What is a USB Microphone? In short it is a neat way of making high quality recordings on your computer without having to buy lots of equipment, and it is very easy to set up. USB Microphones are portable and cross platform so if you buy one you should be able to use it on your PC, Mac, iPad, and laptop with minimum fuss. What is a USB Microphone – it is the most cost effective option for getting a decent recording onto your computer.
Now you know in a nutshell, take a look at this much newer post on USB mics, where you can see them in action, and listen to what they sound like
What is a USB Microphone used for? Apart from being a very good way of capturing vocals and performances of acoustic instruments etc, the USB Mic is particularly good for all the following too: video voiceovers; podcasts; internet radio; skype and other forms of chat; hypnotherapy tapes; conferences; interviews and so on.
If you want to make a good quality recording and you do not have the budget or time to buy all the separate components you would need to set up a small home studio then a USB Microphone should be on your shopping list.
What is a USB Microphone alternative? You can spend a lot more money and buy separate components (a quality microphone and an audio interface with input for a microphone) However this will be much more expensive option than a USB microphone. Or you can buy a dynamic microphone and plug it straight into your mic port on your computer (if indeed it has one). This will be cheaper but will produce a poor quality recording compared to buying a USB microphone. If you do want a more sophisticated set-up then we have lots of other posts about setting up a small home studio and we also have a range of well priced home studio packages for sale.
How does a USB Microphone work? The USB Microphone is a quality microphone with a “built in” interface so that you can plug it directly into your USB port. You bypass your computer’s sound card for recording so the result is much better. It also has the necessary amplification so the signal is at the right level.
What Is A USB Microphone – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a sound card as well? No, you do not need to buy an additional sound card when you purchase a USB microphone. Your computer will already have a built in sound card for playing back sound. The USB microphone contains the equivalent of a sound card for recording (and some will also be able to play back). So depending on which USB microphone you buy, you will either record with the USB microphone then play your recording back through your computer’s soundcard OR you will plug headphones into the USB microphone (if it has a headphone socket) and then you can both record and playback through the mic.
What recording software do I need? Some of the USB microphones we sell come with recording software. If you just want to make simple recordings then we recommend you download Audacity. In this software you can easily record several tracks, edit and mix. If you want to do more then you can use a USB microphone with any recording software. Be aware, though, that if you buy a recording USB microphone you cannot ‘direct monitor’. You should choose a USB microphone with headphone output if you want to overlay vocal tracks and listen to yourself at the same time. If you are on an iPad then Garageband is a great recording app, and there are plenty of others too.
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Will a USB microphone be good enough for my needs? We think a USB microphone is a great way of getting started with recording on your computer. It is so easy and gives such a great result for the money we find most customers are very happy with their purchase. If you know right now that you want a small home studio set up and you want to record several instruments, hook up keyboards and other hardware, then you should definitely be looking at audio interfaces. But for recording a solo vocalist, or for all the other uses listed then it will probably suit your needs. Most importantly you will not be overwhelmed, as it is so simple, that you will actually achieve a great recording result within minutes. And even if you choose in the future to upgrade, the portable USB microphone will always be a useful bit of kit to have available.