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A USB microphone offers the fastest and easiest way to record audio, speech or vocals - simply plug and play via the USB port of the Mac, MacBook, PC or laptop. But which microphones are suitable for what? Which microphone is good for Teamspeak and Skype, which microphones are suitable for a podcast and which mic is best for recording vocals or instruments?
There are three essential microphone characteristics for recordings at your desk at home or in the home studio that you should know if you are looking for a USB microphone. Okay, if it's just a headset, you might not have to go into too much detail. But if you want to record vocals, instruments or your voice for a podcast, you should have heard these three types at least once:
Before I come to three examples of USB microphones that you can order on Amazon, I would like to briefly discuss these terms. Especially if you don't just skype, but want to use the USB microphone for semi-professional recordings of speech or music, then you will probably stumble upon these terms more often:
This USB microphone is an average bestseller product on Amazon. The auna microphone with USB plug and play is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It is therefore well suited for voice recording, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. In the question and answer area of the product page, however, it is also stated that the recording of vocals and guitar is good with the appropriate alignment and control. Incidentally, a spider is also included in the scope of delivery.
This Samson USB microphone also brings very good reviews, many questions and answers and a bestseller status on Amazon. The cardioid condenser microphone has its own feet, a headphone output, a volume control and so on. A real all-rounder - in connection with an iPad also ideal for mobile podcast recordings.
This headset is well suited for rather simple recordings, for Teamspeak, Skype and similar applications. The USB microphone has its own noise suppression. According to Amazon, the USB headset is often bought in a bundle with the matching 720 HD webcam. This bundle can also be interesting for YouTubers who do instructions, vlogs or Let's Plays with Face Cam from their desk.
A question just came in from a reader. He asked what software I would recommend for recording - specifically in the "Voices" section. I have to admit, I'm not a big audio whizz, but of a few Apps heard, which I like to mention here.
One app that is probably known to many is "Garageband" from Apple (here for iOS and here for macOS) – works the same on Mac as it does on iPad or iPhone. Certainly an app that can hardly be topped in relation to the range of functions and the price. However, it is also quite a dump in terms of memory. Garage band is not only suitable for multi-track recording of music and singing, but also for interviews or podcasts.
Another app that should be briefly mentioned here is "Hindenburg". A software that was specially developed for radio broadcasts and interviews and is therefore particularly suitable for voice recordings - including podcasts. There are various versions of Hindenburg, whereby for us "Hindenburg journalist"(macOS version) and"Hindenburg field recorder"(iOS) are interesting.
Finally, my recommendation goes for auponic out, about which I've heard only good things in podcasts. You throw your almost-finished audio file in there and auphonic filters and edits noise with a little magic and clever algorithms, adjusts the level and does similar helpful things. And - as I have heard - surprisingly well.
USB or no USB, condenser or other microphone - which microphones do you use to communicate with others? Which projects do you implement with the corresponding USB microphone? Feel free to leave a comment on the subject of USB microphones - also like the model used, whether Samson, auna, Røde, Logitech or other brands;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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