8 Best Dynamic Microphones Reviewed [2020]

best dynamic microphones reviewed

Here’s what we love about dynamic microphones:

  • They can handle cranked up volume levels without blowing the mic capsule.
  • They’re great for vocals
  • And personally, I love using them to record my snares

In this article, we’ll review the 8 best dynamic mics for sale today.

Ready? Let’s get started…

The 8 Best Dynamic Microphones Reviewed

Best Dynamic Microphones Buyer’s Guide

best dynamic microphones buyers guide

What to look for when buying a dynamic microphone?

Usage

We’ve said before how important it is to choose your next mic based on your individual needs. 

Your choice of dynamic microphone is particularly important since it’ll probably be the tool you turn to the most. You’ll want your microphone to be capable of handling a variety of sources, especially if you’re on a budget. 

Although all dynamic microphones can handle loud sources, many of them are actually best for live performances. Still, if you look at properties like feedback tolerance, some mics will do this better than others.

Just as some of the dynamic mics we’ve mentioned are best for amps or instruments, others are better for voice or live performances. 

Check out a comparison video of the three Shure mics that we’ve reviewed in our guide: 

Shure SM57 vs SM58 vs SM7b Comparison (Versus Series)

Character

Just like people, mics tend to have their own character.

When you’re considering which dynamic mic to use on your snare, you tend to have a general idea of how you want the snare to sound. Some dynamic mics will give you a papery, mid-driven sound, while others may capture a more boomy sound. 

Check out this snare mic shootout video here to hear the difference in sound between 15 different mics:

Snare Mic Shootout V2

Maybe you want to mic your electric guitar cabinet to capture a specific amp sound. Certain microphones favor specific frequencies, which makes them better for certain genres of music. You’ve seen some of this reflected in our list above.

Different mics will produce different results. If you’re mostly using your dynamic mic for drums, amps, and instruments, make sure the tone sits well with you. 

Why Dynamic?

Quite simply, dynamic mics are built like bulldozers and can handle extremely loud sources. They’re versatile both on stage and in the studio. 

Generally, if you need your mic to record amps, drums, loud rock vocals, then you’ll definitely need a dynamic mic. 

If you’re mostly looking to record vocals and want to capture crispy highs and detailed low end, check out our Best Condenser Microphones guide. 

Connectivity

More and more people every day start their own podcast, whether from their bedroom, studio, or another location. Podcasting is a whole different animal than recording and production. If you’re a new podcaster, you might not be aware that most dynamic microphones are fed with XLR cables -- so you’d need a recording interface to use those. However, if you don’t have one of those and would like to start podcasting on a budget, there are USB compatible dynamic mics.

This will allow you to plug into your computer via USB and start podcasting without having to buy a recording interface first.

Conclusion

Well, we’ve come to the end of our guide -- here’s a summary of our picks. 

We think the Shure SM58 is the best dynamic mic for most people for four simple reasons: it’s cheap, it’s rugged, it works well in front of anything, and it performs well both live and in a studio environment. 

Our premium pick is the Sennheiser MD 421 II. This mic is what engineers have called “the one” when asked to pick one dynamic microphone for their studio, and we couldn’t agree more. 

And if you’re on a budget, we recommend the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB. It sounds good and comes with plenty of accessories. It also has a headphone jack for direct monitoring, as well as a USB connection. Low price and good value for the money.

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