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Top 5 USB Microphones for Home Recording
Top 5 USB Microphones for Home Recording
Nowadays, recording at home is remarkably simple. A single USB microphone and computer is all it takes to capture your podcast or song in pristine quality. Here's our top 5 USB mics.
USB microphones are super easy to use. A ‘plug and play’ design means there’s no complicated setup to worry about. No endless troubleshooting. Just studio-quality sound from the word go.
Is a USB microphone really all I need to start recording at home?
Good question. As long as you have a computer (and ideally some studio headphones), you’re good to go!
Read our guide Which Music Software Is Right For You to find out the perfect application for you.
Which USB mic is right for me?
There are a lot of USB microphones out there. It’s a crowded market.
Some are tailored to podcasting and streaming. Others are better suited to musicians looking to capture a wide range of sounds, such as guitars, horns and vocals.
We’ve narrowed it down to the best of the lot. All our picks here are compatible with both Mac and PC, so there are no compatibility issues to worry about. They’re ready to go, straight out the box.
1) Marantz Umpire Desktop USB Microphone
Be creative anywhere. This elegant little USB microphone makes setup simple. With its lightweight design, integrated pop shield and desktop stand, you can turn your kitchen table into a makeshift studio. Then pack down again in seconds.
Don't be fooled by the Umpire’s compact size. This microphone packs a punch. Beneath the grille is a high-quality condenser capsule. To put it simply, a microphone this small really shouldn't sound this rich and full – making it a popular choice for content creators and singer-songwriters.
If you need portability without skimping on sound, you can’t go wrong with the Marantz Umpire.
Shop now | Marantz Umpire Desktop USB Microphone
2) SubZero SZC-500-USB Condenser Microphone
If you’re dipping your toes into home recording, this is a great place to start.
Subzero’s stylish SZC-500 pays tribute to the classic vocal mics found in many famous studios. With its vintage tube housing and striking blue finish, the SZC-500 offers a more distinguished look than your average USB mic.
It doesn’t just look the part; it sounds great too. Designed to capture vocals with impressive detail, the SZC-500 offers more clarity and warmth than its humble price tag might suggest. The shock-resistant mic cradle can be attached to desktop or full-size mic stands. Whether it’s a podcast or powerhouse vocal performance, you’ll always sound clear.
Shop now | SubZero SZC-500-USB Condenser Microphone
3) Neat Beecaster Professional USB Microphone
For creatives looking to bee at the top of the podcasting and audio game, here’s the USB mic for you.
The Beecaster is an all-in-one solution for podcasting and live steaming. With the integrated pop filter and shock mount, you don’t need to worry about nasty plosives or noise ruining your audio. Positioning the mic is easy too. Thanks to a fully rotatable swivel base and studio arm, quick adjustments are effortless.
One of the most incredible features about the Beecaster is its 4 selectable microphone capsules. This means you can change its response between mono, stereo, wide stereo, and focussed stereo – ideal for capturing single vocals, group vocals, acoustic instruments, and much more.
The Beecaster captures crystal-clear audio at 24-bit/96kHz resolution with premium Class A electronics. With its precision-engineered construction and standout aesthetics, this is a top-class choice for professional audio.
4) Shure PG27-USB Condenser Microphone
Looking for serious studio quality? Look no further.
The PG27-USB has been designed by microphone pioneers Shure. Their legendary mics can be found in recording studios all over the world, so it’s no surprise that this USB mic is an impressive piece of gear too.
The PG27-USB is wonderfully versatile. It lets you capture pretty much anything in sparkling detail - vocals, saxophones, acoustic guitars; even full drum kits! Thanks to the 20dB dip-switch, even the loudest instruments won’t push the mic into distortion.
With on-board gain, volume and monitor controls, it’s almost like having a mini mixing console built right into the mic. Armed with a PG27-USB, you have everything you need to record a full album or podcast. The creative possibilities are endless.
Shop now | Shure PG27-USB Condenser Microphone
5) Rode Podcaster USB Condenser Microphone
Analogue sound – from a USB mic?! The ground-breaking team at Rode have done it again.
The Podcaster USB features cutting edge technology to guarantee exceptional results. Incredible AD/DA conversion and an ultra-high resolution (up to 24-bit/96kHz) deliver clarity that is simply unprecedented in a USB microphone. Capture that perfect studio sound straight off the bat.
Better still, the Podcaster’s sound signature has been shaped to add a pleasing ‘warmth’ and ‘presence’ to your voice. You won’t need to wrestle with EQ – you’ll sound full and articulate from the moment you hit record. Bravo, Rode!
Shop now | Rode Podcaster USB Microphone
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