Best low budgets studio microphones

When we start out in the exciting world of music production we can’t afford hardware only within reach of large professional studios.

Even if you can afford some of the most expensive microphones on the market, are you really going to get all the power they can offer you?

Another essential tool for your studio is a good pair of headphones with which to mix and record your music.

Whether for budget or convenience, most musicians, sound technicians, or producers often have a collection of inexpensive, high-quality microphones on hand.

But not all microphones are made the same way, and you should do some research before buying any of them. All professionals have a different opinion on the best cheap microphones, and your choice will depend on what you want to record and the type of sound you are looking for.

To help you with all different options, we’ve put together a list of the best and most reliable affordable microphones out there today.

Audio-Technica AT2020 (115€)

As a low-priced, general-purpose condenser microphone, the AT2020 is hard to fault except for its noise level. Especially noteworthy is the well-balanced sound produced by this microphone, both on vocals and on acoustic guitar.

Audio-Technica has a reputation for good engineering and good-sounding microphones, and a bit of a reputation goes a long way when trying to choose between similarly priced microphones. The AT2020 is built to the same standard as Audio-Technica’s most advanced microphones, and there are certainly no complaints about its sound quality.

In fact, for some applications, better results are obtained than higher priced microphones, making it one of the best-selling cheap studio microphones on the market.

Shure SM57LCE (131€)

Shure SM57 unidirectional dynamic microphone is exceptional for picking up musical instruments or for vocals.

With its bright, clean sound and carefully contoured boost, the SM57 is ideal for live sound recording. It has an extremely effective cardioid pattern that isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise.

In the studio, the SM57 is an excellent instrument microphone, ideal for recording drums, guitar, and wind instruments. For musical instruments or vocals, the Shure SM57 is an equally effective choice.

As a curiosity, it’s the standard microphone used by the presidents of the United States for more than 30 years. Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and application diversity make this microphone the choice of sound designers, producers, and engineers worldwide.

We know that finding good low budget studio monitors is a difficult task, so we encourage you to take a look at our list of some of the best cheap studio monitors.

Samson C01U Pro (82€)

If you need a high-quality, easy-to-use condenser microphone for podcasts or basic recording tasks, you can’t go wrong with the Samson C01U Pro.

The C01U is based on a budget model that doesn’t have the same technical specifications as the more sophisticated (and more expensive) studio microphones, but you can get impressive results for vocals and instruments.

Users of laptops that often record on the road will especially appreciate the fact that no other audio interface or preamplifier is required to use the microphone.

AKG P120 (85€)

There is a lot of competition in this price range and, to be honest, what AKG offers is not much different from its competitors, many of which similarly use Chinese manufacturing.

However, AKG’s design work makes these microphones stand out from other regular models, as they are distinctive both visually and constructively.

When tested in the studio, these microphones offer good performance relative to their price. If you are looking for a microphone in this price range, the list will probably be a long one, but these AKG models definitely deserve to be on it.

Rode NT1-A (189€)

Despite its economical price, the NT1A offers professional performance for both voice recording and general instrument use.

It is suitable for use with a wide variety of singers and vocal styles, and also makes it easy to tune using moderate amounts of EQ.

From a practical point of view, the NT1A is slightly lighter than many of its competitors, making the microphone stand not a problem, and the absence of noise means you will have no problem recording quieter instruments or at work at a moderate distance from the sound source.

Behringer B-1 (76€)

The Behringer B-1 may not be the best condenser microphone in the world, but it is presented as one of the best in its price range.

The performance it offers, how it handles high volume input, and overall quality make it a smart choice for any home studio.

MXL 990 (109€)

No one expects inexpensive studio devices to deliver cutting-edge performance, but as consumers, we expect this equipment to be at least competent and reliable. This is exactly how we can describe the MXL 990.

The MXL 990 is a very popular microphone in the industry. While the design is pretty standard, the specs and performance combined provide a smooth, sweet tone that’s great for recording vocals.

It really sounds more like a high-end condenser microphone than an inexpensive entry-level model.

SE Electronics X1 A (130€)

sE Electronics hits a home-run again with the X1 A large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone.

The X1 A’s improved capsule sounds great. Accuracy, dynamics, and well balanced frequency response.

Its updated system offers incredible sound performance, especially at this price. A -20dB attenuation switch extends its dynamic range.

A 100Hz high-pass filter avoid noise and other unwanted low-frequency sounds. A gold-plated XLR connector ensures that the sE Electronics X1 will maintain a solid and reliable connection for years.


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