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.
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. Regardless of your audio situation, this mic can handle it: a cardioid setting for singing and talking solo, bidirectional setting for two person interviews and podcasts, as well as omnidirectional for a full room of individuals. The best thing of all is you can plug this right into your smart device as a microphone without needing additonal power; the smart device does it for you!
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 your room isn’t sound treated appropriately, it can only help you to have an isolation shield when recording vocals. Between the vented aluminum surround panel and 2″ thick acoustic foam, you’ll be able to block out any unwanted background noise so you have a clear audio recording, making EQing your mix a breeze! The ASMS4730 also includes a mounting bracket so you can easily place your microphone in front of the shield.
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.