You could forgive the average audio layperson for thinking that, because the top studios have the greatest vintage microphones on display, you have to drain your bank account to buy a microphone that can record a passably decent sounding-vocal. They’d be wrong though — in the year 2022, most microphone brands offer mics for different price points. And the good news? Choose your mic for vocals auspiciously and you truly can achieve professional-sounding results from home.
An excellent example of this, are the production levels and audio quality achieved in the childhood bedroom of Billie Eilish (some of the most famous vocals on the planet currently) and her brother Finneas. In fact, the pair recorded early hits like Ocean Eyes (fast-approaching one billion streams) using the Audio-Technica AT2020, which is one of the best affordable microphones for vocals at under £100. Finneas even said recently on the Tape Notes podcast that he often can’t tell the difference between mics like the AT2020 and those that cost thousands of dollars.
Being astute in your selection is key as some of the mics in the lower price range can get you brilliant results, while some will sound disastrous.
Even better, if you're looking to record vocals, podcasts, or use a microphone for gaming and/or streaming, many of these products are excellent for dual purposes. So let’s dive into the best affordable microphones for recording vocals.