Artists and creators are explorers. Artists by nature want to travel and experience all that life has to offer, which means often taking their art or craft with them on the go. If you’re like us here at Hooke, you always want to have something handy to be able to create on the go. Check out some of these top 10 travel microphones and see just what you need for your next creative adventure.
- Samson Go Mic – $32.30
This portable condenser microphone is a great choice for anyone who is constantly on the go. It’s compact, plugs in via USB to your computer, and is great for anything including field recording, podcasting, and recording vocals or instruments. It has switchable cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns, so there really isn’t anything you can’t do with this microphone. It’s small, inexpensive, and a great tool to have with you as you go.
2. Zoom H2N Handy – $159.99
This Handy dandy zoom microphone is one of the best purchases and presents to have. A personal favorite of mine, this compact microphone has four different channels for you to work with a bunch of features that give you complete control, including: playback, key control, file dividing, auto gain, a metronome, and some others. With a versatile microphone like this, there isn’t anything you can’t do with it.
3. Zoom ZH1 H1 – $78.97
Zoom is great at what they do–making microphones–and this Zoom microphone is great if you’re looking for something that’ll give you a good bang for your buck. This compact choice is light-weight but still holds a lot of power. It has built in 90˚ X/Y microphones that record in stereo directly to microSD and microSDHC cards and stores up to 32GB. It can run on batteries or a rechargeable battery, and records to a variety of MP3 formats. It can do all this (and more) for an affordable price–what’s not to like?
4. TASCAM DR-05 – $99.85
This TASCAM microphone is an Amazon’s Choice because it is an extraordinary microphone. This microphone is easy to use and delivers great recordings in .WAV or .MP3 format. The omnidirectional stereo condenser microphones capture everything from the sound source and are sensitive enough to get ambient sounds from all around as well. It produces high quality realistic recordings for a great deal, and is a great one to have as you are on the go.
5. Hooke Verse – $239.99
The Hooke Verse is not only a great portable microphone, but helps the creator capture visuals as well. While you are on the go, just hook it up to any of your other portable devices, like your iPhone, Android, DSLR camera and GoPro, and get high quality 3D audio and visuals. It’s easy, portable, and helps the viewer really become encompassed entirely by everything around them. Put the viewer in your shoes, no matter where you are.
6. Zoom H4N Pro – $197
This new and improved advanced Handy recorder captures pristine audio in stereo or four channel recording via redesigned stereo X/Y microphones. The natural-sounding preamps can help you record anything you want and everything you need, capturing it in crystal clear detail. This field recorder gets you everything you want and more and according to Zoom, is the new golden standard.
7. Apogee MiC 96k – $229
This studio quality condenser microphone is great for on the go interviews, podcasting, and recording instruments. You can plug it into your iPhone, iPad, and Mac and be ready to go in minutes. This microphone is specifically designed to be taken anywhere and deliver the best sound possible.
8. Blue Snowball USB Microphone – $59.99
This compact microphone is designed to record right out of the box, free of distortion and feedback. You can switch between three different settings (cardioid, cardioid with -dB PAD, and omnidirectional) to have the best recording for anything you might need on the go, be it interviews, musical instruments, lectures, podcasts, and more. The dual-capsule and circuit-design will give you crisp, clear audio for whatever you might need on the go.
9. TASCAM DR-40 – $179.99
This 4-track recorder is a step up from the DR-05, so if you’re looking for something a little more advanced with a little more to it from the same company, this is the choice for you. You can capture up to four tracks of audio by using the built-in condenser microphones, XLR mics or via the line input. The internal microphones can be switched from an XY position to AB, so it’s great for adjusting to the sound of the room, for any situation. You can take this recorder and know that you are getting the best sound possible.
10. Zoom H5 – $269.99
If you liked the previous Zoom microphones, then you will love this one. Interchangeable input capsules and detachable stereo X/Y microphones record professional quality audio. You can record four tracks simultaneously and hook it up to your DSLR to get the best audio for your videos. This comes with a XYH-5 shockmounted X/Y capsule, which is an unidirectional condenser microphone designed specifically to handle extremely loud sounds and minimize vibration. Great for recording live concerts, video and audio broadcasting, this is a microphone designed to give you the best result for any situation, anywhere.
Artists are not chained to one place. We are designed to want to explore and experience, and now we can take our art with us and make things as we go. Hopefully, you found something here to help you get exactly what you need.
Keep listening and keep on creating,