Microphone Guide - Best Condenser, Dynamic and USB Microphones

Microphone Guide - Best Condenser, Dynamic and USB Microphones

Posted by Austin Bazaar on 7th Dec 2015

Microphone Guide

Whether you want a microphone to record music at home, produce a podcast, or provide the perfect sound for a live event, we've got you covered with a wide selection of microphones.

What Type of Microphone Do You Need?

With so many types of microphone out there, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. We put together this microphone buying guide to help you choose the right microphone for your needs. Check out our handy Microphone Guide infographic and a breakdown of some of our favorite microphone models below!

What type of microphone should you use

Dynamic Microphones

Simple and sturdy, dynamic microphones are the go-to choice for both live performance and demanding recording environments. Many dynamic microphones are versatile enough to record either vocals or instruments. 


SM58 Microphones

SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphones

Shure Beta 58A Microphone

Beta 58A Dynamic Microphone

SM57 Microphones

SM57-LC Dynamic Microphones

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Condenser Microphones

Condenser microphones provide good sensitivity at all frequencies to make recordings shine. These microphones are also often used where a wide band of frequencies is to be picked up - i.e. recording choir vocals, acoustic pianos, or hi-hat cymbals. Condenser mics are also great to use overhead to pick up sounds from an entire drum set. 


Audio-Technica AT2020 Microphone

AT2020 Side-Address Microphone

Shure Beta 87A Microphone

Beta 87A Vocal Microphone  

Audio-Technica 2010 Microphone

AT2010 Handheld Condenser Mic

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USB Microphones

For hassle-free home recording on a budget, USB microphones really can't be beat. These portable, plug and play microphones make it easy to produce audio for videos, podcasts, demos and more without a complicated setup.


AT2020USB+ USB Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+


CAD U4F USB Microphone

CAD U1000 USB Microphone

CAD U1000 Microphone

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USB Microphone Guide

Still not sure which microphone to get? Email us at customerservice@austinbazaar.com or call 800-511-1322 and we'll be happy to help you out!