2019's LIST OF BEST GAMING MICROPHONES

The modern lifestyle is very stressful and tiring. People look for sources of entertainment every now and then. Playing PC games is one of the most popular modes of entertainment to this day. Gamers like to connect with clans over the internet and play multiplayer games rather than single-player games against the computer’s AI.

Some examples of multiplayer PC games which can only be played over the internet include Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Call of Duty (CoD), etc. 

While playing multiplayer games, it is almost always essential to verbally communicate with other players in a team so that game strategies can be formed and the players can coordinate as a team. Often, only this kind of approach and coordination can win matches for a team. The ordinary headsets which come with microphones offer poor sound transmission and they are highly prone to noise disturbance from all sides. Hence, playing with them will not give you the best gaming experience. 

In order to communicate clearly, you need to use microphones that are specially designed for PCs. They are called Gaming Microphones; they come in a range of quality and prices. 

The XLR microphones that give excellent sound quality and no noise disturbance can cost as much as US $400! They are mainly used in auditoriums and cannot be directly connected to a PC. However, some passionate gamers have used an audio interface to connect their XLR microphones to their PC. That is the XLR mic is connected to the audio interface and the audio interface is connected to the PC. The audio interface converts the analog electrical signals coming from the microphone into a digital signal that the PC can understand. Some XLR microphones come with a built-in XLR to USB Signal Adapter that you can connect directly to a PC. 

Most moderate or part-time gamers use USB type microphones, which are far easier to set up and cost less (between US $50 to $150). They can be directly connected to the PC and used. They are far more light-weight and portable than XLR microphones.

In this article, we shall have a look at the top 10 gaming microphones in the world, along with the pros and cons of each as well as their prices.

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Microphone

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  • Sound quality: It is one of the most important factors to be considered before buying a microphone. When you speak as well as when you listen, the sound quality should be clear. There should be no or minimal background noise. Audio is an important component of games. Therefore, the better the audio quality, the better your gaming experience. Generally, microphones with ‘cardioid’ polarity give the best sound quality.
  • Form Factor: A microphone should look sleek, modern, have all the necessary controls and should not occupy much space. It should not be too distracting to look at (otherwise you will lose focus on the game). If it’s able to absorb shocks (like desk kicks) and has a pop shield, it’s a big advantage.
  • Value for money/your budget: There are gaming microphones available for around $50 to US $400. They cover a wide range of audiences like gaming newbies, part-time players and passionate gamers. However, if you are well off, you will want to buy a microphone with the best features and not more than one disadvantage. 
  • Multifunctionality and ease of setup: A gaming microphone should be used for purposes like YouTube video recording and music podcasts so that the user need not change microphone time and again. It should also be easily compliant with PCs and should be quite easy to set up.

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Top 5 Gaming Microphones

Gaming microphones are USB type microphones that are best for communication in multiplayer games. Other types of microphones are best for purposes like YouTube video recording, auditorium speaking and investigation purposes (they filter out the signal from the noise). Here is a list of the top 10 gaming microphones with their pros, cons, features and prices:

Samson G-Track Pro

This gaming microphone has multiple polar patterns, which enables it to record sounds almost from any direction. It filters out noise and gives exceptional sound quality. It is sturdily built and can also be used for YouTube video making and music podcasting. It can also be used as an audio interface. Samson G-Track Pro has been rated the best in class USB microphone for 2019. It gives a good value for money at US$129. 

The only con is that it is slightly complicated to set up. Following are its technical details: 

  • Operating Voltage: 100 volts, 
  • Polar patterns: Comes in Cardioid, Bidirectional
  • Connectivity type: USB, 
  • Frequency response: 50Hz-20,000Hz, 

Features: Dual track recording, instrument input, zero-latency monitoring, gain, mute, and headphone volume controls.

Blue Yeti Nano

It’s a miniature version of the classic Blue Yeti microphone. Also, it is perfect for gaming beginners. It produces excellent recorded sound quality at 24bit / 48khz. It is light-weight and highly portable. It has only two polar patterns: cardioid and omnidirectional. It gives excellent value for money at only US$98. The con is that it has only two polar patterns. Its technical details include:

  • Operating Voltage: 5 volts, 
  • Polar patterns: Cardioid and Omnidirectional, 
  • Connectivity type: USB,
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz, 

Features: 48kHz sample rate, zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controls.

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AntLion ModMic

AntLion’s ModMic are not standing microphones that need to be on a desk. They are slim, light-weight and attachable microphones. If your PC desk is too cluttered, they are the perfect solution. These microphones can be attached magnetically to your headphones but give far superior sound quality than regular headphones.

While you speak, the quality of sound transmitted is far superior to that of microphones which come attached to headphones. They give a decent value for money at US$36. The only con is that you require headphones to use this microphone. The technical features of this mic are:

  • Operating Voltage: 10 volts, 
  • Polar patterns: Unidirectional, 
  • Connectivity type: connected using 3.5mm cable to USB adapter, 
  • Frequency response: 100Hz-10,000Hz, 

Features: modular and toggle mute switches, adhesive pads, and carrying case.

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Razer Seiren X 

The Razer Seiren X microphone is quite compact and does not occupy much space on your desk. It has a small spring which connects it to its base. The spring absorbs shocks as desk kicks well. Volume control and mute are the only two controls on this microphone. The only con of this mic is that its polarity is Super-Cardioid and therefore it picks up background noise easily. Still, the transmitted sound quality is good. Its technical details are as follows: 

  • Operating Voltage: 5 volts,
  • Polar patterns: Super-Cardioid, 
  • Connectivity type: USB, 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz, 

Features: built-in shock mount, mute button, zero-latency, 3.5 mm headphone monitoring port.

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Rode NT USB

Rode NT has perhaps the best sound quality in the whole world. The unique feature of this microphone is that it has an attached pop shield. Its cons are that it has an unsteady tripod stand and only one polar pattern (Cardioid). It gives decent value for money at US$225. Its technical specifications are: 

  • Operating Voltage: 5 volts, 
  • Polar patterns: Cardioid, 
  • Connectivity type: USB
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz, 

Features: Side-address, on-mic mix control, pop shield, tripod, zero-latency, and stereo headphone monitoring.

CONCLUSION

A gaming microphone must be easily compliant for use with PCs. They must be sleek, modern, and easy to set up. They must occupy minimum space. They must be usable for other purposes like YouTube video making, music podcast making, etcetera but most of all they must give you good value for your money. There are a plethora of companies, features and price range to choose from. So please choose wisely. Kindly take your passion for PC games, requirements and budget into consideration before buying a gaming microphone.

FAQs

  • What do you mean by “gain” on a microphone?

When we speak, our voice creates tiny vibrations on the drum of a microphone. The mic converts it into minimal voltages (millivolts or microvolts). Since the voltage created is too small to be used directly, the microphone has to amplify the voltage so that our voice is audible. The amplification of the voltage produced is called “gain” of a microphone.

  • What does polar pattern mean?

In layman’s terms, it describes the sound sensitivity of the microphone in various directions. Some mics are more sensitive to sound in the forward direction and less so in the backward direction. Some mics are equally sensitive to sound from all directions. The directional sensitivity to sound is called the polar pattern or polarity of a mic. It is also called the directionality of a mic.

  • Is the Blue Yeti a dynamic (multipurpose) mic? 

Yes, it can be used for in-game communication, making of YouTube videos and for creating music podcasts. It gives excellent value for money.

  • How can I make my mic louder?  (Software solution)

 Click the Audio tab. Then under the ‘sound’ drop-down menu, click the ‘Volume’ option. You can increase or decrease the volume as you please. (Hardware solution): You can also find the volume controls on the mic itself.