Best Ribbon Microphones in 2020



Dual Lavalier Microphone, KIMAFUN 2 Lapel Clip-on Omnidirectional Condenser Mics Set for Dual Interview, Recording, Vlog, YouTube, Smartphone, Camera, Tablets, Laptop, Android, iPhone, 4020-Dual Review:


This is a lot better quality than I was expecting.It comes with two microphones and has clips to attach to clothing.You just use the 3.5mm jack of your device to plug in and the audio now comes from this
It is omnidirectional and records from all angles which worried me about background noise but you know what,it isn’t an issue.The sound is crisp and clear and even when we used it on a Facebook live video,people were commenting that the sounds was a lot better than when we used the phone mic and this was even when a dj playing in the background
It comes with batteries in the box so you are literally good to go as soon as you get this.



Lavalier Lapel Microphone 236" Professional Grade Clip On Omnidirectional Pick Up Pattern for Flexible Low Handling Noise Mic with Accurate Voice Recording for Phone/Camera/Audio Devices (Black) Review:


 I really should have gotten a lavalier sooner, but at the time I needed one I didn’t have the money to invest into one so I just used whatever microphone I had at the time and tried to make sure it wasn’t in the frame of what I was shooting. The Pixel MK1 is a very affordable wired option and includes options for use with either a regular camcorder, computer, or phone. To figure out whether it’s worth it to buy hearing audio from it is kind of important. So in the attached video, I’ve included audio samples from the Pixel and the ModMic 5 and Yeti.

While not the best microphone in my round-up, the difference that it makes is it’s form factor and price. When filming an interview or a documentary style video, having the microphone on the person you’re trying to listen to is a huge plus for audio quality as opposed to using the audio from the built-in microphone on your camera. Granted, a wireless solution would be preferred for a moving subject, but at this price I think it accomplishes more than what someone should be expecting and this can be solved by plugging the lav into their phone and recording their audio off of that. Again as a low budget solution I think it definitely works, especially if you plan on using it for interviews or can (as I described above) record audio with it separately so there isn’t a wire going between your camera and the subject.



Professional Grade Lavalier Microphone with Adapter Compatible with iPhone - Lapel Microphone for iPhone 5 6 7 8 X 11 Pro Max - iPhone Compatible External Microphone - iPhone XR, XS, XS Max Microphone Review:


I bought these as a way to record an audio recording of a book (for my own personal purposes). I didn't want to drop the $300+ on a professional "starter" set-up that a lot of podcasters use. I just needed something basic that was going to capture audio better than the on-board mic on my iPhone.

This is very easy to use. Has an adapter to my iPhone so it can adjust to their input jack. The audio quality is fair, and for my purposes, "fair" is all I need. However, I will say this a lot better than I expected.

The price is very fair for what it does.



MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone with Shockmount Review:


I bought this microphone, it was not a review item or gift.

This ribbon mic is one of the best bargains available if you have the right set-up to use with it. On it's own you might find the microphone sounding low in output level and dull in the higher frequencies, but plug it in to a good preamp like an API 312, then into a good equalizer like the Warm Audio WA-EQP, then into a good compressor like the UA 1176 and finally into your DAW or other input.....are you still with me? This microphone provides an amazing sound that you can work with and shape into a truly stunning final output with a little signal processing.

I own over 50 microphones, many are vintage AKG classics. I've also built my own LDC microphones using high quality components, many of my custom microphones started as MXL 2001; with mods they easily compete with or exceed Mojave microphone performance for less than 50% of the M.A.P. price.

I own a Royer R-121 ribbon microphone, it's pretty much the industry standard for ribbon instrument microphones. I often use this microphone with a Grace m-801 preamplifier set in the ribbon mode, this feeds an equalizer and compressor into an Apogee audio converter. I'm mic'ing four different Marshall 4x12 cabinets filled with Celestion speakers, driven with Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amplifiers or vintage Marshall 100-watt clones. The speaker cabinets are contained in two different isolation rooms at the rear of our studio, this gives us an excellent perspective on the raw sound of these microphones in the control room.

The new MXL R144 ribbon microphone is unmodified at this point, this is my first encounter with this particular low priced MXL model.

I've recorded some male vocals with it and I've had it mounted up next to a 4x12 and I can say it has that smooth natural response, similar to the Royer R-121 in ribbon sounding character. Both of these microphones sound much better with EQ and compression.

I've never cared for the R-121 for vocals, but with EQ and compression I like the MXL R144 as a very natural sounding vocal mic with big bass when used close up, smooth is the keyword to describe the sound. You can hit these ribbon microphones with a lot of high frequency boost and they never sound piercing.

The R-121 has a slightly brighter sound from the rear when used closeup to the source, I have not really heard a similar effect from the MXL R144 but with the WA-EQP equalizer the R-144 sounds incredible, you can contour the overall frequency response to be whatever you want and it never sounds harsh, strident or piercing like all the cheap Chinese large diaphragm condenser microphones do. It is this characteristic of ribbon mics in general, that they take lots of high frequency boost really well, which makes them so popular for recording, their frequency response is smooth and un-hyped, very different from a bright dynamic microphone like an SM-57.

I wanted to test this microphone out before ordering a second one to modify and customize. I need one factory stock piece to compare my modified creations to. I'm enjoying it un-modded right now, it sounds great!

If I was going to complain about anything it would be the shock mount, the handles you squeeze to open the shock mount stick out a little too far and could interfere with achieving an optimum position when used up-close. On the bright side, it includes a nice shock mount, it's not the best but it's effective and it's included in the $88 Prime delivered price! A nice plastic carrying case is also included, it is foamed lined and die-cut to hold the microphone and shock mount. I prefer this small case to another brief-case size carrying case taking up space in my warehouse area.

I've had my Royer R-121 since 2007, never had to have the ribbon replaced, I've taken care of it. For the price I paid back then I could buy 11 of these MXL and still take my beautiful GF out to dinner at a nice place. If I'd had one of these MXL in the first place I probably would not have bought the Royer, I'd much rather put any $$ saved into more signal processing like the WA-EQP and my latest find, the WA76. These are stunningly good sounding pieces of audio equipment.

For less than $100 I don't think you can beat this MXL R-144 for a ribbon microphone. Good music to all!

UPDATE: I still like this mic after a year of use. I hate describing tone with words but I'd say this mike has a bit of gravely-distortion when used close up, it's not a bad thing. I would not describe this microphone as high-fidelity, it's got gnarlyness and personality. When I venture outside the usual suspects this MXL ribbon is always a fun stop along the way. It's still a bargain. I still haven't gotten around to modding it either. I've got the Royer when I need a hi-fi ribbon, I kind of like the MXL being crude and a little nasty, it's fun tool in our rock recording studio.



Golden Age Project R1 MKII Ribbon Microphone Review:


It took me about 2 seconds to consider buying this microphone firstly because it's silly money for a mic and secondly because I'm a gear addict. Don't go reading reviews about who compares it to what or whatever just read this one and buy it. I mean It's a chinese ribbon mic for $150 c'mon! It's not going to sound like a $2K ribbon but why the hell would you want it to? It sounds how it sounds just like every other microphone, and for certain applications and in the right position its fantastic. When matched with a good preamp the R1 delivers those pleasant and forgiving 40's-50's sultry tones. That being said on certain voices it's terrible while on others it's amazing, and the same goes for instruments. Which is why this mic is always ready to go and I'm not too bothered about a singer blowing out the ribbon or a drummer knocking it over. I've recorded male and female lead vocals on this and matched it EQ wise with $1000 LDC's. Usually when singers hear the A/B comparison the agressive nasal squeek of the LDC's is all too apparent, and some prefer the smoother natural roll off of the ribbon. The GAP R1 mk2 microphone will grow on you and if it's your first ribbon mic, will certainly wet your appetite for more :-)



ART AR5 ACTIVE RIBBON MICROPHONE Review:


Tried this Mic as an active ribbon Mic. With the internal 48vdc preamp, it has ample output given it's a ribbon type.
Tried it out and found it to be a VERY nice sounding mic I plan to use for M/S recording setup.
It's no Royer, but it's a very smooth, not too dark sounding mic with good high end.
At a buck and a half, it's a bargain I feel! Great for acoustic guitar recording.
Comes with ample shock mount. Prox effect is not too much but gives a warm boost to lower voices at closer range.