What is the best mic for gaming?
With 2016 already wrapped and 2017 up ahead, gamers are definitely excited for the upcoming titles release, which, as seen from sneak peeks and teaser trailers, are quite visually enticing. Some title installments are also said to come with revamped and much better gameplay mechanics. It goes without saying that these games will be all the better when you have top-of-the-line computer gadgets, especially a high quality mic, which allows for smoother and clearer conversations between you and party members.
There are several headsets that feature a built-in mic, but gamers know that these mics are not necessarily the best. Some headset brands focus more on the quality of the audio output rather than the input. For those who don’t want scratchy sounds and below average microphones get in the way of their fun, a high-quality mic, preferably a standalone one, are the way to go. There are tons of choices available in the market right now, but if you’re looking for the best ones, these three are your best options.
Samson Go Compact USB Microphone
If you’re a serious PC gamer who is always on the go, this compact and portable mic is the best one for you. It has a plug and play feature, which means that it won’t require driver installations or adaptors to work after getting plugged into a PC – be it Mac or Windows. For stability, you can clip it on your laptop or let it stand on a desk.
In terms of picking up and recording audio, the Samson Go Compact USB Microphone is quite impressive. It affords you the freedom to switch between cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns, depending on the situation you are in. Moreover, it has an audio recording resolution of 16-bit or 44.1 kHz and comes with an affordable $40 price tag. Without a doubt, this cool, high-quality mic is a good value for money.
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser
The sleek form of this mic is enough to lure gamers into purchasing it. Its aesthetics is akin to that of the premium microphones used during studio recording sessions and live performances.
Most gamers will also appreciate the ease of use of this high-quality mic. It also has an easy plug and play feature. It comes with a mic stand, but it is one with very poor quality. It’s best if you buy a separate mic stand – one that is sturdy and won’t immediately topple when you accidentally knock it over. And at 9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 inches, it’ll easily fit on any desk.
In terms of audio quality, the ATR2500 does not disappoint. It has a cardioid pickup pattern and an audio recording resolution of 30 Hz – 15 kHz, allowing you to easily pick up sounds that are directly in front of it with fine quality – a great feature for gaming. There is a jack for your headphones in front of the mic, so you can easily monitor your sound quality. At $60-$75, this one is worth every penny.
Blue Microphones Yeti USB
Similar to the others mentioned in this list, this one also connects to your gaming rig via USB. It looks like what you would expect a mic to be, which isn’t a bad thing. While there is nothing unique about its form, it definitely outshines others in terms of its features.
It has different pickup patterns – stereo, cardioid, omni and bidirectional. You can switch from one pick-up pattern to another, with just a flick of a switch. Aside from this, there are several other built-in controls on the mic, including mute, gain, zero-latency, making it very easy for gamers to control the mic.
The sound quality it produces is not something that should be doubted. It has a THX-certification that could vouch for its stellar audio pick-up performance. The only downside to this one is the size. It’s quite large and thus, not something you’d want to carry with you. However, for $120 – $130, this is definitely a good deal.
Budget, microphone type, and connectivity are just some of the considerations that gamers need to bear in mind when choosing a high-quality mic to buy. Just know your requirements and how much you can afford, and then you can set out and search for the best one available.