Audio on a shoestring budget

Last month, we spoke about shooting videos on a budget. And if you’ve had sticker shock from researching cameras, get ready for more of the same when you look into audio equipment.

True, quality audio is crucial to improving your videos—but there are great budget options so you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment up front. Here are some of our favorites.

Static mics

Blue Yeti ($99)

A USB microphone, this is great for podcasting, music, and narration. It gives great quality and is easy to set up.

Logitech G35 7.1 ($59)

Fantastic for gamers looking for a durable headset, this is well worth the price. The audio quality is fantastic, the headset doesn’t pinch, and you get a noise-canceling feature to boot.

Logitech HD Webcam ($39)

Looking for something a bit cheaper but still effective? This webcam is it. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of other Logitech webcams, but it’s durable and provides good quality.

Lavaliers (clip mics)

UHF Wireless Microphone System ($228)

Though it’s the most expensive item on this list, this clip mic is a great investment if you’re a serious creator. Top-of-the-line lavalier microphones can cost up to $1,000 dollars, so this is a great bargain for what you get.

Audio-Technica PRO-88W ($120)

A personal favorite of ours, this provides fantastic audio quality. You’ll be able to walk around on camera with more freedom while still maintaining crisp audio.

Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 ($10)

One of the cheapest on the market, the Pyle-Pro is perfect if you’re on a very tight budget and are looking to improve their videos. It’s best paired with a camcorder or DSLR for shooting.

KVC Connection for iPhones ($6)

Highly recommended! If you record your videos with an iPhone, pair this connector with the Audio-Technica. It’s a powerful, inexpensive tool that will trick your iPhone into recording with the lavalier receiver.

 

If you have any other suggestions for microphones, please comment below or bring them up in our discussion on the Creator Platform. Good luck with your videos!