Best Microphone Under $20? — 3 Cheap Microphones for YouTube Videos


– So what is the best
microphone under $20? In this video, I want to
share my favorite with you, as well as three other
budget microphone options for YouTube videos coming up. (upbeat instrumental music) Hey, what’s up, guys. Sean here with THiNK Media TV. Helping you go further faster in media. And on in this channel we do tech reviews, video gear reviews, as well
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in the description below. All list out, the mic that I
recommend and the other ones all in the description as
well as any other notes that I forgot. Let’s jump into the video. iVerySocial asks, “Hey, Sean, “I was wondering if you could
suggest a cheap microphone “with decent quality under $20?” Thank you so much for the question. Yes. So $20 is not a ton of money and so options are pretty limited. However, my personal favorite
microphone in that price range is the Boya BY-M1. This is a great lavalier microphone that you can click on to your shirt. And then it will plug into
a mic jack on your camera. So you make sure you have a mic input. But the other thing I love about this is that it also works with smartphones. And so there’s a smartphone mode and there is also the camera mode. And that is because it has
three plugs, so it’s TRRS. If it’s going to work with a smartphone it’s got to have three plugs, a normal one will only have two. So one of the reasons I love this mic is not just for YouTube videos but also for the versatility to use it for Facebook live, Instagram live, plugging it into your phone if you want to create
content in your smartphone and things like that. Let’s check out how it sounds. Okay, so first of all, this is the on board
microphone on the Canon 70D. So this is what the camera sounds like without any microphone at all. So now let’s plug in the
Boya and see how it sounds. So now you are hearing
the Boya microphone, I have it connected to my shirt here, plugged into the camera. And again, I mean, I really like the sound
of this microphone, I think it sounds great. It’s not on the same
level as the shotgun mic that we were shooting with. But that also is multiple
hundred dollar microphone. And so this performs really well for $20. And so that’s why it’s my top pick. But there’s also two other mics that I think are worth checking out. If you want to stretch
your budget a little bit and still get some great
audio at an affordable price. The second one is the TAKSTAR SGC-598. Now you could see this
is a shotgun microphone that will get mounted
on top of your camera. You can plug it in to your audio input. And it’s just one of those
really cool microphones. It has incredible reviews on Amazon that comes in at $30 here in the U.S. And so it would sound similar to kind of the mic we’re
shooting with right now. It would kind of be, it sounds very similar
to like this road mic, which is I believe over a $100. And that TAKSTAR at $30, you know it’s going to go on camera, you have a few adjustments. And so that’s one to check out. And it’s also different, right? It’s not a lapel mic. It’s one that can be
mounted on the camera. So check that out. And then the third one would
be getting a USB microphone. Because maybe you want to do voiceovers and something that you can
plugin to your computer, maybe for gaming or something like that. And so I look one up. The Fifine USB podcast microphone. The 669 version. I’ll link that up in the description. It comes in a 24.99. I’ve watched a couple of videos about it. Again, you get what you pay for. But pretty solid, it’s got
a gain control on there. And that is going to
plug into your USB port, and then you could record audio
on something like Audacity or if you wanted, and then
you could sync it up later with your camera. And so depending on the final
thing you need to use it for. Looking in the USB microphones could be something that you
might want to check out as well. Question of the day. What microphone do you
use for your videos? And if you discovered any really good budget microphone solutions, let me know in the comment section below. And remember that some of the best tips and feedback and ideas come from you, the THiNK Media TV community. So definitely connect with
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