After a month-long research, the GS research team is presenting a definitive list of best condenser microphones currently up for sale in the Indian market. Priced in the range of 4000 to 12000 Rupees, some of these receivers are desirable for desk recording fitting for YouTubers and podcasters. Some of them are for Studio recording, and the rest is ideal for stage performance and outdoor projects. Hence, bookmark and recommend this microphone review article to your friends if he or she is interested in buying one top rated and high-quality condenser microphone now or in future. Read also Best Microphone for Computer Recording in HD Audio.
► Blue Yeti USB Microphone
In this microphone review article, I have considered two condenser microphones from the brand Blue. Every sector has a market leader, and Blue is the leader in the market of Microphones. The US brand covers all price segment of the market, produces excellent quality budget microphones to premium microphones – fit for a studio, outdoor and desk recording projects.
The microphone BLUE YETI is one top-rated microphone around 10000 to 12000 Rupees budget in the online stores. Those who have been using it for some time also calls it a must buy if its price is agreeable. This model has a pro variant, too. Amazon India declared it as an Amazon's choice, a certification of the build quality this microphone possesses.
Since this Blue sound recorder is a USB based microphone, it requires a computer to record audio and store them on the system drive. Apparently, this condenser microphone is not to use for stage performance. It is designed to be perfect for vocals, voice-over, field recordings, conference calls and the recording of the magnificent sound of musical instruments in a studio.
→ Technical features of this Blue Yeti Microphone
The Blue Microphone excels in its primary use of recording vocals without background noise. Further, the support to four different patterns mode transforms it into a receiver for all-weather use. The supported four patterns mode are “Stereo Mode,” “Cardioid Mode,” “Omnidirectional Mode,” “Bidirectional Mode.” The cherry on the cake, however, is the control that lets a user manage the quality of audio.
Control volume and pitch, make the selection of the right pattern, do prompt mute, and the feature of microphone gain, this model lets the user have supreme authority while recording a live session. It, therefore, significantly reduces energy and time required in editing recorded audio files.
Further, when recording, if noticed distortion the Microphone GAIN trait assists in adjusting sensitivity whereby ensures recording of the live audio in the right manner with the right pitch. Often such issue transpires while doing digital documentation of the audios from a powerful sound producing source.
If you are paying a premium price, the brand Blue is offering a microphone with premium features. Only a few number of such microphones come with the characteristic, which allows listening what is being recorded in a live session. This feature is incredible: a great attribute to have with a microphone to complete a recording session in less time with accurate precession.
Upshot: Unlike many other microphones for recording that installs a drive to function; the Blue YETI requires just plug and use. Furthermore, it supports all the operating system that are in active use.
One more feature that makes it superior to other premium microphones available in the market has to be its control with the functionality to support live monitoring of a record session. Buy the Blue Yeti Microphone if you want to waste no time in editing audio files. The microphone is an aesthetic wonder as combines the elements of a retro design with a modern twist to ensure it functions many years. Buy: 11600 Rupees
► MXL Mics 770 Condenser Cardioid Microphone
As I stated at the beginning of this article, this microphone review article is not only for finding ideal microphones for desk recording. Here I present you gems that are being currently trusted by creative shoppers like you.
The MXL Mics 770 is a fantastic microphone for the excellent features it has so it is one of the first preferred receivers worldwide to use in stage performance as well as in studio recording. The built and design of the MXL microphone has a royal touch, and so it highlights is.
The brand MXL is from the USA, and its products are produced there only. I mean it is not one cheap Chinese import. The country of the origin is essential as that reflects manufacturing quality hence durability of a product.
The microphone requires phantom power to awake, and it captures input sound through a 6-micron and low distortion diaphragm that is Gold-sputtered. Further, it balances output ratio with a cushion of solid BASS and uplifted voice piece.
To carry it securely from one place to another a rugged storage case is included in the sales box. Priced below 10000 Rupees, the MXL 770 is a wired microphone phone ideal for recording the exceptional quality sound of voice-over artists, a stage singer, pianos, and other alike musical instruments. Buy: 8300 Rupees
► Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
I knew the Audio-Technica, a putative brand that makes excellent quality premium headphones. However, after testing the microphone, which I consider a brilliant piece of hardware for recording real sound, I know now it also produces outstanding studio microphones. Read also Best Headphones below 1000 from Philips Sony Audio Technica.
The microphone could be an exceptional pick for anyone, who wishes to record audio or do voice-over project at home. Besides the simplistic features to capture accurate sound, I am highly impressed with the appealing design of this Audio Technica Microphone. Though it fits for all kinds of recording projects, I would priorities it using for voice recording more. A test recording of my voice by this microphone model mesmerized me. I had not expected such clarity in a recorded version of my voice, wow! Very immaculate and it felt like a conversation I had in a soundproof room although my team did the recording in a quiet park.
The sales box of this microphone contains a microphone piece, mount to install it correctly on a desk or in a recording studio, and a carry case.
The microphone is considerably high in reducing background noise, pickups audio from the front only. That is because of the use of the cardioid polar pattern in its design. The pattern efficiently deflects sound from sides and rears. Accordingly, only the audio of the speaker enters into the microphone to get stored. An innovative way of reducing background noise. Rather than washing recorded audio by using elite hardware plus software, it could be better to stop background noise from penetrating into the microphone diaphragm at the first place.
Although the Audio Technica Microphone lacks control traits, still it is undoubtedly one of the best microphones for recording sound minus background noise. Buy: 8600 Rupees
► Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
The next is the line is a microphone, which is the best fit for digital cameras. Also a condenser microphone, the RODE VideoMicro devised to be with a camera, therefore call it an On-Camera microphone. Attach it with or over a digital camera to capture audio in best possible quality and with almost nil background noise.
While I could test it with just a few top-rated digital cameras like the Nikon 3300, the manufacturer suggests because of its unique mount trait it fits with all digital camera irrespective of their shape and size. Indeed a prominent pro to have with any microphone and this On-Camera microphone has it.
The technical details of this microphone are an answer why it is a hot alternative for those looking for such manic product. Moreover, the public rating for this microphone on notable shopping websites is not less than 4.5 while five being the best. Meaning the actual users after week or months and in some cases years of use saying the RODO VideoMICO is the microphone one should mount on a digital camera to record audio of the subject.
There are three additional good reasons why this Microphone has to camera operator’s favorite in the first place. It is lightweight, just 41 grams, so it does not add anything substantial to a digital camera which already has a specific weight. Further, it is an all-metal-body microphone for a digital camera so the best alternative for using it outside. Moreover, it is a “Made in Australia” meaning not some cheap Chinese goods.
The Rode On-Camera microphone does not require power to function, and it works on plug-n-play. It takes power from the resource center inbuilt with a camera. All-in-all this Rode VideoMicro is an excellent Microphone to record audio of the subject or subjects during photography or video shooting. Buy: 4900 Rupees.
► Cad U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
The Cad Audio, the manufacturer of this USB microphone, has completed a successful 85 Years in the market. Now tell me should you doubt the built quality of this microphone? Not likely? Right?
Up for sales at 6000 Rupees, this microphone has many great features. Hence I call it one of the best microphones for desk recording. First among them is the hassle-free connectivity, and it requires no software, even driver installation, just plug-n-use.
The first mess grill in Cardioid pick-up pattern efficiently reduces background noise and allows to pass only the audio from the primary source to reach Diaphragm. Consequently, that has to be the best way to record clear audio than relying on a hardware plus software for filter out noise at the latter stage.
Elementary in use makes it one best solution for neophytes who wish to do voice-over project or make videos for YouTube at home. To make it work, just connect it with a CPU by placing its input USB to one of the USB ports available, then in the system software – select it as an input source. This much is the setup required for this microphone to record voice or conversation in studio quality at home. In fact, the brand, too, is advertising it as the perfect solution for recording at home.
A gadget with so many features tends to get spoil soon. Therefore, I prefer to buying gadgets with easy to setup and easy to use features. On that, this USP microphone fits perfectly. If I need to buy a microphone for recording at home, I would recognize this Cad U37 Recording Microphone in one of the top three. Want to spend for a reliable plus durable microphone, here is the Cad U37 Condenser Microphone at 6000 Rupees.
► Samson C01 Large Diaphragm Vocal Condenser Microphone
The American brand Samson is one well-known name in producing innovative gadgets for audio administration. The variant C01 is an all-place use microphone currently available on Amazon for just Rupees 5000. It needs Phantom Power to be in the active mode to record audio in its natural form without distortion.
As experts suggest microphones having the mess grill in Cardioid Pickup Pattern can record much clearer audio than the one lacks it. Mostly, the patterns divert noise from side and rear and let in only the audio from the front. Therefore, It is a clear alternative if looking to use the new microphone for home recording, stage performance and including its use in official meetings as well as during a closed-door interview session.
The Samson microphone is not lightweight, weighs 1.1KG. Not practical in carrying it in hand while addressing a gathering. It, therefore, should be fixed on a stand. So it has an added clip to mount it securely on a stand or a desk.
Here are four good reasons why one should buy this microphone:-
- Built quality is just transcendent
- Gold Plated XLR Connector
- Cardioid Pickup Pattern
- A large flat diaphragm
The Microphone, just because of its Cardioid Pickup Pattern along with an inbuilt 19mm capsule with 3mm thin Diaphragm – works well for recording outdoor. Yes, it is for recording at home. Return on investment for it, however, is more when it is being used outside where noise is more, and the need is of a microphone that picks up right audio from the front while diverts noise around into infinite direction.
At the price of 5000 (4999 actually), the Samson C01 is one surpassing microphone. Dare not to miss it if your budget for a new microphone is near to its price. Buy: 5000 Rupees
► Blue Snowball iCE Microphone for YouTube Videos
The Blue Snowball microphone is “Amazon's Choice.” What does this mean? Meaning Amazon's quality team has examined the microphone and affirmed it to be a microphone with a fabulous quality built, and it is priced accurately in the market.
While researching for this article, many of YouTubers voted this affordable gadget from the American brand blue as the best in business to capture individual's vocal in their natural tone.
Want to have popularity on YouTube, one of the essentials is a condenser microphone to record clear crystal sound. Quality in finish and presentation is what makes content viral. Background noise is the first thing a YouTuber should avoid while recording. This Bluetooth Snowball Microphone is excellent in doing that.
Blue advertises the variant of microphones as the best solution for making home videos. The brand is not just saying in fact added accessories to ensure utmost convenience while recording audio. As you can see in the below image, all a user has to do is that plug it into a computer and mount it over the desktop mic stand – provided in the sales box.
Because of many exceptional features, Blue Snowball iCE Microphone today is the best-selling microphone below 5000 Rupees for recording at home. The attached cable is long enough, no driver it requires, and regarding setup, it is pretty much automated. Thus, the microphone is a perfect solution for neophytes, who want to make an impressive debut on YouTube.
Additionally, Skype certifies it- meaning use it for High-quality noise-free calls on Skype. Therefore, corporate executives or those in small business would love to have it in their laptop bags. It is not best-suited for recording outdoor, however.
In summing-up, the Blue Snowball ICE microphone is perfect for all kinds of personal and private recording or conversion. However, I would not suggest it for outdoor use. For recording outdoor, there are many superior microphones up for sales online. Some best ones I have already discussed above. Buy: 4500 Rupees.
With this microphone review article, I presented a collection of six best microphones under 12000 Rupees. In the second part of this series, I am going to review top microphones under 2000 Rupees in the Indian market. Share this article with your friends: sharing is caring.