There are many microphones out there, some with very high-quality and some with really poor quality. Microphones that are usually really good are usually really expensive and on the other hand, some microphones are really bad and don’t usually cost much. However, there are some high-quality microphones that are budget friendly.
When looking for a microphone, you have to take into consideration what you plan on using it for. If you plan on talking on skype, making YouTube videos or live game commentaries via twitch, then it is not necessary to go for a very high end microphone. If you plan on using the microphone for a podcast or for music production then it is best to go for a high-quality microphone.
Like most things, there are always exceptions. In this article I will be talking about the best microphone under 100 that can be used for all audio work, even pretty good high-quality audio production. I will also be adding an honorable mention that you may want to know about.
Blue Snowball (click to view on Amazon)
Transducer type: Condenser, pressure gradient with USB digital output
Polar patterns: Omndirectional or cardioid
Frequency response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word rate: 44.1kHz/16-bit
Weight: 460g; Dimensions: 325mm (circumference); Gloss black finish
The Blue Snowball microphone is the best microphone you can get for under 100 dollars. It is a really high-quality USB plug and use microphone with exceptional sound. It works with both Mac and Windows computers and does not require any additional software for customization. The Blue Snowball can be used to record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts and interviews. There is a switch on the microphone that allows you to change between Cardioid mode, Cardioid with -10 dB PAD and Omnnidirectional mode.
Cardioid Mode – This is a mode on the Blue Snowball microphone that only allows the microphone to pick up sound that is directly in front of it. This is mainly for single vocal work, like a commentary or vocal recording. A lot of Youtubers, Twitch streamers and musical artist use the Blue Snowball because of the crispy audio produced when in the cardioid mode.
Cardioid With -10dB PAD – This mode is the same as the cardioid mode, except with a -10 dB attenuation that helps the user capture louder sounds with higher fidelity.
Omnidirectional Mode – In this mode, the microphone picks up equal levels of audio from all directions. This is useful for small group interviews or conversations.
With this microphone you don’t have to worry about the durability because it feels very heavy and sturdy. The Blue Snowball has a metal and plastic build and also comes with a tripod stand. You can also use this microphone with a microphone boom arm for longer range.
Blue Yeti (click to view on Amazon)
Capsules: condenser, pressure gradient
Polar Patterns: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sample Rate: 48kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
Item Weight 3.51 pounds
For the honorable mention, I have to talk about the Blue Yeti. The Blue Yeti is known as the big brother of the Blue Snowball or the upgraded version of the Blue Snowball. This microphone is technically not under 100 dollars so that’s the reason why I didn’t put it as the best microphone under 100. However, on Amazon deal days, like Prime Day or Black Friday, the Blue Yeti sells for under 100 dollars. It may also go on sale, selling below 100 dollars, on random days so you would have to keep checking.
The Blue Yeti is definitely a really high-quality microphone with multiple customizations. This microphone gives the user the option to control the headphone volume, the pattern, microphone gain and also has an option for instant mute. The Blue Yeti can also record in almost any situation with the 3 condenser capsules and has 3 recording pattern selections. You can select the cardioid mode, bidirectional mode, omnidirectional mode or the stereo mode.
Bidirectional Mode – In bidirectional mode, the microphone will pick up audio from the front and at the back. This would be great in a one to one conversation, where one person would be in front of the microphone and the other would be behind.
Stereo Mode – The stereo mode uses both the left and right channels, and is ideal for capturing a realistic, general sound.
One of the main features of this microphone that makes it a great value microphone is that it comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can clearly listen to your audio in real-time without any delays. Like the Blue Snowball, the Blue Yeti is also a usb microphone that works with both Mac os and Windows.
Can’t talk about the Blue Yeti without talking about the look. It has a great sleek design that fits with any setup. The stand that it comes with, has a great design that blends right in with the Blue Yeti. If you want, you can adjust the height of the Blue Yeti with the stand or you could completely remove it and put it on a boom arm. Many persons like using a microphone boom arm because of the flexibility it provides.
This is an audio test of the Blue Yeti in the different modes.
Both of these microphones, the Blue Yeti and the Blue Snowball, are really great value microphone that would meet your needs. Both are very durable, have great features and overall just great value microphones. Like I said previously, you would have to wait for the Blue Yeti to go on sale if you want to get it under 100 dollars.