It’s really hard to pick a microphone when your budget is tight — I know firsthand. If you have $1,000 to blow on a new mic, almost anything you choose will sound great. But if you’re looking to spend $100-200, you have to be much more careful.
The first factor to think about is obvious: the quality of the mic.
This is the trickiest thing when you’re choosing a budget mic. It has to sound as good as it can while staying under what you can spend. That’s what this post will help you figure out.
The other consideration is if the mic is meant for home recording use.
Any company who makes budget-friendly microphones is most likely trying to target home Producers. But you have to think about each mic’s sensitivity, especially if you’re in a room that’s not soundproofed or treated properly.
If the mic is too sensitive, it will pick up unwanted reverberations and even the next-door neighbors.