A high quality microphone will capture your best possible voice! A low quality microphone simply will not, and when compared the level of clarity is quite noticeable.
Working as a voice care specialist I have heard and reviewed a lot of people singing. Many of whom I can instantly classify as being not good because they sound like they are forcefully letting out their voice loudly due to the sheer fact that they are using a low quality microphone.
A low quality microphone won’t be able to pick up the details of the voice and also the singer can’t hear their voice very well from the speakers. Those are the main reasons why the voice sounds like its forcefully being let out resulting in shouting and sounding strained.
In fact, I guarantee your favorite singers as well as the most popular artists never uses a cheap microphone, for example in the range of costing around 10-50 dollars.
They use really high quality expensive microphones in order to make their voice sound its best and be heard well. But the reality is that many amateur and up and coming singers just can’t afford a high quality lavish microphone.
Even if you are an amazing vocalist and copy some singers to a ‘T’ in the exact right key and tone such as in Karaoke or when singing in a live local performance, it is still quite challenging to sound the same or better than the original song which was recorded using a high quality microphone. Don’t get discouraged!
Because … there is countermeasure! There is hope in offsetting those common issues, and some small tricks I will share with you now to get the most possible out of a cheap microphone. Cover the microphone head with palms of both hands and close to your mouth as much as possible between vocalizing. This tip will make it so your voice can be heard without having to shout or strain. You will also be able to hear your voice more from the speaker as well.
If you cover the area above and around your mouth surrounding the microphone head with the both hands in a cup shape when vocalizing lengthy and strong/powerful notes, that will prevent the microphone from catch the exiting breath escaping out of the sides giving the voice a more direct and clear sound. That action is projecting your voice into the proximal phalanx of your hands.
After becoming used to the above microphone hand forms, you can then practice controlling the tone and/or volume by opening and closing your fingers.
Please use those techniques to be able to adapt and sing successfully using any kind of microphone.