Since their inception year ago, USB microphones have remained sought-after musical accessories. Unlike their traditional jacked counterparts, they are powerful and have easy-to-use USB plug-and-play systems that offer value for years. They are also durable, have well-engineered systems, and are attainable in a plethora of interesting designs and sizes that work well for individuals of all cadres. If you are a backup vocalist and or shopping for a new USB microphone for recording voice-overs and or online podcasts, here are our picks of the 10 best to buy in 2017:
- 10. Logitech USB Desktop Microphone
- 9. Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
- 8. Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone
- 7. Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone
- 6. Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
- 5. CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording USB Microphone
- 4. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB USB/XLR Cardioid Microphone
- 3. Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
- 2. Samson Go Mic Portable Condenser USB Microphone
- 1. Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone (Black)
10. Logitech USB Desktop Microphone
A sought-after product in stores, this USB microphone by Logitech is an advanced musical accessory with a stylish black and silver theme that does not lose its appeal over time. This microphone is plug and play. It has an advanced digital technology that improves sound quality and projection, and has an innovative noise-cancelling technology that discriminates noise from sound to improve quality further. If cash is a challenge, this microphone is affordable, has an adjustable design that works well for individuals of all stature, and has an integrated power switch that eases usage.
9. Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB is an advanced side-address condenser USB microphone with an innovative cardioid technology that works better than most comparable ones. Its plug and play USB output is easy to use. The superior sound quality and higher voice projection that it offers makes it an ideal accessory for voice-overs, home studio recording, and or field recording, while its built-in headphone jacks allows users to monitor signal output in real time and then make the necessary changes. With an original, users also get easy to use volume controls, a quality AD converter with 44.1/ 48 kHz sampling rate, and a compact and portable construction with cardioid patterns that lower pick-up of noise and or unwanted sounds from its rear and sides.
8. Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone
This Blackout edition of the acclaimed Yeti line of USB microphones by Blue Microphones is a well-made accessory with a high-powered tri-capsule array that not only records but also projects sound output well in all environments. This USB microphone has a reliable plug and play technology. Its advanced design supports omnidirectional, bidirectional, cardioid, and stereo sound output. Its unique positional design is novel, while its zero latency system and integrated gain and mute button makes it an ideal model for podcasting, recording voice-overs, vocal projection, and for interviewing.
7. Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone
Snowball by Blue Microphones is an aesthetic gloss black USB microphone with a pressure gradient condenser and clear USB digital output. It has omnidirectional and cardioid polar patterns, a high word rate (44.1 kHz) at 16 bits, and a light (460g) and portable construction that benefits individuals that travel often. Whether you are a background vocalist and or shopping for a USB microphone for voice work and or podcasting, Snowball never disappoints. It is affordable, plug-and-play, and has an adjustable microphone that works excellently with both Windows and Mac computers.
6. Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
Recommended for vocalists, recording voice-over, and podcasting in homes and office environments, Samson Meteor Mic by Samson Technologies is a multi-functional chrome-themed USB studio microphone with a large 25mm diaphragm and a flat frequency response (20Hz-20 kHz) that guarantees smooth and clear sound projection when in use. It also has a high resolution (44.1/48 kHz at 16-bit), a 1/8-inch no latency headphone jack for monitoring signal output in real time, and a compact, portable, and durable design that serve users well for years.
5. CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording USB Microphone
Featuring a large condenser element and a cardioid pick up pattern that isolates noise and background sound, CAD U37 is a professional-grade USB recording microphone that generates rich recordings whilst in use. It is durable, has an extended and smooth frequency response, and has an innovative 10dB overload protection that minimizes sound distortion from loud sound sources. It also has a bass-reduction switch for reducing room noise and a Windows and Mac-compatible U37 design that plugs into all available USB ports in personal computers (PCs), laptops, and even notebooks.
4. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB USB/XLR Cardioid Microphone
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB is a dynamic USB/XLR cardioid microphone with a light handheld design that does not weigh down users. It is durable, processes analogue (XLR) and digital (USB) outputs well, and has a smooth frequency response perfect for field recording, home studio recording, podcasting and performing during live events. Users also get a headphone jack for monitoring sound output, a durable and portable construction, and Cardioid polar pattern that prevents performers from picking up noise and unwanted sounds.
3. Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
As the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone reviewed herein, AT2020USB PLUS by Audio-Technica is an advanced condenser microphone with an easy to use USB plug and play system that works well with both Windows and Mac computers. It is durable, has a high-performance condenser perfect for digital recording, and a built-in A/D converter with a superb 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. Other notable features are its built-in headphone jack for monitoring signals in real time, a mix control console for blending pre-recorded audio with microphone signals, and a high-throughput internal headphone amplifier that boosts musical detail and sound clarity.
2. Samson Go Mic Portable Condenser USB Microphone
Light and with a well-engineered design, Samson Go Mic by Samson Technologies is a portable high-performance condenser USB microphone with a Windows and Mac compatible plug-and-play design that does not lag nor malfunction over time. It is durable, has a noise isolating patterns, and is and ideal USB microphones for field recording, podcasting, or use with voice recognition software.
1. Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone (Black)
Without a doubt one of the best digital condenser microphones on the market, Shure MV5 is a thing of beauty. It boasts the Apple MFi certification for use on any device running on the iOS platform. And the best part is that you don’t need an additional connection kit or adapters to have it working.
Other features that make it tick include an integrated output for real-time monitoring and3 DSP preset modes. You can also custom tune it for a crystal clear audio output. For a unit that sells for less than a hundred bucks, it has everything you’d want for a stellar podcasting or video chat experience.