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If you have been anywhere near TikTok in the past year, then you’ve seen a mini microphone on your For You page. These teeny mics, which are often used for comedic value or general commentary, are undoubtedly a TikTok staple — and you can actually buy one for less than $10.
Sure, mini microphones have been around a while. Like many things on the internet, no one really knows who the originator of the trend is — and that’s even with in-depth oral histories on TikTok tiny microphones actually existing. Regardless, they are everywhere you scroll. While some use the mics for commentary on pop culture and random knowledge, other users, like popular TikToker @carathevettech, use the mics to interview wheezing dogs and purring cats. Yes, it’s as great as it sounds.
“I thought this could be perfect to produce ‘speaking to camera’ videos with a humorous touch,” influencer coach Lissette Calveiro recently told New York Magazine of her mic. She adds, “I tend to get a lot of comments from people saying, ‘It’s the mini-mic for me,’ or pointing out that they watched the video in full because they were entertained by the microphone.”
The majority of mini mics come with aux cords attached, hooking up to your phone or computer to record sound. Some even come with an app for mixing and mastering. That’s right, these mics aren’t only for a kitschy look. They actually amplify sound, functioning in the same way as a small lav-like microphone.
If you want a mini microphone for yourself (and your ever-growing TikTok aesthetic arsenal), check out these top-rated options below — all for under $10.
Tiny Microphone, $8.59
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