When it comes to a gaming microphone, you don’t need anything too fancy. You just need a reliable, good-quality mic. With that in mind, we reviewed some microphones and have found the top three just for gamers. All three of these are affordable, convenient for use while gaming, and of the utmost quality in their class.
Top 3 Condenser Microphones For Gaming:
The ATR2500-USB is a great condenser microphone for gaming, podcasting, and even some simple home recording. The cardioid (heart-shaped) pickup pattern seeks to cut down on background noise, like typing on a keyboard or clicking a mouse. And with a headphone jack and headphone volume buttons on the front of the mic, you get no-latency live monitoring.
The Blue Snowball is a super fast and easy way to record decent-sounding vocals, whether you’re singing, doing a video voiceover, or podcasting. This little alien-spaceship-looking condenser microphone is a desk unit -- while secured on the included tripod, it stands at 10 inches tall, right at mouth height. Overall, a smart choice for beginners looking to record vocals.
The Zalman ZM-Mic1 is a compact microphone that clips onto either your headphone cable or your shirt, which keeps it out of your way while gaming. With the omnidirectional pickup pattern, it’s sure to never miss what you say, be it smack talk or verbal high fives. And for under $10, it’s hard to beat the affordability of this mic.
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.