Choosing the Best Dynamic MicrophoneBuying Guide

Explore the Best Dynamic Microphones for Every Genre and Budget

Whether you sing or play an instrument, an integral part of your live or recording setup is a good microphone. This guide will highlight some of the best dynamic microphones for live vocals, recording instruments, recording vocals, and best budget dynamic mics.

Before we get into details, let’s explore some popular questions musicians ask when putting together or expanding their studio or live rig.

Common Questions

When Buying a Dynamic Microphone

What is a dynamic microphone, and what’s the difference between dynamic and condenser mics?

There are several differences between dynamic and condenser mics—the two main types of microphones (click here for a full primer on microphone types). These differences include things like budget level, applications, and the mechanics of the mics themselves.

Dynamic mics, or moving coil mics as they’re also called, are the most basic type of microphone. Because there are no active electronics inside, they don’t require any external power (a.k.a. “Phantom Power”), and as a result, tend to be less expensive than condenser mics, generally speaking.

In terms of performance, Dynamic mics are typically less sensitive than condenser mics, making them less suited for capturing the nuances of acoustic instruments and delicate vocals or high frequencies. On the upside, their ability to handle high SPLs (sound pressure levels) makes them ideal for use with electric guitar amplifiers, drums and live/loud vocal performances.

What are some things to look for when considering a dynamic mic?

Musicians looking for a mic to use for a live performance or on tour will want to consider a combination of factors such as rugged construction, feedback rejection and how well a mic can make your vocals stand out on stage.

Studio musicians may want to look for microphones that provide warmth and clarity. And for musicians micing instruments such as guitars or drums, the ability to handle the aforementioned high SPL is key. Also of note: most of the mics in this guide feature a cardioid or supercardioid pickup pattern for off-axis rejection (more on pickup patterns here).

Keep in mind that there’s no one “best dynamic mic” for everyone; it comes down to your feature preferences, application and budget. That said, let’s explore some great options for a variety of scenarios below.

The Best Dynamic Microphones for Vocals

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High-End Dynamic Microphones

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The Best Dynamic Mics for Recording

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Drum- and Bass-Specific Dynamic Microphones

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