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This is the mic to start with if you’re on a budget. It’s even great to get an extra for mobile use!
The ATR2100x-USB is a dynamic, cardioid microphone that can connect directly to your computer via USB. It can also (and simultaneously) connect to professional audio equipment via XLR.
Here are some of the standout features of the ATR2100x-USB:
- Strong output signal: loud enough so you don't have to push the gain so much (about 13 dB louder than the previous non-X version)
- Zero-latency, full-volume headphone monitoring: your own voice won't sound robotic and you'll hear yourself no matter how you adjust volume on your USB device
- USB-C connectivity: an easier-to-use and future-friendly USB-C port, letting you connect to computers, tablets, and smartphones (with adapter, if necessary)
- Affordable price: usually around $79 (USD) and sometimes drops as low as $59
- Lifetime warranty: better than all the competitors!
Where to buy the ATR2100x-USB
The Shure MV7 merges some of the quality and physical design of the SM7B, but offers connectivity over XLR and USB!
The best features come when you pair this with the Shure MOTIV app for control over the microphone's built-in equalization, compression, and more!
Where to buy the MV7
Electro-Voice RE320 studio mic
Where to buy the RE320
Electro-Voice RE50 handheld interview mic
For video interviews or handheld-microphone recordings, the Electro-Voice RE50 is a fantastic choice! The RE50 is designed for hand-holding with internal shock protection and a durable design. The dynamic mic capsule is omnidirectional, which is far more forgiving when you might accidentally be off-axis from the mic.