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Best mics for every YouTube video category

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Remember when you heard a cackle in your headphone while watching a video and abandoned it immediately?! A good microphone is a real essential to produce any YouTube video but also useful to jump on emerging content trends and video ideas. 

So, if you’re wondering what microphones do popular YouTubers use and, what mic is best to record an ASMR YouTube video, we've got you covered.

Do you really need to buy a mic for your YouTube videos?

A DSLR (and even a smartphone) is great to record videos..but not sound. While the video quality is often impressive, the default, built-in microphones are often mediocre and can take away from your production quality. 

You need to pick the right microphone according to your video style to maximize the audio experience.

The right mic for your YouTube video category

Let us explore the types of mics according to the requirements of different types of video.

Best microphone for ASMR videos

Making autonomous sensory meridian response videos, eh? Better known as ASMR videos, these videos have a niche audience and a growing community so you should totally ride the trend. 

ASMR videos use crisp sound triggers that include whispering, slow movement, and simple sounds that give a tingling or relaxing sensation to the listener. 

ASMR YouTuber creating sound effects near a microphone with saran wrap

All the ASMR video creators on YouTube have one thing in common, a great microphone to enhance their form of art. 

If you take a look at Gibi ASMR, one of the most popular ASMR artists on YouTube, she makes the most of her Blue Yeti microphone. 

As ASMR videos are mostly listened to using high-quality headphones, the Blue Yeti microphone outperforms its competitors by a mile. This USB microphone allows creators to capture high quality sound in multiple patterns namely Bidirectional, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Stereo. These patterns let you as a creator control the direction from which the sound is supposed to be captured.

Best microphone for video podcasts

Video podcasts that are uploaded on YouTube usually simultaneously record the audio for other audio platforms as well, saving a lot of time. Since the audio is the crucial part of a podcast there should be no compromise on audio equipment for your YouTube podcasts. 

A perfect microphone for a YouTube video podcast would be to opt for a condenser or a dynamic microphone that picks up sound in detail. 

In Joe Rogan’s video podcast he uses Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone that produces a very natural sound which is necessary as podcast listeners are more likely to listen to a natural voice than compared to a voice that sounds edited or filtered.

Best microphone for interview-style videos

YouTube creators have really innovated with the interview as we used to know it. YouTube interviews now can be while driving around in a car, or repainting a home--it’s no longer strictly a sit-down format. 

However, it’s all about being conversational, relatable and relaxed. Mostly, the microphone need not be so evident and should be something that can be tucked into your shirt.

A good microphone option for an interview would be a BOYA BY-M1DM Dual Lavalier Universal Microphone, a lapel microphone that is easy to install and picks us vocals easily while giving you the ease to hide the thin wires to give it a more professional feel. 

Best microphone for prank-style videos

Prank-style videos on YouTube are almost always on the YouTube trending page.   Love it or hate it--people enjoy watching these. And the right mic for this needs to be stealthy, right?

Contrary to the popular belief, most prank videos are scripted and the participants of the prank usually mic up before the shoot. But we still don’t see the mics on YouTube Prank videos because of mics like the Rode wireless GO,  an ultra-compact wireless microphone system that makes it convenient for the creators to move around while recording their videos. 

This microphone usually clips into your shirt and is hardly visible from a distance, making it the best microphone for YouTube prank videos. 

Best microphone for YouTube Lives or gaming videos

YouTube Lives can take so many shapes and forms. Right now, gaming lives are very popular, rivaling Twitch livestreams. YouTube Live game streaming usually showcases the creators playing games and featuring themselves on one corner of the stream with a video overlay. 

For gamers show off their gaming skills while others entertain us with their personalities and colorful commentary.

Gaming YouTuber wearing a headset connected to a microphone and livestreaming his computer gameplay

Popular YouTuber PewDiePie uses the high-end AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Vocal Condenser microphone for his live streams but we recommend that you can totally do with the comparatively inexpensive Blue Yeti for gaming as well. 

Best microphone for travel vlogs

Want to create a travel vlog? Sound matters more than you think! The challenge with such vlogs is that you want the viewers to live vicariously through you--to explore different places, cultures, and all the beauty--without the real-life noises like traffic zooming by! 

That’s why as a travel vlogger, you can benefit from having a shotgun microphone with a windscreen to eliminate wind and surrounding noises.

Travel vlogger holds his camera on a tripod and smiles

We recommend going with the popular Rode Videomic combined with a Rode Deadcat to serve your purpose. 

Sound, checked!

With audio queries sorted, you’re ready to roll. Don’t forget that you can maximise your YouTube watch-time with creative video editing. 

Editing isn’t hard with an online video editor like Clipchamp, where you can create a YouTube intro video, or edit your YouTube video like a pro with transitions, text, GIFs, stickers, and royalty free stock video and soundtracks, all for free

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Written by Milind Mehta on April 29, 2021
About the Author

Milind Mehta is an actor, emcee, and voiceover artist with experience in the field of video production. He likes everything quirky and original. He writes to share his knowledge and put a smile on your face.

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