How to Make a Cheap Microphone Sound Professional

By Charlotte Johnson ; Updated September 26, 2017
You can improve the sound of a cheap microphone.

Musicians trying to get a start, school music programs and other burgeoning musical ventures tend to share a commonality of having limited finances. Sometimes this means having to use a cheap microphone rather than a quality one. Another scenario is that you may have to rely on a cheap microphone as a backup if your more expensive microphone unexpectedly stops working. Luckily, there are ways to make a cheap microphone sound like a model of a better quality.

Run the microphone through a quality amplifying system. Using a system that has multiple methods of adjusting bass, treble and mid-range frequencies can help you find a tone that makes your microphone sound better. For many cheap microphones, this means boosting the bass levels.

Use a slight reverb effect on your sound system. Reverb can create a professional sound even from an inexpensive microphone.

Link your microphone to a quality set of multiple speakers. Speakers that are of a good quality, along with surround sound positioning, can improve the tonal quality of the sound.

Set the microphone at a volume level that can be heard clearly when you speak in a normal tone with your mouth about two inches from the microphone. If the volume level is too low and you have your mouth too close to the microphone, you may get a muffled, noisy tone.

Place a microphone wind screen (sometimes called a "pop filter") between your mouth and the microphone. This improves the sound quality by reducing breath and lip noises.

About the Author

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.