Because you’re reading this post, I’ll assume you’re a DIY musician, podcaster, or YouTuber on a budget.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
After doing a hefty amount of online research and looking at user reviews, here are the five best microphones for under $50 that I could find.
The short version: this is possibly the nicest mic I’ve worked with (sorry, AT2035).
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Now for the slightly longer review.
This beauty captures clear and crisp sounds that will make your voice or instrument sound as pretty as a, well, bluebird.
It’s got a 100Hz high-pass filter and a -20dB pad for even more control over your audio recordings. The pickup pattern is cardioid, a pretty standard front-of-the-mic recording pattern. Perfect for vocals.
I used it on most of the vocals for my upcoming album. I recorded acoustic guitar with it. I even recorded piano with it.
It’s a versatile son-of-a-beast.
This thing will set you back over $300, but I would say if you have the buck, you’ll get some nice bang. To be clear, I don’t own this mic (are you kidding? I don’t have that kind of money) — I borrowed it from a friend for a while (thanks, Dom).
So if you want an outstanding mic and have a freer budget, I highly recommend the Bluebird.