The best microphone isolation shield doesn't cost a lot, but it can really boost the quality of any audio that you're recording or streaming. And that means that if you're podcaster, a YouTuber, a Twitch streamer, musician, singer or just someone who wants to sound clear on important business calls, you should consider buying one.
As the name suggests, a microphone isolation shield surrounds your mic and uses dense and uneven materials to soak up unwanted ambient sounds, so you can capture your main audio without interference. It will mean there's less echo and background noise, and make for a more balanced and professional sound overall.
So what are the best microphone isolation shields? There are a lot to choose from, so in the list below we've curated our top picks, and give you the info you need to choose between them. Meanwhile, if you need to upgrade your mic too, check out our guide to the best microphone for vlogging and filmmaking.
Over the course of the 2010s, sE Electronics became the industry standard in reflection filters, with the launch of the hugely popular Reflexion Filter PRO and the cheaper, entry-level model sE Electronics Reflexion Filter X. But if you're really serious about your sound, we'd recommend investing in their top-end model, the SPACE Vocal Shield. Quite simply, it's the best microphone isolation shield you can buy today.
That's partly down to attention to detail: each filter is hand-crafted, rather than being mass-produced, making for high build quality and durability. It's partly because of the superior mounting hardware, which allows the SPACE to be easily mounted, with a full range of motion: adjustable and lockable horizontally, vertically, and tilted at any angle.
But mainly it's because it's a great performer, thanks to a large surface area, deep air gaps, efficient materials, and enhancement of sE’s proprietary multi-layer technology. All that adds up to a level of full-bandwidth absorption, isolation, and diffusion that makes your audio just sound great.(opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a microphone isolation shield around the mid-price range, then we suggest checking out this fine choice from On-Stage, another big name in the industry.
This vented aluminum surround panel, constructed with a metal frame and a two-inch layer of acoustic foam, mounts securely to your mic's stand, and there's an additional shaft to help you get it to the perfect height (from 0.5 to five inches).
In action, it does an admirable job of shielding your mic from background noise and sound reflections. And its solid yet lightweight construction makes it easy to transport, set up, and tear down. The only issue is that it's so light, at less than a kilo, that it may need counterweighting, depending on your setup and how much you move around while recording.(opens in new tab)
Short of cash, but still want something that's going to do a decent job? Then check out this microphone isolation shield from Aokeo.
This mic shield consists of four panels, including two folding panels. And with its steel construction and inside layer of cotton insulation, it does a solid job of reducing sound reflection during recordings.
The folding panel design makes it very flexible and easy to adjust. However, note that it's not the biggest (at 30.91 x 29.49 x 11.51cm), and so you might need something bigger for your home studio setup. Conversely, though, its compact design, lightweight construction and foldability make it lovely and portable, if you want something to take on the road.(opens in new tab)
Another surprisingly affordable choice, the Sound Shield Compact from Marantz is a professional vocal reflection filter designed to mount to a microphone stand, via its integrated shock mount connector and separate adapter.
Its high-density acoutic foam works well to reduce ambient sound and give you clean recordings. And its two folding metal panels and light weight make it a good choice for using both at home and out in the field. Weighing 1.8kg, it should hit the right balance between portability and stability for most setups.(opens in new tab)
If you're looking for an inexpensive solution for recording music vocals, then let us point you towards the Auralex MudGuard V2. Its proprietary convex design diverts internal shell reflections away from your mic and does a great job of reducing unwanted overtones and excess noise. As does the non-perforated solid back, which blocks reflected sound from your recording environment.
The included mounting kit makes it easy to fix to most mic stands and adjust it appropriately. Overall, this is an excellent choice for vocals, whether you're recording them on their own or with other instruments in the room. And should you be recording other work like podcasts, it will work just as well for that, too.(opens in new tab)
Looking for a curved, metal microphone isolation shield, but don't have the kind of cash to buy number one on our list? Then here's a good alternative. This reasonably priced device from Neewer combines various types of soundproofing foams and aluminium sheets to break up unwanted reflections, noises and echoes in your recording environment.
It's not really suitable for desk use (it would be too low), but it's mountable on most conventional microphone stands, via either the 3/8-inch or 5/8-inch thread adapter included in the box. Once you've done that, the support bar of the microphone isolation shield can be adjusted up and down to find the best recording height.(opens in new tab)
Need to alternate between using your shield on a desk and attaching it to a mic? Then this microphone isolation shield from Monoprice is a great choice. It comes with a dual clamp mounting bracket, which attaches to booms or stands up to one-and-a-quarter inches in diameter. There are also two outer panels, which can be folded inward for creating a tighter acoustic isolation chamber. Furthermore, it can be used in a normal upright orientation or can be inverted, so that the microphone hangs down inside the chamber.
However you position it, though, it performs the job admirably. Its acoustic foam front and vented metal back plate work together well to let your mic 'breathe' and prevent reflections within the arc of the shield.(opens in new tab)
Another first-class microphone isolation shield from Neewer, this one comes with a metal tripod that makes it easy to position it anywhere and everywhere. Alternatively, you can unscrew the tabletop ‘foot’ section and then fix it to a standard mic stand using the included attachments.
Combining an ABS plastic cover with high density noise-absorbing acoustic foam, this microphone isolation shield effectively diffuses the acoustic waves around your mic and keeps the sound from bouncing back towards it.(opens in new tab)
Here's another great choice at the cheaper end of the market. This foldable microphone isolation shield from LyxPro combines lightweight aluminum and EVA foam panels to absorb unwanted noise in your room effectively. It comes with mounting hardware that's suitable most recording equipment and mic stands. And it's lightweight and easy to break down when you want to take it on the road with you. The setup instructions could be clearer, but otherwise this is very good value for such a low price.(opens in new tab)
Are you seriously counting the pennies? Then you'll want the cheapest microphone isolation shield you can find. In which case, the best deal we can find right now is the Moukey Microphone Isolation Shield, which is just US$39.99 / £34.99 on Amazon at time of press.
Constructed from premium steel, this has an absorbing layer of cotton on the inside, with a decent level of thickness. Consequently, it does a very acceptable job of sound-proofing and absorption.
You can either mount it on a mic stand, or set it on a table. And while there's nothing especially amazing about it, to get a good-quality microphone isolation shield for such a low price is quite amazing in itself.
Is a microphone isolation shield worth using?
If you're streaming, podcasting or recording video or audio, then a microphone isolation shield is definitely worth using. By isolating your mic from surrounding noise and using special materials to absorb these sound waves, it will improve the quality of your audio and make your voice sound clearer, crisper and more professional. If you're in a soundproofed, quiet studio these differences will be nuanced and minimal, but they will still make a difference. And if you're recording in a hotel room, a meeting room or anywhere else where you'll experience ambient noise, it can be worth its weight in gold.
How do you choose the right microphone isolation shield for you?
Deciding which microphone isolation shield to buy depends on a number of factors. The first is where you want it to be: sat on your desk, or mounted to your mic stand? For the latter, you'll need appropriate mounting accessories in the box, along with your microphone isolation shield.
Also consider weight. If you're only ever going to use a microphone isolation shield on your desk, you may prefer a heavier weight to avoid it tipping over. However, if you travel a lot, you may favor a lighter, more portable weight. You might also prefer a foldable style, to make your microphone isolation shield more compact and easier to fit in a bag.
Size is also something to think about. You want your microphone isolation shield to be large enough to capture unwanted sound sufficiently, but not too big that it doesn't fit on your desk properly, or obscures the screen you're reading your script from.
What's the best microphone isolation shield?
For most people, the best microphone isolation shield you can buy today is the SPACE Vocal Shield from sE Electronics (opens in new tab). Each filter is hand-crafted, making for high build quality and durability. It's easily mounted, with a full range of motion: adjustable and lockable horizontally, vertically, and tilted at any angle. And it's a great performer overall, thanks to its large surface area, deep air gaps, efficient materials, and proprietary multi-layer technology. Be warned, though, as premium product, it does cost more than the average microphone isolation shield.
What's the best cheap microphone isolation shield?
If you're on a budget, we recommend Aokeo's Professional Studio Recording Microphone Isolation Shield (opens in new tab). The inside of the microphone shield is made of absorbent cotton, which does a great job of reduce sound reflection and ensuring a clear, dry sound, despite its relatively affordable price.
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