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Best Microphone for YouTube: Top 5 Mics for YouTube Videos

If you want your viewers to be glued to their screens then quality audio is just as important as quality video for your YouTube channel. People will watch your vlog because they want to hear what you are saying. It can be tempting to use the audio your camera records rather than buy a separate microphone. Unfortunately, the microphones built into most cameras will only record mediocre audio. In this case, we have researched and found out the following best microphones for YouTube videos based on its price and performance. Let’s check out now.

Part 1: Best Microphones for YouTube Videos

Here are examples of some of the best external microphones for YouTube:

1. Blue Snowball USB Mic - $60

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The Snowball is especially good for vlogging from your webcam because it is easy to hook up to your computer using a USB port. It will record your audio simultaneously while you are using your webcam. The biggest drawback of the Snowball is that it needs to be close to you while your record. This combined with its larger size means that it will probably need to be in your shot.

2. RØDE Video Shotgun Mic - $140

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The Shotgun attaches to your DSLR camera and is great for capturing specific sounds, like dialogue, without a lot of background noise. To work well it needs to be pointing at the person who is speaking, and it should be fairly close to them as well. This means that the camera cannot be too far back from you while you vlog.

3. Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone - $240

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This microphone is similar to the ones you think of being mounted on boom poles on professional sets, and it can easily be mounted onto a pole and used the same way. This gradient condenser mic is good at picking up sound at a distance, and at only picking up sound coming from directly in front of it. If you are working alone then you can set this mic up on a stand so it is pointing at you, or if you have a friend to help you you can ask them to hold it on a boom pole.

4. Sony LAV Wireless Mic System - $600

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A LAV Mic, also called a lavalier or lapel mic, is a small microphone which can be clipped onto clothing. Wearing a LAV Mic while you vlog will allow you to move around freely and still capture great audio, rather than being stuck in range of a stationary mic. There are both wired and wireless options available in LAV Mics.

5. Roland R-05 WAVE/MP3 Recorder - $200

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The R-05 is a pocket recorder that captures flawless audio. Its small size means you can hide it in your pocket and it will not show up in your video. Also, since it does not need to hook up to your camera or computer you will have freedom of movement.

Part 2: 10 Tips for Recording YouTube Audio [Video Tutorial]

After picking up the best microphone based on your need, you can record your audio now. But wait, here are 10 tips for using the microphones to record better audio for your YouTube video. In case that you are in a hurry, we have summarized the following tips for a quick look.

  • Silence everything you don’t want your mic to record.
  • Put your mobile phone in airplane mode.
  • Minimize echo.
  • Block wind from reaching your mic.
  • Upgrade your mic.
  • Adjust your levels.
  • Start with a sound cue if you’re planning to do some syncing in post.
  • Get close to the sound.
  • ADR.
  • Record Ambient Sound.

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Part 3: How to Sync your Audio in Filmora

Both the LAV Mics and the R-05 will create separate audio clips which you will need to sync up with your video when you are finished recording.

Note: when you start recording, clap two or three times. This will create distinct and visible audio spikes for you to look for when you sync the audio with video.

1. Import Video and Audio Files

Once you have finished recording and have opened up Filmora Video Editor, import your video and drag and drop it into your timeline. The audio recorded with the built in camera mic is already lined with your video clip and your audio and video will both automatically share the video track.

Now import the audio from your external microphone and drag and drop it to your audio track. The audio track is initially hidden, but it will appear when you pull an audio file into the timeline.

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2.Detach Default Audio from Video

Since you have recorded a separated audio file, you should detach the original audio recorded with the built-in camera mic from the video. To do this, just right click the video clip in the timeline and select Audio Detach from the drop down menu.

 Audio detach

3.Align Spikes in Video Audio and Recorded Audio

Find the spikes that represent your clapping in both audio tracks. Then, adjust your external audio so its clapping patterns are in line with those in your camera’s audio track. You can magnify your timeline for a better control.

Once your external audio is synced to your camera’s audio it will also be synced to your video. You no longer need your camera’s audio and can delete it.

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Sep 13,2018 10:25 am
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Blue always seems to make it into the list no matter which list it is. Here is Another Microphone list which also mentions microphones from blue microphones. Another such company is the audio technica which gets mentioned almost everywhere. Which microphone do you suggest for mobile phones though ?
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