Best Instrument Dynamic Microphones in 2020



Wireless Microphone System, Phenyx Pro 4-Channel VHF Wireless Microphone Set with 2 Handhelds/2 Bodypacks/2 Lapels/ 2 Headset, Metal Receiver, Ideal for Church, Meeting, Conference(PTV-2000B) Review:


I bought this system for church when our Shure microphone stopped working. To my surprise this system has been quite dependable and extremely efficient. My pastor and musician are extremely happy with the sounds. We did have to spend a little time with the EQ to get the right tone for each line, but that is nothing to complain about. The only complaint that I "had" was feedback, it does seem prone to cause disturbance if you use floor monitors; however, I have since bought a Beherenger Feedback Destroyer which makes this system a Godsend. I run this along side a UHF mic system and it doesnt have any issues.



GLS Audio Instrument Microphone ES-57 & Mic Clip - Professional Series ES57 Dynamic Cardioid Mike Unidirectional - For Instruments, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, and more Review:


As a guitar player with many amps that get regularly miked up, I rely on a e906 by Sennheiser and a Shure SM57 mic for my 2x12 cab and combos. I have a SM57 but figured another wouldn't hurt. I found this GLS ES57 by accident and given the price and reviews decided there was nothing to lose. Great decision!

It surely is inspired by the Shure SM57 but it's different, and it's definitely not a "fake" but rather a different take on a SM57. I mean you would have to know very little about these mics to think the ES57 is a Shure "fake or counterfeit". Nothing of that sort, it's in the vein of a 57 but different, and dare I say good different. I actually like it better than my original 57! Paired with my e906, slays! I combine both for a killer tone. A great buy. I also own many GLS instrument cables, all reliable and quiet. Great brand thus far.



Electro-Voice ND76 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone Review:


THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE ELECTRO-VOICE ND96 VOCAL MICROPHONE (and the Electro-Voice ND96 vocal microphone only).

If you play in a band or otherwise loud stage environment, these are the vocal mics to get. They are not joking when they say this is quintessentially the best mic or as they call it the highest gain before feedback type of mic. We pretty much run/EQ for the EV's mics flat... while having to tweak the Shures and Sennheiser's from band members that temporarily come across our path when we perform. The EV's are the last mics to feedback... if at all! And if they do feedback, it's simply because a lead vocalist drops to the stage floor too close to the monitors... which is instantly controllable once they realize their mistake. We also have the older version (N/D967) of the same model EV's... that are just as good.

(NOTE: I have reviewed on Amazon the excellent Electro-Voice ND96 and Electro-Voice N/D967 microphones... Yet I am getting Amazon review requests via email for microphones I've never purchased. Amazon has been known to repurpose a review for a similar item, so just be aware. I see this practice occasionally.) EV makes some Great Mics



Neewer 7 Piece Wired Dynamic Drum Mic Kit - Kick Bass, Tom/Snare & Cymbals Microphone Set - for Drums, Vocal, Other Instrument - Complete with Thread Clip, Inserts, Mics Holder & Case(NW-7) Review:


Update: I'm still using them. The mic for my snare has been whacked a bunch of times already, and no rattle, no issues.

All I can say is wow! The sound quality for this price is amazing!! I just got them, so I can't comment on how long they'll last, but the hardware appears durable, and the case they came in its much better than I expected. I had some digital references that I got from guitar center a few years ago. (I paid the same for only 4 mics) and everything about these is better. Condenser mics work great with phantom power. All the toms sound big and phat. Bass and snare sound amazing. I'm very happy with these mics.



innopow 80-Channel Dual UHF Wireless Microphone System,Metal Cordless Mic Set, Long Distance 200-240Ft,16 Hours Continuous Use for Family Party,Church, Karaoke Night (WM-333) Review:


 This may be one of the best sets of wireless mics you could possibly buy for the money...

First, let me point out the downsides:

1. Yes the frequency range of one mic will be out of spec - so you could not use that one, and buy a second set and only use one of the others too, and still have a heck of a deal.

2. I can find no way to have them power on when power is applied - which means you will have to power on your rack and then power on each of these receivers manually (unless I am missing something)

3. They are not rack mountable without placing them on a rack shelf and using double side tape

4. The antennas are not meant to fold flat for easy storage in a gig bag, you would be best to take them off when transporting

5. The antennas are on the back, so if you do put them in a rack, they will be behind a bunch of metal that will reduce their range

6. On a dark stage, you cannot see the polarity, so you might have someone put the batteries in and not have power and have to do it all over again - also, some battery brands are a little too snug, like Kirkland (Costco) so they are hard to pull out once you put them in.

Okay okay - so what makes them great then?

1. They are built very well. As others have noted, they are heavy in your hand, they feel about as good as our Sennheisers, like a real piece of pro equipment. While we have not dropped one, I feel like if we did, it would not shatter into pieces like other budget mics.

2. They are good looking and when mixed with our pro-level gear on stage, people cannot tell we didn't spend a grand.

3. The range is more than adequate. We have not found a stage that is larger than the coverage - however, our receivers are in a rack ON THE STAGE, not at the back of a sanctuary or something.

4. The infrared frequency setup is instantaneous and accurate - it's never failed to work correctly, unlike some other brands, even higher end gear.

5. The audio quality exceeds all expectations. I record every show, and that means I have isolated audio from each mic and member and can easily compare a Sennheiser wired to a Sennheiser wireless to an SM57 to the Innopow. And guess what? In almost all cases, the Innopow sounds superb! I'm not yanking your chain here, on quiet to loud songs, they are pretty amazing. And their pattern is pretty good, so they don't pick up too much noise like drums, and they are not bad about feedback. Like most mics, if you move up on it tight, bass response can be amazing. The only weak point is that if you have someone who belts AND cups the mic, it will distort a lot easier than a 57.

6. The price is a big point for us because while we have 3 higher end Sennheisers systems that were bought for key members of our band, other members have come and gone and others have made no investment - these are perfect for them and for guest mics. It's hard to justify buying everyone else's gear, so they get what they get right? At least they get a very decent mic that they are not embarrassed to be behind!

There you go, 6 pros and my 6 cons.... The pros far outweigh the cons for sure.

And I have a follow-up after purchasing my first system in February, I bought a second system after one of the two mics died.... Not sure what happened, it wasn't dropped, but the batteries would heat up red hot as soon as you would turn it on.

Why isn't this a "con"? Because everything has troubles - my expensive bass amp is dead, died at the same show!

Rather than cry about it, I ordered another set of mics. I mean, that price, right?

But wait - there's more... On a whim, I contacted the seller and told them what happened, early on a sunday morning after our gig... and by Monday morning, they had replied to me and said it was probably a solder ball on the circuit board - and they sent out a replacement....
I had a replacement from them in time for rehearsal on Wednesday.... Used it at Friday and Saturday night's shows and sound as good as ever.

Meanwhile, my expensive bass amp is in the shop until the middle of next week before they can even look at it......

So, it's not Shure or AT or Sennheiser, but I would not (and did not) hesitate to buy again or recommend to my friends.



Moukey Instrument Vocal Microphone Dynamic Cardioid Wired Mic Metal Handheld, 16.4 ft XLR Cord for Guitar/Drum/Bass/Harmonica/Karaoke/Stage with Switch (MWm-4) Review:


I purchased this microphone for my vlogging, as an upgrade over my iPhone's built-in mic. I had debated a USB mic, but since I already had a USB audio interface with for my guitar, I figured that an XLR mic would be better (they have far better sound quality than USB mics) and it could plug directly into my interface.

This microphone was a huge improvement and worked great. My recording came through flawlessly and was crisp and clear. I've used it a number of times now and it has been perfect every time.

A friend of mine has a much more expensive name-brand microphone and let me borrow it, so I could compare the two. I did an A/B recording for both my friend and my wife to listen to, comparing the two mics. Neither could tell the difference. At about 1/3 of the price of the more expensive one, this microphone was a steal. I highly recommend.



Sabian SSKIT 4 Piece Drum Mic & Mixer Kit w/ 2 Mic Boom Stands and 3 XLR Mic Cables Review:


I've been waiting for a "drummer's practice station" like this for many many years. Do I wish it had a built click track and loop with tempo change without changing pitch? Sure I do, but I guess that is what the smart phone is for. Initially I was very disappointed and couldn't believe I was not getting a "studio" sound in my headphones. The kick sounded like cardboard. I did place the mics correctly etc...
Then it occurred to me to try another pair of headphones and that did the trick. I was about to ship the whole thing back and (out of frustration) spend 1$K on pro-mics, behringer xair mixer etc.... Once I got that nice fat kick sound and the drum sound was inspiring, I was very pleased. For my purpose, this is perfect. I was using Vic Firth Iso headphones. I put on my Beats noise reduction and 100X better. I decided to order a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770. Hopefully with quality and comfort of Beats and the iso of Vic Firth, I'll have the best of both worlds. Keep you posted. I'm sure Sabian will have the SSKIT 2.0 out next year and maybe have a choice to order with quality headphones.



Pyle Pro 7-Piece Wired Dynamic Drum Mic Kit - Kick Bass, Tom / Snare & Cymbals Microphone Set - For Drums, Vocal, & Other Instrument - Complete with Thread Clip, Inserts, Mics Holder & Case - PDKM7 Review:


Before I begin, I'll start with saying that I am a professional Entertainment Technician with stage background in both audio and lighting.

Bass Mic (PDKM-7A): Worth every penny. It's certainly not a Shure, that's for shure (haha) but it is worth the cost of the kit by itself. Great pickup quality, low peak tendency, good threshold and response. A bit flat overall, but plenty for a starting kick mic.

Tom/Snare Mics (PDKM-7B): Great quality hoop-mount dynamic mics. Pickup seems to be greatest in the mid- to hi- frequencies, making them great for snares and higher toms. Pickup in bass is flat if not a bit negative, so floor tom pickup is sloppy.

Condensors (PDKM-7C): Not very durable condensors. The slightest mishandling or gentle tap throws the diaphragm into a crazed set of popping and hissing. Not accessible for home repair, either. However, their pickup is great, fantastic low- and hi- frequency response for their cost. Definitely the part of this kit I would replace first, though.

Hoop Clips: Trash. Buy a separate set. Plastic is not very durable, and the knob friction grips give way after only a few jam sessions, leaving your mics spinning haplessly. Easily broken, nearly impossible to remove if you use the medium or tight grip hoop edges.

Condensor Clips: Good enough, about what I expected. Handles the job as well as your standard professional microphone clip.

Case: Fantastic case, durable, not easily dented or knicked. Lock is master-keyed so anyone with the kit can open yours, but that's really just for looks/show more than function.

Overall, fantastic initial value.



Shure BETA 98H/C Clip-On Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Sax/Brass with Integrated Shock Mount and Attached Preamplifier (XLR) Review:


watching all my favorite videos with sax and horn players, i researched what clip on microphone they were using. this is the microphone, there's a wireless model also that's made for use with wireless system (not familiar ).
the sound is amazing, im also using a yamaha usb mixer that has effects and it's been a lot of fun. with delay and or reverb my sound is closer to what i hear playing by the pro horn players on cd's and video's. a nice step up on my sound quality of my sax. wouldn't want to be with out it now.



4 Channel VHF Wireless Microphone, Phenyx Pro 4-Channel Wireless Microphone System with 4 Handheld Mics, Metal Receiver, Long Distance Operation, Ideal for Church, Party, Outdoor Events (PTV-2000A) Review:


I would have loved to give this product a good 5 star review simply because everything was very easy to use and set up. However, I cannot because it did not come with batteries like shown in descriptions and photos/video. The slots in the box for the batteries were empty! Only 2 out of the four microphones worked like it should. As for the defective mics, one of them turned on but had no sound. The other one had a weird rattling sound from inside the mic when I shook it --- sounded like something was already broken inside the mic and of course that mic did not work as well. I contacted the manufacture in hope I'd hear something back from them and get this problem fixed. I really liked the set and was hoping to use it at an event next week.

** UPDATE **
I have to say thank you to Phenyx for responding so quickly about the defective units and sent me a complete new set right away. I paid the shipping cost to send back the original set but they reimbursed me right away also. It was the best customer service I've ever had for online purchases. I extremely LOVED this microphone set. I received the new set 3 days before my brother's wedding (what I intended to use it for) which allowed me some time to test out the system before the big day. Surprisingly and THANKFULLY everything worked well, just as planned. Guests who stayed for the after party LOVED the mics and sung many songs together, which was great. Now, I get to keep this set and use it as my mini home karaoke. This is a must buy if you want something affordable with great quality! Thanks Phenyx! I'm a super happy customer!