Top USB Microphones for Podcasting, YouTube video voiceover and Home Studios

Whether you work in a home based studio, you own a YouTube channel or you are into pod-casting, microphones have become a necessity. You cannot just rely on the inbuilt mic of your laptop. They just record so much noise and sound of tapping keys etc that spoils the quality of sound recorded by these inbuilt microphones. The solution – USB microphones.

USB microphones are easy to use, portable and compatible with variety of devices, and most importantly, easy on pocket. If you are looking for microphones with good sound quality and equally inexpensive, you can consider the following top USB microphones.

[Note that the order of microphones is according to their price].

CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone

Price : $24

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CAD U1 is for first time users. It does not record studio quality audio as it costs less but offer good features w.r.t the price it comes for. It has a cardioid pattern picker which isolates the surrounding noise and produces clear sound. It comes with a mic stand and a 10 ft long cord. It lacks controls like volume button, but can be adjusted from system.

Features

  • Comes with Pop Filter
  • Portable
  • 10 foot long cord
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone

Price : $38

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With a cool and unique design, Blue Snowflake is bang for buck at this price. It can be easily clipped to your desktop but the clip is of fixed width. A little amount of ambient sound can be heard in the recording but can be clipped out by adjusting few recording settings.

Features

  • Very portable
  • Unique design and can be clipped to PC.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser

Price : $39

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Samson Go Mic is less on size and more on sound quality and portability. It is a little wonder. It comes with a 3.0 mm headphone jack and controls to switch between pattern of recording. This mic is really small, smaller than your credit card and  whether you voice-over or even home studio recording, it is recommended for all kind of uses.

Features

  • Extremely portable
  • Dual recording patterns – Cardioid and omnidirectional
  • Crisp recording
  • Clips to Laptop / PC (Adjustable Clipper)
  • Comes with a zipper carry bag
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone

Price : $47

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Condenser mics are used in recording studios as they have larger frequency response. Background noise seems to peep in with the audio recorded but can be minimized with little tweaks and by reducing bass reduction in mic.

Features

  • Comes with a stand
  • Option for Bass reduction reduces noise
  • 10 foot long cord
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid USB/XLR Microphone

Price : $54

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Audio-Technica ATR2100 provides USB as well as traditional XLR outputs. One thing is that it doesn’t have a pop filter packed with it, so you have to buy it separately as the sounds of B, P and T distorts the audio.

Features

  • Headphone jack(That means you can connect headphone to mic and listen to mic input/ recording- Live)
  • Volume control on mic
  • Tripod included in pack
  • Can be used as XLR microphone (XLR cable included)
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone

Price : $55

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Blue Microphones Snowball is very much famous for its durable build quality, ease of use and quality of sound it offers for the price it comes for. It comes with sonic flexibility which uses dual microphone capsule, one records directional cardioid pattern and other records sound from all direction and these can be switched according to the requirement with the help of a button on mic. There is a downfall where recording modes are labelled 1,2,3 and you’ve to get used to the mic to understand the mode which suites your requirements.

Features

  • Great design and strong build
  • Versatility in recording modes and features
  • Pattern recording switch
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone

Price : $57 (chrome)

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This is a good voice recording portable microphone recommended for voice-overs and podcast. This microphone does not perform well for music vocals.

Features

  • Portable
  • Great voice recording quality
  • Comes with stand legs attached which are fold-able.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Price : $66

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This is durable mic as it has a metal build and comes with a stand mount. And as it is “Cardioid”, it picks up the vocals very well leaving the background noise.

Features

  • Simple to use – plug and play.
  • Mic stand included.
  • Headphone jack
  • Durable build
  • Volume controls and mute button.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

Price : $88 (Black)

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One thing – It is very sensitive. It picks up typing sounds and clicks, but the gain in the sound is so great that the noise can be clipped out. The gain can be adjusted and I believe this mic is great for podcasts. Design wise, it looks great and has a sturdy build hence it is durable. It also comes with a 7 inches tall stand.

Features

  • 3 condenser capsules records any situation (Tri-capsule array)
  • Multi-pattern selection – cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
  • Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
  • Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, voiceovers, podcasting, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Audio-Technica AT2020-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Price : $99

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The design of this microphone is very simple. Just plug it into the device and start recording. Don’t let the simple design defy its versatility. It will amaze you with its capability of recording amazing sound, zero background and ambiance noise and no distortion in sound recordings. It does not have 3.5 mm headphone port and no volume gain controls but who cares when you are getting a great sound right away.

Features

  • Portable and Versatile
  • Comes with stand
  • carrying bad included
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac.

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