USB Computer Microphones for Home Recording

USB computer microphones have become a must-have accessory for home recorders setting up their home studio. The fact that they require a simple connection for use makes them in popular demand.  All you have to do is to plug the built in interface of the microphone to the USB port of your computer. They are also often quite inexpensive and are compatible with multiple platforms. As a USB microphone can perform the task of various components put together, it can be ideal for those on a shoestring budget and still aspiring to set up their home studios. These recording units can capture both performances rendered by acoustic musical instruments and vocals.

TONORPC USB Computer Condenser Studio Microphone

The studio microphone comes with a sturdy metal desktop tripod for mounting the recording unit. The stand has a 180° rotating neck to position or orient the microphone at any desired angle, while the overall unit itself rotates at an angle of 360°, to ensure maximum movement. You can retract and fold the legs of the tripod for portability and storage when not in use. The black microphone features a long USB cable fixed to it for connecting to the computer. It also includes a pop filter with a stand to hold it in position and pop filter foam.  The pop filter helps in eliminating unwanted sounds that affect the quality of the audio.

Who should buy this?

  • The TONOR microphone is useful for people interested in engaging themselves in live streaming and recording music with the same quality as in a professional studio.
  • The condenser studio is suitable for users of Windows desktop computers and laptops. However, you can also connect it to iPads and phones using an adapter.

FIFINE Plug & Play Home Studio USB Condenser Microphone

The FIFINE microphone has a black body and a silver and black mesh head. The mesh head eliminates chances of sound distortion. It comes with a lengthy and thick non-detachable USB cable for computer connection. The rugged tripod has a holding mechanism to place the microphone vertically or at an angle. The stand is foldable for compactness and ease of storage when you are not using the recording unit.

The microphone has a smooth and flat wide frequency response range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz that ensures transparent and excellent sound, with very high signal output. The head of the device has a distinctive omnidirectional pickup pattern.

Who should buy this?

  • The home studio microphone is a good choice for those who want to try out live streaming, vocal and voiceover activities.
  • It is meant for people with Windows or Mac operating system based desktops and laptops.

Apogee Mic 96k Professional Quality Microphone for iPad, iPhone and Mac

The Apogee microphone features a cardioid condenser and has a recording capability of up to 96 kHz/24-bit HD. The studio quality digital microphone encompasses an A/D converter and a microphone preamp in a single unit. The unit features a PureDIGITAL connection for delivering extremely clear sound and recording quality for a digital unit with the minimum noise possible. The microphone has an LED light in the front to indicate whether the microphone is in the on or off state. There is also a rotatory mechanism on the sign for adjusting the gain based on the need.

The black and silver microphone with a rectangular design is compatible with Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. You can set up this connection using the lightning and Mac USB cables provided. There is no need for any configuration or an external power source or batteries.

Who should buy this?

  • The professional quality microphone is a great choice for recording vocals and acoustic instruments like pianos, guitars and drums.
  • The device is ideal for those who want a compact unit that they can carry in their pocket.
  • The unit is also suitable for recording audio for DSLR videos, voice-overs and podcasts.

Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone

The USB microphone is a 28 mm dynamic capsule with broadcast sound quality. The microphone features an audiophile quality 18-bit resolution with 8 to 48 kHz sampling rate. It also has a tight cardioid polar pattern for excellent off axis sound rejection. The unit has a 3.5 mm stereo headphone output with volume control integrated into it and a status LED on the handle. The bus powered microphone renders very little self-noise. The headphone output offers zero latency monitoring to hear the exact recording, without any delay or echo. The device also includes an A/D converter for processing the conversion internally and an internal pop filter that lessens the plosives sound responsible for distorting the audio output.

The silver colored Podcaster microphone comes with an end-address configuration and notched grip to prevent the unit from slipping through your hand. It is compatible with Windows 7/8, Mac OS X and several Linux computers. You can also use the recording device as an iPad microphone by using it with a USB hub and the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The unit is available along with a rugged RM2 ring mount stand and a 10-feet USB cable.

Who should buy this?

  • The Podcaster USB dynamic microphone is ideal for those who want to connect the unit to various operating systems based devices.
  • The unit is a good option for any person involved in video recording such as podcasters, journalists and people adding audio files to their websites and multimedia presentations.
  • The recording device is worth considering if you want to make sure that you are holding it in your hand for recording instead of using the ring mount stand provided.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

The Blue Yeti plug ‘n play microphone has a tri-capsule array design to offer studio-quality crystal clear recordings. Three condenser capsules allow you to record almost any situation. It also features a mute button, a microphone gain control, volume control in front, pattern selection and a zero-latency 3.5 mm headphone output jack. The USB unit allows you to make your selection from various patterns comprising cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional and bidirectional for versatile recording.

You can use the device that has a shiny frame and a metal grille without any complicated driver setup, by just plugging it to the USB port with the cable provided. The microphone comes fixed on a hinge with a custom-designed desk stand that has a circular base and a USB cable. The hinge allows you to adjust the position of the unit according to the source of the sound and thereby improve the sound quality. After selecting the desired angle, you can fix the recording unit in position with the help of the setscrews. You can fold the unit for ease of portability or remove it from the stand for field recordings. The device is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP Home Edition or Professional and Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher systems that have at least 64 bit RAM.

Who should buy this?

  • The Blue Yeti USB microphone is a must-have for those who are obsessed with realistic sound rendition.
  • The unit is ideal for people involved in recording vocals, podcasts and interviews.
  • The device is a great choice for those who engage in live band performances and recording musical instruments.

Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

The Rode NT studio microphone features a direct mix control between microphone input and source output, a pop shield and ultra-low noise to render high quality results. The pop filter is located at the base of the side-address microphone to reduce plosives during recording. The zero-latency 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack helps in monitoring the microphone input while the dials allow you to adjust the monitoring level. The device also has an A/D converter and a JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer.

The cardioid pattern black recording unit includes a matching ring mount with a tripod desktop stand to keep it on a table at the desired height, a pouch to keep the microphone safe after use and a 20-feet USB cable. The microphone is compatible with iPad, Windows and Mac computers.

Who should buy this?

  • The Rode NT-USB USB microphone is ideal for those who want very good quality for recording their musical and singing performances.
  • The condenser unit is apt for people looking to use a microphone with their Windows and/or Mac based recording applications.

SAMSON Go Mic Portable Condenser Microphone

The SAMSON recording unit is directly attachableto the USB port of your computer. The Go Mic microphone is made of high-quality engineering components to ensure audio reproduction with utmost clarity and professional standards. Along with the big, flat and smooth frequency response range of 20 Hz to 18 kHz, you can choose between the cardioid pickup pattern and the omnidirectional pickup pattern.

The trendy cordless silver colored microphone has a matching mesh design on its head. The condenser device comes in a black zipper pouch to keep it safe and free of dust.

Who should buy this?

  • The compact microphone is suitable for singers, music recorders, acoustic guitarists and band performers.
  • The recording unit is worth considering for people with systems that run on either Mac OS or Windows operating systems.

Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

The Blue condenser capsule renders crystal-clear output for voice and audio based recordings. The circular head gives the microphone a unique look. It has a 6’ cable for establishing a connection with your computer. The recording unit comes with a matching height adjustable stand for mounting it when in use.  It features a cardioid pickup pattern.

The Snowball iCE microphone is compatible with computers that have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. It comes in two color options of black and white. You can mount the device on a matching three-legged adjustable stand and start using it after making the connection.

Who should buy this?

  • The condenser serves the needs of singers and musical instrument players.
  • This microphone is a good idea for owners with computers that operate on Windows 7/8/Vista/XP Professional or Home Edition.
  • It is also ideal for people who use computers with Mac OSX 10.4.6 operating system or higher.

SOONHUAUSB Condenser Microphone

The USB condenser microphone features an omnidirectional pickup pattern that is useful in capturing sound from any angle. It also comprises a 3.5 mm audio out port or headphone jack for you to connect a headphone and listen to your recorded voice or what you are recording. The device has an elongated design with a gold-plated USB port along with a stretch-proof, braided wire to connect to the computer. The microphone features a switch at the back for muting in case of unwanted noise in the background. The built-in LED indicator displays a green light when the recording unit is connected and a red light when it is muted. The inbuilt pop filters and the metal mesh on the unit’s head make sure that the noise disturbance in the background reduces to the maximum extent possible. The 50 Hz to 16 kHz wide frequency response range makes the unit suitable for many applications.

The black microphone comes along with a same color, 180° adjustable tripod that allows you to rotate it in this direction and place the recorder at the right angle. The stand has anti-slip silicone rubber footpads that ensure its steadiness, without causing it to fall accidentally. The ABS microphone has a classy look because of the piano lacquer finish. The lightweight design and the foldable stand make it easy for you to take them with you on the move.

Who should buy this?

  • The SSONHUA microphone is a good option for those who love singing, instrument recording and voice recording.
  • The device is compatible with Mac OS and Windows 7/8/10 operating systems. So, people with computers that use these operating systems can benefit from using this microphone as part of their home studio setup.

ELEGIANT Plug & Play Full Metal Condenser Microphone

The plug and play black microphone has a 3.5 mm audio jack with a 53.14” braided cable to connect to the computer. The metal body makes the recording unit sturdy and classy in appearance at the same time. It offers an all-round pickup mode with an omni-directional pickup pattern to capture sounds from various angles, while the high sensitivity feature cancels the noise in the surroundings. The condenser in the microphone and frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz helps to restore the original voice without distortion and render the best quality sound possible.

The microphone comes with a foldable tripod that has a holding mechanism to place the unit and keep your hands free while singing or recording. The stand is made of metal to ensure that it is sturdy and does not fall when it is in use. The wide angle, tilting flexible head helps you to adjust the height and direction of the device based on what works right for you. The ball like pattern at the bottom of each leg prevents scratches from forming on the mounting surface. The folding mechanism makes the stand easily portable along with the microphone.

Who should buy this?

  • The microphone is ideal for people interested in singing, using the computer and recording music.
  • The unit is ideal for those who want a durable microphone to use with their Windows or Mac microphones.

USB Handheld Wireless Microphone

The black handheld wireless microphone has a rugged construction with a steel mesh grill on the head. The microphone operates using two AA batteries. It is very easy to hold in the hand without fear of slipping. The power control switch allows you to turn off the unit when not in use and save on battery life. Two other highlights of this recording device are its ultra-wide frequency range and inbuilt acoustic pop filter. The plug-and-play operation makes it very easy to use the unit. The microphone comes with an audio cable to connect it to a speaker for sound transmission.

The USB microphone is compatible with both desktops and laptops.

Who should buy this?

  • The microphone suits the requirements of people who want to do away with cables, to eliminate the hassle of tangles.
  • It is best suited for those who wish to set up a karaoke unit as part of their home studio.

NEWHAODI USB Computer Microphone

The condenser microphone does not need any software or driver installation. You can start using it as soon as you plug the device on to your computer using the given 48” USB cable. The black microphone comes mounted on a matching circular wide stand with an ON/OFF button. The button helps you to deal with problems related to unexpected noise. The flexible, spiral gooseneck positions the head of the microphone at any angle of your convenience. The sponge cover on the microphone head protects the quality of the sound and makes it clear and loud.

The fully black USB computer microphone has an impedance of 2.2 kOhms and a wide frequency response range of 30 Hz to 16 kHz. It is compatible with both Mac OS and Windows operating systems.  

Who should buy this?

  • This microphone is a good choice for those who like singing and recording music.
  • People who would like to connect the microphone to various devices like desktop computers, chromebook, laptops, netbooks and MacBook air.

BC Master USB Condenser Microphone

The portable microphone has an audio circuit that cuts off low frequencies below 100 Hz and in turn lessens vibrations or rumbles during recording. As a result, you can capture loud sound with very good clarity. The gain control knob in the center allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the microphone, when used in the presence of a low or loud source. The cardioid pickup recording pattern ensures that unwanted noise in the surroundings does not interfere with the recordings. The fully black color combined with the uniformly cylindrical design makes the recording unit look stylish.

The gold diaphragm condenser microphone comes with a matching metallic tripod that has a holding mechanism with a grip on either side so that the device does not fall off the stand. It also has a windscreen and a shock mount that keeps the microphone safe even in adverse conditions.  The delicate suitcase allows you to take the microphone with you wherever you go, without any damage.

Who should buy this?

  • The microphone is a great choice for those who want to record their singing and drum kit performances.
  • The recording unit is suitable for people with computers working on Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10 or Mac OSX operating systems.

RUAEODA Adjustable USB Desktop Microphone

The desktop microphone has a long cylindrical head and comes mounted on a T-shaped base with two grooves to ensure that the base remains steady on the surface. The recording unit connects to a computer very easily with the provided non-detachable 3.5’ cable. It has an adjustable spiral neck that helps in adjusting the microphone to the desired height. The cardioid polar pickup pattern of the condenser microphone renders clear and crisp audio by filtering the background noises.

The device is available in two color options of black and white. The small and portable size makes it easy to move the microphone from one place to another.

Who should buy this?

  • The adjustable microphone is a good idea for people interested in singing along with the computer and recording music.
  • The device is ideal for those who are looking for a sleek microphone with their Windows or Mac computers.

ALVOXCON USB Unidirectional Condenser Microphone

The USB unidirectional microphone renders crystal-clear sound. The rectangular frosty silver body with metal mesh grill on the head gives the condenser recording unit a classy look. The detachable USB cord avoids the hassle of tangles. It comes with a sturdy tripod with a rotatable black holder and a matching adjusting mechanism to keep the microphone in place without moving. The foldable legs allow you to keep the tripod portable and compact after the microphone is used.

The cardioid polar pattern assures you of high sensitivity for both the source of the main sound and cancelling noise. The wide dynamic range of 30 Hz to 20 kHz makes sure that you get excellent quality sound along with negligible or no background noise at all. The ball type windscreen puts the popping sound at bay.

Who should buy this?

  • The unidirectional microphone is the right choice for vocal, home studio recording and voice over applications.
  • People using Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X operating systems can consider opting for this microphone.

PLUGABLEUSB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The USB cardioid microphone delivers clear and crisp acoustic and vocal sounds in digital format. It lessens background noise to a considerable extent and provides a hassle-free excellent audio recording experience. The USB interface integrates seamlessly with any recording software. This black colored recording unit has a 305cm cable to connect to the computer and a long cylindrical head with a mesh of the same color. The device has a decent frequency response of 20 Hz to 16 kHz. The recording unit has a blue LED integrated on it that lights up when the microphone senses a connection to the computer.

The unidirectional microphone comes with a matching pivoting tripod and a clamp to hold the unit in the desired position and angle.The cardioid pickup pattern picks up sounds from both the rear and sides in a heart shaped pattern, as well as enhances the isolation process.

Who should buy this?

  • The adjustable microphone is a good idea for people who are interested in vocal recording and acoustic music recording.
  • The recording unit is a great option for those who want a professional microphone setup for their home studio using Windows 7/8/8.1/10/Vista/XP or Mac OS X/Sierra or Linux/BSD based computers.

Bottom-line      

There are many brands of USB computer laptops in today’s market. While some of them have come as a single unit mounted on a base, some come with a separate stand. However, all of them are easily portable and quite versatile. Apart from the ease of setup, these devices save you from having to spend a lot of money buying different equipment to meet your recording needs. Although most of them come with their own preloaded recording software, you will more often than not be able to use the microphones with any recording software. All you have to do is understand the functions of different pickup patterns like cardioid and omni-directional to determine which unit best meets your needs.

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