Top 10 USB Microphones 2014

10. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

This cardioid microphone helps reduce background noise and has smooth, extended frequency for ideal home studio recording or podcasting. The handheld Technica has both a USB digital output, that connects to computer for digital recording, and XLR analog output, that connects with sound system’s microphone input, for home and live-performance stage use. It conveniently also comes with a built-in headphone jack with volume control to make on-the-fly volume adjustments.

09. Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Cardioid)

The Samson Meteor mic is arguably most loved for its 25mm diaphragm condenser, meaning a greater frequency response and louder output for studio recording sound. And its cardioid sound pick-up pattern drowns out side and background noise for clean audio. With its fold-back leg design users can expect optimal microphone positioning that is easily transportable.

08. Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Ideal for home recording, field recording, and voiceover use, this USB output Technica microphone connects easily to your computer while delivering clear sounding audio. It has a built-in headphone jack that allows you to directly monitor the mics output without audible delay, for real-time playback. To adjust the headphone volume simply use the controls displayed on the front of the microphone.

07. CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone

More so designed for vocal and instrumental recording, this dynamic cardioid pick-up pattern microphone isolates the main voice and reduces unwanted background noise. It features a built-in pop filter to minimize “popping” noise, and has a convenient on-off switch for instant muting. Included is a 10-foot USB cable for easy placement, and a desktop mic stand for a hands-free, transportable product.

06. CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone

This CAD microphone features a large condenser for rich, studio sounding audio, and a cardioid pick-up pattern that minimizes background noise to isolate the user’s voice. Its extended frequency range yields to smoother audio collection, making it perfect for speech, singing and instrument recording. To even further reduce room noise, it also has a bass-reduction switch, giving you the best sounding audio possible.

05. Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver Edition

The most diverse microphone on our list, the Yeti offers multiple sound pattern selections that include cardioid, bidirectioncal, omnidirectional and stereo – allowing users to record almost any situation. It also features a gain control button, mute button, and has a zero-latency headphone output, letting you hear yourself in real-time. This plug ‘n play microphone is compatible with both PC and Mac.

04. Audio Technica AT2020USB Studio Condenser Microphone

What features this Audio Technica lacks, it makes up for in audio quality. It might not have a mute switch or a headphone output for live playback, but it does have a permanently polarized condenser fixed to the back plate. This allows for a thinner diaphragm in the front, meaning ultra-responsiveness that can even pick up overtones. Ideal for gaming, podcasting, vocals and instruments, you’re guaranteed great quality audio.

03. Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone, Multipattern

Monitor recordings in real-time with this built-in headphone amplifier Yeti Pro mic. It features three custom condenser capsules and four pick-up pattern settings – cardioid, stereo, bidirectional and omnidirectional – to record audio in nearly any situation. Direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute and microphone again means fast, hassle free recording. It has the features and tools of multiple microphones with the simplicity of plug-and-play design.

02. Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (Brushed Aluminum)

Arguably one of the coolest designed USB microphones today, this Snowball mic is still a favorite among users despite being released seven years ago. Its easy to use USB output connects instantly to any desktop or notebook allowing for CD-quality recordings. The dual capsule design incorporates omnidirectional and cardioid pick-up, giving users the option to collect sounds from every direction, or to cancel out unwanted background noise. Also included is a desktop stand to begin recording right away.

01. Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone – Plug n’ Play

This ultra-transportable USB condenser microphone requires no drivers and is PC and Mac compatible; making it an instant favorite among users. Its custom compact design clips onto notebooks or sits on desktops. Ideal for web casting, chatting and voice recognition software, it fits both needs for CD-quality audio that records into any preferred software program. Users can switch between cardioid pick-up for focused audio, or omnidirectional to capture an entire room. It comes with a USB cable, cable clip, mic stand adapter, and zipper carrying pouch. Get professional sounding audio, with compact, on-the-go mobility.

Elizabeth Maartens
Posted by: Elizabeth Maartens