Building the future of audio production through engineering, community, & education.
176K+ subscribers

Home Recording Academy: Choosing the Best Microphone for Home Studios

When building a home recording studio, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of microphones you will add to your studio. Whether you’re recording in a small corner of one room in your house or converting your entire basement into a professional recording area, the microphones you choose will play a very large role in determining the sound of your space.

When it comes to choosing a studio microphone, the choices can seem overwhelming. From the different types of microphones to the different prices of each type, knowing what to choose can be a daunting task. But a basic understanding of the types of microphones available for a home recording studio is a great way to get started on the way to choosing the best mics for your studio.

There are two basic types of microphones you can choose from, a condenser microphone and a dynamic mic. Here we’ll look at the differences between the two, and which will work best for you studio, as well as why you should have both kinds if possible. Finally, we’ll also look at the properties of a USB microphone, which has become a standard of simple at home recording.

Condenser Microphone

A condenser microphone is generally going to have greater frequency response than a dynamic mic, and will therefore produce a more “accurate” sound for many audio sources. However, these mics have the downside of being more fragile and susceptible to distortion than their dynamic counterparts.

Condenser Microphone

Because of this they are better for recording low volume audio sources, such as vocals and acoustic instruments. They are also much more adept than dynamic mics at recording a source from a distance of more than a few inches.

There are two types of condenser microphones: large diaphragm and small diaphragm

Dynamic Microphone

Dynamic microphones are most often used in live concert settings because of their durability and relative inexpensiveness. However, these same

Dynamic Microphone

qualities make them great for studio use as well, particularly for loud sources like guitar amps and drums.

Of course they also are often used to record vocals. When it comes down to choosing the best microphone for a home recording studio, the choice often comes down to the best sounding microphone for your purposes that also fits into your budget. More than likely, purchasing microphones won’t be a one-time deal, and you’ll continually make addition to your microphone lineup for years to come.

USB Microphone

Lastly, a new kind of microphone has popped up in recent years, the USB microphone. Though these mics can be found in both condenser and dynamic forms, the difference is that they plug directly into your computer’s USB port rather than a typical XLR input.


USB microphones first became popular for podcasts, but some also use them for recording things like acoustic guitars and vocals at home without the need for an audio interface. The sound quality of these mics will not be as good as a dynamic mic or condenser microphone run through a preamp, but it can be great for those just getting started in home recording.

Sage Audio Membership

Make Pro Songs

Welcome to Sage Audio — where we’ve been providing top-tier studio mastering services and audio education for over two decades now. We understand the challenges of achieving that elusive "professional" sound and are committed to helping you attain it in your own mixes and masters.

That’s why we created the Sage Audio Membership™.

Just for signing up, you receive 10 free mastered songs per month with your own dedicated mastering engineer, unlimited mixing feedback, and access to Sage Audio University™ mixing and mastering courses - which include start-to-finish walkthrough sessions for various genres and 35 multitrack sessions for hands-on practice.

This platform is supported by our thriving community and tight-knit network of audio engineers. Every day, we see and hear great wins in the membership from both new and seasoned engineers, noticing a huge improvement in their mixes and masters after joining.

There are 6 unique value-points inside the Sage Audio membership, so let’s go over each one so you can decide if it’s the right fit for you.

1. 10 Free Mastered Songs Per Month

2. Unlimited Mixing Feedback

3. Sage Audio University™ (SAU) — (Mixing and Mastering Education Platform)

4. Sage Audio Community

5. 700+ In-depth Sage Audio Mixing and Mastering Videos

6. 70+ GB of Curated Sage Audio Downloadable Content, Including:

Join the Membership with a 70% Lifetime Discount = $15 /month.

See you inside,
— Sage