YouTube Mic: The best High-quality mic for just 100$

ZOOM-H1n-Review

Audio is a very important part of video production! Sound is an element that is often ignored in video production and it’s certainly just as important as good quality footage.

Your audience might forgive a blurry, out of focus image but they won’t forgive bad sound because if you can’t clearly hear what a person is saying, then you’re not going to be to engaged with what they are talking about.

In a video, 80% of the information comes from the sound, so without good audio, it is unlikely your message is going to get across to the audience.

In this blog post, I’m going to help you discover the best microphone for YouTube! After reading this blog post you will understand what makes a microphone great for YouTube and be able to confidently purchase your next microphone!

Fortunately, it’s very easy to get great quality sound today because high-quality microphones have become very affordable!

My experience with microphones

Over the years I have bought and used a number of microphones. Check out the below Instagram post where I share some of my most used microphones.

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Here are all the microphones that I have used for podcasting and creating videos! No doubt you will recognise all of them! I followed a lot of bad advice online about which is the best microphone and I ended up spending close to 20grand (INR) on audio equipment alone! but I have found that there is one microphone that does a great job all round and is available right now for a very affordable price! I want to help you avoid spending unnecessary amounts of money on testing out different #microphones ! Check out my article "The Best Mic For Creating YouTube Videos or Podcasts" on pramodgeorge.com (coming soon) @Audiotechnica #pge #youtube #equipment #video #entrepreneur #onlinebusiness #passiveincome #interview

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I first bought Audio Technica ATR2100 way back in 2015. It still provides the highest quality audio of any mic that I have ever used.

Later I bought the RODE video mic me and the RODE video mic pro.

I finally bought the Zoom H1n in 2018.

The Zoom H1n

The new H1n is the ultimate take-anywhere recorder for every creator’s gear bag.

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The Zoom H1n

Before I start to explain why it is the best microphone for YouTube, take a look at it’s introduction video and see if you can figure out why I feel this way about this microphone!

Zoom H1n Introduction Video

How much should you pay?

I got the Zoom H1n on SALE for about ₹6500 or $119.

If you find the Zoom H1n retailing for anywhere around these prices, BUY IT without hesitation!

You can see the latest prices by clicking here.

What’s in the box?

The Zoom H1n arrives in a pretty simple package and unboxing the Zoom H1n is pretty uneventful!

In the box, you get

  1. The Zoom H1n recorder
  2. Two AAA batteries
  3. Instruction Manuals
  4. Licenses for Qbase and _____ softwares

Why the Zoom H1n is awesome!

#1: Works for all kinds of YouTube Videos

In the past, we needed to buy microphones based on the kind of videos that we intended to make. Audio is a nuanced beast and different mics perform better in certain environments. In your search, you might have already come across the below more famous types of microphones! 

  1. USB microphones: For Podcasting and home video recording.
  2. Lavalier microphones: For interviews and talking head styled videos
  3. Shotgun microphones: For interviews and/ or vlogging type videos

Fortunately, the Zoom H1n combines all these microphones in perfect harmony! Before I had the Zoom H1n, I had to do a lot of research to understand the different kind of microphones and their pickup patterns and where they worked the best, but with the Zoom H1n, all that is history!

The Zoom H1n has Stereo X/Y 90˚, Bi-Directional condenser microphones which can record great quality audio in almost all situations!

Whether you’re recording all by yourself in a quite room or randomly interviewing people on the street, the Zoom H1n is the answer!

But wait, am I really saying this mic can do everything? Well, within normal circumstances, actually yes!

Well, of course, there are mics that do a better job, but they cost way over 1000-2500 USD mark! Phew!

Interviewing a random person on the street

#2: Self sufficient audio recording setup

Lots of other microphones need an external power source to work and a storage device to actually record the audio!

This is where the Zoom H1n is different. The Zoom H1n is a complete microphone + recorder.

It can record high-quality audio all by itself without the need to carry around a laptop/ phone and long wires to connect them all together!

This is a huge advantage because it helps save time during shoots!


Finally, when you buy the Zoom H1n, here are some videos from Julian Krause where he explains how to use the H1n with the best settings

What did you think?