Top 5 Microphones for Musicians Starting Out in Their Bedroom Studio

Starting a music career from your bedroom studio can be a great way to get your foot in the door of the industry. However, having a good microphone is crucial for producing high-quality recordings that can help you stand out from the crowd.

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Audio-Technica AT2020

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a popular choice among musicians who are just starting out. It’s a condenser microphone that delivers a clear and detailed sound, making it perfect for recording vocals, acoustic guitar, and other instruments. This microphone also has a cardioid polar pattern which helps to reduce background noise and unwanted sounds, perfect for use in a bedroom studio.

Shure SM57

The Shure SM57 is a dynamic microphone that is often used for recording instruments such as drums, guitar amps, and brass instruments. It has a directional cardioid pattern that helps to only hear the instrument instead of other sounds in the room. This microphone is durable, affordable, and versatile, making it a great choice for musicians who are trying to record live instruments.

Rode NT1-A

Moving on to the Rode NT1-A; a condenser microphone that has a large diaphragm, which helps to capture a wide range of frequencies. This one is often used for recording vocals, acoustic guitars, and other acoustic instruments. It also has the ability to reduce unwanted sounds effectively (while also being the most professional looking of the bunch).

AKG P220

Next, we have the AKG P220 is a condenser microphone. This is often used for recording vocals, guitars, and other acoustic instruments. It’s cardioid polar pattern helps to isolate the sound source and reduce background noise, similar to the AT2020. This microphone delivers a warm and natural sound that can help to enhance the quality of your recordings.

Blue Yeti

Finally, there is the Blue Yeti, a versatile microphone that can be used for a variety of recording applications. It has multiple patterns, including cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo. It’s ideal for recording vocals, instruments, podcasts, and more. This microphone is also affordable, so it’s a great choice for beginner musicians. It is important to note that this is not the snowball that a lot of people use. That mic is much cheaper, but its quality is not good enough for a professional sounding mix.

Quick Summary

MicrophoneApproximate CostUnique Functions
Audio-Technica AT2020$99Clear and detailed sound, cardioid polar pattern
Shure SM57$99Directional cardioid pattern, durable and versatile
Rode NT1-A$229Large diaphragm for capturing a wide range of frequencies, warm and natural sound
AKG P220$149Cardioid polar pattern, warm and natural sound
Blue Yeti$129Multiple polar patterns (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo), versatility for various recording applications

Pop OFF Pick

In my opinion, the Audio-Technica AT2020 is the best value for the quality it produces. I personally use this microphone myself and I have had no issues or desire to upgrade it yet. In the future, I will look for something better, but that will be when the budget increases a bit.

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  1. SM57’s can be a life saver when it comes to recording.
    Personally I feel like home recordings under explore the different microphones that can be used with recording.

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