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Top 3 Condenser Microphones For Gaming:
Despite the shortcomings of the extras that come with it, the big picture is that the ATR2500-USB is a good buy. The audio quality is very good and Audio-Technica, yet again, put out a reliable microphone.
The Blue Snowball is great for beginners. You can use this to record vocals (or acoustic guitar) and know you’ll get good quality audio. You can choose between three different recording patterns cardioid, omni, and cardioid with a -10dB pad.
This microphone’s audio quality is decent, it’s longevity is okay, and it’s price is fantastic. It’s a case of getting what you pay for -- for under $10, you get a mic that delivers okay audio.
Made with gamers in mind
When reviewing these mics, we remembered the three most important aspects of a good gamer mic: ease-of-use, setup options, and price. These are the standards we used when choosing these three top-recommended microphones. Each one of them is convenient to use, not complicated, and are very affordable.
These mics come with features that allow you to confidently be hands-free, including a mic stand mount, desk tripod stands, and a clip. This allows you to focus on dominating your opponents and jiving with your teammates.
Let’s take a look at all three of these condenser microphones.
The ATR2500-USB looks and sounds like a professional microphone, but don’t be intimidated by it. It’s simple enough. The quality if very good, especially for under $100.
The great feature on this mic is the headphone jack on its face as well as the headphone volume buttons. The cardioid (heart-shaped) pickup pattern will help cut down on noise from the behind the mic as well as extra room noise.
It also comes with both a mic stand mount and a desk tripod, so you can easily keep your hands free for dominating your opponents.
Continuing the theme of good audio quality, we look at the Snowball, which sounds like a cute little name, but this guy should be taken seriously.
The feature that makes this mic unique is the ability to switch between pickup patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, and cardioid with a -10 dB pad. As a gamer, you’ll probably find the best fit with the cardioid with the -10 dB pad activated, which will cut out lower frequencies like cars rumbling by or the bass in your neighbor’s loud music.
Recording your voice is the forte of the Snowball. You can hear its full potential when you’re close to it — you’ll get clear and crisp audio. It also does well staying put — it’s somewhat fragile, so traveling with this mic is probably not a great idea. And, like the ATR2500-USB, the Snowball comes with a desk tripod.
If you want something even simpler than the above two, the Zalman ZM-Mic1 might be a good fit. It’s a little mic that clips either onto your headphone cable or your shirt.
The omnidirectional pickup pattern will pick up a lot of room and background noise, so this mic will work well in quiet environments. The audio quality is decent, but not on the same level as the other two mics here. But for under $10, it’s a steal. If you don’t want to spend close to $50 or $100 (or you just can’t), this is the mic you’ll probably want to go with.
Again, as a gamer, you may not need to spend a ton of money to get a decent mic, but the more you are willing to spend, the more quality you’ll get.
In fact, the order in which we recommend these three mics happens to coincide with their prices — the Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB is around $80, the Blue Snowball is around $60, and the Zalman ZM-Mic1 is under $10. It’s just a matter of finding the right mic for you and your gaming setup for a price that fits your bank account.