Best 13 Microphones under $50; Check them Out!

With the huge number of microphones available to us, it’s no wonder that when it is time to buy one, we can’t seem to make up our mind.

With so many brands and models it’s usually a pretty tough choice…

However, I’ll do my best in this article to help you make the right choice to get the mic that suits your needs.

I will list 7 XLR and 6 USB microphones as well as give you my top Recommendations right at the end.

Table of Contents

XLR Microphones

  1. Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
  2. Behringer XM8500 UltraVoice Dynamic Cardioid Microphone
  3. Pyle-Pro PDmic58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
  4. Behringer C-1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  5. TONOR Pro Condenser Microphone Kit
  6. Neewer NW-500 Condenser Microphone
  7. Behringer Ultravoice XM1800S (3 Dynamic Microphone Set)

USB Microphones

  • Fifine 669B Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Samson Go Mic Portable Multi-Pattern USB Microphone
  • Blue Snowflake Portable Condenser USB Microphone
  • Blue Snowball iCE USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Fifine K670 USB Condenser Microphone
  • TONOR USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone Kit Q9

XLR Microphones under $50

Before I get into the list of the best XLR microphones under $50, there is one very important thing you need to know.

XLR microphones usually require an Audio Interface to be connected to your PC which means that you would also need to purchase one.

To be honest, I’d recommend going this route since you can get an Audio Interface with more than one input and connect multiple microphones to it.

Plus, even though at first you might spend a little more, the upgrade process after this is a lot simpler and you end up saving money in the long run…

What I mean is that if you purchase a USB mic and you want to upgrade later on, you would still need to buy a good quality Audio Interface AND XLR microphones.

Also, it’s important to note that Audio Interfaces can provide 48v phantom power which is going to power your condenser microphones…

Without it, the output level will be extremely low or non-existent and the audio quality will be terrible… if there’s a signal at all.

You could, however, get an XLR to USB cable which will work great with any Dynamic XLR mic, but probably not with condensers.

So, if possible, get a USB Audio Interface even if it’s a super cheap one…

One more benefit about XLR microphones is that they can be used for live performances since they can be connected to PA systems… USB mics, on the other hand, can’t be used for that purpose.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with it!

Note: If you’re interested in finding out more about some good and inexpensive Audio Interfaces, I’ll leave a couple links at the end of this post so you can find out more.

Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

The Shure SM48 is an incredibly affordable XLR microphone and the great thing is that since it’s an XLR Dynamic mic, it can be connected to your PC via an XLR to USB cable, or an XLR to 3.5mm cable.

You can get one with an On-Off switch which will cost you a bit more, but still, price won’t be an issue.

It is a great alternative to the Shure SM58, especially considering that it’s much more affordable while sounding very similar.

This Microphone has a built-in pop-filter, but you will need to use an external one if you want to completely avoid unwanted plosives.

The build quality of the SM48 is extremely good, you could drop it a hundred times and it would still work fine… however, I wouldn’t recommend trying this!

The sound quality is just great… It sounds clear and crisp, not as good as something like the SM58, but the differences are hardly noticeable and in a live setting you really will not be able to tell the difference.

It comes with a bass roll-off which helps control the proximity effect, plus a mid-boost which helps the vocals cut through the mix a bit better.

This mic provides good feedback- and handling noise rejection as well as off-axis rejection.

The SM48 is a fantastic choice for karaoke, band practice, backup vocals or for using at home either to record music or to communicate with your friends over voice comms.

What you get in the Box

  • The Shure SM48 Microphone
  • Microphone Stand Clip
  • Carrying Pouch

Features

  • Cardioid pickup pattern rejects off-axis sound and feedback
  • Brightened mid-range and bass roll-off.
  • Shock-mounted cartridge for reduced handling noise
  • Built-in pop-filter, which works quite well, still you should use an external one
  • Great build quality and ruggedness

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Dynamic
Frequency Response 55 to 14,000 Hz
Output Impedance Rated impedance is 150 Ohms (300 Ohms actual)
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Purchasing a microphone on a budget can be tough, since you don’t know if what you are getting is good or simply junk.

Luckily, the SM48 is a great and very affordable microphone. Plus, if you end up not liking it you didn’t really waste any money since it’s so cheap.

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price of the Shure SM48, but also the reviews.

Moving on…

Behringer XM8500 UltraVoice Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

The Behringer XM8500 is a fairly popular handheld cardioid microphone known for its great cost-quality ratio.

It doesn’t provide any outstanding features which is completely fine, considering the price.

If feels extremely durable. The build quality is just fantastic and it absolutely looks like it could take a beating and keep on working like nothing happened.

Since it’s a Dynamic XLR microphone it can be used for live performances as well as recording at home and the great thing is that thanks to being a dynamic cardioid microphone, it can handle high SPL and reject feedback quite well.

The frequency response ranges from 50Hz all the way up to 15kHz which is fairly common for any dynamic mics, especially the ones designed for vocal use.

Like most vocal mics, it has a slightly boosted mid-range which should help emphasize the vocals and help them better cut though the mix.

Both in live shows or when recording at home, plosives can be a real issue…

The Behringer XM8500 comes with an internal pop filter which should, hopefully, reduce the plosives drastically.

If you’re using it at home then I’d recommend using a regular pop filter as well, just in case.

All in all, this is an excellent microphone when taking cost-efficiency into account…

However, if you ask my personal opinion… I’d recommend the Shure SM48 over this one since, at least in my opinion, it sounds slightly better…

Plus, you have the choice to get one with an On-Off switch which the Behringer XM8500 doesn’t provide.

Still, this is a very cost-efficient microphone and it’s definitely worth the money.

What comes in the Box?

  • Extremely good Storage Box
  • The Behringer XM8500 Microphone
  • Microphone Clip
  • Microphone Stand adapter

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Dynamic
Frequency Response 50 to 15,000 Hz
Output Impedance Rated impedance is 150 Ohms
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price of the Behringer XM8500, but also the reviews.

Pyle-Pro PDmic58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

The PDmic58 is Pyle’s answer to Shure’s hugely popular SM58… but at literally 1/8th of the price.

This is by far the cheapest XLR microphone on this list and to be honest it’s quite impressive.

It’s also one of the most cost-efficient ones of all the XLR microphones on this list since it really is that cheap.

The build quality isn’t bad at all, in fact it’s very similar to the one of the Behringer XM8500 and the Shure SM48…

It’s got an all-metal body and metal grille and it just feels good when holding it since it does have some decent weight to it.

However, it does feel a bit lighter which means that either the components inside are lighter or that the casing itself is lighter, therefore being less resistant.

The tone of the microphone itself is pretty bright, which some people might really like.

The one issue with it is that it comes with an XLR to ¼” microphone cable which I’d hope it was an XLR-XLR one.

It would be much better to get an XLR-XLR or XLR-3.5mm cable, but this definitely isn’t the end of the world since you can simple purchase an adapter or a new cable.

Sadly, it doesn’t come with a mic clip unless you pay slightly more… Still, it’s a great choice.

Not only is the PDMIC58 the cheapest microphone on this list, but it’s also my top recommendation for anyone on an extremely tight budget who needs just one mic, making it ideal for anyone who is just starting out.

What comes in the Box?

  • The Pyle-Pro PDmic58
  • The XLR to 1/4” cable

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Dynamic
Frequency Response 50 to 15,000 Hz
Output Impedance 600 Ohms
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price of the Pyle-Pro PDmic58, but also the reviews.

Behringer C-1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Behringer has always been known as the brand that’s been able to create budget equipment that works and sounds absolutely fantastic.

The Behringer C-1 is the same microphone as the Behringer C-1U, with the difference being that the C-1U is the USB version of the two and is about $10 more expensive.

I didn’t include the USB version of the mic in this list because it’s a bit over $50, however it’s a great alternative to any of the USB mics that I will be listing later on.

One very important thing to note is that the Behringer C-1 requires 36v48v of phantom power.

Some other microphones may require anywhere from 12v to 48v, but you need to make sure that your Audio Interface or mixer can supply enough of it, otherwise it won’t work.

The build quality great. It is a solid metal construction with a metal grille as well.

The carrying case is excellent… it even seems too much for a mic that is this affordable.

The whole point behind the Behringer C-1 was to create an excellent quality yet reasonably affordable microphone, which they definitely managed to do.

That’s why you only get the box and a mic clip, so that you’re not paying extra on other stuff that you may not need.

Now, I believe that this is the best mic on this list, however, if you don’t already own an Audio Interface you would need to buy one since the USB adapters don’t provide enough power.

Also, since it doesn’t come with a cable, you would need to buy that too.

This means that your overall cost when buying the Behringer C-1 with a cheap Audio Interface like the Behringer UM2 and an XLR cable would be around $120.

If you just want to do some voice-over work or just want to use it to talk over Skype, then there might be better alternatives.

But if you want to get great audio Quality at a reasonable price, then I think that you should get it.

What comes in the Box?

  • The Behringer C-1 Microphone
  • A really nice carrying box
  • Microphone Clip

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 40 to 20,000 Hz
Output Impedance Impedance is 100 Ohms
Max SPL 136 dB SPL
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price of the Behringer C-1, but also the reviews.

TONOR Pro Condenser Microphone Kit

The first thing you notice about this microphone is that it comes with a whole kit.

This is ideal for anyone thinking about starting a Podcast or who just wants to make some YouTube content since you can get the whole package for a really low price.

When taking a look at the build quality you’ll find that it’s an all-metal body with a metal grille.

If you compare it to any of the high-end microphones, of course it’s going to feel cheap and light, but for the price I think that you’re actually getting a pretty good product.

The suspension arm isn’t anything extraordinary, but it will get the job done, as will the shock mount.

To be able to use it all you need to do is plug the microphone into the “Input” port on the power supply. Then connect the XLR to 3.5mm cable to the power supply and connect the other end to your PC.

Lastly, connect the USB cable from the power supply to the PC.

Now you should be all set and ready to rock.

Microphone kits are great for the sole reason that you don’t need to go out and purchase all the equipment separately.

Also, this one doesn’t require you to use an Audio Interface since it comes with the Power Supply and the XLR to 3.5mm cable.

You could still use it with a proper Audio Interface though, if you wanted to.

All in all, I think I’d recommend the TONOR microphone kit to anyone who hasn’t got any experience with recording gear and who doesn’t already have an Audio Interface.

What comes in the Box?

  • The Microphone
  • Shock Mount
  • Mic Suspension arm
  • Table mounting clamp
  • Windscreen
  • 48v Phantom power supply

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 12,000 Hz
Output Impedance Impedance is 150 Ohms
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price of the TONOR Pro Kit, but also the reviews.

Neewer NW-500 Condenser Microphone

If there is one thing I like about this microphone… it’s the look.

It looks just like most of the Blue microphones, like the Blue Bluebird SL and some others…

I always loved the style of those microphones and the Neewer NW-500 has adopted it as well.

When you purchase the Neewer NW-500 you are actually also buying a kit which includes a windscreen, an XLR to 3-5mm cable and a shock mount.

The only extra thing you’d need to get is a mic stand.

The construction of the microphone is pretty decent since it’s got an all-metal body and grille. It also comes with a small hole in the front to insert the windscreen.

You can either connect the microphone using the 3.5mm cable or a regular XLR cable connected to your Audio Interface.

Note: Make sure if you’re using an Audio Interface to open up the mic and check that the power selection switch is correctly pushed.

It will allow you to select between 48v, which should be used with the Audio Interface, and 5v, which should be used with the 3.5mm cable.

What comes in the Box?

  • The Neewer NW-500 Microphone
  • Shock Mount
  • XLR to 3.5mm cable
  • Windscreen

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 12,000 Hz
Output Impedance Impedance is 200 Ohms
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price Neewer NW-500, but also the reviews.

Behringer Ultravoice XM1800S (3 Dynamic Microphone Set)

This is a set of three cardioid dynamic microphones which sell for insanely cheap.

You can get the three microphones for roughly the price of one Shure SM48, which makes it ideal for any band who just wants to get some cheap mics to practice with.

I wouldn’t recommend them for anything more serious, like trying to get a pro recorded sound, because even though they sound great, if you really want professional sounding microphones, you should invest in something like the Shure SM58 or the Sennheiser e835.

When taking a look at the build quality you’ll find that they are actually quite sturdy and that they can take a beating without even noticing it.

Another great thing about the Behringer XM1800S set is that the microphones come in a very good carrying case, which is always nice to see, even though it seems a bit overkill…

One thing I don’t like, however, which is just a personal thing, is that they do have an On-Off switch.

I personally don’t like it because it can cause more issues than anything else…

Imagine accidentally turning the mic off during a live performance… not good!

But there are a lot of people who prefer having the On-Off switch, so this is up to you.

All in all, I think that it’s a fantastic set and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who needs a couple microphones.

What comes in the Box?

  • The three Microphones
  • Three Microphone Clips
  • A very good Carrying case

Specifications

Polar Pattern Super-Cardioid
Microphone type Dynamic
Frequency Response 80 to 15,000 Hz
Output Impedance Impedance is 600 Ohms
Connector Three-pin (XLR), male

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can not only see the price Behringer Ultravoice XM1800S, but also the reviews.

USB Microphones Under $50

If you’re an absolute beginner or if you know that you will only use the one mic, then USB microphones are a great choice.

The great thing about USB microphones is that they are plug n’ play, which simply means that you connect them to your PC and they are ready to be used…

No installation of drivers or anything is required.

They can’t, however, be used in live performances or be connected to an Audio Interface or PA system.

Fifine 669B Cardioid Condenser Microphone

This is a Plug and play USB Cardioid Condenser microphone with a 5.9-Foot included USB Cable which is designed for Voice-over work as well as for recording anything voice related like podcasts and YouTube videos.

Of all the USB microphones on this list, this is my top choice if you’re on a tight budget as well as for the fact that the recording quality is excellent and it provides a tripod which comes in handy.

The tripod isn’t the best one around, that’s for sure, but hey… it’s something!

One pro about the Fifine 669B is that it has a metal exterior as well as a very rugged grille which should help it last a really long time, especially if taken good care of.

One of its features is the volume knob on the front which allows for easy volume control.

All in all, the Fifine 669B is a very simple yet good sounding microphone with just a cardioid polar pattern, which is the pattern you would use anyway 99% of the time.

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a very cost-efficient microphone which should be more than enough for doing voice-over work or creating YouTube Content.

Features

  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Mac and PC Compatible
  • Pivot mount allows vertical and horizontal fix
  • Volume dial for quick adjustment
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz -20KHz
  • Sample Rate: 48KHz/16-bit

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 28,000 Hz
Sensitivity -34db
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can check the Fifine 669B’s price and reviews.

Samson Go Mic Portable Multi-Pattern USB Microphone

The Samson Go is a surprisingly small and compact microphone designed to be portable and convenient.

It features a swivel arm that folds out in order to get the mic into position, which is quite different from most other microphones since they tend to need a regular tripod.

Because of its small size and low weight, it can be clipped to your PC or Laptop screen to be used, which makes it pretty versatile.

The Samson Go features dual cardioid capsules which allow you to use it in two different ways;

  • As a cardioid Microphone or as an Omnidirectional Microphone.

This means that it can be used as a regular directional microphone, where you want to just pick up the sound in front of it, or as a conferencing microphone which can pick up everything around it.

One added feature is the software that comes with it called “Music Creating Software” which will allow you to do some noise cancellation, if needed.

This should help you keep the noises down to a minimum without too much work.

When taking a look at its build quality you’ll find that it’s quite good and that the components used to build it are of a fairly high quality.

The body is all metal, which is something I didn’t expect and it honestly doesn’t feel like a little toy, like some other mics of this sort do.

One additional feature is that it provides a -10dB PAD, should you need to record a very loud source.

If you’re looking for a very portable microphone that’s built to last and is extremely versatile because of its polar patterns, then the Samson Go might the ideal choice for you.

What comes in the Box?

Samson Go Microphone

Music Creating Software CD

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 18,000 Hz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you can check the Samson Go’s price and reviews.

Blue Snowflake Portable Condenser USB Microphone

The Blue Snowflake is a microphone designed to fit on top of your PC/ Laptop screen, which means that it’s a small and compact microphone, ideal for recording on the move.

This microphone literally fits in your pocket, it’s that small.

It’s definitely not designed to be used as a professional music recording microphone, but it’s excellent for talking over Skype, Discord, etc. or for recording music while travelling if you just want to lay down some ideas.

The build quality is pretty decent since everything is made out of metal except for the back of the microphone.

The Blue Snowflake could be closely compared to the Samson Go because of its small size and portability…

In my honest opinion, the Samson Go is the better choice here mainly because they sell for roughly the same but you get more versatility with the Samson Go.

All in all, the Blue Snowflake is still an excellent choice for anyone who needs a small and portable microphone that can be clipped to the computer screen.

What do you get in the box?

  • The Blue Snowflake Microphone
  • USB Cable
  • Plastic base where you store the microphone

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 35 to 20,000 Hz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you’ll be able to see the price and all the reviews of the Blue Snowflake.

Blue Snowball iCE USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Blue Snowball iCE is the “light” version of the Blue Snowball… by this I mean that it simply has one polar pattern which is cardioid.

The whole body of the microphone is made out of plastic which, even though I don’t like plastic microphones, feels pretty sturdy.

Look wise it’s a completely different microphone than most of the ones out there since it’s just a round ball with a metal grille on the front.

It is a plug n’ play microphone compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, meaning that you just need to connect it and that’s it… it should be working.

The audio quality is great and it can be used even to record some instruments, like acoustic guitar, quite well.

With over 2000 positive reviews on Amazon, it’s definitely a microphone to consider.

What do you get in the box?

  • The Blue Snowball iCE Microphone
  • USB Cable
  • Tripod Mic Desk Stand

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 40 to 18,000 Hz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you’ll be able to see the price and all the reviews of the Blue Snowball iCE.

Fifine K670 USB Condenser Microphone

As far as the build quality goes, it’s not spectacular but it’s still great for being a microphone in this price range.

The body is all metal and so is the grille. The one thing I’d advice to be careful with is the grille since it does have a bit of give to it…

On the front it comes with a gain knob which allows you to control the level of the signal.

On the back you will find a headphone output which offers zero-latency monitoring which is actually quite useful.

The one issue with this is that there’s no way of actually controlling the volume of the headphone output, but it’s better than having none.

What do you get in the box?

The Fifine K670 USB Microphone

Microphone Clip

Desktop Mic Stand

USB Cable

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 50 to 15,000 Hz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz-48kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you’ll be able to see the price and all the reviews of the Fifine K670 Microphone.

And lastly…

TONOR USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone Kit Q9

This is a very similar kit to the one I previously mentioned from TONOR.

The difference is that this one doesn’t come with a power supply since the microphone can be directly connected through USB to your PC.

As far as the build quality goes, I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s got an all-metal body as well as a metal grille which doesn’t have any give to it whatsoever, even though it does feel a bit light, but so do all non-professional microphones.

The only feature it provides is the volume control on the front, other than that there’s no extra features on the mic.

The boom arm, which is included, is quite good and easy to use, while the shock mount actually does its job quite well.

Sadly, it doesn’t include a headphone output which would be ideal since being able to do some zero-latency monitoring can be very useful.

All in all, I think that this is an excellent alternative simply because the whole kit comes with everything you need to start recording; be it podcasts, YouTube videos, you name it.

What do you get in the box?

The TONOR Q9 USB Microphone

Foam Windscreen and Pop Filter

Shock Mount

Boom Arm

USB Cable

Specifications

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone type Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sample Rate 44.1kHz-48kHz
Bit Depth 16-bit
Connector USB

Here’s a link to Amazon where you’ll be able to see the price and all the reviews of the TONOR Q9 Microphone.

My Top Four Choices

Of the twelve microphones on this list I think that there are some that stand out, be it simply because of their sheer quality or because of their cost-efficiency.

The ones I’d recommend the most are;

  • Fifine 669B USB Mic: The reason is simply because of how cost efficient it is.
  • TONOR Q9 USB Mic Kit: The reason I choose this particular microphone is because the whole kit simply comes with everything you need to start recording.
  • Behringer C-1 XLR Mic: This one I chose mainly because of it’s tremendous recording quality. If you want a good sounding and affordable microphone, this one’s it.
  • Behringer XM1800S (3 Mic Set): While these may not be the best dynamic microphones on this list, the whole set is definitely extremely cost-efficient.

Like I mentioned earlier, XLR microphones require Phantom Power which will be provided by the Audio Interface or Mixer.

I’ve written a couple articles on the topic of Audio Interfaces which might be very useful to you, so make sure to check them out.

Conclusion

There are many more microphones out there, but the thing is that when you’re on a budget it’s hard to decide which one to get.

I hope this article made the decision easier for you and that you found the one mic that suited your needs.

I’d personally go with the Behringer C-1 for the simple fact that I own an Audio Interface… If you do too, I’d recommend that one.

Otherwise any on the ones in this list should be fine!

Have a wonderful day!

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