The best USB microphone for voiceover | TOP PICKS!
Hi friend and Welcome!
The best USB microphone for voiceover you ask? I have the solution! Before we get into it though, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
You’ve come to the right place!!
What I will bring you in this article
Nowadays there are so many mics on the market that choosing one can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, finding the best USB one isn’t quite as complicated because the selection isn’t huge. I’ve done quite a bit of research on this subject, and have come to a solid consensus on which one is most deserving of your hard earned dollar. It tops most short lists, and appears in nearly all lists regardless.
That said, there are some considerations that need to be made before purchase, as with any piece of gear.
Budget. Because USB mics aren’t ridiculously priced, you’ll spend anywhere from $50 – $150 based on my recommendations. I like to think of the happy medium around $100. This seems like the benchmark price for a good one in this category.
Acoustic Sound Treatment. Some of these have been known to pick up a lot of background noise. Being cardioid condensers (What is a cardioid capsule?), they may be a bit noisy. Luckily you can remedy this quite easily. Invest in some acoustic studio foam, bass traps, or just line the walls with old comforters and blankets. You could even get an acoustic shield which surrounds the mic, or make one yourself. The possibilities are endless. The idea is to simply deaden the sound enough to where you get a decent to excellent recording.
Your voice. Low pitched or high pitched? Something to keep in mind, but definitely not a deal breaker with these mics, as they do well with most voices.
Based on a seemingly endless amount of research, this mic is no doubt #1 in this category hands down. There’s really no question about it. No fuss no muss. Looking for the best solution to the voice-over dilemma? This is it. Now you may be asking me:
Why? Glad you asked.
Versatility. Does well in a variety of applications. Just don’t purchase it with the intent on solely recording vocals and instruments. It can also be used with the provided stand, or with a separate mic stand + shock-mount as well as: a windscreen or pop-filter depending on your preference.
Convenience. Just plug and play!
Features. This baby is basically ready to go out of the box. 4 polar patterns, gain switch, zero latencyheadphone jack for live monitoring (What is latency?), mute button, great USB cable, and elegant design make it perfect for pod-casters who need everything in one place.
It’s solid as a rock. It may look like an industrial sized dildo (or a cool spaceship), but rest assured this beast is strong and durable.
Well rounded sound. Does exceptional with an array of voice types.
Popular. Opinions do vary, but you will find the Yeti at or near the top of many short lists for best USB mic.
An array of colors. Comes in Blackout, Platinum , Silver, Space Grey, and White-out! (subject to change based on popularity and demand).
Audio Technica AT2020 USB
Some say this baby has a little better clarity and sound quality, but you will pay a bit more for it. It’s also a lot more versatile than the Yeti, with it’s main draw being vocals and instruments. The Yeti is more geared towards voice-over, hence why it’s #1.
Rundown of the AT2020
Does have better sound quality and more clarity in many eyes.
The AT2020 Plus Version has built in headphone jack for live monitoring.
More versatility. The AT2020 does well with nearly anything, while the Yeti is more geared towards podcasting.
Also rock solid. May have better longevity than the Yeti.
Note: the USB plus is an upgraded version, with a built in headphone jack for live recording.
I ignored this little light-bulb sized mic for the longest time, but because it kept popping up in reviews I couldn’t keep neglecting to mention it 😛 It’s a solid workhorse solution that comes in at a very affordable price point. This would be the mic to get if you’re just getting your feet wet and don’t want to spend a whole lot. I love the sound and feel of this one especially. You feel like you’ve made a good investment when you put this thing in your hand. 🙂
Still, if you can manage it, the Yeti is what you’re after first and foremost, followed by the AT2020.
Learn more about the Yeti in my in depth and informative:
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.