What’s the difference between USB and XLR microphones? You’ve probably heard of an XLR connected microphone, typically when it comes to condenser microphones (at least with today’s comparison). Yet again, with the ever-rising technology of USB microphones, we’ve seen this question come up more often so we’ve decided to write a guide for you all. So, what’s the difference? To be able to understand the difference between these microphones, we have to know a little information about each connectivity type.
USB microphones are one of our favorite types of mics to write about, so we’re continuing our series of budget-friendly guides on this subject with a nice and balanced price-tag here today — $200 or less. Most USB microphones that are labeled as ‘higher-end’ fall within this category, so you’re in good hands for today. We did see in our USB mics under $100 or even under $50 guides give us some decent options, but today we have a nice collection that brings in some better quality models for you to check out.
A USB microphone for vocals used to be laughed at by many musicians and recording snobs up until a few years ago (some are still elitist and scoff at the idea, but not us). With the quality of these gadgets slowly increasing over time and audio interfaces and DAW getting better at fine-tuning our recordings, we can now say that (some) USB microphones will work well with home recording studios. That’s why today we wanted to give you all our picks as the best USB microphones for vocals. Let’s see what you need to look out for first.
USB microphones are a staple point of really any type of computer setup nowadays. We do remember when they were a rarity and just coming out on the scene, but in this day and age we see them nearly as essential as a mouse or keyboard. We’ve been writing guides on microphones for years now, in particular USB mics, but today we’re going to focus strictly on one budget: the best USB mics for $50 or less.
The variety of different microphone polar pickup patterns may be confusing at times, but when it comes down to the facts, we can make sense of it all. To put it in perspective — If you take some time away from a conversation at a busy restaurant to take in the whole scene, you will realize that you ears are capable of absorbing a variety of sounds at the same time. For instance, you will be able to listen to the music while everyone else is busy talking. In fact, you can overhear what members of the next table are talking about while the music is playing and you say hello to a nearby friend. Frankly, it is amazing the variety of audio signals that human ears can take in and especially, the level of detail with which each of these signals is processed to ensure that you understand each and every bit. However, this is made possible by the powerful and intricate processor located between the ears — the brain!