July 20, 2020

Top 5 Best USB Microphones For Podcasts:

By Ankush Kohli

You like to tell stories to different people, and you love doing podcasts, then microphones are a must to buy. But with a lot of range in receivers, it is obvious to get confused. If you are looking for the best USB microphones, then we are here to help you.

Here are the top 5 microphones that can be taken into consideration-

Samson Q2U – $59.

Features of the Product

  • It is best for both worlds as it can handle dynamic microphone with the help of USB digital output and XLR analog to connect with a mixer, portable PA system, or audio interface
  • You can sound your best with the help of dynamic microphone capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern which captures sound from the front of the mic and fewer sounds from side and rear
  • You can hear yourself without delay or echo with the help of onboard 1/8″ (3.5mm) jack which allows zero-latency
  • Do not require any particular driver to connect with your computers.
  • The pack contains an extended desktop stand with a mic clip, which can is used to position the microphone close to the sound source, a pop-filter, and USB and XLR cables to connect with computer and audio interface.

Pros of the Product

  • Comes from a trusted brand
  • Incredible quality for the mentioned price
  • Versatile
  • Efficient

Cons of the Product

  • Does not come with a storage case
  • Needs a pop filter

Audio-Technica AT2005 – $79.

Features of the Product

  • Handheld dynamic microphone with both USB digital output and XLR analog output
  • Connect to your computer using USB output and with your audio interface using the XLR output
  • Provides the Smooth and extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
  • You can directly monitor your microphone with the help of built-in headphone jack
  • Easy to adjust headphone volume with the help of controls present on the bottom of the microphone

Pros of the Product

  • Great value mic for the money
  • Versatile

Cons of the Product

  • Volume using USB mode is sometimes too low on the systems.
  • The configuration is not easy.

Blue Yeti Studio Microphone ($149)

Features of the Product

  • It comes with three condenser capsules that can record almost anything.
  • Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo.
  • It has a mute button and gives zero-latency headphone output.
  • It is a perfect product for podcasting, voiceovers, field recordings, conference calls, and vocals. Signal to Noise: 100dB
  • Compatible with windows and MacOs and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM(remove existing and upload).

Pros of the Product

  • Selectable pickup patterns
  • The built-in preamp isn’t bad
  • good dynamic range
  • excellent frequency response
  • low noise
  • Good looks

Cons of the Product

  • Heavyweight

Sennheiser MK 4 Digital Microphone ($399)

Features of the Product

  • Large-Diaphragm condenser
  • Supports up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Cardioid Polar pattern

Pros of the Product

  • The excellent audio signal with no DSP
  • Apogee handles the internal analog-to-digital conversion
  • Professional Build
  • Can record directly to IOS devices with an included cable

Cons of the Product

  • Expensive
  • Lacks mic stand and pop filter

Audio-Technica AT2020USBi – $199.

Features of the Product

  • Does not require any software or USB mixer to connect to your computer
  • It is equipped with a high-quality A/D Converter that helps to deliver 24bit/96kHz sound resolution.
  • It offers a smooth 20-20,000 Hz frequency response that makes it great for instrumental and vocal recording.
  • It includes all the accessories you need for recording, including a desk stand, travel pouch, pivoting stand mount, threaded microphone adapter, and two connection cables.
  • It comes with a micro HDMI that allows you to connect the mic straight to a PC or an iOS device.

Pros of the Product

  • An excellent recording quality
  • Low noise level
  • Neat and portable
  • A unique pedigree-USB version of very popular studio microphone

Cons of the Product

  • Dial controls are a little fiddly.

These were the microphones you can prefer according to your budget and the features you may want. Therefore, you should consider all parameters before buying a product like a price and basic features.