The 10 Best Microphones for Recording in Quarantine or Anywhere

The 10 Best Microphones in for Recording in Quarantine or Anywhere

The pandemic of 2020 – COVID-19 – left a lot of creative people in quarantine with more than enough free time on our hands; time we could be using to record guitar, vocals, music, YouTube videos, interviews, podcasts, ASMR and also Zoom calls! Here are some of the best microphones that we think are great for your creative recordings during quarantine, in both mono and binaural – 3D (aka 8D, for those who still don’t understand what 3D recording is…).

These microphones are not listed in any particular order – they are all excellent choices and should be considered – regardless of price.


Hooke Verse 3D recording mic system1. Hooke Verse 3D microphone recording system

Ready to take your recordings to the next level and go hands-free? The Hooke Verse is wireless, pairs via Bluetooth with any tablet, iPhone or Android phone and records both audio and video binaurally in 3D! Thinking of starting a new YouTube channel with binaural audio for ASMR? Or just want to record the sound of your acoustic guitar, drums and your vocals – capturing the sound as intimately if the person listening is right there in the room with you? The Hooke Verse mic system is great for singer-songwriters, bands, sound design, podcasts and any recordings that need a three-dimensional feel. $159 US


iRig Mic Studio

2. IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Studio – 1-inch Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Need a professional sounding, low-cost mic that you can take anywhere? The iRig Mic Studio is a large-diaphragm, condenser microphone with transparent sound that connects to your computer, iOS and Android. The iRig Mic Studio rivals expensive studio microphones with its amazing recording sensitivity, clarity, low-price tag and ease of use. Just plug the iRig Mic in and hit the record button on your favorite recording app or video app. Podcasters vocalists, radio personnel on-the-go and acoustic instrumentalists will love this low-cost mic that travels everywhere, and works with everything. $199 US


iRig Mic Lav 2 pak3. IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Lav 2-pak

Have a friend or colleague quarantined with you? Record in-person interviews and podcasts with the iRig Mic Lav 2-pak and your computer, or any 1/8 inch microphone or recording input. The iRig Mic Lavs are omni-directional lavalier mics that clip on to your shirt and can be used separately, or together, as great microphones to record YouTube videos, Zoom calls, Skype conferences and more. The iRig Mic Lavs can be daisy-chained together, so you only need to use one 1/8 inch recording input into your computer or recording device. $79 US


Aston Spirit Microphone

4. Aston Spirit Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Have a problem breaking stuff? Clumsy much? No worries if you choose to go with the Aston Spirit; it literally can be launched at the floor and not break! Designed to “live forever” in your studio and on stage, this condenser mic is an excellent choice for musicians, podcasters and streamers who only want to invest in a great studio microphone once. And the Spirit delivers professional studio-quality recordings for vocals and more, as only large-diaphragm condenser mics do. $449 US




Sony PCM 90 Handheld Recorder

5. Sony PCM-D10 Portable Audio Recorder

Have a bit more of a budget and need pro audio recording on demand, with the ability to record something and then throw the whole system in your pocket? The Sony PCM-D10 Portable Audio Recorder is great for recording  studio sessions, acoustic / electric instruments and interviews. This portable audio recorder boasts state-of-the-art, 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA for maximum sound quality. Flexible internal microphones enable three different recording configurations, or you can use your favorite pair of external mics via the PCM-D10’s XLR/TRS combo jacks. $499 US


Blue Microphones Blueberry 6. Blue Microphones Blueberry Condenser Microphone

Want a mic with some character that will simultaneously make vocals sound richer? Blue’s Blueberry condenser mic has just the right amount of coloration to make your recordings sound warm and intimate! Blueberry emulates the intimate response of vintage tube vocal mics found in some of the world’s top studios. Your vocals will really stand out in the mix! Also, the Blueberry’s ability to handle loud volume makes it a great choice for a wide variety of horns, percussion, and more. Coming in on the more expensive microphone choices, it is simply one of the best we’ve ever used. $999 US




Royer 121 Dynamic Ribbon Mic

7. Royer R-121 Dynamic Ribbon Microphone

You would hard pressed to NOT find an R-121 in any studio! You can use it on absolutely everything – vocals, guitar amps, percussion, woodwind and acoustic instruments. With its super high sound pressure level sensitivity (SPL), it’s especially good for recording electric guitars and drums. On the human voice, it’s very smooth and complimentary, working well for both male and female singers. $1295 US



Sony C-100 microphone8. Sony C-100 2-Way Condenser Microphone

Want to record vocals like the pros? Used to record 50-Cent and countless other R&B and Hip-Hop vocals, the Sony C-100 has a unique dual-diaphragm design that picks up an extended frequency response that few other mics can offer. Sony’s C-100 is a mainstay in high-end recording studios because of it’s unmatched clarity and precision. Perfect for recording vocals, acoustic instruments and anything that needs a crispy, clean sound. $1399 US




Neumann U87 Condenser

9. Neumann U87 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

What would an article about microphones be without including the Neumann U87 in it? Used in countless recording studios, professional radio and broadcast studios the world over, the Neumann U87 reigns supreme as one of the most widely used mics for more than 20 years. It’s warm coloration is possibly the most appealing vocal coloration you could ever achieve from a condenser mic; just ask any radio DJ, Voice-Over artist or professional singer in any and every genre. $3600 US





Telefunken C12 Microphone10. Telefunken C12 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Nothing beats the smooth sound of a tube…and that high-end studio sound comes with a serious price tag! The end result is a beautiful recording with the Telefunken C12.  Perfect for vocals, drum overheads, and acoustic instruments, this tube condenser microphone gives you uncompromising performance and stunningly natural-sounding results. This large-diaphragm condenser features omni, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, and you can variably adjust between them. $8995 US


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