Best Microphone For YouTube Gaming and Streaming in 2021

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Looking for the best YouTube microphone that will also meet your needs as a streamer? After spending 48 hours researching, testing, and evaluating 14 different microphones, we’ve concluded that the Razer Seiren Elite is the best microphone for YouTube Gaming and streaming this year. Not only that this has the best sound quality but it’s also the easiest to use. It may come as a surprise but yes, the Blue Yeti isn’t our pick. Read on to find out why.

Our Top Picks

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Editor's Pick
Best microphone for YouTube gaming and streaming
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Pro Pick
Best microphone for professionals and music streamers
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Popular Pick
Popular microphone for gaming commentary and streaming

Best Microphone For YouTube: First Look

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Editor's Pick
Best microphone for YouTube gaming and streaming
Razer - Seiren Pro Elite

Razer Seiren Elite

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Editor's Rating

Sounds perfect out of the box, aesthetically pleasing, great build quality, and offers the best value for your money. It doesn’t come with a shock mount and pop filter but you won’t be needing them anyway… unless you want to go all professional.

The Seiren Elite is manufactured by Razer. Like any other Razer-manufactured products, they are guaranteed to be durable.

It boasts a lot of features to start with. It has a very durable build, an amazing sound quality, and zero-latency monitoring so you can actually hear how you sound real-time. This may not have an OLED display like the Razer Seiren but it does perform just as good.

Though it has all the features professionals may need, it still isn’t that ideal. Learn more about the downsides below.

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Pro Pick
Best microphone for professionals and music streamers
2. Blue Yeti Pro

Blue Yeti Pro

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The microphone for music enthusiasts and professionals, not just gamers. You have a solid build quality, various polar pattern settings, a separate analog circuit path for professional studio mixers, and outstandingly does the job of making you sound great.

The “Pro” from its name is there for a reason.

This is a microphone for gamers and streamers who don’t just stream and game. It comes with an analog circuit path made specifically for professionals who record music and stream music. There’s no question with the build and overall quality as this is made of metal and is from a reputable manufacturer.

But do you need really need to go this far? Learn more about the Blue Yeti Pro in the review section.

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Popular Pick
Popular microphone for gaming commentary and streaming
3. Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

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If you want to save yourself from a headache but you don’t want to break the bank in doing so, get the Blue Yeti microphone and be done with it. It’s a popular pick for most gamers and streamer simply because it does the job you need with perfection. No hassle, just good quality.

It’s been a popular pick by a lot of consumers because of quality audio output and great overall build.

It’s manufactured by a credible company – Blue. Tests clearly show that this sounds perfect and great. Period. But looking at the other side, there are others who didn’t appreciate the beauty and power of the Blue Yeti.

Will you see this as the best one for you? Learn more about the Blue Yeti and how we tested this out down below.

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Commentary Pick
Another great microphone for gaming commentary
Audio-Technica - AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020

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Another great contender in the $100 – $150 range. A lot of people (even us) say this has better audio quality than the Blue Yeti, and it does. But this comes with a downside. It may come cheap but it doesn’t include a stand or arm.

Audio quality-wise, the AT2020 has better output compared to the popular Blue Yeti. But that’s just one thing.

Yes, it does offer outstanding audio output, it has a great build and even has better audio pickup than the Blue Yeti. But keep in mind that it also has as many downsides on the flip side. If you want to know whether or not this is for you, check the full review below.

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Also Consider
A compact and light microphone for gaming
5. Razer Seiren X

Razer Seiren X

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This is a microphone best suited for hardcore YouTube gaming and streaming enthusiasts who play on-the-go. Thanks to Razer, they specifically optimized this for that purpose. Unlike the top pick, it’s a whole lot cheaper and surprisingly light and compact.

This is ideal for gamers and streamers who prefer to do it on-the-go. It’s made by Razer so the durability and build are out of the question.

It’s surprisingly light compact on top of being optimized for streamers and gamers. But because it’s significantly cheaper than our top pick, it also has quite a few of flaws and downsides. One pretty obvious flaw is the fact that this is limited to super cardioid.

However, the cardioid is the most preferred setting for the best audio output and pickup so does this mean you’re better off with this if you’re only gaming? Not quite. Check the review to know more about it.

How We Choose

It’s been years since we initially decided to round up a list of the best gaming microphones for YouTube and finally decided to make it happen.

Wanting to make sure we’re not missing any gaps, we checked what kind of microphones professional and popular streamers use.

To make sure we’re doing it right, we checked in-depth reviews and comparison videos of different types of gaming microphones to initially come up with 18 candidates. To narrow down the numbers, we did an intensive comparison and finally boiled down to 14.

Surprisingly, we found that these microphones offer features other than streaming and gaming. So we went and made a straightforward recommendation on which microphone you should get, depending on your needs.

Make sure you check our conclusion section as we have everything filtered there.

How We Test

We rank the microphones according to four main criteria:

  • Sound quality
  • Durability
  • Ease of use
  • Value for money

To make sure all the microphones are all on the same footing, we set a specific distance of about 1 foot between the microphone and our mouth. Also, we didn’t use any pop filter or windscreen and only used the included stand or holder.

We made an exception with the Audio Technica AT2020 since this didn’t come with any stands or arms to keep it in place or even cables to power it up. For this matter, we used a phantom power, the Behringer U-PHORIA UM2.

The testing was set in a recording room to ensure no other audio will be recorded. We recorded the same spoken phrase on all 14 microphones, keeping the volume and intonation as consistent as possible.

We then proceeded to do the keyboard typing test. Here, we placed the microphone between the keyboard and our mouth. While typing, we were also talking casually like how a streamer would.

The goal of this test is to evaluate how much audio from the keyboard is picked up versus the audio from our casual talk. From there, we carefully listened to all the recorded audio over and over to make sure we’re ranking all 14 microphones accordingly.

After 48 hours, we came up with 7 of the best microphones for YouTube gaming and Twitch streaming.

Things to Consider when Choosing The Best Microphone For YouTube

What Will You Use the Microphone For?

Before you choose a microphone from our roundup, it’s best that you choose one based on your needs. It could be that you just want a microphone for gaming or perhaps one that you can use for commentaries.

No matter the case, it has to be in line with what you’ll be using it for.

Specifications

These microphones are specifically designed with a purpose. This is why it’s best you need to educate yourself with even the basics of terminologies and technical specifications.

We have a table below indicating the varying specifications of the microphones on the list. Be familiar with those terms so you will be able to choose the ideal mic for your needs.

Included Bundles and Package

Before you make a selection, we personally recommend you check the included package. These microphones have different sets of bundles included so make sure you check it out.

Essentials such as mounts, stands, cables, and pop filters are just some of the items that are included in different packages and bundles.

Which Microphone is Best Suited for You?

Making your choice here shouldn’t be tough – the answer is about how much are you willing to spend for a mic that you need. Go for the best one that’s within your budget and learn to work from there.

However, note that the cheaper your mic is, the harder you’ll have to work to get a good sound out of it. Be prepared to spend hours in Audacity if you opt for a low-end mic, and definitely don’t do real-time streaming with an entry-level microphone.

Fortunately, we have a lineup of pretty good picks here. Even our cheapest mic listed in this article should serve you well in streaming and gaming commentaries, just be prepared to make some adjustments.

A Few Extras You Should Consider For The Best Microphone For YouTube

Get a pop filter. This isn’t up for debate. It’s the worst part about dealing with microphones, and unfortunately we don’t yet live in a world where pop filters are a standard inclusion in these purchases.

Fortunately for you, pop filters are also quite inexpensive.

Something else you may want is a mic scissor arm stand. It may seem large and cumbersome on the outset, but grabbing one of these (especially with one of the smaller mics) will save you a lot of headaches on managing desk space.

The Best Microphones for YouTube Gaming and Twitch Streaming

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Editor's Pick
Razer - Seiren Pro Elite
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Razer Seiren Elite

Frequency Range

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Sensitivity

12.5 mV/Pa (1 kHz)

Directional

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional Stereo

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

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Pro Pick
2. Blue Yeti Pro

Blue Yeti Pro

Frequency Range

15Hz - 22kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo

Sensitivity

4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

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Popular Pick
3. Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo

Sensitivity

Not Specified

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

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Commentary Pick
Audio-Technica - AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020

Frequency Range

40 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity

–48 dB (3.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa

Directional

Cardioid

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

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5. Razer Seiren X
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Razer Seiren X

Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Supercardioid

Sensitivity

Not Specified

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

In-depth Review

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Editor's Pick
Razer - Seiren Pro Elite
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Razer Seiren Elite

Frequency Range

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Sensitivity

12.5 mV/Pa (1 kHz)

Directional

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional Stereo

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

Pros

Studio Grade Microphone

Built-in Headphone Amplifier (Zero Latency Output)

Easy to Use (Plug and Play)

Best Sensitivity

Supports USB and XLR (Razer Seiren Pro)

Cons

Very Expensive

Overkill for Entry-Level Streamers

Like the rest of the peripherals Razer had released, the Razer Seiren comes with a premium build, a premium design, everything… premium.

But like Achilles and his left heel, this has a weakness. Let’s talk about that shortly.

The moment we had it out of the box, we were welcomed by the “cult of Razer”. Everything underneath was packed professionally.

Keep in mind that this is a condenser microphone, which means, it requires a phantom power. However, it’s also a good thing to note that this is a USB microphone. This means you can do without a need for a phantom power.

Looking at the physical aspects and build, you could tell that this has a very elegant symmetry. It has two knobs conveniently located at the front (below the Razer logo). These knobs are the volume control (located below) and the pattern selector (located above).

The pattern selector allows you to choose between the 4 presets:

  • Cardioid – for personal recording and ideal for streaming.
  • Bidirectional – for interviews.
  • Omnidirectional – for conference or podcasting.
  • Stereo – for music recording and such.

Now looking at the back, here’s where you’ll see the feature that separates it from the norm:

  • OLED display – showing the directional pattern and volume levels.
  • Headphone volume control – lets you hear how you sound real-time, thanks to the zero latency monitoring.
  • Mute controls – that lights green when it’s off and lights red when it’s on.

On to the quality of the audio.

We recorded a lot with this microphone and got stunned by the high-quality audio output. Clarity is on point and there’s no compromise – thanks to the 4.5mV/Pa (1kHz) sensitivity.

Up your experience with the Razer Seiren Pro if you want the 12.5 mV/Pa (1kHz) sensitivity. It also comes with a high-pass filter that can lessen frequencies that’s below

We thought there won’t be any forms of flaws with the microphone but we were wrong…

The cost of all these premiums come at a price – literally. If you’re willing to spend a hefty $200++ for a microphone you could use for YouTube gaming or streaming, this may be too much, especially for entry-level streamers.

However, if you’re main concern is all about the highest possible quality for YouTube commentary, or perhaps you just want the best microphone for streaming, this is your stop.

Get this and there will be no complaints from your viewers, ever.

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Pro Pick
2. Blue Yeti Pro

Blue Yeti Pro

Frequency Range

15Hz - 22kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo

Sensitivity

4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

Pros

Professional-Grade Microphone

Elegant Build

Great Sensitivity

Supports USB and XLR

Massively Boosted Recording Resolution

Cons

Very Expensive

Price is Considered Disproportionate to Improvements

Here comes the older brother of our popular pick – the Blue Yeti Pro.

Professional YouTube gamers and hardcore streamers will find this perfect and great. The entire design and purpose of this build are specifically designed to meet the needs of these professionals.

Right off the bat, this requires a separate phantom power but since this can be powered using USB, you can do without one.

The build is basically similar to the Blue Yeti but this has more up its sleeves. One of it is that it’s heavier than the regular Blue Yeti.

Looking at the front, sides, and back, it seems everything is just the same.

At a glance, you’d see nothing different between the two because they both share the same physical traits.

If you look at the front, you would see the mute button that flashes red if it’s muted and a steady red light if it’s off.  Just below that is the volume knob.

At the back of the Blue Yeti Pro, you’d see the gain knob for the microphone’s audio pickup and the pattern selection:

  • Stereo
  • Omnidirectional
  • Bidirectional
  • Cardioid

Looking at the bottom, there you would see one of the two major differences between the two. The Blue Yeti Pro has a 5-pin socket that can be utilized as an external recording equipment. Of course, with the help of the XLR adapter.

Now that we have that pointed out, let’s talk about the audio pickup output and quality.

The second major difference between the regular Yeti and the Blue Yeti Pro is the recording resolution. The Pro has a 192kHz 24-bit resolution while the regular Blue Yeti has way lower than that. We’ll have this covered in detail below.

Overall, the Blue Yeti Pro screams premium like the Razer but is more inclined towards streamers who just don’t play games but also streams music. Moreover, this is also great if you want to up your recording experience with the included XLR adapter.

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Popular Pick
3. Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo

Sensitivity

Not Specified

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

Pros

Plentiful Directional Options

Great Directional Range

Great Sensitivity

Outstanding Sound Record Quality

Higher Build Quality

Cons

A Little Expensive for a Gaming Mic

No Pop Filter Included

If you wish to go all professional but your budget is limited, then the Blue Yeti is the microphone for you.

For starters, this is a condenser microphone. However, a need for a separate phantom power can be avoided since this is a USB microphone.

This also shares the same physical traits and aspects as the Blue Yeti Pro.

At the front, you have the mute button and the volume knob. At the back, you’d see the gain knob and the polar pattern knob.

It’s great that this isn’t compromised, considering how cheap this is compared to the Pro.

The polar pattern adjustments at the back are the same as the Pro:

  • Bidirectional
  • Omnidirectional
  • Stereo
  • Cardioid

There are two things you won’t find in the regular Blue Yeti.

First, the regular yeti doesn’t have the 5-pin socket at the bottom of the microphone. It’s actually a great thing because if you don’t have the luxury to get the Pro or perhaps you won’t need it anyway, you have the regular Blue Yeti.

The second thing that the regular Blue Yeti doesn’t have is not physically visible. It’s the fact that this has a recording resolution of 48kHz 16-bit.

It may seem that big of a difference but it’s still preferred by popular streamers and professional content creators because of how great it picks up audio. With a little time with Audacity, chances are that you’d come up with a stunning voice output.

Stream-wise, there’s nothing we could complain about it. It just does it perfectly with the guarantee that your viewers will have no problems with it.

With that in mind, we personally recommend the Blue Yeti if you want the best output possible for a price that won’t break your bank.

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Commentary Pick
Audio-Technica - AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020

Frequency Range

40 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity

–48 dB (3.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa

Directional

Cardioid

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

Pros

Very Durable - All Metal

High Quality Audio Output

Easy to Use

Great Sensitivity

Supports XLR

Cons

Microphone Cable Not Included

Stand or Arm Not Included

Buying Extra Mic Stand Essentially Required

The Audio Technica AT2020 is claimed to boast a better audio output than the Blue Yeti. After we did some test, we have this confirmed.

But before you decide to get this, there are some key features that you need to know about.

Let’s talk about the good things first.

This has a very durable build that we all were impressed. In fact, we dropped the mic twice by accident and it still works perfectly.

There are a lot of microphones out there that died out on their first drop. In fact, we did have one that we also dropped by accident and died out.

In terms of audio quality, this is slightly better, if not, way better than the Blue Yeti.

If you’re wondering why it’s better than the Blue Yeti but this sits at the 4th place, it’s because you can’t power this with a USB. More of this later.

Out of the box, you’ll only see 4 things:

  • The Audio Technica AT2020 Microphone
  • Pouch
  • Metal Microphone Mount
  • Manuals and Documentation

On to the details of the flaws.

As long as the build is concerned, there’s nothing you can really do about the AT2020, unlike the rest of the microphones we have covered above. You only have the microphone – that’s it.

This doesn’t have knobs to adjust the gain or volumes and no buttons that you can press.

This is your ordinary condenser microphone.

Unlike the three above, this is not USB-powered and you will need a separate phantom power for this to work. This is the reason why this has better audio output compared to the Blue Yeti.

Aside from that, you will need a separate microphone cable since this doesn’t have one out of the box.

Keep in mind that this is a cardioid microphone and you have to face the right direction or you won’t be heard by your viewers.

Overall, this is a solid microphone that we would personally recommend if you already have a cable and a stand/arm to experience high-quality audio pickup and output.

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Also Consider
5. Razer Seiren X
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Razer Seiren X

Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz

Directional Pattern

Cardioid, Supercardioid

Sensitivity

Not Specified

Dynamic or Condenser

Condenser

Pros

Light and Compact

Cheaper in Price

Solid Build

Optimized for YouTube and Streaming

Built In Shock Mount

Cons

Limited to Supercardioid Pickup Pattern

No Pop Filter Included

The Razer Seiren X is yet another product made by Razer and it packs up a lot of features for its price.

Looking at the build of the microphone, it’s not something that you can expect to last because it has a plastic feel on the outside. After all, this is specifically built for on-the-go streamers.

It’s light and compact design makes it possible for you to travel with it and have no compromise throughout the travel.

Looking at the front of the microphone, you have a headphone volume knob and a mute button. Keep in mind that the volume knob is for your headset.

Thanks to the zero-latency monitoring, you can hear your voice real-time to see how you sound like from your viewer’s end.

In order for you to adjust the gain of the microphone, you have to do it via your computer’s microphone settings. The mute button emits a green light if it’s on and a red light if it’s muted.

Looking at what you can see below, you have a port for your computer and a 3.5mm jack for your headphones.

As long as the audio pickup or pattern is concerned, this is different from all the contenders on the list as this has a super cardioid polar pattern.

Though this comes in at a cheaper price of less than $100, we were baffled by how great the audio quality and output is for the price.

If you’re going to use this as a gaming mic, it’s going to be worth your investment. Personally, we recommend you get a boom mic so your viewers won’t hear as much keyboard typing noise compared to just using the stand that it comes with.

Overall, this is a great mid-level gaming microphone that does a great job at producing quality sound output. If this still doesn’t fit your budget, the next one should.

Final Word

So there you have it: all of the above selections are contenders for the title of best microphone for YouTube, as well as gaming commentary and streaming. Which YouTube microphone you pick is ultimately up to you and your particular needs, but if you can afford it, we think that the Razer Seiren Elite is the best of the bunch, with the Blue Yeti Pro close behind. The Blue Yeti Pro works best if you stream not just games but record musical instruments on the side. This has a 5-pin socket that can be used to hook up your guitar or any musical instrument. With the aid of the included XLR adapter, you can then use it as external recording equipment.

If you want to go with the best, one that does perfectly great right out of the box, then get the standard spec Blue Yeti will give you good value for your money.

In case you already have a separate arm stand and you just wish to upgrade from an entry-level microphone like the Fifine K058, then get the Audio Technica AT2020. It has a decent output that’s on par with the Blue Yeti but lacks an arm stand.

Now that it’s all up to you, what are you going to get? Tell us down the comment section!

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Shaun is a gaming enthusiast and computer science graduate who has been working with computers for the last 15 years. He took a shine to competitive FPS back in the mid-2000s and hasn’t looked back since.

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