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 best USB microphone nowadays can begin to rival even some studio-quality mics. They’re skyrocketing in popularity and overall quality and are amazing microphones for quite a few reasons — not only are they easy to use with their simple plug-and-play abilities for PC’s, Macs or Laptops, but they’re also extremely versatile to span across several different ‘uses’ and ‘applications’. They are very versatile to work for podcasts, gaming, live calls, streaming, YouTube videos, home studio recording, and more.