Are you a budding journalist, voiceover artist, blogger, singer, or musician? If you’re here looking to find something to help you hone your craft, we’re definitely with you in getting one of the best studio recording microphones of all time: a condenser microphone. Condenser microphones, being more sensitive and responsive in reproducing instrument or voice compared to dynamic microphones, will introduce you to the world of voice recording.
While these features may make you think that this must be some investment to make only by serious artists, it is a good-to-know that there are people who use entry-level studio recording microphones to enhance their gaming or online chatting experience. Get to know some of the best studio recording microphones available in the market that do not break that bank:
The Fifine condenser microphone has a cardioid pick up pattern that makes it great for removing the background noise from the recorded audio. This plug and play USB condenser recording microphone doesn’t require a 48V phantom power unit. It also features an additional volume knob that allows easy access control to the voice input.
It is also compatible with PC and Mac computers and comes with a USB cable and a stable tripod stand. The more fun part is that you can choose between an all-black or black and pink condenser microphone.
This black and silver pro condenser microphone is a USB plug-and-play type that doesn’t require an external power input. It is Windows- and Macintosh-compatible and has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Moreover, it also comes with a folding tripod stand, an anti-spray sponge, and a user manual.
Neewer NW-800 is a pro condenser microphone with a bass-reduction switch for -10dB. It comes in three color combinations: gold and black, gold and blue, and silver and blue. Using a precision electronic circuit, the microphone greatly reduces crossover and harmonic distortions.
This pro condenser microphone comes with a shock mount that reduces handling noise,; an anti-wind ball-type foam cap that protects the microphone from spray and wind interference;, and a mic power cable that is around 8.2 feet or 2.5 meters in length.
Design: Among the three condenser microphones, Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone has the most modern and sleek design.
Quality: In terms of audio quality, Fifine again bested the other two studio recording microphones. Fifine’s does a better job of removing background noise and amplifying the main sound source. Nasum though is not very far behind, doing very well in recording singing voice although not much with guitar sounds.
Neewer is not bad either. It does a decent recording of singing and talking voice, as well as some music. So, depending on your purpose for getting a condenser microphone, you may find your perfect match in Fifine, Nasum, or Neewer.
Ease of use, assembly, or setup: Of the three, Fifine’s condenser microphone is the easiest to use. All you need to do is mount the microphone onto the tripod, connect the USB cable to your laptop or computer, and then adjust the mic to your desired angle.
Additionally, there’s no need for an installation software, a 48V phantom power source, an XLR cord, and an audio cable like Neewer’s mic does. Neither does Fifine’s mic need a pop filter stand to setup like Nasum’s does. If ease of use is a major consideration, Fifine tops this department.
Price: As for the price, Neewer comes out as the cheapest; Nasum, second; and Fifine, last. The price gap though is not that very wide. And considering that with Neewer you need to purchase or have a 48V phantom power unit, an XLR cord, a boom stand/tripod, and an audio interface, you might end up saving more if you get Nasum’s or Fifine’s plug and play mic.
But, of course, if you already have the bells and whistles and cost is an important consideration, Neweer can easily win this one.
Among the three, your best option is Fifine’s Metal Condenser Recording Microphone. The device provides a decent audio quality for an entry-level microphone, and it especially does a great job in recording voice not to mention that it looks great and is easy to use. But if you’re looking for a condenser microphone to record your singing voice, you might find Nasum’s Pro Condenser Microphone to suit you better.
If you fancy a recording setup with the works, Neewer’s NW-800 Pro Condenser Microphone is not a bad choice either. But since you’re willing to get the bells and whistles that a USB condenser microphone can do without, you might as well level up by investing in a high-end condenser microphone.