- Discovering The Best USB Microphones
- Popular Questions About USB Microphones.
- Best USB Microphones
- Which USB Microphone Is Right For You?
Discovering The Best USB Microphones
Producing great sound in your audio productions, whether it for your church video announcements, or your school projects, or for aspiring podcasters can be a little tricky. There are good USB microphones and some real junk out there.
That is why I decided to make a list of the best USB microphones for you to choose from as you are starting out in your audio production endeavor.
The difference between recording with your computer’s built-in microphone and recording with a quality USB microphone is like night and day. It is incredible how much better the sound quality is.
I spent hours researching and testing each product so my list of USB mics is the best that can be found on the internet. My research included streaming microphones, podcasting microphones, gaming microphones, and USB mics for voiceovers.
I am sure there are other categories that USB mics can be good for, but these are the categories that people ask me the questions the most about.
For those of you that are in a hurry, I will start with a list of just the best choices. Then we will go down and go more in-depth afterward.
Ever since I started out being a webmaster on the internet, I have been asked a lot of questions about video production and podcasting. After a while, it became apparent that people had a lot of the same questions. So I thought this would be a good place to try to answer the most popular questions people have.
Popular Questions About USB Microphones.
Is a USB microphone good for recording vocals?
Yes and no. There is no easy answer to this question. If you are talking about recording voice and not singing, then you can get a good quality USB microphone for recording your voice for things like voiceovers, podcasting, and live streaming. However, if you are talking about recording singing, then you can only go so far with a USB microphone. It will be of adequate quality but I would not call it studio quality.
What is the best USB microphone for podcasting?
This again depends on what you are going to be doing. If you are going to be interviewing people, sharing the microphone, or recording background audio, then I suggest you go with a USB microphone with multiple polar patterns. If however, you know that you are just going to be recording your voice, then you should go with a dynamic microphone with a cardioid (front facing) polar pattern.
What is the best USB microphone for rapping?
Rapping is a strange beast all to its own. I am not a rapper so I had to ask a couple of my friends what they thought about the types of mics to use when rapping. All of them agreed that you should use a cardioid microphone for rapping. You also want one that can take a lot of variance in sound levels since rapping combines speech with singing and each type has a different sound level when performed.
You will want to stay with the top name brands when you are recording rap. Neumann, Rode, or Audio Technica are good brands to rap with.
What is the best microphone for computer recording?
This question really can be answered in two ways. If you are talking about the easiest, then USB microphones are the easiest to use for computer recording. However, if you are talking about the absolute best for sound quality, then I suggest you drop the idea of a USB mic and go for a standard XLR mic and an audio interface. You will get much higher quality audio with an XLR mic.
Best USB Microphones
Ok, so here is my list of the best USB microphones you can use for your church, school, podcast, live stream, or any other function that needs the ability to record audio to a computer or laptop.
Overall Best USB Microphone 2019
In deciding the best overall USB microphone, I have to go with the Blue Yeti. Not because it always excels in every area over others but because dollar for dollar it is the best in a reasonable price range.
- BUNDLE INCLUDES: Blue Microphones Yeti Professional Multi-Pattern USB Microphone (Crimson Red) with Knox Gear TX-100 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones and Knox Gear Pop Filter for Yeti Microphones
- TOTAL CONTROL: Yeti features studio controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute and microphone gain—putting you in charge of every level of the recording process. The microphone comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to listen to what you're recording in real-time, without latency delays
- INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Yeti lets you adjust and pivot the microphone in relation to the sound source, which optimizes your sound quality. Simply hand-tighten the set knobs to secure mic in place. The microphone can also be folded down for easy portability or removed from base
- START RECORDING QUICKLY: Yeti was designed with a convenient, no-hassle workflow in mind. Set up in seconds with the included desktop stand or connect directly to a mic stand. Adjust microphone gain, pick up pattern, headphone volume, or mute/unmute with easy-to-reach controls. And record in comfort with Yeti’s side-address operation
- BLUE MICROPHONES AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
Best USB Microphone For Gaming
With a frequency response of 20 Hz-20 kHz, the USB+ has a 16-bit depth and 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, the Audio Technica AT2020+ is by far the best USB microphone for gaming and streaming your action on Twitch.
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- Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
- High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kiloHertz sampling rate for superb audio
- Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
- Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre recorded audio
- High output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall
- Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X
Best USB Microphone For Voiceovers
Once again, if you are just recording voice and want solid vocal depth, then I recommend the Rode Podcaster which has since been discontinued. However, if you think that there may be multiple people in your voiceover, like in a play or video production, then I suggest the Blue Yeti Pro.
- Three custom condenser capsules and four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional
- Cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for use with professional studio mixers and preamps
- Built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain
- 15 Hz - 22 kHz frequency response. Headphone Amplifier: Signal to Noise 114dB. Yeti Pro is not capable of simultaneous analog and digital operation. To ensure proper operation, only connect the digital (USB) or analog (XLR) connectors at any given time. In the event Yeti Pro becomes unresponsive, simply unplug all connections for 10 seconds and re-connect your Yeti Pro with the desired output cable.
- 192 kHz/24 bit Sample/Word. Proprietary capsule design to capture sounds with detail and articulation
Which USB Microphone Is Right For You?
Honestly, that question depends upon you, your need, your desired outcome, and your budget. When buying a USB Microphone, keep these factors in mind.
- Your budget. Don’t out cheap yourself. Don’t just buy because it is inexpensive. Buy because it is the right microphone for the right job.
- Understand the difference between microphones and what they will accomplish. It doesn’t do you any good to get the best USB microphone for recording music if you are going to be using it primarily for gaming.
- If you really need high quality then I suggest you skip USB microphones and go for XLR microphones with an audio interface or a digital mixer.
I hope this list has helped you in narrowing down the best USB microphones for you.