Some people say microphones are just microphones. We say, “hell no.” No matter what kind of song you are recording, you’ll need to make sure that you have the microphone that records vocals accurately. If you are a professional DJ, you’ll be needing a louder microphone which sounds way better than speakers. Now, microphones aren’t just for these people. If you are a gamer, you’ll be also needing a microphone.
Now, here comes the real question
Why do I need a microphone for gaming?
The answer to this question is-“Nope, you don’t really need one.” But the answer only applies to those who are not really serious about gaming. If you are a serious gamer, then you absolutely need one for sure. But what kind of microphones do you need? Well, for gamers, the best choice is to go for the standalone mics. So in this article, we will talk about the best standalone mic for gaming.
Why Do Gamers Need Standalone Mic?
To be honest, a standalone microphone features better sound quality. For that reason, it is easier for gamers to communicate with rivals and team members. If you are an online “game-addict” who is willing to do anything to win a game, then the standalone mic is the perfect choice for you. Because to win a game (that requires team effort), the communication has to smooth and clear. The team leader has to give clear instructions to other players. So this is where you’ll be needing a standalone mic.
Headset Mic or Standalone Mic?
Definitely a standalone mic. There are a lot of people who use a headset mic for gaming. To be honest, it does a decent job. The sound quality is not something to be ecstatic about but it will do the job for you. However, if you compare it to a standalone mic, you will see a massive difference. The sound quality is just way better. Your voice will be heard clearly by your team member and the communication will be fluent.
Best Gaming Mic Brands
There are many standalone mic brands in the market right now but the best ones are Rode, HyperX, Samson, Razer, and Blue. The epic journey of the best standalone mic brands are mentioned below.
RODE is an Australian owned and operated audio company. Their home is in the beautiful Sydney. Freedman Electronics began in 1967 when Henry and Astrid Freedman opened a shop after migrating to Australia from Sweden. With the technological advancement and relatively low cost of gear for the home recording enthusiast(hitting new heights in the 1990s), the stage was set for the entry of a low-cost, and yet high-quality microphone. Having sourced a microphone from China and tested the market in Australia, Henry’s son Peter Freedman and RØDE began creating the infrastructure to design, build and manufacture microphones in Australia.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, this brand began with one line of high-performance memory. The products of this company are recommended by top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent product certifications, HyperX is committed to delivering reliable products with the highest performance standards.
In 1980, Samson introduced its first wireless microphone system. Over the years, Samson has become a leader in the wireless field. In the early ’90s, they began to expand the reach of their audio products through the development of power amplifiers, mixers, wired microphones, and signal processors. In 2005, they introduced the first professional USB microphones to be used by musicians, broadcasters and podcast enthusiasts. Their USB microphones are now the industry standard and used widely all over the world. Samson began in 1980 by designing wireless microphone systems and now over 250 of its products are sold and distributed in over 140 countries around the world.
Now, let’s talk about Blue, a brand that is loved by all the tech-enthusiasts. BLUE Microphones was founded in 1995 by an American musician, Skipper Wise, and a Latvian recording engineer, Martins Saulespurens. The company’s name (BLUE) is actually an acronym for Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics. Its headquarter is in Westlake Village, California, United States. With a nudge from Apple Inc., the Westlake Village company created a very low-cost condenser microphone called the Snowball for use with music recording software. That microphone became extremely popular with aspiring pro musicians and dedicated hobbyists as an alternative to renting time in a recording studio.
Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in Irvine and Singapore, Razer has 18 offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe, and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337). The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities.
Even though the market has many potential standalone mic brands nowadays, these 5 will always be among the top. Keep in mind that there are plenty of other good brands out there. But at the moment will talk about these five brands.
Just because you need a standalone mic doesn’t really mean that you go to a shop and buy something randomly. Nope, that’s not gonna work. You should choose carefully and buy a product that suits you.
Now, what are the features that a standalone mic should have? This is the question that you may have on your mind.
Well, let’s get straight to the point and talk about these features and then you will be able to choose the best standalone mic for gaming-
Compact and Sleek
Firstly, it has to be compact and sleek because you might need to it move it around a bit. The more compact it is, the easier it will be for you to move it around.
Basically, it refers to the range of frequencies, that a microphone can pick up. Measured in hertz, the range is referred to by its lowest to highest frequencies.
The more polar pattern it has, the better it will be. Usually, you will see 4 patterns in a standalone mic- Stereo Mode, Cardioid Mode, Omnidirectional Mode, Bidirectional Mode.
Let’s talk a bit more about them.
Here are the most commonly used polar patterns below.
Captures audio in front of the microphone, which means that it’s perfect for gaming, vocals, voice-over, and streaming.
Records audio behind the mic as well as in front of the mic. So it’s perfect if you want to take someone’s interview.
The thing about omnidirectional is that it can capture sound from every direction. It’s ideal for round-table interviews.
Stereo is ideal for ASMR recordings.
Now an ideal standalone mic will have all the patterns. But if it does not feature all the patterns, then it should at least offer cardioid mode. For gaming, cardioid is perfect. It will record sounds that come directly in front of the mic which is exactly what you need.
A pop filter is also known as a pop screen or pop shield. Basically, it is a noise protection filter for microphones. It reduces popping sound when you sing or speak into the standalone mic. For indoor use, it’s absolutely perfect. A pop filter isn’t necessarily a must-have item for the standalone mic, but it is useful nevertheless.
Zero-latency monitoring feature allows you to monitor yourself while streaming. That way you will be able to hear what your audience is hearing without hearing the Echo effect. If you are a serious gamer, this feature can be extremely useful. If you make a mistake while communicating with your partners, you will know immediately.
Plug and Play
Basically, it means that the microphone connects directly to the USB port on your desktop or laptop. As a result, you won’t need to download any other drivers or software. Whenever you buy a microphone, you want to test it immediately. You don’t want to take time to set it up. That is when you need a “plug and play” microphone.
So these are some of the things that you should know before buying a standalone mic. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect product. Not all of these features will be available in one single product. You just need to buy the one that offers most of these features.
Best Standalone Mic For Gaming
Now, that you know how you can judge a gaming mic, let’s just get straight to the point and talk about some of best standalone mic for gaming-
Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone
Let’s start with Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone. What’s so great about the product? Truth be told, it’s not really the most gorgeous mic you will ever find. But then again, gamers usually don’t care about the way a microphone looks. However, it’s pretty compact and the frequency response is 15 Hz – 22 kHz which is pretty decent. The best thing about this mic is that it has all 4 polar patterns. So not only you can use it for gaming but you can also use it for other commercial purposes. Furthermore, for zero-latency monitoring, it features a built-in headphone amplifier. And lastly, the sound quality is outstanding.
- Convenient to use
- All 4 polar patterns are available
- Cutting-edge A-D converter chip
- Zero-latency monitoring system
- It looks a bit dull.
Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio-Quality USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
This is the second product of our list, and you can rest assured that it’s a good one. Its frequency range is 20Hz – 20kHz and the sound quality isn’t too bad at all. Unlike the previous product, it does not feature all the polar patterns. Having said that it’s not really necessary to have all the polar patterns for a gamer. For a gamer, the Cardioid polar pattern is enough. But then again, if you want it all then, the previous one may well be the better choice. However, the mic looks absolutely gorgeous because of its simple and yet elegant design. You will also get a tripod desk stand which will make sure that you can keep it in a static position. Furthermore, there is the ring mount, storage pouch and a USB cable(6m).
For zero-latency monitoring, it features a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. The bottom line is that it won’t be a bad idea to buy it.
- Has a pop filter
- Elegant and beautiful.
- zero-latency monitoring.
- No issues while communicating.
- Only one polar pattern.
HyperX QuadCast – USB Condenser Gaming Microphone
Before we get into the details, we just want to point out that this elegant looking mic is probably the most convenient and easy-to-use product of our list(at least from our point of view). It offers all four polar patterns which mean its usage is not only limited to just gaming. It also features built-in anti-vibration shock-mount technology. Along with 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, this unique technology will Isolate your microphone, and it will suppress the sound of unintentional bumps. As a result, you won’t have to worry about sound quality.
Its tap-to-mute functionality is worth talking about. Basically, you can just tap the top of the mic to mute it. It’s that simple. The LED indicator will tell you whether it is active or muted. If it is red, then it means that the mic is active. If it’s not red, then it means that it’s muted. This is just one of the many reasons why this product is so easy to use.
- Extremely easy to use.
- “Anti Vibration Shock Mount” technology.
- Four polar patterns.
- Compact, sleek and beautiful design.
Razer Seiren X USB Streaming Microphone
This is the fourth product of our list. If we give our honest opinion, then we kind of have mixed reactions about the product. The frequency response is 20Hz – 20Khz. Its compact and sleek design is also pretty cool. So moving it around is pretty easy. But it doesn’t offer all the polar patterns. It will only offer cardioid mode. Having said that, its shock mount technology is worth talking about. Basically, it dampens vibrations in order to protect your stream against different sound abnormalities. So you can guess that the sound quality is going to be extremely good. Furthermore, zero-latency monitoring will also help your cause.
All in all, Razer Seiren X USB Streaming Microphone is useful and it won’t be a bad idea to buy it. One critical thing that you should keep in mind that it is much more affordable than some of the products on our list.
- Easy to use.
- Zero-latency monitoring.
- Shock mount technology.
- Reasonable price
- It doesn’t offer all the polar patterns.
- It looks a bit too simple.
Samson G-Track Pro Professional USB Condenser Microphone
Every product on this list is here for a reason. Some of them are easy to use while other products offer all the polar patterns. Furthermore, some of them are extremely elegant looking. Needless to say that the same thing goes for Samson G-Track Pro
First of all, the audio quality is excellent. It offers 3 polar patterns(Sadly, the stereo mode is not available.) Also, the zero-latency monitoring and plug-and-play features will help you out. But these are not the reasons why we have picked it.
So what is the unique feature that has compelled us to put it on our list? Well, its durability is absolutely amazing and magnificent. Its “die-cast zinc construction” with heavy gauge mesh grille will make sure that you can use it for a very long time. Just by looking at it, you will feel that it has that “macho” vibe around it. Rest assured that it won’t break easily. So you won’t have to worry about something like that.
- Durable and won’t break easily.
- Plug and play.
- Zero-latency monitoring technology.
- Compact and sleek.
- The stereo mode is not available
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone
The frequency response of this mic is 20-20,000 Hz and it offers only cardioid mode. Furthermore, there is no zero-latency monitoring feature. So it’s quite evident that it lacks some of the dynamic features that other microphones have.
Having said that, the audio quality is terrific and at the end of the day, what matters most is the audio quality. Its “custom engineered low mass diaphragm” will offer you superior transient response and extended frequency response. With the mic, you will get 5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 threaded adapter, stand mount for 5/8″-27 threaded stands and a protective pouch to keep the mic.
With all said and done, you will find the price reasonable.
- Great audio quality.
- Easy to use.
- Reasonable price.
- Only one polar pattern and no zero-latency technology.
Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic
Now, this is one of the most popular microphones for gaming. It doesn’t offer all the polar patterns(you will only get the cardioid). You won’t get a pop filter with it and it’s not the most elegant(at least from our point of view) microphone on the market.
So why is it so popular?
Well, it’s because of its efficiency and affordability. It is one of the most affordable and yet efficient products that you will ever find. For its price, the audio quality is fantastic. It’s true that it won’t have all the fancy features that other expensive microphones offer but it will make sure that you can communicate with your friends smoothly and effectively. Its frequency response is 40 –18 kHz. Because of its plug and play feature, you can start working with it immediately.
While it doesn’t have some of the fancy features, it will make up to you because of its efficiency, affordability and convenient features.
- Plug and play.
- Clear audio for skype and it’s skype verified.
- Compact and easy to move around.
- Other polar patterns are missing.
USB Microphone, Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone by FIFINE
If you want something convenient, gorgeous that offers great audio quality, and yet makes sure that you don’t have to spend too much cash, then this mic will be perfect for you. That’s why it’s one of the most popular mics in the market. Granted that you won’t get all the polar patterns but, it barely matters. The cardioid mode will be more than enough and the design is just beautiful.
First of all, let’s talk about why it is so easy to use. Its plug and play feature allows you to work with it immediately. Its stable tripod stand will make sure that you can use it with ease and you can adjust the angle of the mic which makes it even more convenient to use. As it is made of top-notch materials, it’s bound to be sturdy and long-lasting
[Note- it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not compatible with Xbox and Phones]
- Plug and play.
- Extremely compact and simple to use.
- Lasts longer.
- The good audio quality for its price.
USB Computer Microphone by CMTECK
We are almost done with our list. This is the 9th product of our list and the item is a bit different compare to other products. How? Well, the sound quality isn’t really flawless, and it doesn’t offer all 4 polar patterns. In fact, it doesn’t even feature the cardioid polar pattern which is ideal for gaming. So why have we recommended this?
Well, it’s the most affordable microphone of our list. If you are having budget issues, then this is the microphone that you need to buy.
Despite the fact that it lacks some useful features( which other microphones have), it does have some features that will be beneficial for you.
If we had to choose one word to describe the product, it would be “convenience.” It’s a product that is extremely easy to use. it offers plug and plays feature and we already know how useful that can be. Furthermore, it’s extremely light and compact. Plus, its blue LED light will give anyone a great visual effect.
Plus, you’ll get an omnidirectional polar pattern. The audio quality is not the best but it’s workable.
- Extremely affordable. Anyone can buy it.
- Extremely compact.
- Easy to use.
- The cardioid polar pattern isn’t available.
- The audio quality isn’t top-notch(but workable)
Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone
Finally, we are ending our list with this product. So what will you get with the whole set?
Along with a condenser microphone, you’ll get an adjustable suspension scissor arm stand, a pop filter, a table mounting clamp, a metal Shock Mount, and an Anti-wind Foam Cap. So basically, you are getting a lot of things. Setting it up can be a real pain in the neck. It’s always better to buy something that offers plug and play because it’s so much easier.
The pop filter that you will get is worth talking about. That’s the main reason why the audio quality is good enough. The cardioid polar pattern makes sure that it’s perfect for gaming.
- Affordable price
- Pop filter.
- Decent audio quality.
- Using the product is not easy.
So this is our list of the best standalone mic for gaming. For a serious gamer, a microphone is an item that you must have. As we have said earlier, no product is perfect. A single product can’t have all the features that you may need. You will have to choose the microphone that suits your budget and your needs. There are plenty of other products out there. But the products that we have enlisted are some of the most popular ones that you will ever find. So without a doubt, these are some of the best standalone microphones for gaming.