Choosing the right microphone can be a daunting task, as there are lots of different ones out there. Each is built for a different purpose, and they range in price from, $15 to $1000 and more. How do you pick the right one?

If you need a basic one that’s just a step up from your built-in mic, the Blue Snowball is probably a good pick. It’s small, affordable, and easy to setup. It’s a USB mic which means it can plug right into your computer and be ready to go.

If you’re looking for better quality because you want to do a podcast, the Blue Yeti is a great beginner mic. At just over $100, it won’t break the bank, and it’s a USB mic too, which means setup is minimal. Pay attention to the dials on the mic though; they will affect your sound quality.

Finally, if you want a next-level setup, try the Shure SM7B Dynamic mic. It’s studio-grade quality and used by a lot of pros. Since it’s a XLR mic, you will also need an interface to plug it into your computer. Check out our post on interfaces to get started there.