Looking for a budget microphone to start making videos? Perhaps the microphone I mention in this video below might be just for you.
tldw – too long, didn’t watch.
The microphone is
- cardiod i.e. directional
- can be plugged in to smartphone, dslr, and audio recorder
- doesn’t require any battery
I tested the microphone in windy conditions on this video.
Side by side comparison test audio recorded into smartphone. I’ll keep this a blind test. Listen to the audio and decide which sounds better to you. It is best to use headphones to hear the difference.
The sound clips are 40 seconds long.
Original unedited wav files from smartphone
Recording #1 (Download Recording #1)
Recording #2 (Download Recording #2)
Audio after editing
Recording #1A (Download Recording #1A)
Recording #2A (Download Recording #2A)
Let me know which recording sounds better to you, in the comments below.
Update 2018 Oct –
You can read from the comment below, Dave mentioned that the Rode Videomic is better value to him i.e. longer warranty from a well known brand for not much more money. This depends on where you live. In some countries, the Rode is only slightly more expensive that the Boya and based on what I’ve heard, the Boya is a tad louder.
A viewer on my channel wrote he didn’t have a good experience with the Boya BY-MM 1. The microphone made all kinds of horrible noise from day one. I think, he probably received a faulty unit.
That happens and that is why warranty is important especially for microphones, regardless of whether it is an expensive or a budget model from whatever brand. You can see the reviews on Amazon for the Rode. Plenty of 1 and 2 star ratings.
The first microphone I purchased years ago worked for a week before dying. No doubt it was a budget mic, but it was from one of the well known brands. I returned it for another unit, and the replacement worked until today.
My Boya still work well 6 months from the day I got it. I hope this has been helpful for you if you are looking for a budget microphone.
Although I don’t consider myself an expert, after testing and making videos and audio for a while, I have this much to say. Assuming the microphone isn’t faulty, whatever microphone you use, you need to know how a few things.
One is positioning the mic properly in a suitable environment. Recording in a noisy environment is just asking for trouble. The next thing is tweaking the audio or processing it.
After I processed my audio, it usually sounds a whole lot better. You can check out my course on using Audacity to improve you audio.
If you do buy the Rode or the Boya, let me know how was it for you. It will help others thinking of getting into making videos either for YouTube or for their business.