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Hosting video conferences and webinars to establish thought leadership and promote your brand is here to stay.
But to effectively host and participate in video conferences, you’ll need a good-quality microphone that accurately picks up and conveys your message. Without one, you’re compromising the level of excellence your web content and conferences need to delight attendees and encourage participation.
However, with so many microphones out there, it can be hard to know where to start and which one best meets your needs.
We’ve written a guide to the best microphones for video conferencing – so you have everything you need to make the right decision and turbocharge your virtual presence.
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So there’s an even bigger need to find the best microphone out there to represent yourself and promote your brand.
We’ve spoken to our internal audio specialists and Customer Success Manager, Hannah Dean, to help compile a list of our favorite mics for various use cases – so you can make a more informed decision based on your specific needs. Categories include:
Let’s dive in.
You don't need to invest in a large mic set up for your home office, especially if you're short on desk space. Our favorite for this category is:
These modern sound-canceling headphones double up as a powerful microphone – giving you more flexibility and functionality in one product. Since you don’t need a mount, boom, or additional mic accessories, these headphones can be used on the go and don’t have to be designated for work.
When it comes to finding the best setup for video conferencing, it’s important to choose a microphone that preserves and emits a pristine sound. Our top pick for this category is:
The Jabra Evolve is a great option for people who want a physical microphone connected to their headsets, for a more professional feel and aesthetic. This headset can either be used wirelessly or via USB connection, with an attachable mouthpiece microphone. It’s well-made, portable, and perfect for all-day use.
Ideally, you don’t want to be in a noisy environment to participate in a video conference, host a live webinar, or film a pre-recorded webinar. But sometimes we can’t control every aspect of our environment, including unwanted sound. Our top pick for this category is:
This microphone is great for video conferencing, gaming, and podcasting. It’s geared toward simple setup too: just plug it into your computer using the USB connector and you’re ready to hit record. Its cardioid polar pattern picks up sound mainly around the front and sides of the mic, and less in the back, so it’s easier to organize audio sources.
For our advanced mic users who aren’t deterred by a more complex setup with multiple mic accessories, we’ve found the perfect one for you. Our winner is:
We love this microphone, and it happens to be Hannah’s absolute favorite because it’s “super sleek and easy when customizing and refining the audio experience, and you sound exactly the way you do in real life with no distortions.” It does require additional accessories to enable the experience, like a boom rod to hold it up and an interface (such as the Scarlett Solo Focusrite) – to connect your device to the audio signal.
If you’re new to mics and still figuring out your virtual conferencing setup (see: best camera for video conferencing, and best software for video conferencing) we’re here to help. We’ve selected the best microphones for novices based on their audio quality, usability, and lack of additional accessories or tools. They include:
This microphone is great for newbies because it’s compact, easy to use, highly portable, and durable. It’s also super affordable and is aimed at users who don’t want a mic filled with unnecessary features or distractions. You simply plug it into your computer and that’s it, you’re ready for your conference call.
The Jabra Evolve 75 MS is also worth mentioning here, as it captures clean, accurate sound while providing a hands-free experience. It doesn’t need a stand, boom, interface, or anything else – it’s right there on your face, ready to go.
For more information, please refer to the best microphones for conference calls section above.
Whether you’re hosting your video conference on Zoom, Livestorm, or Google Meet, you’ll need a mic that’s not too cumbersome or complicated (also see: _best microphone for video conferences _above).
It’s important not to focus on the platform when selecting your microphone, but on the mic itself. There are many to choose from, but here’s our top pick:
The Blue Snowball iCE does a great job of making you feel as though you're in the room during a conference call, versus someone who's talking on a camera. It has a two-capsule design to help extend your voice and really give you that presence – which goes a long way when communicating virtually.
Finding a good-quality wireless microphone that’s powerful and accurate can be tough. You want to make sure your wireless mic is reliable and sturdy while remaining lightweight and portable. Our favorite wireless microphone is:
Yes, the already celebrated Sony WH-1000XM4. It’s simply a crowd favorite for its sleek and sexy design – and overall versatility. For more information, refer to the best microphone for home offices section above.
We’ve already mentioned a few microphones that are USB compatible. But we’re adding a new microphone to the mix specifically for this category. It’s also one of our all-time favorites:
The Blue Yeti is a super popular microphone (or desk companion) that you might’ve seen when watching some of your favorite YouTubers. It gives you a pristine sound and is an all-in-one solution for an audio device. The Blue Yeti gives off a bi-dimensional feel as it captures sound from the front, back, as well as side to side.
We understand that setting up your virtual conferencing tech stack can get pricey. However, there are tons of great quality mics out there that don’t break the bank. One top choice in this category is:
The Blue Snowball iCE is not only a powerful audio device but it’s also very affordable at the low price of $49. It gives you everything you need in a mic and true bang for your buck. For more information, refer to the best microphone for Zoom section above.
There’s nothing more frustrating than joining and participating in a video conference, to learn that your mic was emitting static sound, echo, or was muted throughout.
Hannah’s top tip for improving mic quality for video conferences is to “be intentional about your environment and where you place your mic – and adhere to mic and audio best practices.”
Check out some of Hannah’s mic and audio best practices to help you prepare for your video conference:
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Whether you’re a guest or host, having superb audio quality will be sure to impress and engage your audience during your video conference.
You can use our guide to help you choose the best microphone based on your specific needs but, if you’re still unsure, we’ll narrow it down even further.
If we had to choose, our top two picks from the bunch are:
Once you’ve made your decision, combine your new mic with a powerful video conferencing software like Livestorm to deliver the full, end-to-end, quality conferencing experience.
While there are a lot of great microphones to choose from, we recommend the Blue Snowball iCE microphone for Zoom meetings (or any video conferencing platform). It’s an easy-to-use mic that gives an in-person effect to your voice and the quality you need to impress participants.
Yes, you need a microphone for Zoom meetings or any other virtual or video conferencing. Don’t rely on the microphone in your computer to deliver the exceptional sound quality you need to impress participants and advocate on behalf of your brand. In fact, it’s a best practice to have a mic when hosting or participating in a video conference. Other best practices include:
Yes, the Blue Yeti is a great choice and an all-around phenomenal microphone. However, when it comes to conference calls, our top pick is the Jabra Evolve 75 MS. It’s more versatile, portable, and easier to set up – giving you more freedom and flexibility when taking part in video conferences.