Best USB Microphones 2020

By: The Gear Dude |  Date: 8th October 2020

Even though the year 2020 has had its fair share of ups and downs, there is at least one good thing that has come out of it and it is that you have decided to get a microphone. In case you have decided to venture to the awesome world of content creation, then you will need a stellar microphone that will leave your audience asking for more. There are many microphones that you could choose from, but we have taken the liberty of shortlisting your options to ten of the best microphones 2020 has to offer. The review has been done for you, all you need to do is select the one that suits your needs best.

Rode NT-USB USB

Condenser Microphone

The Rode NT-USB USB Condenser is a one-in-all package that lets you commence your recording session right out of the box while boasting studio-quality sound. Its USB connectivity and onboard A/D conversion make sure that you finish up whatever you are doing quickly and easily whether you are recording musical instruments, a podcast, a voiceover or even your own vocals. It comes with other instruments such as a high-quality stand mount, a desktop tripod stand, and a storage pouch. The microphone itself has a premium pop filter that fits onto the base of the mic for reduction of filthy-sounding plosives pro-quality style.

The Rode NT-USB USB Condenser microphone has a zero -latency stereo headphone jack that comes in handy when you want to monitor your recording in real time. The dials also contribute as they allow you to tweak the monitoring level and mix between your recorded audio and microphone input. We all know that delay is a performance killer and lucky for you, the NT-USB has got you covered.


Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser
Mono/Stereo: Mono
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Diaphragm Size: 5" (12.7mm)
Freq. Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 110 dB
Color: Black
Connector: USB
Weight: 15 lbs.

Features 
- All-in-one package
- USB connectivity and onboard A/D conversion
- Stereo headphone jack with zero-latency
- Adjustable monitoring recording mix
- Mac OS X, Windows 8, and iOS compatibility


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AKG LYRA Multi-pattern USB

Microphone

Are you a podcaster or streamer looking for a mic to take your career to the next step? Then this multi-pattern USB microphone from AKG is just what you need. It carries a 4-capsule mic array that lets you record with four amazingly useful polar patterns. You will be able to capture crystalline vocals with 4K compatible 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. Whether you are a novice or an expert, the USB connection allows you to record straight into your computer without an external mixer or interface.Cool right!

This mic is exceptional as it has user-friendly labels for the polar patterns, unlike the other microphones that output graphs for their polar patterns that leave you confused. You simply select form Front, Front and Back, Tight Stereo, or Wide Stereo when setting up then you start recording. You can use these pattern options for your single- or dual-host podcast, ASMP videos and whatever else you want. It is the versatile and easy-to-use microphone you need.


Specifications
Mic Type: 4-capsule Condenser
Mono/Stereo: Mono, Stereo
Pattern: Front, Front Back, Tight Stereo & Wide Stereo
Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
Max SPL: 129dB SPL
Connector: USB-C, 1 x 1/8" 
Power Source: USB bus power
Requires Mac: Mac, iOS
Requires PC: Windows, Android
Dimensions: 9.7" x 4.23"

Features
- 24-bit/192kHz high-res. ideal for 4K video
- USB connection suits users of all skill levels
- 5mm headphone out for real-time monitoring
- Momentary mute deadens unwanted sounds
- ’50s inspired body design and detachable base
- Durable metal body resists to wear and tear


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Blue Microphones Yeticaster Studio

USB Microphone Package

If versatile was a microphone, then the Blue Microphones Yeticaster Studio mic would do justice to the word. The Yesticaster is based around the leading USB microphone, the Blue’s Yeti. It is renowned by podcasters and streaming enthusiasts. The package ensures that you are well equipped for podcasting, video game streaming, recording music, and much more on your desktop computer. It has innovative triple-casting array records in stereo and three other patterns.it features a built-in headphone jack with its own volume control that makes monitoring easy and we can’t forget the master volume, mute and mic gain controls.

Loaded with three powerful modules, this majestic mastering suite will get your mixes radio- and streaming ready. You can optimize your mix’s sound with Ozone’s Imager. Tweak it to perfection with its EQ while pumping it up to professional levels with its acclaimed Maximizer. If you are having trouble getting started, Ozone’s 8 Elements’ Master Assistant uses your audio’s sonic profile to get you to a logical starting point. The Ozone 8 Elements also include professionally designed pre-sets that make achieving a studio-quality master a piece of cake.


Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser
Mono/Stereo: Mono, Stereo
Pattern: Cardioid, Fig-8, Omni, Str
Diaphragm: 3 x 14mm capsules
Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 16-bit/48kHz
Max SPL: 120dB SPL (0.5% THD)
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1kHz)
Pads: Mute button
Color: Black
Connector: USB Mini-B, 1/8" 
Power Source: USB / 48V DC 
Mac: Intel Core Duo or higher, 8GB RAM or more, OS X 10.6.4 +
PC: Intel Core Duo or higher, 8GB RAM or more, Windows 7 SP1 +
Weight: 1.2 lbs. (mic)
Included Accessories: Radius III Shockmount, Boom Arm, C-clamp

Features
- Versatile tri-capsule system for optimizing sound
- Headphone out makes Yeti an all-in-one solution
- Radius III shock mount for cleaner recordings
- Desktop boom mount allows for pro positioning
- PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW software
- iZotope Ozone Elements mastering suite


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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid

Condenser USB Microphone Package

The AT2020 USB+ is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. It features a low-mass diaphragm,custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. Its USB output gives you sample resolutions of up to 16-bit, 44.1/4bkHz. The built-in headphone jack and volume control allows you to monitor your mic signal with no added delay.

The AT2020 USB+ has a mix control that blends the mic and playback audio for complete monitoring. It is ideally suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment due to its low self-noise. We owe it all to Audio Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques to ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s well-known consistency and reliability standards.


Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Diaphragm Size: .63" (16mm)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 16-bit/48kHz
Max SPL: 144dB SPL
Output Impedance: 47 ohms
Sig to Noise Ratio: 74dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
Self Noise: 20dB
Color: Black
Connector: USB Type B, 1/8" TRS
Power Source: Bus powered
Mac: OS X 10.8.5 or later
 PC: Windows 7 SP1 or later
Dimensions: 6.38" x 2.05"
Weight: .85 lbs.

Features
- Side-address studio condenser
- USB digital output (Win and Mac compatible)
- Built-in headphone jack, volume and mix controls
- Smooth, extended frequency response
- Cardioid polar pattern improves isolation
- Ideal for project/home-studio applications
- Low self-noise
- Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount
- Includes USB cable and storage pouch
- Fixed-charge back plate, polarized condenser
- Cardioid
- 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response
- USB bus power
- Bit Depth: 16 bit
- Sample Rate: up to 48kHz


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Samson Go Mic Portable

USB Condenser Microphone Package

Searching for a new USB microphone perfect for recording, podcasting, web-casting, video calling and more? Get yourself a Samson’s Go microphone. All you need is a laptop or desktop computer and you are set to start your recording session. It has a compact design that can clip neatly to your computing device or sit upright on your desk. It has a built-in headphone jack that allows you to listen as you record your audio.

Its versatility is made possible by its different pickup patterns- one for omnidirectional and one for cardioid- so that you can change the microphone to suit your audio while recording. Flipping it to cardioid mode is ideal when recording your vocals, acoustic guitar or other close-miked instruments as it is tightly focused. For recording sounds from all directions, the omnidirectional mode is more preferable. The Samson’s G Mic is ready for recording when you are!


Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni
Diaphragm Size: 0.39" (10mm)
Cardioid Response: 80Hz-18kHz
Omin Response:20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 121 dB
Color: White
Connector: USB
Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Included: USB Cable, Carry Pouch

Features
- Custom compact design, clips to a laptop or sits on a desk
- Perfect for recording music, field recording, Podcasting
- Built-in headphone output for zero-latency monitoring
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 18kHz
- Polar patterns: Cardioid and Omnidirectional
- Recording resolution: 16-bit/44.1kHz
- Includes USB cable, zipper case


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Rode NT-USB Mini

USB Condenser Microphone Package

Do not be deceived by the Rode NT-USB Mini Condenser’s miniscule size. This mini version of the NT-USB packs Rode’s legendary sound quality into a simple, versatile package. It relieves you of the hustle of having to detangle cables whenever you want to record since it is a USB mic. Setup is as simple as plugging the mic’s cable into your computer and you are good to go. Thanks to its class-compliant USB output, you can use it on any platform with any major recording software.

It has a built-in headphone amplifier that makes monitoring your audio as easy as abc. The 3.5 mm headphone output provides zero-latency monitoring which can be done by pressing the volume knob which in return routes the audio directly through to your headphones. This makes it perfect for narration and spoken word sessions. No one wants to hear an echo during a sleep story, right? With this mini microphone, you can have your powerful sound and stress-free mounting ability.


Specifications
Type: Electret Condenser
Mono/Stereo: Mono
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/48kHz
Max SPL: 121dB SPL
Color: Black
Connector: USB-C (mic), 1 x 1/8"
Power Source: USB bus powered
Mac: macOS 10.12 or later
PC: Windows 10 or later
Dimensions: 5.58" x 2.14"
Weight: 1.28 lbs.

Features
- Class-compliant USB connectivity provides plug 'n play
- Directional cardioid polar pattern
- Condenser capsule delivers warm audio reproduction
- Built-in pop filter combats plosives and unwanted noise
- Compact footprint fits into the most  studio setups
- Stereo headphone jack offers zero-latency monitoring
- 360º swing mount for versatile mic positioning 
- Detachable magnetic desk stand provides isolation
- Steel construction resists normal wear and tear


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Apogee MiC PLUS

for iPad, iPhone, Mac and Windows

The Apogee MiC Plus USB microphone is the ideal choice for pristine sound quality and A to D conversion at up to 24-bit/96kHz for a full and clean sound. This mic is so small that you can carry it around in your pocket. Whenever the inspiration strikes for a podcast, you can simply pull it out and start recording. It uses a high-quality cardioid mic capsule for excellent precision. It is lightweight and has a built-in threaded camera mount.

The Apogee MiC Plus has a headphone output and USB port that are well positioned at the bottom of the mic. It comes with a mini tripod, mic stand adapter, USB micro-B to Lightning cable, USB micro-B to USB-A adapter cable and a USB micro-B to USB-C adapter cable. The Apogee MiC Plus is well-priced, high-performance and portable for any remote application.


Specifications
Microphone Type:  Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
Max SPL: 130dB SPL
Sensitivity: -36 dB
Color: Black/Gray
Connector: 1 x USB Micro-B, 1 x 1/8"
Power Source: USB bus powered
Mac: OS X 10.9 or later, iOS 9 or later
PC: Windows 10 or later
Weight: 0.45 lbs.

Features
- Studio-grade cardioid microphone with USB connectivity
- 46dB max preamp gain gives you plenty of input
- Cardioid mic polar pattern, ambient noise rejection
- Front-side LED status/level/blend mode indicator
- Integrated “camera” mount for hands-free recording
- Bottom-end USB port and stereo headphone output
- Mini tripod, mic stand adapter, USB micro-B to Lightning cable, USB micro-B to USB-A adapter cable, and USB micro-B to USB-C adapter cable included


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Shure MV51

Digital Condenser Microphone

The MOTIV line is renowned for creating instruments that can be used to turn any environment into a studio. The Shure MV51 falls in line with other MOTIV instruments that can be used to record audio anywhere. It provides you with all the basic benefits of a plug-and-play USB mic. It was designed with the iOS in mind so if you have an android device, this might not be the best fit for you. Enough with the disappointment; this mic is a great companion for your laptop, especially if you need to track overdubs.

You can access five pre-sets instantly form you MV51’s touch panel or you can dial in EQ, dynamics, and more form the free ShurePlus MOTIV app which allows you to record in full 24-bit/4bkHz digital resolution and compatibility with Dropbox and other export options. The app also makes recording in iOS easy-peezy with its simple and effective interface. Whether you are creating music, gathering news, podcasting, vlogging, conducting interviews or applying your mobile device to any other recording task, this mic delivers the high-quality sound you need.


Specifications
Microphone Type: Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/48kHz
Max SPL: 130dB SPL
Sensitivity: -39 dBv
Color: Silver
Connector: USB Micro-B
Power Source: Bus powered
Software: ShurePlus MOTIV app
Mac: OS X 10.8 or later, iOS 7 or later
PC: Windows 7 SP1 or later, Android 
(OTG cable required)
Dimensions: 5" x 3.3" x 2.7"
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Included: Lightning Cable, USB Cable

Features
- 1" microphone capsule delivers clear sound
- Handy kickstand for tabletop use
- Headphone output provides real-time monitoring
- Includes micro-USB to USB cable
- Includes micro-USB to Lightning cable for iOS devices


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Mackie EM-USB

USB Condenser Microphone

The EM-USB USB condenser microphone provides a top-notch microphone option at a low cost since Mackie believes that brilliant audio quality should not be expensive. It is perfect for streamers podcasters, and all other content creators. It has an onboard gain control with a separate headphone monitoring knob that ensures you hear exactly what your audience does. It allows you to give them a stellar performance.

The EM-USB has an integrated mute button to prevent any nasty-sounding noise as you record. You will love the included tabletop stand that can turn any surface into your very own personal studio. Simply attach the stand, boot up your computer and start recording. With the EM-USB, you will never miss the chance to record an interview, song idea or any natural sound around you. You can even expand to creating ASMR audios!


Features
- USB output connects directly to your computer
- Tough housing stands up to punishment
- Onboard gain controls the mics output volume
- Headphone jack with independent level control
- Handy tabletop tripod mount for any surface

 

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Shure MV5

Digital Condenser Microphone
The Shure MV5 Digital Condenser is an all-in-one microphone or audio interface that includes three DSP presets for podcasting, voiceovers, and recording vocals or instruments. It is kinda like having three microphones on your workstation without the excess clutter. All you do is set it down, hook it up and get started. With the included aluminium stand, you can easily position your MV5. the integrated headphone output delivers handy, low-latency monitoring. You can use the MV5 with anything. Whether you are working in the studio, being a couch potato, or enjoying an afternoon at the park, you only need a computer or smartphone to record your podcast or that song idea that strikes you when you least expect it.

Specifications
Microphone Type: Condenser
Mono/Stereo: Mono
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/48kHz
Max SPL: 130dB SPL
Color: Silver
Connector: USB Micro-B, 1 x 1/8"
Power Source: Bus powered
Software: ShurePlus MOTIV app
Mac: OS X 10.8 or later, iOS 7.0 +
PC: Windows 7 SP1 or later, Android
Dimensions:   2.5" x 2.6" (mic)
Weight: 0.35 lbs. (with stand)
Included: Lightning cable, USB cable, Desktop Stand

Features
- Midsize microphone capsule delivers clear sound
- Detachable aluminum stand for desktop mounting
- Headphone output provides real-time monitoring
- Includes micro-USB to USB cable
- Includes micro-USB to Lightning cable for iOS devices


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Well, we hope that you have found your one true microphone. If you are planning on starting a podcast, youtube channel or a music career, the above microphones, whichever one you choose, will do you great justice. In case you are looking to find a replacement for your old mic, cheer up and get yourself the best of the best. Get yourself a high-quality microphone and get to work. Happy shopping!
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