Learn more about USB Microphones
Charisma, great content, and a voice that enchants listeners are only part of what makes a podcast worth listening to.
You need USB microphones that produce sound quality that bridges gaps between you and your listeners -- a high-fidelity microphone that lets your audience enjoy the show -- while limiting annoying echos, distracting background noises, and other interference from obstructing your production.
Luckily, Moment’s lineup of audio equipment includes the best microphone for podcasting (and filmmaking…..and recording music….and the general home studio environment).
Whether it’s your first episode or 1,000th, choosing a Moment microphone for podcast needs that arise is always the right choice.
Let’s break down a few of our mics that audiophiles love and use in their own creative projects.
Best USB Microphones 2021
Moment’s selection of Shure branded microphones is unrivaled in audio quality and general durability.
The SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone, for example, is in a league of its own, built to capture smooth, warm vocals that connect the speaker and listener while reducing distortions from loud noises.
Its rugged design combined with dynamic controls makes this versatile mic a go-to option that even professional broadcasters and musicians can’t get enough of.
It gets better. The SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone comes equipped with a detachable close-talk windscreen and switch cover plate.
Another homerun by Moment is the MV7 Podcast Microphone -- a slightly more budget-conscious Shure USB studio microphone -- and a dynamic microphone with both USB and XLR outputs for use with computers and professional interfaces.
Connect this mic via USB and download the free ShurePlus™ MOTIV app on the computer for additional features, such as controlling vocal tone and optimizing mic position based on preference.
That’s right; this USB dynamic microphone does all the works for you. No need to thank us.
See the rest of our Shure microphone lineup.
The NT-USB Microphone is a side-address microphone ideal for spoken applications like podcasting & voice-over + recording singing & musical performances.
It’s 100% compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS, as well as iPad’s using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone.
The body features a 3.5mm zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring jack and includes a Pop shield, Tripod desk stand, ring mount, a storage pouch, and a 6m USB cable.
Bottom line? The NT is a creative’s Swiss Army Knife.
The NT-USB MINI Microphone is the best ‘budget’ usb microphone money can buy -- it’s still a super high fidelity mic that delivers crystal-clear sound quality directly to your computer or tablet. The NT-USB MINI is a secret weapon for podcasters, musicians, and gamers alike.
This sub $100 mic also comes loaded with a built-in pop filter for reducing plosives and features a directional cardioid pickup pattern made to reduce room (and other extraneous) noise -- focusing directly on the subject.
In the box, you’ll find the mic, a desk stand, USB-C cable, and 5/8" to 3/8" Thread Adapter.
For on-the-go recording from your iPhone is the SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit by RØDE. It’s a set of one SC6-L and two smartLav+ lavalier microphones for flexible smartphone sessions.
The SC6-L is a simple input/output breakout box with the Lightning connector to connect directly to your iOS device. Optimized to be used with the RØDE Reporter app, the user can enable/disable direct monitoring, alter boost gain, and choose between summed stereo and dual mono.
See our entire lineup of RØDE mics.
Of course, no “Best USB Mic” list could be complete without mentioning one of the oldest brands in the game, so we want to give a shoutout to the ATR4750-USB Omnidirectional Condenser Gooseneck Microphone.
This beauty is perfect for studio work, podcasting or video calls.
Here’s the kicker. As the name implies, the omnidirectional pickup pattern means you get a complete 360° coverage!
The Gooseneck comes with a sturdy desk stand for convenient placement, and its 1.8m cable is terminated with a USB-C connector + comes with USB-C to USB-A adapter, which enables it to connect to practically anything.
View our Audio-Technica selection.
Other Audio Equipment and Add-Ons
We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that good usb microphones are a must for a high-quality production.
We also know that our selection is comprehensive and that you’re guaranteed to find a match for whatever your style or level of experience.
But before you’re ready to become the next Joe Rogan, there’s some other gear you might want to add to your cart -- one of our audio interfaces, a digital recorder, some editing software, and one of the industry’s best headphones for podcasting should be included in your checklist.
If you’re itching for some world-class instruction, enrolling in Moment’s Audio Basics with Caleb Wojcik or the Sound for Filmmakers with Patrick Tomasso wouldn’t hurt either.
We’re almost there! Now that you know what gear you need, let’s answer some of your frequently asked questions.
What are the three types of microphones?
The three main types of microphones are:
- Dynamic microphones
- Condenser microphones
- Ribbon microphones
Dynamic mics are best for recording multiple people together, like the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone. Condenser mics are known for quality and wider frequency & transient response than dynamics. Ribbon mics are natural -- think capturing an instrument or the ambience of a room.
How much does a usb microphone cost?
A usbmicrophone costs as much or as little as you’re willing to invest to have great audio for your production. At Moment, we have pro-level podcast microphones for as little as $99 and deals on elite-level mics.
What is the best usb microphone under $250?
If you're looking for the best usb studio microphone for under $250, one of our favorites is the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone.
What type of microphone is best for podcasting?
The type of microphone that’s best for podcasting delivers exceptional sound quality that seamlessly connects the speakers and listeners, and reduces outside/distracting noise.
Any of Moment’s podcasting microphones mentioned in this list -- like the SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Microphone -- is a perfect choice.
At Moment, we believe in breaking barriers (including sound barriers) between a creative and their goals -- podcasters included -- that’s why we handpick our usb microphones with the host and listener in mind 100% of the time. Browse our selection and see for yourself why we’re the one-stop-shop for trailblazing creatives!
Need more help? Hit up one of our knowledgeable Gear Guides, and they’ll help you find everything you need to make your next piece of work.