Twitch has become one of the most fun and popular platforms out there. It gives you the ability to live stream yourself playing video games, composing music, or doing almost anything else you can think of. There’s even a cop who streams from his patrol car (with permission from the department) and some mildly famous people who are, well, just going about their day.
What you watch on Twitch is really up to you, but how you watch it is what makes the platform great. Twitch allows incredible customization, including the ability to create custom emojis for the chat, accept donations, and use unique graphic templates. But none of that matters, if you can’t clearly hear the entertaining commentary of the streamer. After all, much of the fun is in typing a witty response to something going in the stream for others to read it.
Due to Twitch’s popularity and some of the inquiries we get, we’ve decided to create this list, highlighting of the best mics and accessories you can use for streaming. They run the gamut from more budget friendly to pro-level, but they will all get the job done, assuring you are heard loud and clear during your stream.
Mics for Streaming
The G-Track Pro is a USB microphone with an instrument input and mixer for recording two independent audio channels at one time. With the Samson G-Track Pro, dual 1″ large-diaphragm condenser capsules capture all the detail and nuance of your voice. It’s also good if you play an instrument on your stream. The G-Track Pro also includes a full-featured mixer, with independent controls for the mic and instrument volume controls, to optimize your mix.
Whether it’s streaming, podcasting, or recording, voices need to be handled with care. When purified and polished, every detail has more impact. That’s why the SM7B was built, to capture smooth, warm vocals that command the attention of the listener. The wide-range frequency response of the SM7B preserves the natural beauty of the sound it captures. With its detailed audio profile, words may travel far, but they always arrive at their destination with quality and clarity intact. The classic cardioid pattern is designed to reject off-axis audio, so you can sing or speak at a comfortable angle and it still grabs the sound just as you want it — with minimum coloration.
You may know Electro-Voice for their gorgeous speakers — and this microphone matches the quality you know them for. The RE20 is a dynamic cardioid microphone created especially for recording, broadcast, and sound-reinforcement applications which require essentially flat response over a very wide frequency range. For Twitch, this mic will give you delightful consistency, in all streaming scenarios. It’s built so while in use, singers can “close talk” the mic, with their lips almost touching it, and have no worry of pops or excessive sibilance. Part of the filter also shock mounts the internal microphone element, reducing the transfer of vibrations from external sources. This is a great option for pro streamers.
With this Yeti starter pack, you can create like a pro right away. The variety of sonic capabilities in this package comes from the USB mic, together with custom recording software from PreSonus and advanced studio vocal effects from iZotop. Also included in the package are custom Yeti Studio templates, which give you the ability to easily complete voice-overs, streams, and music recording. Bottom line — using the Yeti Studio means more productivity, more creativity, and more professional-level content for your Twitch channel, for a very affordable price.
If you’re on a tight budget, this is the mic for you. It’s got a sleek, futuristic style, and it conveys your voice with clarity. The cardioid pickup pattern helps reduce unwanted noise and you won’t need to download any drivers — simply connect the Meteor to your computer and you’re ready to record right out of the box. This large diaphragm USB microphone also allows you to plug your headphones directly into the Meteor, so you can hear the exact signal going to your recording software—super helpful for on the fly stream audio adjustments.
The AT2020USB+PK vocal microphone pack is designed for streamers, podcasters, and other content creators who need a versatile, easy-to-install, boom microphone. The pack includes an AT2020USB+ cardioid condenser USB microphone, a pair of ATH-M20x professional monitor headphones, and a studio boom arm threaded with a USB cable. The adjustable studio boom arm clamps securely to desks, tables, and other flat surfaces while offering 360-degree rotation and adjustable, spring-stabilized joints, the boom arm repositions quickly for optimal mic placement. At a moderate price point, you get everything you need to stream with a lot of quality.
Extras and Accessories for Streaming
If you already have a nice mic and want to start using it for streaming, this package has important accessories you might need. There’s a dual pro pop filter, with mesh and metal grill to protect your sound when you stream. The pop filter will assure no jumps or out of place sounds get through and interrupt your audio. There’s also a mic boom arm which attaches to most surfaces and moves easily and fluidly, to enable your streaming comfort.
If you want the best of the best in mic filters for your Twitch streaming, here it is. The Samson RC10 Reflection Filter works with your microphone to transform any home or studio recording space into a professional vocal booth. Featuring single-panel construction with an industry standard acoustic foam interior and aluminum framing, the RC10 rejects unwanted room noise and off-axis reflections, resulting in clear, crisp recordings.
The Samson MD2/PS05 bundle is another essential mic accessory pack for any desktop Twitch studio. The PS05 Microphone Pop Filter features a dual-layer 4.75″ nylon mesh screen that reduces the vocal popping sounds that occur during speech and singing, as well as protects the microphone from saliva. Once attached to any standard mic stand shaft or boom by the included C-clamp mount, the PS05 can be easily positioned to preference via an extra durable 7.25″ gooseneck. Additional fine-tune positioning is made possible by the filter’s ball joint mount, which offers 360° filter rotation. With this pack, plus a quality microphone, there’s no limit to how many people will show up in your chat.
There are a lot of awesome ways to customize your Twitch channel—not the least of which is what equipment you use. From the starter mics on the list, to the expert, classically recognizable names in mic technology, the choice is yours. Find whichever fits your budget and captures your unique voice (both literally and figuratively) and go make waves in the Twitch community.