The 5 Best Microphones for Smule (and How to Connect them) (2023)

You need a good microphone to get great audio recording quality on Smule, the popular karaoke app.

There are two options:

  • Get a good microphone (options below) and use a device such as the IK Multimedia iRig Pre HD to allow you to connect this to your phone.
  • OR you can get a quality mic like the Shure MV51 that plugs directly into your phone!

Dynamic microphones work better if you’re going to have a lot of background noise or the acoustics of your room are not very good.

Condenser microphones, on the other hand, are much more sensitive. They record with great quality, but you need to be in a quiet house and a room that’s not very echoey.

(The iRig Pre HD even supports condenser mics. Just hit the “phantom power” switch on the side of the device, and you are good to go!).

Here are our recommended options for the best microphones for Smule:

The 5 Best Microphones for Smule – Our Pick

1. Shure SM58
All Time Classic Mic - Very popular microphone. Dynamic mic. Quality sound.
2. Shure MV51
Easy Option - USB condenser microphone from a great brand that’s made for connection to your phone or tablet easily
3. AKG P120
Great Value Condenser - Condenser microphone that’s great for quality recording
4. Rode NT1-A
High-End Option - Full-packaged condenser mic, great sound quality.
5. Sennheiser E835
Good Quality Dynamic Mic - Standard and light dynamic microphone.

1. Shure SM58 (dynamic)

When you think about a microphone, chances are there is an image in your head that looks a lot like SM58. Shure’s model is one of the most used models in the world and for a good reason as well.

This is a dynamic vocal microphone, which allows for recording and emitting of both singing and speech as well. It comes with integrated wind and breath filters which combined with a hard metal grill do their job nicely. This is a great all-around microphone that will cover all of your needs and do it well.

2. Shure MV51 (condenser – plugs into your phone)

If you don’t want to get into all of the hassles of buying a microphone and interface and carry them around, but want to get a simple, all-in-one microphone, MV51 is your choice. This is a USB condenser microphone that is designed to be plugged straight into your phone.

It is really beautifully designed and has several very nice features, such as five different modes for recording according to your needs. You can connect it to your phone, tablet, or computer through a USB or lightning ports and it will work on iOS, Android, and Windows platforms easily.

3. AKG P120 (condenser)

AKG P120 is a great, quality-made, affordable microphone for everyday use. It is a condenser mic with a cardioid recording pattern. It has two switches to cut higher frequencies and can really record lower tones nicely.

This is a great microphone for anyone looking for a budget condenser mic. Whether you’re going to use this baby for singing or record a podcast or do something else, this is a great buy for any collection because of its quality/price ratio.

4. Rode NT1-A – (condenser)

Rode is a well-known name in the microphone world so it’s no surprise that it’s on this list. NT1-A is a great condenser mic that comes with everything you might need. It has a large recording head, meaning you’ll catch every sound you want.

The great thing is that it comes with a shock absorber and a pop filter. This means that you’ll be able to set it up for the best recording straight out of the box. Note that you’ll need to get a phantom power supply of 48v to use this mic.

See our video review about Rode NT1-A below:

5. Sennheiser E835 (Dynamic)

We finish off this list with another dynamic microphone from another well-known name in this industry. Sennheiser E835 is another iconic microphone that is well-known and loved around the world. This is the standard microphone that’s used for vocal and percussion recordings. It’s light and easy to use, as it doesn’t need any additional power.

The importance of using a pop-filter

If you’ve ever recorded something, you have noticed that on certain letters you can hear a pop when you say them in the microphone. This is a well-known effect of plosives – sounds that create a popping sound when being recorded straight into the microphone. This is the consequence of the air coming at really high speeds from your mouth when you say certain sounds. This high speeding air hits the microphone and creates that popping sound everybody hates.

To prevent this, people usually use pop filters – those circular meshes you can see in front of the microphones and you always wondered what those are exactly. Pop filters are really cheap these days and even if you don’t want to spend extra money, you can find really good tutorials online on how to make one yourself.

Also, check out our article on microphone stands if you need to get one.

Use this setup with other apps

Once you set up your recording equipment, you don’t have to use it just for Smule. This will work on any recording equipment, from your phone, computer, or even studio settings. Always keep in mind that this equipment is really easy to use and versatile, so play with it and see what you’ll get.

What is Smule?

Smule is a karaoke playing app. You can find it both for iOS and Android, and it’s the most popular karaoke app in the world. You can play it with your friends and you can also record and share videos of yourself singing for other members of the community to rate them and enjoy them.

You can choose from thousands of different songs from all ages and territories and adjust your voice through different filters and have different effects to set up your voice to sound just as you want it to.


We hope that this article was informative and helped you find the best microphone for Smule that suits your needs. Even though most people will use them just for karaoke, you don’t have to be restrained just to the Smule app – you can use it freely in different situations, experiment with them, and have fun!

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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