As podcasting from home continues due to the pandemic, podcasters are always looking for ways to improve their sound. One of the easiest ways to improve your home recordings is by upgrading your microphone.
Today, we’ll take a look at some great USB mics. They are the easiest to install for most setups and they won’t cost you a fortune. You don’t need an audio interface, a mixer, or any special equipment. You just need a computer with a USB port. Don’t feel like you have to buy the most expensive microphone to get the best sound. Only buy what your budget allows. I’ve heard just as many great sounding recordings that were made with an $80 microphone as I have with recordings done on a $200 microphone.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how great your mic is, if your recording environment is bad, your recording will be bad. Before you purchase a mic, test out different recording locations around your house. You want to find a nice quiet area with the least amount of ‘room noise’ or echo/reverb. A good way to test a room is to clap your hands. If you hear a small echo or some reverb, then that area may not be the best recording location. Closets and some bedrooms usually work the best.
The Best USB Mics
This mic is a fan favorite! I’ve heard several excellent recordings using this mic. Again, it all depends on your recording environment, but this mic has a good sound and is very easy to use.
This is the Yeti’s little brother. Very popular and does the job. The sound is not as good as it’s older brother, but it’s a good budget-friendly USB mic.
This microphone is the best of both worlds! It’s both a USB mic and has a traditional XLR connection. You can use this for karaoke night AND your podcast.
Audio-Technica is one of my favorite brands. They have a great sound and, in my experience, their mics last a very long time.
Samsung is known for making the incredible broadcast microphone, the SM7B. Although we have not tested this latest USB mic from Shure, it’s been getting great reviews. This microphone can also be used with an XLR or USB connection.
Do you have a favorite mic? Let us know which one you use.
Remember, a good mic can only do so much! Make sure you’re in a quiet area when you’re recording otherwise, you won’t get the full benefit of your brand new mic. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!