15 Best Microphones For Computer

There was a time when I thought that nothing can be better for a computer than good speakers. But then they invented Skype and online gaming and neighbor’s full volume speakers that I need to keep away. At this point, we need the best computer microphones.

Samson Go Mic

Let’s start with a good brand and a good price. Samson Go Mic fits the parameters perfectly, in fact, the Go Mic often makes lists of best computer microphone mics for all kinds of users. It is truly a plug and play mic, which means you just need to insert it into your PC’s or Mac ‘s USB port, no drivers required. But it comes with a CD, check out what you can with the extra software. Compact, multi-purpose design contains high-quality components and meticulous engineering that ensure that Go Mic delivers clear audio reproduction. You can use it to record voice, and podcasts, videocalls (=Skype), just not the music.  You gonna be surprised by its size as well – half the size of a deck of cards. On a sober note, I would have to admit that Samson Go Mic does not compare favorably with $400+ studio mics.

PROS:

  • Good sound quality.
  • Excellent design.
  • Excellent price.
  • Plug-n-play.

CONS:

  • May have a fixable trouble with Windows 10 installation.

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Floureon BM-800

Floureon BM-800 is $100 mic you can currently get for $29. It is one of the best computer microphones in the cheap category. It’s your regular condenser mic with a shock mount to reduce mic vibration and extra noise. It barely troubles you with very low self-noise. That and cardioid pattern make it the choice for recording acoustic instruments, chats, and broadcasting. With 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response and a sensitivity of 45 dB plus\minus 1 dB, you will not get pro or even semi-pro recordings but you will get it done. BM-800 also comes with a removable foam cover to protect your source from interference. This is actually an excellent condenser microphone and it may even exceed the needs of an average user.

PROS:

  • Excellent price.
  • Reasonable sound quality.

CONS:

  • Requires 48V power.
  • Not suit for mobile phone and tablet computer.
  • USB connectivity only through adapters.

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Blue Snowball iCE

The Blue iCE also meets the parameters mentioned above and makes for a good competition for the Samson. iCE is a great option if you are looking for a reliable, small and self-sustaining USB condenser microphone. Together with Go Mic, this is one of top picks for best budget-friendly computer mics. Cardioid condenser capsule offers sound quality for any purpose you use it for, from small-time chats to voice-over work. Specifications similar to Go Mic: a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and sample rate of 44.1 kHz/16 bit ensure you get the needed range, and the recording quality supported by some blocking of ambient noise does the job of relaying your message and emotions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any controls on the unit and the polar patterns are not interchangeable, but this is certainly a good way to save your cash wisely.

PROS:

  • Good sound quality.
  • Small size.
  • USB connectivity.

CONS:

  • No interchangebility of polar patterns.
  • No controls.

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Samson Meteor Mic

We start the next level with another Samson level, the hi-tech rocket-look Meteor. And you can play with shiny foldable legs. And let’s impress you right away with Meteor’s one of the largest condenser diaphragms of 25mm in any USB mic available. Cardioid pickup pattern plus smooth frequency response plus 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution give you audio results you gonna wanna call professional. Out of the box, you get a USB cable and a plug and play feature, so you can use it anywhere and on any device worth mentioning. Samson is simply great for the price and you can’t imagine it to start looking old. The versatile condenser microphone with a number of excellent features that make it one of the best computer microphones out there. Too bad the circle on the front is not a launch button, it’s just volume.

PROS:

  • Works with iPad using Apple’s Lightning USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit (30-pin).
  • Stereo 1/8″ headphone jack for no latency monitoring.
  • Cool design.

CONS:

  • USB-connected gadgets work only as good as computers let them.

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Shure MV5

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Audio-Technica AT2020USB

One of the USB mic bestsellers, Audio-Technica 2020USB is one of those things your friends already have. After all, Audio-Technica is one of the most famous brands. They do have a regular model without USB connection, but this is more convenient for most users. You can totally work the 2020 in a studio by mounting it via a mic stand and shock mount. You get a side-address condenser mic, cardioid polar pattern, and excellent audio quality. And it does come with a small tripod desk stand that you see on the picture if you want it to use it on your desk. Audio-Technica 2020USB is a bit more expensive than the Yeti, but it pays off with better overall audio quality. But it can pick up ambient noises as well. You obviously should not put it next to your laptop’s cooler.

PROS:

  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm.
  • Low self-noise.

CONS:

  • Comes without any CD, so it depends on the computer to google up the driver.

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Rode NT-USB

Rode NT-USB conveniently features a pop shield out-of-the-box as you can clearly see on the picture. Rode is the ultimate creator of microphones and it’s the price that made Rode appear so late on this list. Their NTK model is perfect but it’s over $500 on a good day. So, NT-USB model offers us great build stability and overall sound quality. As it came out in 2014 you may still call it a new model and the USB connectivity makes it quite up-to-date. Naturally, it comes with the USB cable. The bunch of controls visible on mic’s body are dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input. You can scream into this mic as the SPL is 110dB. Frequency range is nothing new, though, at 20Hz to 20kHz. You are getting a top-quality USB mic here, if not professional one.

PROS:

  • Excellent sound.
  • Pop shield, Tripod desk stand, ring mount, storage pouch and 6m (20’) USB cable included.

CONS:

  • Resolution and frequency range are average for a good mic.

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