Best Microphones By Type

There are plenty of different microphone types on the market today. In my work as an audio engineer in studios; on location; in broadcast, and on stage, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different kinds of microphones.

Though it’s difficult to choose the best microphones of a certain type in a vacuum (without a specific application), there are a few microphones that shine in their respective categories.

Note that I, of course, have a personal bias toward some microphones I am more familiar with. Also, note I do not personally own many of these microphones but have worked professionally with quite a few. For those that I haven’t worked with yet, I feel comfortable recommending them by the testament of their popularity; their praise from other engineers, audiophiles and musicians, and the audible results of their use on records.

With that being said, here is the list of My New Microphone’s best microphones by type: