Top 10 USB Microphones 2014

Our Top USB Microphones

Top Product
Overall Rank: 8
Best For Home Recording
★★★★
Top Product
Overall Rank: 4
Best Sound Quality
★★★★★
Top Product
Overall Rank: 1
Best Portable USB Mic
★★★★★

Whether you need a mic for podcasting, recording vocals, recording instruments, interviews, Skype – whatever – USB mics are a fast, easy and usually cheaper alternative to high-end studio hardware. We will go over quality, both sound and design, ideal usage, portability, and lots of other goodness in this top 10 list.

The Audio-Technica cardioid dynamic microphone offers both USB and XLR outputs, making this mic ideal for at home users, and musicians. It has a headphone jack so users can directly monitor the mics output and we found that it works really well with one drawback - there's no pop filter. T's, P's and B's really distorted our audio, but you can purchase a filter if you are worried, but we found that positioning the mic on the included tripod stand, just a little further away from our mouth minimized this popping effect greatly.See more

AudioTechnica Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (ATR2100)

Despite having no pop filter, playback is loud and clear and we like that there are external volume controls on the mic, so no time is wasted calibrating through the computer. This mic offers quite a bit - it is plug and play, comes with a tripod stand giving you the option to go hands free, it doubles as USB and XLR, it's lightweight, and it is PC and Mac compatible. Technical aspects aside, the mics design seems very durable as it is a metal construction - so we see this mic lasting a long time. Best of all it is cost friendly, so we don't have any quarrels about recommending this mic to our friends.

  • can also be used as traditional XLR mic
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • high-quality audio playback
  • comes with tripod stand
  • USB and XLR cables included
  • built-in headphone jack
  • lightweight
  • lifetime warranty
  • no pop filter

If you're looking for a great quality portable USB microphone, then we suggest you highly consider the Samson Meteor Studio Microphone. It has three sturdy fold-able legs and sits at just 6-inches tall, and there's also a screw mount on the bottom to attach to mic stand. Don't expect studio quality audio, especially for its relativity low price, but performance wise, this is a great mic. Voices are very clear, and anyone using a non-expensive mic say for podcasts, is gong to notice a huge difference with the Samson.See more

Samson Meteor Microphone Unboxing and Review

Yes this mic is great for recording audio, but if you're looking for a mic to perform music vocals, you will probably be disappointed here. It's USB connectivity, which is convenient, but you're not getting the direct analog connection like a high-end studio mic. If you're looking for a new podcast or Skype mic then you will not be disappointed, but keep in mind that this is a unidirectional mic, so in interview scenarios you will need an additional mic. Its a very solid mic, but if it was able to perform for both the interview/podcast, and musical scenes then we'd rank it much higher.

  • portable
  • great voice quality
  • long-lasting performance design
  • foldable legs and mic stand mount
  • perfect for Skype, podcasts and interviews
  • plug and play
  • not ideal for music recording
  • not versatile

This Audio Technica ATR2500 mic is ideal for podcasting, home recording, or voiceover use. It is simple to plug up and start using straight out of the box - brownie points for simple setup. Some people might actually think it is too simple. The mic itself feels really durable as it is constructed out of metal, and it comes with a pivoting stand mount that can be attached to a mic stand. And because it has a cardioid pick up pattern, this mic is really great at picking up vocals and leaving background noise out of the recorded audio.See more

Audio Technica ATF2500 Microphone Review

The only concern we have with this microphone is the USB port on the bottom of the mic. Ours was a little loose and we found ourselves having to double check the connection to the computer, and usually loose USB ports only get worse the more you use them and this can greatly effect your audio. Our favorite thing about this mic is that it has zero latency, so you are able to hear yourself in real time. That being said, if this is your first microphone purchase, we recommend going with this ATR2500, but if you're a seasoned pro you're going to instantly find all of the flaws with this mic.

  • good sound quality
  • low price
  • durable design
  • comes with mic stand attachment
  • easy volume controls and mic mute on face of microphone
  • built-in headphone jack
  • zero latency
  • plug and play
  • loose USB port can effect audio
  • possibility of mic deterioration over time

The CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone is perfect for first timers, as well as anyone looking for a mic to use at home. You're not going to get studio quality audio with this microphone because of its price, but for that price you're still getting a lot. Dynamic means this mic is good for recording vocals or instruments to your computer, and its cardioid pick up pattern is going to leave out background noise for smooth, clear sounding audio.See more

CAD U1 USB Microphone Review

Easy to setup, great for its low price, ready to use out of the box - we see a lot of people benefiting from the CAD microphone. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the mic comes with a super long 10 foot cord and a desktop mic stand. Another plus is that it has a popfilter that works with hard letters and greatly minimizes popping noises. But it does lack manual volume controls, so you will need to adjust levels through the computer. However, there is an on/off switch allowing you to start recording the moment you are ready.

  • PC and Mac compatible
  • popfilter
  • plug and play
  • low price
  • great for recording
  • portable
  • easy to use
  • lacks manual volume controls, need to adjust levels through computer
  • takes up quite a bit of space
  • need to tinker with computer settings to reach ideal audio levels
  • not ideal without the stand, as it is thick in the hand
  • picks up a lot of ambient noise

The CAD U37 microphone works pretty well. First off it is a condenser mic, which is commonly used in studio recordings because they have a much greater frequency response, so it has a louder output and is more sensitive to loud sounds, but we found it too sensitive and background noise bled into our audio. But with some computer tweaking and utilizing the mic's Bass Reduction feature, some background noise was minimized. So if you're looking to do some serious real recording but want to stay in this price range, check out our #2 spot.See more

CAD U37 USB Studio Recording Microphone Review

Bottom line, the CAD U37 gets the job done. The sound quality is good, but keep in mind that USB mics just cannot compare to studio level microphones. If you're looking for studio level in this price range, it just ain't happening! That's completely different hardware and sound quality. If you're on a budget, get this mic. If performance and quality is top priority, do some more research. It's fair to say this mic is geared towards amateur recorders. And because this mic is very sensitive and can pick up lots of ambient noise, try to use in a quiet location - if quiet isn't possible for you then again, find another microphone.

  • low price
  • good sound quality
  • bass reduction features minimizes background noise
  • plug and play
  • 10ft USB cable
  • included desktop stand
  • latency
  • plastic construction is susceptible to damage

We find this microphone to work so well that it really belongs in a sound booth. We mostly say this because, for us, this microphone is super sensitive. Is your mom ironing clothes in the room down the hallway? This mic will catch it. Despite picking up little noises like mouse clicks, performance wise this is a great mic. Voices come in loud and clear, and it has an adjustable gain which slightly helped reduce our background noise. This is definitely a powerful tool if you're looking to set up interviews or podcasts.See more

Blue Microphones Yeti Mic Review

The bullet shaped design is appealing to the eyes, with all matte silver color and feels sturdy to the touch - the stand itself is 7-inches long and feels like metal. We see this microphone lasting a long time, but we are weary about the volume control knob on the face of the mic (there are two on the back also, but they seem fine) - ours feels loose to the touch and degradation over time seems possible. But we generally like the buttons and with them you can switch between stereo, caridoid, omnidirection, and bidirectional, making it a very versatile mic - which is why it's number 5 on our list.

  • great sound quality
  • sturdy design
  • multiple microphone patterns
  • USB and 3.5mm jack
  • great stand, but slightly awkward to mount
  • great sound quality, but very, very sensitive
  • pricey
  • dial knobs might get loose over prolonged use

Step one, open AT2020 microphone box. Step two, plug AT2020 mic into PC's USB port. Step three, be amazed by how easy it is to start using, and also be miffed that a mic in this price range can produce such amazing sound. Not only is it packaged well, it also looks great, and sounds even better. We immediately noticed how simple is was to plug this mic in and start recording vocals. It's a very basic design, with just the USB port to account for. But what really matters is the sound quality, and our AT2020 delivered with every use.See more

Audio Technica AT2020 USB Microphone Review

It is the perfect go-to microphone for anyone, and we especially like that we had zero distortion in our playback, nor any ambient noise that usually seeps its way in - we are serious, zero background noise is going to show up in your audio. Don't believe us? See for yourself. The only thing we miss is a 3.5mm headphone jack, but who really cares when the sound quality is this good? We recommend this mic for at home users, podcasters, interviewers, musicians, our grandmother who doesn't even need a mic - basically, everyone. And because the design is super simple and you don't have to worry about dials and buttons, we think this would be a great portable mic.

  • PC and Mac use
  • superior clear sound quality
  • comes with stand, long cable, and nice carrying bag
  • plug and play
  • portable
  • versatile
  • durable and lightweight
  • strictly USB input, no headphone jack here
  • no gain control

If you can no longer stand your computer's built-in microphone and you're looking for a replacement, we suggest the Blue Snowflake USB Mic. There are USB mics that are a better value than this one, but it looks so cool and is highly portable. Sound quality is pretty good with this mic, though we did get a lot of low audible ambient noise in our audio. Recording wise it's almost too good and we had to tweak our audio levels as to avoid hearing every breath we took. And this small mic is surprisingly weighty and sturdy despite its appearance.See more

Blue Snowflake USB Mic: Unboxing and Review

The mic itself folds out from the base, and we like that the mic ball can be easily rotated to fit whatever purpose it is you're doing. Clipping the unit to our PC was a cinch. but clipping to our laptop was tricky because the width of the clip is fixed; but is also perches nicely on any surface. For a plug and play in this price range we were happy with the sound quality, and we love that it is so small and portable - it's cool, and unique. We definitely recommend this mic for vocals, podcasts, or anyone wanting to improve their computer's mic.

  • PC and Mac compatible
  • low cost
  • plug and play
  • good sound quality
  • highly portable
  • cool design
  • might be hard to perch on laptop
  • no additional audio outputs or inputs

We now understand why so many Internet users rave about the Snowball mic. For starters, its build is really sturdy and it plugs directly into the computer with no fuss. With this mic you're going to like how easy it is to use, and you're going to love that you didn't have to shell out tons of money. Its a really simple piece overall and the sound quality is really good. If you're not interested in technical details, then the Snowball's plug and play feature is its greatest asset.See more

Blue Mic Snowball USB Microphone Review

If you dig technical stuff, then you'll like the sonic flexibility. The Snowball mic uses two mic capsules, one has omnidirectional cardioid recording pattern, and the other takes in sound from all directions - which you can switch between to suit your personal recording needs, via a small switch on the back of the mic. Great for amateur musicians, beginning podcasters and videomakers, you will not be disappointed with the Snowball. The only annoying feature are the recording modes, which are oddly labeled at 1, 2 and 3, so you have to spend some time figuring which mode best suits you. But for its quality and versatility, you're getting a lot for $50, and that is why it is number 2 for us.

  • low cost
  • plug and play
  • sturdy and stylish design
  • versatile, multipattern mic
  • great sound quality
  • PC and Mac compatibility
  • unique three-patter switch, omni, cardioid, -10Db cardioid
  • USB cable could be longer
  • mic stand is unstable at times
  • monophonic mic (records one channel)

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There are several reasons with the Samson Go Mic is number one on our list. First, it is extremely compact and highly portable, making it ideal for people who are either on the go, or need a microphone that takes up the least amount of space as possible. It is also the cheapest microphone on our list, and just because it doesn't cost a ton, doesn't mean you're giving up high quality. We tested this microphone using Skype which was a breeze - the mic plugs right in and can be used immediately. Since it is strictly USB, both PC and Mac users will benefit.See more

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The mic also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a very handy switch allowing users to choose between cardioid and omnidirectional patterns, depending on which is most appropriate for your application. It's really amazing how professional sounding the audio reproduction is with the Samson Go, and if you can't tell on the pictures, it is smaller than your average credit card - so crazy. The different pick up patterns with this mic is what really sold us on the product because its ideal for everyone - podcasters, interviewers, and musicians. Cardioid mode makes sure your vocals are picked up loud and clear, and the omnidirectional mode is perfect for capturing your full band. We recommend this for anyone wanting to make great recordings on their computer.

  • highly portable
  • low cost
  • compact makes it easy to place anywhere
  • offers cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • includes cable clip, mic stand adapter and zipper carrying bag
  • includes Cakewalk Music Creator Software
  • great sound quality
  • clean audio recordings
  • great for people on the go, and musicians
  • some have complained that their driver fails to recognize the device

  • Cheri-CreationScience4Kids

    I’m looking into starting a podcast with my kids on a micro budget. What a thrill to see your top racked choice is the cheapest! Thanks for searching these out for us. :)