The audio quality of your stream is your most important production asset. While many viewers will forgive low resolution, people will immediately leave if your mic is muted or there is feedback through your mic. For this reason, you should make sure that you get a microphone that will give your viewers the best show possible.
This post will go over our favorite microphones for streamers as well as what you should look for when selecting your own.
What to Look for in a Streaming Microphone
We kept the following things in mind when looking at microphones so that we could offer you options in a range of prices and qualities. Here is what you should consider when making your selection:
- Price – when you are just starting out as a streamer, the price of your equipment can seem staggering. While you may not be able to afford the best mic yet, there are options on this list that you can get for fair less than $100.
- Quality – you want a microphone that will pick up your voice but minimize background noise. It should also ensure that it will clip the static sound by “going into the red” when you get overly excited about something.
- Special features – some of the mics will come with special features that are perfect for some streamers. These include a mute button or a way to easily attach another microphone if you are a musician or ASMR artist.
Best Microphones for Twitch Streaming
- Elgato Wave 3
- Blue Yeti X
- HyperX QuadCast S
- Shure SM7B
- Samson G-Track Pro
- Blue Yeti Nano
- Rode NT USB
- Razer Seiren X
- Audio-Technica AT2020
Elgato Wave 3
- Top of Mute Button
- Clipguard Technology
- 96 kHz resolution
Blue Yeti X
- High-res LED Metering
- Broadcast Vocal Effects
- Smart Knob
- Tap to Mute Censor
- Shock Mount
- 4 Polar Patterns
1. Elgato Wave 3
Elgato is known for creating high-quality equipment specifically for streamers and the Elgato Wave 3 is no exception. As it was designed with streaming in mind, it is comparable with most boom arms and can manage up to 8 different audio channels that can easily be imported to Streamlabs OBS, OBS, or XSplit.
It has a control interface that allows you to mute yourself easily and control other aspects of your sound quality. The clipguard option will ensure that you don’t create the harsh, static sounds when you get animated and speak a little too loudly into the device. The device can be used for a number of different styles of content, including music, general discussion, and ASMR.
2. Blue Yeti X
The Blue Yeti X is one of the most popular microphones among streamers and for good reason. It boasts excellent sound quality for the price, has an easy mute button, and an adjustment knob that you can use to tweak your audio easily. It has three capture patterns: omnidirectional, bidirectional, and cardioid, and comes with the G Hub software that allows you to choose or customize voice filters.
One of the reasons that the Blue Yeti X is so popular is that it is relatively inexpensive for its quality. It offers exceptional performance that you can count on, is simple to set up, and comes in a few styles so you can choose the best one for your stream room.
For more information, read our Blue Yeti Review.
3. HyperX Quadcast S
If you are looking for a mic with an easy setup and a sense of style, the HyperX Quadcast S may be a good fit for you. It has a clear sound and several features that will help you send out good audio to your viewers.
The microphone has a built-in shock mount which prevents it from making sound when it is accidentally bumped during your stream. It also has a mute button at the top of the mic that is useful if something happens in your real life that you don’t want people hearing.
The HyperX also comes with RGB lighting to brighten up your room and give your viewers something visually interesting to look at. If you prefer to not have the lighting, you can still use the HyperX Quadcast.
- Pop filter
- Shock isolation
- 96 kHz resolution
Samson G-Track Pro
- Audio Interface
- High Definition Audio
- Heavy Mesh Grille
Blue Yeti Nano
- No latency
- Plug ‘N Play
- 2 Polar Patterns
4. Shure SM7B
If you watch Shroud and a few other top streamers, you may recognize this mic. The Shure SM7B is perfect for picking up your vocal tones without losing their qualities. Many people who host talk shows or want their voice to come crisp, full, and clear will opt to spend a little more for this microphone.
It comes with the cardioid polar pattern and uses air suspension to keep out any noises you may make by bumping into it or bumping your desk. It also has a pop filter that eliminates many background and breathing noises, a bass roll-off, and improved rejection of electromagnetic humming. It uses yoke mounting with a captive stand that gives you full control of how it is positioned in front of you.
For more information, read our Shure SM7B review.
5. Samson G-Track Pro
The Samson G-Track Pro has a quarter-inch audio input that allows you to add another microphone without needing a mixer. This would work well as an ASMR mic or for streamers who need to pick up audio from two or more areas (such as musicians).
This durable microphone, while affordable, has several functional qualities that make it perfect for streamers, including a mute toggle switch and volume controls right on the device itself. It comes with three polar patterns: bidirectional, cardioid, and omnidirectional.
6. Blue Yeti Nano
Due to the popularity of the Blue Yeti, that Nano was created for beginners who can’t yet afford the Yet. While it doesn’t have the same sound quality as the Yeti, it still sounds good enough to pass for a professional mic on Twitch.
Not only is it substantially cheaper, but it is smaller, making it a good option for people who want a professional mic while IRL streaming. It has two polar patterns: omnidirectional and cardioid.
Rode NT USB
- Zero Latency
- Easy Set-Up
- Desk Stand
Razer Seiren X
- Shock resistant
- Condenser Mic
- Studio Condenser
- Low-Mass Diaphragm
- Sound Source Isolation
7. Rode NT USB
Although the Rode NT USB is an affordable piece, it still produces professional-sounding audio while having the look of a studio mic. It comes with a pop-shield and typically has a better sound quality than other mics in its price range. That being said, the Rode NT USB does only has the cardioid polar pattern so it isn’t capable of some forms of sound quality.
8. Razer Seiren X
The Razer Sieren X may be small, but it is also quite powerful. While it will pick up some ambient noise (which you can fix a bit with your mixer), it will also absorb accidental sounds such as when you accidentally hit when moving around at your desk. Overall, it is a good microphone for the price.
9. Audio-Technica AT2020
The Audio-Technica AT2020 is an XLR mic, meaning you will need a mixing board for your stream. This makes it a little out-of-range for most beginners, but as you advance in your broadcasting career, the upgrade will give you several more options and a bit better quality. It is a high-reviewed microphone that is perfect for both podcasts and streams where voice quality is a little more important.
Even if you have a budget microphone, there are ways you can improve the sound overall. Check out our article on how to make any microphone sound better on Twitch to find out more.