage-inspired design means this mic will stand out among its competitors.

Shure MV51 USB Mic
Shure MV51 USB Mic

This mic offers the cardioid polar pattern (more about the polar patterns here). It has a 24-bit high-resolution A/D converter with the sampling rate of either 44.1 kHz (for 16-bit resolution) or 48 kHz (for 24-bit resolution). The max SPL rate is 130 dB and the mic sensitivity is 11.22 mV/Pa at 1 kHz.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16 or 24 bit
Sampling Rate44.1/48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)-
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)130 dB
Sensitivity11.22 mV/Pa
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)1% at 1 kHz
I/O Interface ConnectorsMicroB, 3.5mm headphone
Weight1.27 lbs
Dimension3.5 x 6.3 x 4.3 in
Warranty period2 years

Design

You will find the main control panel with the touch-sensitive buttons and a slider on the front of the mic. One of the touch buttons is Mute which lights to red when it is muted and off otherwise. The five DSP presets are clearly labeled with small logos and a green LED near each preset logo that lights up when the DSP mode is selected.

On the right of the DSP mode button is a touch button with headphone logo that can be toggled to adjust the mic gain or the headphone volume. When the LED on this button is green, then it is in the Mic Gain mode. When the LED on this button is orange, it is in the headphone volume mode. To adjust the microphone gain or the headphone volume, there is a metered touch-sensitive slider with a series of LEDs above the slider. These LEDs change color to either green or orange corresponding to either mic gain mode or headphone volume mode.

While on the back, there are the microB port and the headphone jack input. The 3.5mm headphone jack offers zero-latency monitoring of the audio being recorded.

sound quality

The sound quality feels rich, vibrant, and natural. It does an excellent job with minimizing any background noise. You can download ShurePlus MOTIV mobile app for recording and monitoring with this mic on the go.

Pros:

  • Compact and portable mic
  • Simple and vintage design
  • Build quality is solid with the metal body
  • The touch sensitive control buttons feel intuitive, simple, and responsive
  • Built-in DSP chip with audio profile mode selector on the mic itself; very handy for mobile streamers
  • Latency-free monitoring with the headphone jack port
  • High resolution 24-bit recording
  • Plug and play with Windows, Mac, iPad, Android
  • 2 years of warranty
Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer multi polar paterns

Best Budget Streaming Mic – Razer Seiren X

Razer Seiren X looks like a mini version of Seiren Elite. But, make no mistake of its size. It is a condenser mic with the super-cardioid polar pattern which offers a narrower recording zone than a regular cardioid mic.

Seiren X does feel a little cheap regarding its more plasticky build quality. Similarly, the desktop mic stand also feels rather cheap when compared to the Seiren Elite. You can only tilt the mic on the stand and not pivot it because it attaches directly on to the included stand with the bottom adapter ring. However, the mic has a built-in shock mount to dampen any vibrations.

Razer Seiren X mic
Razer Seiren X mic

Razer Seiren X has several positive features including its affordable price. It offers the frequency response range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with the max SPL of 110dB. The mic has a 16-bit A/D converter with the sample rate of either 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz.

The built-in headphone jack with volume control allows for direct monitoring of the microphone signal with zero latency. However, it lacks the microphone Gain control on the mic itself. You can adjust the input gain level within your computer’s audio preferences.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsSuper Cardioid
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit
Sampling Rate44.1/48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)>=85 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)110 dB
Sensitivity17.8 mV/Pa (@ 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)>1% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface Connectorsmini USB, 3.5mm headphone
Weight1.57 lbs
Dimension5.12” length x 1.96” diameter
Warranty period1 year

Design

On the front of the mic are headphone Volume knob and a mute button with LED, and the back of the mic has the Razer logo. The LED on the mute button changes to red when mute; otherwise, it is green. This is handy when you don’t want your audio to be recorded or streamed.

While on the bottom of the Seiren X are a mini USB port and a headphone jack port. There is no High-pass filter button on this mic like on the Seiren Elite. This means an extra step in adjusting the audio settings while setting up the mic.

This mic is an End-address mic, so you’ve to speak by facing the top of the mic boom. It offers the cardioid polar pattern only.

sound quality

The sound quality feels crisp and clear. It does not suffer from any noticeable background noise. You must be, however, mindful of any background noise coming from the back side the mic because of the super-cardioid polar pattern.

Pros:

  • Super-cardioid polar pattern mic
  • good streaming mic with an affordable price tag
  • Latency free monitoring with the headphone jack input
  • Compact and portable size
Cons:

  • Cheap build quality including the mic stand
  • No mic Gain control knob on the mic
  • Comparatively low Signal-to-noise ratio at 85dB
  • Just 1 year warranty

Best Feature-Rich Streaming Mic – Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB

What not to like about Blue Yeti Pro USB mic? Except perhaps for the price tag. Priced a little above $200 which is still about half the price of the mics like Sennheiser MK4 Digital, Blue Yeti Pro USB mic has the dual connectivity of XLR and USB. This feature makes it an option for both a desktop streaming and as a studio mic.

Blue Yeti Pro USB has three Blue-proprietary 14mm large diaphragm condenser capsules which give four different polar patterns of cardioid, stereo, bidirectional, and omnidirectional. Different polar patterns mean this mic is suitable for different recording settings. For example, the cardioid mode for a solo podcast, the bidirectional mode for a podcast interview with a guest, the stereo mode for music recording with instruments on the left and the right, and the omnidirectional mode for a roundtable interview.

It is a Side-address mic which means you’ve to position the mic so you are speaking on the side mesh of the mic boom, as opposed to an End-address mic in which you’ve to speak facing the mic’s top mesh of the mic boom.

Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB mic
Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB

The A/D converter is excellent offering both 16-bit and 24-bit sound resolution at the high sampling rate of 192 kHz. Its frequency response is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and the Signal to Noise Ratio is 114 dB. You wouldn’t need any external power supply if you used it as a USB mic. However, for XLR connectivity, it needs the phantom power of 48 volts DC.

The build quality is excellent and solid, including the all-metal desktop mic stand. It has a nice weight to it and feels sturdy. The stand allows you to tilt the mic vertically and has thick foam pads on the bottom offering a firm grip on your desktop. It comes in only one color option; black (with silver color mesh over condenser capsule and the silver color mic stand).

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid, Stereo, Bidirection/Figure-8, Omnidirectional
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit or 24-bit
Sampling Rate192 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)114 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Sensitivity4.5 mV/Pa (@ 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.5% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface Connectorsmini USB, XLR, 3.5mm headphone
Weight1.2 lbs
Dimension7.5” length x 2.5” diameter
Warranty period2 year

Design

On the front and below the Blue logo, there’re a Mute button and a Volume control dial. While on the back are mic Gain dial and Polar Pattern selection dial. These back dials have an indicator for the current gain level or polar pattern position respectively.

There is a headphone jack with a built-in headphone amplifier and zero-latency monitoring. All the input and output interfaces, i.e. a USB mini port, an XLR port, and a headphone jack input, are at the bottom of the mic.

sound quality

The sound is definitely rich and studio quality. It does a good job with canceling out any background noise for the most part. However, since this is a very sensitive mic and if you are a streamer who’s constantly typing on your keyboard, such as a gamer, then any keystrokes will be picked up as well. Your best options are,

  • play with the Mic Gain Control to adjust the mic sensitivity
  • switch to a different polar pattern
  • adjust the position of the mic that’s suitable for your recording environment
  • get a boom arm if you are concerned about any noise coming from your desktop
Pros:

  • Dual connectivity options of XLR and USB
  • High sample rate of 192 kHz
  • Latency free monitoring with the headphone jack port
  • 16-bit or 24-bit recording resolution
  • Good choice of polar patterns of cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional, and omnidirectional
  • 2 years of warranty
Cons:

  • Headphone volume control dial has no indicator showing the current loudness position
  • The mute button can be confusing as the LED does not change color or turn off. Rather, it blinks when muted.
  • Only one color option

Best Value Streaming Mic – Blue Yeti Standard USB

Blue Yeti Standard USB mic is similar in design with the Blue Yeti pro version. However, there’re a few significant differences between the two mics. Hence, the price difference. The first difference is in the A/D converter. The standard version mic has a sampling rate of 48 kHz with a bit depth of 16 bits. The second difference which may not affect most streamers is the lack of an XLR port in this mic.

It is about $77 cheaper than Blue Yeti Pro mic. Still, regarding the build quality, you won’t find any compromise in this mic. If you don’t have the need for the enhanced A/D converter and the XLR port, then you’ll be happy with the value that this mic offers.

Blue Yeti Standard USB Mic
Blue Yeti Standard USB Mic

Both the standard and the pro version mics look rather huge on our desktop, especially when compared to some of the other mics of our list, like Razer Seiren X, Shure MV51.

The build quality is excellent and solid, including the metal desktop mic stand. It has a nice weight to it and feels sturdy. The stand allows you to tilt the mic forward, and has thick foam pads on the bottom offering a firm grip on your desktop. This mic comes in several different color options; including whiteout, silver, platinum, and blackout.

Many other features such as frequency response, polar patterns, max SPL, side address, delay-free headphone input are similar to that of the pro version.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid, Stereo, Bidirection/Figure-8, Omnidirectional
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit
Sampling Rate48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)100 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Sensitivity4.5 mV/Pa (@ 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.5% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface Connectorsmini USB,3.5mm headphone
Weight1.2 lbs
Dimension7.5” length x 2.5” diameter
Warranty period2 year

Design

On the front and below the Blue logo, there’re a Mute button and a volume control dial. While on the back are mic Gain dial and Polar Pattern selection dial. These back dials have an indicator for the current Gain level or the polar pattern position respectively.

The Signal-to-Noise Ratio is at 100 dB which is a little lower than the pro version. If you’re a streamer who’s planning on using a mic with your computer only, then the good thing about the standard version is that you don’t have to worry about any XLR port or phantom power supply.

There is a headphone jack with a built-in headphone amplifier and zero-latency monitoring. You can use the mini USB port on the mic to connect to a computer.

sound quality

The sound quality is great, and for the most part, you may not notice much difference between the standard and the pro version under the standard settings. The mic audio sensitivity is the same as the pro version with both at 4.5mV/Pa at 1kHz. However, you’ll have to be mindful of any subtle background noise which may not be audible to our ears. You can adjust the input sound level with the Mic Gain control so the background noise may be canceled.

Pros:

  • An excellent professional level mic for streaming at an affordable price range
  • Good choice of polar patterns of cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional, and omnidirectional
  • Color options available to suit your personality
  • Plug and Play in Windows and Mac
  • 2 years of warranty
Cons:

  • Headphone volume control dial has no indicator showing the current loudness position
  • The mute button can be confusing as the LED does not change color or turn off. Rather, it blinks when muted.

Best Reliable Streaming Mic – Audio Technica AT2020USB+

Audio Technica AT2020USB+ mic is built on the reliability of the AT2020 mic with the added convenience of a USB port. It is a condenser microphone with a permanently polarized medium sized diaphragm which is 16mm in diameter. It offers the cardioid polar pattern with excellent off-axis audio rejection; thus making it an excellent choice for streaming.

Audio Technica AT2020USB+ Mic
Audio Technica AT2020USB+ Mic

The design of this mic is simple, compact, and yet feels solid with the all metal build. Anyone familiar with the professional studio mics from Audio Technica will readily recognize this mic. It is 6.38 inches long and 2.05 inches in diameter, making it a portable option for the streamers on the go. 5 volt DC from the USB cable that connects to a computer powers the mic.

This mic has 16 bit A/D converter with the option of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rate. The frequency response is between 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit
Sampling Rate44.1/48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)74 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)144 dB
Sensitivity14.1 mV/Pa (@ 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)1% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface ConnectorsUSB type-B,3.5mm headphone
Weight13.6 oz
Dimension6.38” length x 2.05” diameter
Warranty period2 year

Design

On the front and below the “audio-technica” logo is Mix Control and Volume Control wheels with the proper signs. These are unlike the more common knob dials found in many other mics. There is a blue LED light behind the microphone boom mesh to indicate that it is turned on.

The built-in headphone jack with volume control allows for direct monitoring of the microphone signal without any delay. It has high-output internal headphone amplifier which delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall. It also offers Mix Control that blends microphone input and pre-recorded audio from your computer.

Among the included accessories are a desktop stand and a long 10 feet USB cable. It comes in two color options, black and white. It has two years of manufacturer warranty.

sound quality

The sound quality feels natural to our ears, making this mic one of the excellent picks for streaming or podcasting.

Pros:

  • Good build quality at an affordable price range
  • Simple and easy interface with gain and volume control
  • Sound quality is excellent with more natural and clean tone
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level is 144dB
  • 130 mW amplified headphone output with zero latency
  • Plug and play with Windows and Mac
  • Two years of warranty
Cons:

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio is comparatively low at 74dB
  • Cardioid polar pattern seems to pick up little background noise which is possibly due to its higher sensitivity of 14.1 mV/Pa at 1kHz
  • no multi polar patterns
  • The included little tripod looks amateurish
  • No gain control on the mic
  • The included USB cable is not braided

Best Design Streaming Mic – Blue Raspberry Mic

Blue Raspberry portable mic by Blue Designs looks visually appealing in terms of the design as well as the build quality. It has several key features that enhance the overall functionality and the sound quality.

The mic is condenser type with a large 14mm diaphragm capsule and the cardioid polar pattern. It has a 24-bit A/D converter with either 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rate. The frequency response range is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The max SPL rate is 120 dB.

Blue Raspberry Portable USB mic
Blue Raspberry USB mic

Concerning the design, the mic looks retro and compact. The red soft leather-like material below the microphone boom adds a visual personality to this mic. Apart from the side control knobs which are plasticky, the overall build is excellent and made with metal.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit or 24-bit
Sampling Rate44.1/48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)-
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Sensitivity-
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.5% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface ConnectorsMini USB,3.5mm headphone
Weight5.9 oz
Dimension4.84” x 2" x 1.56"
Warranty period2 year

Design

You will find the Blue logo on the front. Additionally, there is an LED light which turns from green to red when muted.

On the left is the headphone volume dial. The microphone Gain dial is on the right. This dial can be clicked to mute the mic. The back of the mic has 3.5mm headphone jack input and a mini-USB port.

Blue Raspberry includes Blue Design’s Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) which minimizes any background noise thus giving a cleaner vocal or instrument recording while streaming. Furthermore, the included desktop stand features a connection insulator and rubber shock absorber feet which isolates the microphone from vibrations and background noise.

Although not mentioned, the mic works with Android smartphones but will need a USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable adapter.

The headphone jack input offers zero-latency monitoring.

sound quality

The overall sound quality feels rich and natural. Despite the relatively small form factor, Blue Raspberry offers high-resolution studio-quality recording in 24-bit. If you’re a streamer on the go, then this is a good quality and a right choice mic for you.

Pros:

  • Compact and portable mic
  • Simple yet retro and thoughtful design, especially with dial positions
  • Noise isolation feature with IAD
  • Latency free monitoring with the headphone jack port
  • High resolution 24-bit recording
  • Plug and play with Windows, Mac, iPad
  • Two years of warranty
Cons:

  • The side knobs on the mic feels a little plasticky
  • No multi polar patterns

Best Ease-of-use Streaming Mic – Razer Seiren Elite Mic

Razer Seiren Elite mic features a professional-grade single dynamic capsule. Generally, a condenser microphone is preferred for streaming, but this mic surprisingly delivers a rich and warmer tone to your voice without any filters or much effort on your part 😊.

Seiren Elite is a rather big mic. It measures 7.5 inches long with a diameter of about 2 inches and weighs 1.74 pounds with the included desktop metal stand. The build quality is solid and feels sturdy with the metal body. It looks sleek in all black with the LED strip above the headphone volume dial and below the microphone boom. The LED ribbon flickers red when the sound being recorded is louder.

Razer Seiren Elite mic
Razer Seiren Elite mic

This mic is the End-address mic, so you speak facing the top of the mic boom.

It offers a single cardioid polar pattern. It has a good Signal-to-noise ratio of 114dB, and along with the High-pass filter, you get a clear sound recording.

This mic has 16 bit A/D converter with an option of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rate. It has the frequency response between 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid
Frequency Response50 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit
Sampling Rate44.1/48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)114 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Sensitivity4.5 mV/Pa @ 1 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.5% @ 1kHz
I/O Interface ConnectorsMini USB,3.5mm headphone
Weight1.74 lbs
Dimension7.5” length x ~2.1” diameter
Warranty period1 year

Design

On the front of the mic are headphone Volume knob, Gain knob for the mic, and the mute button with led. The LED on the mute button changes to red when muted; otherwise, it is green. This feature is a plus when compared to the Blue Yeti mics in which the LED blinks when muted. The back of the mic has the Razer logo.

While on the bottom of the mic are a mini USB port, a headphone jack input, and a High-Pass Filter button. The high pass filter is useful to avoid low-frequency background noise. Unlike the Seiren X desktop stand, the Elite desktop stand allows you to tilt the mic forward or backward by adjusting the side knobs.

The built-in headphone jack with volume control allows for direct monitoring of the microphone signal with zero latency monitoring. There is no echo effect or hissing sound.

sound quality

The sound quality feels richer and warmer with excellent clarity. This mic is worth the money when you hear your recording.

Pros:

  • Does a great job in cutting out any background noise
  • Build quality is excellent
  • High-pass filter button on the mic is handy in avoiding any background noise
  • Latency-free monitoring with the headphone jack input
  • Plug and play with Windows and Mac
Cons:

  • If you’re using a boom arm with this mic, then you’ll need a stronger one due to the weight of the mic
  • Headphone volume knob and Gain knob do not have any sign for the current level
  • No multi polar patterns
  • just one year warranty

Best User-friendly Streaming Mic – Rode NT-USB Mic

With its simple interface and high-quality audio recording, Rode NT-USB mic offers the ease of use for those who are new to streaming.

It is a condenser mic with the cardioid polar pattern. It is a side address mic. The recording resolution is 16-bit with the sampling rate of 48 kHz. Frequency response range is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and the max SPL is 110 dB.

Rode NT-USB mic
Rode NT-USB mic

It comes with a RODE pop shield/filter which goes well with the mic’s aesthetics along with the included desktop mic stand. There is a dim blue LED which lights up when the mic is connected to a computer.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid
Frequency Response50 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit
Sampling Rate48 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)-
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)110 dB
Sensitivity-
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)-
I/O Interface ConnectorsUSB type-B,3.5mm headphone
Weight1.15 lbs
Dimension~6” x ~2.2” x 1.6”
Warranty period2 years warranty with registration

Design

The build quality is excellent with the metal body and the metal mesh that encloses the condenser capsule. There are headphone volume knob, audio mix knob, and headphone jack port on one side.

The audio mix knob provides an easy sound level adjustment with a secondary audio stream from your computer, for example, gaming audio. On the bottom of the mic is a USB type-B port.

NT-USB features a real-time or zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring. To adjust the microphone gain level, you’ve to go to the system audio settings in your computer.

Setting up Rode NT-USB Mic

sound quality

The sound quality feels natural, clear, and yet vibrant. It does not suffer from any noticeable background noise. This is one of those mics which just works, thus, making it an excellent choice for anyone in the streaming field.

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Audio mix option in the mic itself
  • Latency free monitoring with the headphone jack port
  • Includes a pop filter that makes the mic look even better
  • Includes a 20 feet long USB cable
  • Plug and play with Windows, Mac, and iPad
  • 2 years of warranty with product registration
Cons:

  • The included desktop mic stand feels plasticky
  • No Gain control knob on the mic
  • no multi polar patterns

Best Versatile Streaming Mic – Samson G-Track Pro Mic

Samson G-Track Pro mic has dual 1” condenser capsules giving three different polar patterns of cardioid, bidirectional/figure-8, and omnidirectional.

It has a 24-bit A/D converter with the high sampling rate of 96 kHz, giving you the high-resolution studio quality sound recording at your desktop. It has a high microphone sensitivity of 24 mV/Pa. The frequency response range is from 50 Hz to 20 kHz, and the max SPL level is 120dB.

Samson G-Track Pro Mic
Samson G-Track Pro Mic

The build quality of this mic is sturdy and solid with the metal body. It comes with a metal desktop stand. Concerning the weight, this mic is on a heavier side with 1.7 lbs.

The mic has a built-in audio mixer along with the instrument input for recording two independent audio channels in 2-tracks mode or simultaneous audio in the mono mode.

Specification

Specification
Value
TypeCondenser
Polar PatternsCardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional
Frequency Response50 Hz - 20 kHz
Bit Depth16-bit or 24-bit
Sampling Rate96 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)85 dB
Masimum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Sensitivity24 mV/Pa @ 1 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)>0.1% @1 kHz
I/O Interface ConnectorsUSB type-B,3.5mm headphone, ¼” instrument jack input
Weight1.7 lbs
Dimension~7.5” length x 2.7” diameter
Warranty period1 year warranty

Design

On the front of the mic is the SAMSON logo. Below the logo, you’ll find several mic controls. LED indicator light changes to red on mute and green otherwise.

While on the left of the LED is the polar pattern switch. The right side of the LED is the recording select switch to choose between mono or 2-tracks.

There is also a master mute button on the front. Below that, you’ll find microphone gain knob, instrument volume knob, and headphone volume knob arranged vertically.

On the back is a monitor on/off switch which gives you the option of latency-free monitoring of the audio being captured by the mic. Also, on the back side are 3.5mm headphone jack input and ¼” instrument jack input.

The bottom of the mic has a USB type-B port.

sound quality

The sound quality feels rich and clear. This mic is suitable for streaming, podcasting as well as song recording with a live instrument input.

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Audio mix option in the mic itself
  • Latency free monitoring with the headphone jack port
  • Multi polar patterns
  • Availability of the instrument jack input is welcoming to streamers who are also musicians
  • Controls on the mic are simple and cover more options, which translates to less adjustments in computer audio settings
  • Plug and play with Windows, Mac
Cons:

  • The included mic stand has poor vibrational shock absorption
  • This is a heavy mic so if you’re using a boom stand then you’ll have to get a strong one
  • The knobs on the mic feels a little plasticky
  • Just one-year warranty even though this mic is built like a tank

Microphone Specification Terms Explained

Polar Pattern

It is the pattern of the three-dimensional field of audio sensitivity with relative to the recording capsule of a microphone. Polar pattern of a mic gives us an idea about the best recording angle.

Omnidirectional

An omnidirectional microphone has a spherical sensitivity field. You can speak from any angle and your voice will be picked up by the mic without any discrimination. This kind of mic is suitable for a conference streaming/recording with several people sitting around the mic.

Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
Omnidirectional Polar Pattern (Shure)

Bi-directional/Figure-8

A bi-directional mic has a figure eight like polar pattern. This means the microphone sensitivity is strong in the front and in the back but not on the sides. This kind of mic is suitable for interviewing a guest sitting right across.

Bidirectional Polar Pattern
Bi-directional or Figure-8 Polar Pattern (Shure)

Cardioid

Cardioid polar pattern is heart-shaped and has the most sensitivity at the front, less sensitivity on the sides, and the least sensitivity at the back. This kind of mic is suitable for podcasting, voice-over, and even song recording.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
Cardioid Polar Pattern (Shure)

Super Cardioid

Super Cardioid polar pattern has a narrower heart shaped sensitivity field with a small tail-end sensitivity field. This kind of mic can reject more ambient noise than a regular cardioid mic.

Super Cardioid Polar Pattern
Super Cardioid Polar Pattern

Hyper Cardioid

Hyper Cardioid polar pattern offers an even narrower heart shaped sensitivity field than the Super-cardioid polar pattern. There is still some sensitivity field at the tail end of a hyper-cardioid mic. This type of mic can reject even more ambient noise than a super cardioid mic.

Hyper Cardioid Polar Pattern
Hyper Cardioid Polar Pattern

Stereo

A stereo polar pattern mic has the sideways figure-8 pattern sensitivity. In other words, the front and the back side of a stereo mic has the least sensitivity while the sides have strong microphone sensitivity. This type of mic is suitable for recording instruments in the stereo setting.

Stereo Polar Pattern
Stereo Polar Pattern

Mic Sensitivity

The sensitivity of a microphone is the voltage generated at a given standard acoustic input. This measure shows a mic’s output level of the capsule unit at the standard frequency of 1 kHz. Higher the sensitivity of a mic, stronger will be the audio picked up.

Frequency Response

It defines the frequency range within which a mic can reproduce an audio signal without any distortion or change. The audible frequency range for a human ear is from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. If a mic has the frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, then it means that the sound within that range will be registered through the microphone unit precisely.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)

This number defines how well a mic can discriminate between good audio from noise. Higher the SNR, better your voice will stand out through the mic despite some background noise.

Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)

Max SPL defines the max sound pressure that a microphone capsule can withstand without failing or ruining the internal circuitry or the capsule unit. So, it is advisable to keep the sound level well within the max SPL level of a microphone. Some microphones, like Razer Seiren Elite, has an LED indicator, which flickers when the sound being received is near the max SPL level.

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

THD gives the noise level in percentage in relation to the fundamental frequency. It’s the measure of the level of distortion of a captured audio. In other words, THD shows the cleanness of a streamed audio signal by a mic.

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