Recently, audio technology has stepped forward significantly – the quality of the recording has become almost indistinguishable from a live performance. Microphones play an important role here, as they are used to record various acoustic instruments, voice, and are often used during performances. Outdated wired devices have been replaced by more convenient and functional wireless models. It is really much easier to work with them on stage – wires do not get tangled under your feet, there is no background, and so on.
The market for professional microphones today is simply filled with a wide variety of products – they differ in their cost, functionality and a number of other parameters. For an experienced person, choosing a suitable model will not be too difficult, but for a beginner it is much more difficult to do this. We decided, to the best of our ability, to make this task easier for you and rank the best professional microphones of the year among all that are presented today on the Russian audio equipment market.
How to choose the right professional microphone in 2022?
First of all, the buyer needs to decide for what purpose he is going to buy such a device. If you plan to use it indoors, then the sound receiver can be covered with an ordinary metal mesh, but if you work with the microphone outdoors, then it should be covered with a special fur hat that will not allow even a strong wind to interfere.
It is best to give preference to the so-called classic or dynamic microphone. It is not too expensive, it is quite suitable for beginners, but there will be quite a lot of extraneous noise when using it – you need to be prepared for this. The microphone is less sensitive to high frequencies than other types of devices. Condenser microphones are more sensitive to the entire frequency range, so they are usually used for studio recordings.
According to the connection method, microphones are wired, infrared and FM. If everything is clear with the first type, then infrared helps to provide wireless absolutely safe contact, since it is almost impossible to intercept such a signal. The infrared microphone can be connected to several wireless systems at once within its range. The FM microphone is suitable for use during excursions, lectures, conferences, if the sound transmission distance is no more than 30 meters.
When we chose devices to include in our roundup of the best microphones, all of the factors listed above were taken into account. In addition, some other points were also taken into account, for example, value for money and user reviews, including experienced professionals who are able to give an expert assessment of a particular model.
4. Fujimi Boya BY-WHM8
We present you a specialized model, which was developed specifically for journalists broadcasting live outside the studio, in an open area. In addition, such products are quite suitable for recording interviews, stand-ups and similar performances that are not too long. Professionals call it a “reporter’s” microphone. It allows you to achieve a fairly high quality of voice recording, which is especially evident in difficult working conditions. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to use it to transmit vocals or music – you don’t even have to try.
The device is characterized by small overall dimensions: 25.5 cm long with a diameter of 5.3 cm, its weight is 252 g, and any wires are completely absent. The microphone is connected via a dedicated radio channel using ultra-high radio frequencies. It works on batteries, and one set will be enough for 3 hours of continuous use. The product has a liquid crystal display that provides the user with all the necessary information regarding its condition.
- Any wires are missing;
- Small mass;
- Well thought out ergonomics;
- Great for portable use.
- Not suitable for recording music or voice.
Microphone Fujimi Boya BY-WHM8
The microphone was created specifically for lead vocals. It is equipped with a supercardioid directivity pattern, characterized by a significant frequency range, thanks to which it is possible to completely eliminate extraneous noise, you can even work with high sensitivity. Such a device is perfect for people who have low voices, as the microphone will further reveal the beauty of this range.
It has a built-in windshield that can handle any kind of bad weather if you have to work outdoors. Despite the quite reasonable cost, the device is characterized by high quality of workmanship and assembly. The case here is all-metal, which already indicates a good reliability of the product. The XLR connector is gold-plated, which guarantees a perfect connection. It has an on/off switch. Comes with a soft case for storage and transportation.
- Optimal for people with a low timbre of voice;
- High-quality wind protection;
- Excellent workmanship and assembly;
- There is a cover included.
- The cable for it must be purchased separately.
Microphone AKG P5S
2. Vivanco DM30
This is one of the most affordable models in terms of cost in our entire rating. German-made products were developed specifically for those who like to sing in karaoke. This microphone will emphasize all the advantages of the voice and hide its shortcomings. The device is placed in a stylish case with well-thought-out ergonomics, it has an on/off switch. The microphone fits snugly into the hand, the body is made of impact-resistant plastic, so it will not be afraid of falling even from a considerable height.
This device comes with a cable that is over 3 meters long, so you can move freely while performing. There are also two sets of plugs – jack and mini-jack, so if necessary, the microphone can be connected not only to the music center, but also to a computer or even professional equipment. According to users, the microphone performs quite well even with amateur sound recording.
- Designed specifically for karaoke;
- Acceptable cost;
- Comes with a long cable and a set of various plugs;
- It performs well both in live performance and in amateur recording.
- Sometimes it starts to flicker if you bring it too close to the speakers.
Microphone Vivanco DM30
1. Sennheiser MD421II
Another German-made product, but this time you have a device developed by a recognized world leader in the field of audio technology. Professionals say that it is simply impossible to find a better microphone among dynamic products. Despite the fact that the cost of the device is higher compared to other similar products, it still remains quite acceptable – professional equipment will cost much more.
The unit is equipped with a five-position bass rolloff switch, which allows you to ensure the highest possible final recording quality. At the same time, the microphone is able to easily cope even with the recording of various instruments – keyboards, drums, strings, and so on.
- Pretty versatile product;
- The design includes a five-position bass rolloff switch;
- On sale you can find a set of two microphones at once.
- Pretty high cost for this type of microphone.
Microphone Sennheiser MD421 II
3. Rode NT USB
It is distinguished by a fairly high quality workmanship and ease of use, and this microphone is connected to equipment exclusively via a USB connector. With the help of such a device, it is possible to achieve excellent recording quality. It will be an order of magnitude higher than an amateur one, closer even to a studio one. According to experienced professionals, this model is perfect for recording not only voices, but also various instruments, both individually and as part of an ensemble. The device is compatible with absolutely all music programs developed for Windows and Mac operating systems, it is also capable of working with applications for the iPad.
The model is equipped with a headphone output with zero time delay. There are two separate monitor and mix volume controls on the cabinet. The kit comes with a large amount of additional equipment: a holder, a desktop stand, a pop filter, a very long USB cable (about 6 meters), a soft case for transportation and storage.
- Provides excellent recording quality for its price;
- It is convenient to connect to a personal computer;
- Can work with all music programs;
- A headphone output is provided, and the sound delay is zero;
- Two separate regulators;
- Wide equipment.
- It will not be possible to connect directly to professional equipment.
Microphone Rode NT USB
2. Maono AU-A04
Another quite budget model from a well-known Chinese company that has already managed to make a name for itself in the manufacture of recording equipment. This microphone already belongs to the professional segment and is characterized by versatility. In particular, it is perfect for recording speech for videos and games. The device showed itself perfectly during communication via Skype and Internet telephony. It can be used in the process of professional work with the voice if it can be connected to an additional power supply.
The manufacturer has provided an extended package – this includes a tripod, a windscreen, a USB cable for connecting to a computer, a cushion support. The case is made of high-quality metal, there are plastic rates.
- Excellent speech recording quality;
- Convenient to use thanks to the extended configuration;
- Well suited for both beginners and experienced musicians and bloggers.
- Yet many people continue to distrust Chinese-made products.
Microphone Maono AU-A04
1. Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
The leaders in this part of the section turned out to be a microphone of a well-known Japanese brand, which is used for professional sound recording. The device is characterized by the presence of an extended frequency range, which allows the product to be used not only in studio conditions, but also in open areas. With the help of such a microphone, it is possible to convey the voice and other sounds as they really are, no noticeable distortions could be found.
The microphone has a cardioid pickup pattern and automatically cuts off all unnecessary noise, helping to ensure the cleanest recording possible. The device is capable of working with Windows and MAC operating systems. Installing drivers is very easy – it will not take much time. The kit comes with a USB cable.
- High quality manufacturing device;
- Excellent recording results of speech, instruments and vocals;
- Gets rid of all noise.
- Not detected.
Microphone Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Inexpensive Microphones for Voice Recording
3. sE Electronics X1
An excellent option for studio work. The device is characterized by an acceptable cost, however, in terms of recording quality, it is practically in no way inferior to expensive models. Such high performance was achieved largely due to the carefully thought-out capsule design, which experienced recording studios call a real miracle of engineering. It should be noted that such a microphone is perfect for working with wind instruments, drums and some other equipment.
The design includes a built-in windscreen, so the microphone can be used without installing a pop filter. The XLR connector is gold-plated here, so no signal loss is observed. Noise is dampened through the use of an all-metal housing and a cardioid pattern. The design of the microphone is strict, it comes with a swivel clamp and a threaded adapter.
- Acceptable cost;
- Perfectly records voice and various instruments;
- The signal is not lost;
- Stylish and strict appearance;
- There is a built-in windscreen.
- The package could have been richer.
Microphone sE Electronics X1
2. Marshall Electronics MXL 770
This is an American-made product equipped with a large membrane. Experts talk about the versatility of the model, as it is perfect for recording compositions of various genres, from specific types of rap or rock to classic instrumental melodies with vocals.
This microphone is capable of receiving and processing a significant frequency range. Its cost is quite acceptable, and the quality of the resulting recording is at the highest level. Many performers prefer it, largely due to the good perception of low frequencies. The bass line on the recording is simply excellent, but the model can easily cope with the high-frequency range.
- Universal microphone – suitable for almost any voice, instrument and genre;
- 20mm aperture;
- Can be used for analog recording.
- You will need to purchase an additional cable.
Microphone Marshall Electronics MXL 770
1. Audio-Technica AT2020
Another studio product that, at its affordable price, has excellent performance. Experts say that this microphone is really the best in its segment. It perceives the widest range of frequencies. This model fully reveals its qualities while recording female vocals or other high-frequency sounds.
The cardioid polar pattern ensures that all extraneous sounds go away, only the front one remains, so this microphone is also optimal for concert performances.
- Metal housing provides strength and durability;
- Lightweight diaphragm;
- Quite acceptable cost;
- Perfect for home recording studio equipment.
- Not detected.
Microphone Audio-Technica AT2020
In conclusion, a useful video
As you can see from our review, microphones are very different in terms of their scope – some are designed for recording instruments, others are used for recording vocals. We tried to collect in this ranking the most versatile products in 2022. We hope that now you were able to decide on the choice of such a device. If you still have some questions, you can always ask us through the comments on this article.