Best Vocal Condenser Microphones in 2020



TONOR Cardioid Condenser Microphone, USB Computer Mic Kit with 24mm Diaphragm/Spider Shock Mount for Podcasting, Gaming, Streaming, YouTube, Voice Over, Studio/Home Recording, TC-2030 Review:


 So I added a video of how the mic actually sounds. I did three test. One is there the mic is very high from where I was sitting down (picture), two the mic is right above the "camera view", and the last one is me speaking straight into the mic.
The set up was very easy and had no trouble. It's sturdy but if you mess with it a lot (I did after recording like 20 videos of my voice and playing around with obs) it will come undone from the bottom. The whole clamp won't come undone just where you tighten up the mount. Like I mention that's after messing a lot with the mount putting up straight and bring it down again multiple times.
The clamps everywhere else are good and study, after a bit of use they will get loose so just tighten them again to your liking. That's also after messing around with the mic mount a lot.
Sound quality is great. Very clear and picks EVERYTHING up so just make sure if you're streaming or recording that any tiny noise will be picked up. In that case it's great and it gives you an idea of how good the mic really is.



USB Microphone MAONO A04 Plus Cardioid Condenser Podcast Mic 192kHz/24bit Plug and Play, Provide Two Mic Holders for Livestreaming, Voice Over, YouTube, Gaming, ASMR Review:


 This microphone sounds great, much better than I expected for this price range. It also includes just about every mic accessory you could possibly need, making this a perfect option for someone just starting out who wants good audio quality without breaking the bank.



Neewer USB Microphone for Windows and Mac with Suspension Scissor Arm Stand, Shock Mount, Pop Filter, USB Cable and Table Mounting Clamp Kit for Broadcasting and Sound Recording (Blue and Silver) Review:


Blue microphone 4 in 1 kit was a great choice! Comes with a matching usb cable. Windows and Mac compatible so I can easily use it with my air book and gives me clear and focused audio that I can edit. Scissor arm mount clamps onto my desktop just fine, the padding in the mount really protects my table top from scratches and dents. Really impressed with how well it suspends and stays up, foldable and supportive. The foam cap and pop filter really help protect the microphone and vocal audio from spit and breathing sounds. The shock mount contributes to better sound by framing and holding the microphone in place and preventing feedback distort.



Neewer USB Microphone for Windows and Mac with Suspension Scissor Arm Stand, Shock Mount, Pop Filter, USB Cable and Table Mounting Clamp Kit for Broadcasting and Sound Recording (Black) Review:


Blue microphone 4 in 1 kit was a great choice! Comes with a matching usb cable. Windows and Mac compatible so I can easily use it with my air book and gives me clear and focused audio that I can edit. Scissor arm mount clamps onto my desktop just fine, the padding in the mount really protects my table top from scratches and dents. Really impressed with how well it suspends and stays up, foldable and supportive. The foam cap and pop filter really help protect the microphone and vocal audio from spit and breathing sounds. The shock mount contributes to better sound by framing and holding the microphone in place and preventing feedback distort.



Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone & NW-35 Adjustable Recording Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm Stand with Shock Mount and Mounting Clamp Kit Review:


This is a good quality inexpensive microphone for its price. The stand and pop filters and sock are a good bargain. The stand is good overall, and it stays put easily. The shock mount holds the mic with out slipping and the handling noise it pretty minimal. Its a good overall mic, its not too bright, and seems to be clean when you power it. The Included XLR to Headphone jack cable is no good, not that it doesn't work, but you'll want a phantom power XLR jack for this. You can do this by either by supplying 48v phantom power with an inline phantom power adapter, or by using a USB interface which supplies it like in my case with the UM2. In my testing I found that it was just too quiet with say a USB sound card that supplied it with just 5 volts, it improved it but it didn't get anywhere near the UM2's clean input with a true phantom power supply. For me the UM2 is really clean and quiet with this and complements it nicely. The build quality is good, the condenser capsule housing the condenser is plastic, but the condenser itself is larger than you little cheep mic and it preforms pretty well. The metal body is solid and its not to heavy, its in the middle weight wise. The finish is good though, and the grill is pretty sturdy but I'd say it wouldn't be drop proof like some of the expensive ones. It would generally hold up very well though. Inside the PCB is good overall with a little hand soldering to the wire connectors they are wire to pad, so not though hole, and there is little flux and residue with clean component placement. Inside the grill there is some padding for it as well. Combined with the sock or the pop filter it seems to do a good job. Overall the build quality is excellent for the price, and it sounds nice. The price alone is good with out the Mic, I figured if I didn't like it I could upgrade it. Its done well for me with just some quick voice over work and for conferencing and gaming. Its not in Sure or AKG territory, but for the price you can't go wrong.



Neewer NW-800 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Microphone Set Including (1)NW-800 Professional Condenser Microphone + (1)Microphone Shock Mount + (1)Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap + (1)Microphone Power Cable (Black) Review:


I had purchased the NW-700 for 10$ on eBay previously. This is much better. So, after about a year, the nw-700's XLR cable broke, (Why did I buy an entirely new microphone? Because at the time I had thought that the mic itself was broken.) So, I bought this. It was a fight over this and the NW-1500. I chose this cause it had (at the time of writing) it had a half star more and was Amazon's Choice. The sound is more Crisp and clear than the NW-700, and it sounds less Walkie-Talkie like. (Also, if I get the right angle, it passes as an audio-technica.) The new top has a larger receiving pattern, and is FLIPPING GOLD!! (rage party lol 😄) It needs 48v Phantom Power Supply, which I don't think they stress enough. Without phantom power, it's basically a 20$ paperweight that will hear you if you scream. I don't want to crush your Audiophile dreams or anything, but inside is a small metal frame, and a cheap printed board. Anyways, this is a good mic (Note that I said "Good") but, it's a $20 mic, and it doesn't deserve five stars. (That's reserved for Behringer and Shure mic's.)

Pros--
Nice, Sturdy, well-built design.

Crisp-ish sound.

Kind of lightweight.

FLIPPING GOLD!! (rage party lol 😄)

Cons--

There is a good amount of static, crackling if you turn the gain past 16.

Kind of heavy.

The cable, circuit board, are generic.

The cord on the shock mount snaps easily.

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I have it paired with a Pyle pro mic tripod and Japanese pop filter
PYLE-PRO PMKSDT25 Adjustable Desktop Tripod Microphone Stand
Microphone Pop Filter with Flexible Metal GooseNeck Holder, Microphone Wind Screen with Soft Nylon Double-Net Filter for Studio, KTV and Recording Room

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Pictures, cause I don't know what to do with myself.



Neewer NW-700 Professional Condenser Microphone & NW-35 Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with XLR Cable and Mounting Clamp & NW-3 Pop Filter & 48V Phantom Power Supply with Adapter Kit Review:


I'm not an expert on microphones or all this audio support "stuff" but from a new person standpoint here are my thoughts on this product which I bought not just once, but twice.

Pros:
Pretty easy to set up as both orders came with instructions.
Sounds better than my old desktop style microphone.
If you hook it up "the right way" with a sound card and so on you get better sound and control. But even without it's not bad by my count.
Cheap, a whole set up for just what some other low end microphones cost.
Sounds "not offensive" I don't know what I'm doing yet with it, but even I can tell it's not going to sound like a professional quality anything even if I did know exactly what I was doing.
With a usb audio jack this mic set up is able to run 2 full set ups easy without any crazy feedback or echo or other nasty effects with both of these no more than 6 feet apart.

Cons:
I ordered 2, and got 2 slightly different mics. Both say the say thing printed on them and sound similar but have minor differences.
2 different boxes, one came in what looked like a "product box" info and graphics as most would recognize. However, the other (one I actually like a little better) came in just a hastily thrown together brown box.
2 different foam toppers (I'm sure there is a better name for these) the one in the brown box was way more uniform and didn't 'look' like a Chinese factory reject like the one in the standard designed box.
The anchor vise piece isn't exactly strong, but after some fairly rough working I've come to the conclusion that either you'd need to have experience with way better products already, or you would need to treat this equipment quite poorly to just snap the thing.

It's not going to act like a high end piece of audio equipment, but if the budget is tight, this is actually pretty nice.



ZINGYOU Condenser Microphone Bundle, ZY-007 Professional Cardioid Studio Condenser Mic Include Adjustable Suspension Scissor Arm Stand, Shock Mount and Pop Filter, Studio Recording & Broadcasting Review:


I purchased this microphone bundle for my daughter to use. She is a vocal and Music Tech student in school. I wanted her to be able to setup microphone for her to practice her vocals and also practice, use for (home) studio recording and possibly doing Podcasts. It was easy to set up. We set her room up with the laptop to record and put the adjustable arm on the table with the laptop. Everything went together and was able to install the USB sound adapter with no problem. What's great about the microphone is it's sensitive and directional, so it doesn't pick up any surrounding sounds except for what's in front of it. For the price point, it's a great product. If you're looking to get into broadcasting/podcasting or recording, this is a great way to start a studio if your on a limited budget.



ZINGYOU Condenser Microphone Bundle, BM-800 Mic Set for Studio Recording & Brocasting (Microphone Kit (Black)) Review:


 So I bought this mic really for the accessories. I am starting a new podcast and all the condenser mics I own sit about six inches up from the desk so my guest tend to lean down towards the mic which is uncomfortable for an hour or two long broadcast not to mention that every time someone puts down a glass or coffee mug it sounds like Godzilla is attacking the studio. I started pricing out all the components and came across the BM 800 from ZingYou, It had everything I wanted plus a new mic to boot. I looked around YouTube for reviews and found that quite a few people liked it and it was priced right where I wouldn't feel slighted if it happened to be an epic fail. The box arrived and it looked super intimidating, but really it's pretty simple and straight forward to set up. The table mount is a C clamp that you slide onto the table the scissor arm fits inside of it and the shock mount threads onto the other end. Once you find a home for the Pop filter and slide the mic in your ready to rock. All the components except for the sound card are built well. The Mic is connected with an XLR to 3.5mm jack. It can plug directly into the mic port on your computer, or if you don't have a separate input for a mic (like on a laptop) you will need to use the sound card that is included. This was the only blemish to the device. I get feedback every time I use the sound card. I can move the mic further away from my laptop and it helps but you still get a slight hum. The audio quality for the recording is fine it's a little further away sounding and a bit echo-y but not in a way that is insurmountable. I did have to tweak my compression and normalization settings well beyond what I use for my other mics to keep it from sounding distorted. All in all the Mic is a good low cost condenser mic. The armature that holds it is well crafted and the only issue I had was with the sound card. All things considered I think this was definitely a good purchase.



ZINGYOU Condenser Microphone Bundle, ZY-007 Professional Cardioid Studio Condenser Mic Include Adjustable Suspension Scissor Arm Stand, Shock Mount and Pop Filter, Studio Recording & Broadcasting Review:


This Zingyou condenser microphone kit was an unusual purchase for me, but it is one I don’t regret. Here’s why...

Every now and then I do some recording. Not usually anything noteworthy, but as hobbies go I enjoy getting behind a mic and a board and capturing audio. Sometimes I also record other people. I’ve got a couple professional microphones that are well suited for the voice and a couple others that I can use for musical sources. I’ve worked in professional studios too, so I’m not at all unfamiliar with how that kind of thing works.

When I’m not doing those things, I try to keep up with what’s going on in the industry. Well, several months back one of the recording magazines I read had a small article about these inexpensive condenser microphones and how they’re unexpectedly useful in professional settings for adding some sweetening or character to recordings of instruments. This piqued my interest and finally a couple months ago I decided to try one out. After some searching, this condenser mic kit from Zingyou stood out to me and I went ahead and ordered it.

In short, I’m really impressed. Here’s why:

1) It was inexpensive. Not a huge risk if I didn’t like it.

2) It was a kit, so I didn’t have to interrupt much of anything in the space I use for recording in order to try it out.

3) It sounds really decent. Good quality, especially for the price. I didn’t expect too much, but what I got was a real value. This competes easily with the entry-level tier of name-brand microphones that cost much more than this one. It even gives a couple of the mid-level pro condenser-style microphones a run for their money in some applications.

4) It performs well with stringed instruments, and it works great for room ambience and widening out a sound field. It does good things with the male voice. I haven’t yet tried it with any female voices, but I expect it will perform good there too.

There are also some things to be aware of, regarding the use of condenser microphones, if you want to be successful. Here’s a few I could think of right off:

1) This microphone, as with any condenser microphone, requires phantom power in order to work properly. This particular mic can be driven from most computer soundcards, thanks to the bias voltage present at the mic input jack on those soundcards. However, that is a very small voltage level, and actual phantom power should be used to get the full benefit of this microphone (or any condenser). I read a number of other reviews that complained about barely being able to hear anything from the microphone, even with the input level turned all the way up, and that’s why those folks had that problem. Without phantom power to activate the microphone element, you’re not going to get much out of it and boosting the gain in order to pull the signal up is just going to amplify a lot of noise. In my case, both of the mixer boards I use offer selectable phantom power at the mic inputs, so using condenser microphones is not a challenge. If your board doesn’t offer phantom power, then you need to get an external phantom power injector to put between this mic and your mixing board.

2) Condenser microphones can be very unforgiving. When properly driven with phantom power, the large elements in condenser microphones will pick up quite a bit. Proper gain structure is crucial, as it microphone technique. If you’re recording your spoken voice, you’ll need good vocal and breath control to prevent breathing and mouth noises from being picked up. Most of this can be carefully processed back out later on, but keeping in practice with proper breathing is key. This kit from includes a pop filter (the round semi-transparent thing that you see positioned in front of microphones sometimes), which does an excellent job of catching vocal plosives. Using that pop filter for voice recordings is important, and I’m glad it was included in this kit!

3) Condenser mics, including this one, are analytical. They’ll capture everything in a studio that your brain notices, and often even some stuff you didn’t know was there until you play it back. As I said before, you can use this quality to your advantage by taking care to use proper microphone technique, positioning, and gain. If you’re in a noisy space, that will be picked up though, so if you’re used to traditional dynamic microphones that give everything a warm feel and don’t catch high frequency background noises, using a condenser mic will take some getting used to. I’d suggest taking some time to do some practice recordings to get a feel for how the microphone performs. There’s not a lot of “proximity effect” with this microphone either, so things aren’t going to get bassy and boomy if you get right up on it... like I said, it’s a very analytical microphone that doesn’t add much extraneous “color” to your recording. You can process that in later if you want it, but trying to reduce it can be challenging and you don’t have to worry about it with this microphone, which is really nice.

4) This microphone kit includes a lightweight clamp-style mic arm. If you don’t already have a mic arm, this will meet your needs. Again, it’s a valuable part of this kit, just like the pop filter. This microphone is not designed to be handheld! You will hear all the handling noises picked up right along with your voice. (Note: Use the mic arm, gently. Loosen the articulated joints before adjusting the position of the arm and microphone, then tighten them. Trying to adjust the arm with everything snuggled down will end up damaging the tightening mechanisms!) Position the mic comfortably before you begin recording, and try not to adjust it mindlessly while you’re going, as you’ll hear some adjustment noises if they happen during quiet parts. Like I said, this mic picks up everything. Practice makes perfect!

Summary: If you use this microphone and kit correctly, you’ll be impressed by the performance it offers. I can see it being useful for podcasts, voice-overs (either alone or in a mic pair to give you something to play with in post-production processing), and some instrumental recording, especially with stringed instruments such as non-electric guitars, violins, etc... I’m including a picture of how I initially set it up (with windscreen and pop filter, on the mic arm) on my spare mixer to get a feel for the sound quality. It’s a sharp looking microphone, a good performer, and will make a good addition as a utility microphone to my lineup. I’m very pleased.