By Logan Hames

If you are ready for a change from your on-board microphone or the microphone that came with your laptop or computer, then this article is for you!

Let’s start by differentiating between the two types of microphones — condenser microphone and dynamic microphone. Condenser microphones have a crisper sound but are very sensitive to sound from all areas of the room and typically need external power called phantom power to get them working. A dynamic microphone is a simpler microphone that picks up strong signals from loud sounds, does not need any extra power, and is usually cheaper than a condenser microphone. Typically, most people would choose a dynamic microphone for the price and ease of set-up.

Below are three microphone models in a wide price range, of both types. These microphones are good options, because they can improve the quality of sound in your lecture recordings. Thus, making the lecture sound better and making it easier for listeners to follow.

If you would like one-on-one or Departmental/Unit assistance with your media needs, please submit a media services request and you will be contacted by one of our team members.

Shure MV7

Shure MV7


Dynamic microphone, with USB and XLR connections. Best microphone to choose from but highest price of the three.

Learn More: Shure MV7
Blue Microphone: Yeti X

Blue Microphone: Yeti X


Condenser Microphone, USB connection but does require phantom power which they use batteries for.

Learn More: Yeti X
NASUM USB Microphone

NASUM USB Microphone


Condenser Microphone, USB easy plug-in-play Microphone.

Learn More: NASUM USB Microphone