6 Gaming Microphones to Consider in 2022

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Looking for a new microphone for gaming, podcasting, and streaming?

Nothing compares to a dedicated, independent microphone, whether you’re Twitch broadcasting or just trying to be heard in a (virtual) warzone. Don’t get me wrong; the best gaming headsets nowadays have some tremendous built-in microphones. Still, they are made for multitasking rather than giving professional-grade, crystal-clear clarity or picking up anything more than one person’s speaking voice.

A solitary mic will improve and clarify your speech for your colleagues and spectators. It may also be utilized for podcasting or music recording. Regarding the best mics for streaming, you have two options. You may choose an XLR cardioid microphone or a USB microphone for plug-and-play compatibility with your gaming PC. 

While the latter is usually more expensive to set up and requires a specific audio interface and 48V Phantom Power, the former is typically easier to use. Still, it provides a bit less depth in the audio quality. Both choices are equally viable and ultimately depend on your tastes and financial situation. So, let’s check over the top gaming microphones now on the market and choose the ideal one for you.

1. Samson G-Track Pro Microphone

Samson’s G-Track Pro microphone comes with a flexible range of capabilities that, for a fair price, make it perfect for recording vocals and instruments for music production and streaming and podcasts. Less-priced condenser microphones frequently capture sound from the front while canceling all background and side noise. To provide you with the best recording experience no matter the circumstance, Samson gives you a choice to choose from Cardioid, Omnidirectional, or Bidirectional recording.

The microphone is just plug-and-play and supports high definition recording up to 24-Bit, 96kHz without needing additional driver software. This allows you to capture high-quality audio for music creation or crystal-clear streaming, as viewing a streamer with poor microphone quality is the worst thing you can do.

2. Blue Yeti USB Microphone

The Yeti condenser microphone from Blue connects to your computer or laptop through USB. Put in the microphone and stream or game to your heart’s desire using the driverless USB connection. It includes three built-in condenser capsules that allow you to choose between four polar patterns. This makes it ideal for streaming, gaming, and podcasts.

Blue provides extra stands or mounts compatible with the microphone if the built-in desktop stand isn’t your cup of tea. Additionally, the microphone has a gain control, so you may change the level whenever necessary. Quality is set at 16Bit, 48kHz, which is good but not superb, as with most USB mics. You don’t need more for streaming or gaming, but if you’re a true audiophile seeking to record vocals for music, the 24-Bit recording could be the way to go.

3. HyperX SoloCast Microphone

The HyperX SoloCast is the greatest new microphone available that is priced reasonably. This new breed, which prioritizes the sound above vast feature sets at a meager price, offers the audio performance of its more costly brothers.

A headphone port, gain control, shock mount, inbuilt pop filter, and, let’s not overlook, that eye-catching RGB lighting is the things HyperX surrendered to the audio gods. All gone, replaced by the flimsy SoloCast.

It is excruciating not to be able to adjust the gain with the SoloCast on the fly because the microphone sounded a little bit too hot right out of the box. This implies that any modifications you make to your streaming applications must be made at the software level.

4. Blue Snoball ICE Microphone

Although the Snowball iCE may not have as many functions as the Yeti or have as good an audio quality, its smaller size, portability, and simplicity of use make it superior. The pinnacle of plug-and-play microphones is the Snowball iCE. The condenser microphone has a cardioid polar pattern. It is a one-trick pony because no polar pattern swapping choices are available.

The performance is more significant than its small size may lead you to believe, and the audio quality is excellent. Unfortunately, the sample rate for recording is restricted to 16Bit/44.1kHz, which is less than ideal for music lovers. But this is more than adequate for streaming or games.

The microphone, however, is the least expensive item on the list thus far, with a suggested retail price of less than $50. This makes it ideal for new streamers or those on a limited budget.

5. Elgato Wave 3 Microphone

The Elgato Wave:3 is the right choice if you’re seeking a conventional gaming mic with a few additional capabilities than the Blue Yeti USB mentioned above. This microphone has Elgato’s Clipguard technology, which successfully constrained audio volume during testing and is compatible with the Elgato Stream Deck. The Wave:3’s compact design makes it portable and suitable for Twitch broadcasting, YouTube compression, and high-resolution audio recording.

Elgato’s streaming mic is more expensive than the Blue Yeti X, which is also on our list, but it is less adaptable because it only comes in one sort of polar pattern. The Yeti X is still preferred if you want a microphone that can handle various conditions. More bass from the Wave:3 would also be beneficial.

But the Wave:3 is a perfect mic for people focused on streaming thanks to its extensive software and hardware feature set, which includes a helpful pop shield.

6. Razer Seiren Mini Microphone

Not everyone needs a ton of features, several cardioid rhythms, etc. The Razer Seiren Mini delivers the best gaming microphone on a budget, and it comes in various colors that will make your setup more enjoyable.

The Blue Snowball iCE’s direct opponent, the Seiren Mini, has sound quality that rivals that of the Seiren Mini, which is now under $50. 

However, Razer’s finest entry-level gaming mic has a flatter, drier tone that should please those who like output that doesn’t sound as synthetic. At this price, there is no greater sound quality available. While others on this list give a variety of possibilities, you will be limited to a super-cardioid polar pattern. Additionally, there are hardly any features here. Headphone Jack and mute buttons are lacking in this microphone.

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Dg is the founder and co-owner of Corrosion Hour, a niche gaming community established in 2016 focusing on the survival game RUST. He is an active and contributing member of numerous other RUST communities. As a community leader and server owner for over 15 years, he spends much of his time researching and writing guides about survival games, covering topics such as server administration, game mechanics, and community growth.

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