Best USB Microphones For Audio Production In Churches, Schools, And DIY Podcasters

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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.

Our Top 3 USB Microphone Picks

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.

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Satin Red

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$109.00 $129.00

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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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black

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Best USB Microphone For Voiceovers

Once again, if you are just recording voice and want solid vocal depth, then I recommend the Rode Podcaster above. 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.

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Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Cardioid Broadcast Microphone

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Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone, Multipattern

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$229.79 $249.00

Best USB Microphone Under 100 Dollars

Prices change over time with competition and with new models replacing old models. That being said, if you are looking for a USB microphone that is in the 100 dollar price range, then I recommend this mic.

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Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone (Black) with Studio Headphones and Knox...

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Best USB Microphone Under 50 Dollars

Honestly, I don’t have a lot of faith in cheap budget USB Microphones. I believe you get what you pay for. However, I do understand that some people are on a really limited budget. So if you are going to go this route, then I suggest but do not recommend that you check out this USB Microphone.

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USB Microphone,Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone For Laptop MAC Or Windows Cardioid...

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$29.99 $31.99

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 which USB microphone is best for you.

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.