Top Budget USB Microphones You Should Definitely Have in 2023

USB microphones

Do you need to improve the way you sound in your zoom meetings, podcasts, or YouTube videos? Then it’s time to invest in quality USB microphones. When scouting for a good USB microphone, you’d want to look out for how great it makes your recording sound along with how easy it is to set up. Typically, we advise that you opt for one that allows you to plug and play or plug and record in this case. 

The best USB microphones should also be easy to move around and offer you noise cancellation. In this article, we’ll be reviewing the top USB microphones available on amazon. We took into account how affordable they are, their various specifications, and also how easy they are to use. Keep reading to find out more.

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1. Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio Microphone

Key Specifications

  • 3.5mm jack
  • Compatible with PCs, tablets, cameras, and headphones
  • USB connectivity
  • Lithium-ion batteries

Price: $165

This very versatile studio microphone is compatible with all PCs, tablets, cameras, iPads, and headphones. It comes with a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. To use, it requires a USB connectivity however, it is also powered by 1 Lithium-ion battery. The package comes with a tripod desk stand, ring mount, store pouch, pop-shield, and a USB cable which makes it super easy to set up. 

2. Elgato Wave Microphone

Key Specifications

  • Anti-clipping technology
  • AA batteries required
  • USB-C connectivity and USB power source
  • Unidirectional polar pattern
  • Tactile mute

Price: From $99.99

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The Elgato wave microphone is a USB condenser microphone and digital mixer ideal for streaming, recording, and podcasting.  The embedded condenser capsule ensures that this microphone captures speech with exact precision. It also has up to 24-bit /48kHZ analog to digital conversion. Included in this package are a USB-C cable, desktop stand, Boom arm adapter, and a quick start guide.

3. Audio-Technica AT2020 Microphone

Key Specifications

  • XLR connector
  • 37 Db audio sensitivity
  • Unidirectional polar pattern
  • 74Db signal-to-noise-ratio

Price: $99

Ideal for a project or home studio applications because of its noise level, this microphone is compatible with any recording program. The audio interfaces with an XLR cable input which has an output connector of 3 integral pins. Its custom-engineered low mass diaphragm provides an extended frequency response and superior transient response. This microphone also has inbuilt noise cancellation as the cardioid pattern reduces unwanted sounds picked up from the sides and rear. 

4. TONOR Computer USB Microphone

Key specifications

  • Corded electric power source
  • USB connector type and connectivity
  • Lithium-ion batteries required
  • Compatible with Laptops and PCs

Price: $49.99

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This plug-and-play microphone is ideal for gaming, conference, streaming, chatting and so much more. It’s super easy to install because you only need to unfold the stand and adjust the filter. Like the Audio Technica, this mic also has a cardioid pickup pattern that helps filter unwanted background noise. When you order this package, you get a microphone with a power cord, foldable mic tripod, mini shock mount, and a pop-filter. This mic is compatible with Laptops and PCs. Unfortunately, it isn’t compatible with an X-box. 

5. FIFINE USB Microphone

Key Specifications

  • USB power source and connector 
  • Compatible with laptops and PCs
  • 78 dB audio sensitivity
  • Plug and play

Price: $28.95

Compatible with laptops and PCs, this microphone isn’t compatible with phones and Xbox. However, it comes with a sturdy build and tripod that makes recording a lot more convenient. It has an additional volume knob that works well with voice assistants like Cortana. The FIFINE microphone has a cardioid pickup pattern that eliminates unwanted background noise. It’s also super easy to use and install.

6. Blue Snowball Ice Microphone

Key Specifications

  • Custom condenser capsule
  • Cardioid pickup pattern
  • USB connectivity and connector
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Compatible with PCs

Price: $34.50

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This Blue Snowball Ice microphone is a stylish USB microphone that is compatible with PCs. It comes with a USB cable and an adjustable desktop stand which allows you to set up your station and also improve your broadcast experience. Thanks to the cardioid pickup pattern, you’re sure to record clear sounds void of unwanted background noise. To set up, you need one lithium-ion battery. 

7. TONOR USB Microphone

Key Specifications

  • USB connector 
  • Compatible with Laptops, PCs, PS4 and iPads
  • Lithium batteries required
  • TC 30

Price: $42.99

This TONOR USB microphone is a plug-and-play mic that requires no additional driver. Also, the TC 30 is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. It has an excellent off-axis suppression function that allows it to capture more natural sounds while suppressing unwanted background noise. You can easily set this mic up by attaching the pop filter to the mic tripod. It comes with a shock mount, condenser microphone, foldable mic tripod, and a pop filter.

8. The Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Key specifications

  • 120 dB
  • Blue voice software
  • Four pickup patterns
  • Plug and play
  • USB connectivity
  • Compatible with Mac and PCs

Price: $129.99

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Unarguably the best USB microphone in the market, the Blue Yeti produces HD sound for your Youtube videos, game streaming, podcasts and so much more.  Unlike most of the USB microphones in this shopping guide, the Blue Yeti has four pickup patterns – Flexible cardioid, Omni, bi-directional, and stereo. This would normally require using multiple microphones with each pickup pattern to record. 

There are also onboard audio controls that allow you to control headphone volume, pattern selection, mic gain, and mute. 

9. Tula Mics USB-C Microphones

Key Specifications

  • 3.5mm jack and USB connector type
  • Compatible with PC/Mac and iOS/Android
  • Multi-pattern polar pattern
  • Lithium-ion batteries required

Price: $158.21

The Tula Mic is a very portable microphone with 8GB of internal memory that records up to 14 hours of continuous high-quality recording. It has a Cardioid and Omni pattern polar that provides quality audio with a very low noise floor. The headphone jack also doubles as an audio input that can be used with any other microphone. To use with an iOS device, you require an Apple camera connector.

We hope this list has helped you make an informed decision in picking out the best USB microphone for your needs. Overall, we recommend opting for the Blue Yeti as it’s a more versatile microphone. However, if you’re looking for something simple you can opt for the other available options. Do share this post with your friends and family who might need this. 

Disclaimer: We might get a commission for some of the products we recommend here, but this doesn’t affect our editorial policy.

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