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As a content creator, be it Filmmaker, YouTuber, Podcaster or anything else that is audio based, getting the right microphone for your production is essential.

Understanding microphone specifications and technical data can really help you chose the right microphone for your application and as a result, greatly improve the audio sound in your production.

Great sound means great content and it all starts with the microphone. 

Inexpensive USB Mic: Samson Q2U

Price Range: [$125-$135]

Why we like it: This microphone packs a lot in for the price and competes well with other pro-quality XLR mics.  Although I am not a fan of USB microphones personally, this USB microphone is so simple to setup, it is hard to ignore. Just plug this into your computer, open up your recording app and off you go! 

Compared to the competition: USB microphones have come on so much in recent years and there are many good options out there. I like this microphone but if you are looking for a good alternative, the Rode NT-USB, USB Condenser Microphone creates high-fidelity sound for vocals and also, musical instruments. 

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Inexpensive XLR Mic: MXL 990 Condenser

Price range: [$125-$135]

Why we like it: Personally I love this microphone. I have had mine for over 5 years now and it is still working and sounding great. I am always amazed at how good this sounds for less than $100. It looks great, comes with a high quality shock mount and records high quality vocals. For a more detailed review,  click here

Compared to the competition: There are some very good inexpensive XLR mics on the market but given the low price of the MXL 990, it is hard to compete with. Another XLR microphone worth checking out in this price range is the Mackie EM-91C Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone. 

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Pro XLR Mic: Rode Procaster

Price Range: [$200 – $220]

Why we like it: I love the sound of this microphone. If you start paying attention to microphones you will see this mic used a lot on YouTube and other streams. It is very affordable and has a nice warm sound making it a good pick for podcasting and broadcasting in particular. 

Compared to the competition: There are a lot of really good quality broadcast microphones on the market right now. Microphones usually come down to personal taste, but to ensure you are in the right area, similarly priced models from Mackie and the AKG P220 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone compare well.

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Pro XLR Mic: Rode NT1-A

Price Range: [$220 – $240]

Why we like it: Given the price, the quality of this microphone on vocals is excellent. I am always amazed at the quality Rode can produce for less than $200. This is a high-fidelity microphone and very good at picking up details in the sound. 

Compared to the competition: When the budget allows, I always choose Neumann microphones, such as the Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone, however these mics are in the $500 plus range. For less than $250 dollars the Rode microphone range is a great choice due to the vocal clarity. It is a hard brand to beat in this price range. 

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