Whether you are looking for a great podcasting, vlogging, vocal/instrumental, interview or voiceover microphone, you’re in the right place. For a home studio, nothing beats the ease of using a USB mic that can connect to your computer. Since all your post production happens there anyway, this is a logical shortcut to take. And you’ll be happy to know that many of the mics listed here are in fact used by professionals to create compelling audio. Have you used any of the mics listed here? Leave us a comment to let us know how it worked for you.
I love the Blue Yeti. I’ve listed it first for a reason: it’s the microphone I use for DailyTekk projects. With 3 distinct miss inside, capturing great audio is a snap. There are 4 recording modes, a gain adjustment knob, a mute button, a volume knob (for monitoring audio via headphones), a headphone jack and, of course, a USB jack. I can’t say I love this microphone enough. Buy it.
The Rode NT-USB is made by Rode. That’s about all you need to know. But since you probably want to know more, there’s on-board monitoring and a pop shield and desktop stand come INCLUDED. It’s also iOS (iPhone/iPad) compatible.
The Samson Meteor has a unique look you’ll either love or hate. The legs of this mic’s included tripod can be adjusted 3 different ways which means the Meteor is pretty adaptable. If you’re on the go frequently, you might appreciate the included carry bag. You’ll also be able to plug in headphones and adjust volume. There aren’t as many features or options as the Blue Yeti, but you do get some additional portability.
The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a very popular USB microphone. People rave about the clarity and bass response for a mic in this price range. With a custom-engineered, low-mass diaphragm that provides extended frequency response and superior transient response and a cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, this mic is a great choice for a home studio.
The Shure PGA27 is a great USB mic that comes with a shock mount right out of the box. Like many of the mics listed here, setup is pretty easy; plug and play. With a wide dynamic range that captures highs and lows nicely, this is a great entry-level mic that will add a lot of professionalism to your audio, music and video projects.