The 8 Best Cheap Microphones for YouTube in 2024

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Having a decent microphone is partly the reason why I was able to grow my channel so fast. After so many years, I’ve owned a lot of microphones and there’s something I’m convinced of: you don’t need an expensive mic to grow a successful YouTube channel.

A good mic for YouTube can cost around $100, but you can get something good enough to start for much lower than $50. We’ll focus on this latter price point for this post. If you can spend a little bit more, I recommend my list of the best microphones you can get.

For now, let’s see what options you have to choose the best budget microphone for YouTube. Here are my 5 favorites, but you’ll find more options later on in this post

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Our Favorites

Types of Microphones You Could Choose

Three types are good for YouTube:

  • Lavalier: These are miniature mics that you clip on your clothes. These are usually my favorite because they allow you to get really close to the mic and you can walk around without losing audio quality.
  • USB: These are my favorite to record in front of the computer. They’re pretty much plug-and-play and give you excellent audio quality since you can record close to them.
  • Shotgun: Not my favorite in any case, but they are sometimes necessary. These are needed when you are outside and you don’t want the microphone to show on camera, so it’s not often needed for content creation. Don’t use them at home, as they tend to capture a lot of echo.

USB Mics

Bietrun Desktop USB Microphone

Bietrun USB Microphone, Computer Condenser Gaming Mic for Desktop/Laptop/PS4/5, Headphone Jack, Volume Control, Plug & Play, for Podcast, Streaming, Studio Recording

This is one of the best budget microphones you can buy this year. Most mics in this price range lack useful things like a mute button and can be very noisy. But the Bietrun mic is the exception.

For less than $50, you get a cardioid mic that will pick only the sound coming from the front. But it also has a mute button, a noise-canceling button, and an internal shock mount in case you hit your desk while recording.

Plus, the microphone looks good.

Our only reservation about it is the cable length. It’s only 1.5 meters long. It’s not exactly short, but other options come with 2m or even 3m cables.

But overall, if you’re looking for a good desktop USB mic under $50, this is our first recommendation

TONOR Condenser Mic

TONOR USB Microphone for PC, Cardioid Condenser Computer Mic with Tripod Stand, Pop Filter, Shock Mount for Gaming, Streaming, Podcasting, YouTube

The TONOR Condenser Mic is a similar option with a few different advantages and disadvantages. To start with, it comes with a pop filter and has the same type of shock mount that will reduce the noise when you move your mic.

It’s also a cardioid mic (although it picks sound at the top, not the front), which is good for voice recording on YouTube or any other kind of vocal work.

The pop filter will make sure that your audio doesn’t clip when pronouncing letters like ‘p’, or whenever you exhale a lot of air at the same time.

Also, it comes with a longer cable that is 2 meters long. This is good if you plan to record far away from your computer.

However, it doesn’t come with the noise-cancellation feature the Bietrun has.

We recommend this microphone if you really need the longer cable, but for most people, the Bietrun will be a better option thanks to the noise cancelation. You can always get a cheap pop filter and use it on almost any microphone.

Samson Go Portable Mic

Samson SAGOMIC Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone,White

This Samson mic is extremely portable and it has what I love about USB mics: being able to choose polar pattern options. This means that you will be able to set your microphone if you want the Cardioid mode or the omnidirectional mode.

In case you don’t know, Cardioid will only pick up sound coming from the front of the mic, whilst omnidirectional mode will pick up sound from every direction. It’s just great to have this option at this price range.

It also comes with a little clip you can use to mount your camera on your LCD screen, like most webcams. This is not my favorite way to use a mic, but you can still get a stand for it.

FIFINE USB Microphone

FIFINE USB Microphone, Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for Laptop MAC or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals, Voice Overs,Streaming Broadcast and YouTube Videos-K669B

If you don’t care much about being able to change your polar pattern, the FIFINE mic is a great cheap option.

It comes only with the Cardioid pattern, which is probably the one you will want for voice recording since it will suppress sound coming from other directions.

It isn’t as portable as the Samson, but it is cheaper and comes with a small tripod that is more convenient for YouTube videos than a screen/table clip.

Finally, both mics have similar audio quality, but this one has a design that I enjoy more than the vintage look of the Samson.

Amazon Basics Desktop Mini Condenser Microphone

Amazon Basics Mini USB Condenser Microphone for Online Meeting, Gaming, Podcast - Black

Amazon has released a lot of in-house products that are able to deliver really good quality for a low price. In this case, the Amazon Basics Desktop Mini mic is a really nice microphone that sounds just as good as a more expensive Blue Snowball microphone.

Of course, it doesn’t look as good as the Blue mic, but it comes with a mute button. This already gives a bit more value than the Snowball, even though it costs almost half.

The microphone also includes a tripod and you can tilt it up and down. Since it occupies such a small space, you’ll probably be able to place it on top of your desktop without needing a scissor arm stand.

Lavalier Mics

BOYA Condenser Mic

19 Feet Lavalier Microphone for Canon iPhone Podcast, BOYA Omnidirectional Condenser Recording Mic for Nikon Sony iPhone 8 8 plus 7 6 6s Plus DSLR Camcorder Audio Recorder Youtube Interview Video

Going for the BOYA Lavalier mic and connecting it to your smartphone is probably the cheapest way to give your channel good audio. It is extremely cheap and even better than the mic installed in flagship smartphones.

The main purpose of this mic is to improve your audio by making your voice a bit clearer than the ambient sound. It is a lot better than most built-in mics in cameras from all price ranges. Your voice will be louder and clearer; you can’t really ask for much more for this price.

You might not want this to be the mic to use for your entire YouTube career, but at least you can start with decent sound if you can’t afford better equipment.

PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier

PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier Clip On Microphone - Lav Mic for Camera Phone iPhone GoPro Video Recording ASMR - Small Noise Cancelling 3.5mm Tiny Shirt Microphone with Easy Clip On System

On the other hand, if you can afford a bit more, you will probably feel safer paying for a higher-quality mic that is still pretty cheap. In that case, this PowerDeWise has made a name for itself among vloggers pretty quickly.

The main reason is that it is surprisingly good for its price. It is good at suppressing wind sound, which is the most common problem when recording outside as a vlogger. It comes with an extension cable in case you need it and a handy pouch to carry it with you.

It is a lot of value for your money, and one of the microphones that I recommend the most, even for vloggers who could afford a lot more.

Shotgun Mics

TAKSTAR SGC-600 Interview Microphone

TAKSTAR SGC-600 Video Microphone, Mini Shotgun Mic, Professional Camera Microphone for iPhone, Android Phone, Canon/Nikon/Sony Camera&Camcorder, Video Mic with Shock Mount, Windscreen, and 3.5mm Jack

Picking between shotgun microphones can be a pain, especially when we’re looking at low-cost models. I had to look through a lot of options to find one that had a good price-quality relationship.

I don’t think I can recommend one cheaper than the TAKSTAR SGC-600.

You can find 200$ shotgun microphones that are just as good as this one, if not worse. This is why I say it is a pain to find the right one.

Gladly, the TAKSTAR is definitely a good choice for the price. It is light and you will get a much clearer volume of your voice than using any built-in mic.

I would love to give you more options, but honestly, this is probably the only cheap shotgun I can feel comfortable recommending.

Be sure to go to my main microphones article for more expensive shotgun mics that are worth your money once you want an upgrade. I’ve done most of the grunt work for you there.

How do I get good audio on YouTube videos?

Getting a microphone is not the only thing you need to record good audio. You also need to apply the best practices:

  1. Get closer to the microphone to reduce background noise and avoid echo
  2. Turn off things that can make background noise (fans, TVs, radios, computers you’re not using, etc)
  3. Close your windows
  4. Avoid echo by not recording in an empty room
  5. Make sure you’re hitting the yellow signal in your recorder’s peak level meter (green is too low, and red is too high)

if you get even just a cheap mic, if you follow these guidelines your audio will be good enough and you’ll make much better videos.