USB microphones for plug and play recording

By Siddharth Parwatay | Published on 22 Sep 2020
USB microphones for plug and play recording

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You might be looking for a mic for any of these reasons such as podcasting, streaming, or even for improving the voice quality of official meetings. Regardless of the specific usage, there are several advantages of using a USB microphone. For one, USB is ubiquitous, which makes it simple to take the mic around and use it anywhere. Additionally, since it directly connects with your computer, you don’t have to invest in expensive interfaces either. If you’re going to pick one, look for a combo of helpful features and good specifications. Here are some models available on Amazon selected on those parameters.

Samson Meteorite 

The first thing to notice about the Samson Meteorite is its small footprint. It barely occupies any space which makes it unobtrusive, making it suitable for audio as well as video recordings. Even where it is visible, its chrome finished body can add a cutting edge look to your setup. It mounts on a magnetic base which means you can tilt and swivel the mic as per your needs. This gives you the flexibility to capture the exact audio you intend to. The mic has a cardioid pickup pattern which focuses on the audio in front of the mic while ignoring unwanted sources behind it. 

FIFINE K678

The Fifine K678 USB microphone comes with multiple useful features beyond its USB support. It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which allows you to connect your headphone for live monitoring. Along with the USB connector, the bottom of the mic also has a shock mount for stands, which gives you the flexibility to use it while standing too. If you need to block input at short notice, the mute button can help with that, while the LED communicates your mute/unmute status. Easy-to-use physical dials for mic gain and headphone volume simplify your control over streaming or podcasting experience.

CMTECK CM003

Weighing approximately 190g and just about 3cm tall when placed flat, the CMTECK CM003 USB microphone is lightweight and small. Primarily intended for conference calls, the microphone promises to capture sound at high quality up to two metres in a silent room. It also comes with the CCS2.0 Smart Chip, which aims to block noise and reduce echo at a higher efficiency than a standard computer mic. You get a 1.8m long cable to connect with your computer, which gives you the flexibility to place it at the centre of the room even if it’s connected to one particular system.

SAMSON C01U Pro 

The Samson C01U Pro comes with a 19mm diaphragm which promises to capture the entire range of your voice in great detail. To prevent shocks and vibrations during recording, the microphone element is encased securely within a die-cast metal body. The included tripod stand and swivel mount for the mic make it possible to achieve optimal desktop placement for your needs. You can even remove it from the mount and use it with an overhead clamp. The wide frequency range on the mic from 20Hz to 20,000Hz promises to be flat and smooth, ensuring authentic audio reproduction regardless of what you record.

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Siddharth Parwatay

Siddharth a.k.a. staticsid is a bigger geek than he'd like to admit. Sometimes even to himself.

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