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Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

If you are looking to get into streaming, or even if you are just wanting a better experience for conference calling over your PC or Mac, these are 3 of the best USB microphones on the market currently:

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts
Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

3. Blue Snowball Ice

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

If you're not looking to spend as much, and you just need a good solid USB microphone for a respectable price, the Blue Snowball Ice is a good option for you. You'll be able to get your hands on this microphone for under S$100.00, so it definitely isn't going to break your bank.

Features include:

  • A unique dual condenser capsule design, capable of capturing a variety of recordings, such as music, vocals, multiple person podcasts, gaming and more

  • Instant USB plug and play, no installation required

  • Fully adjustable microphone stand

  • Easily hook up to applications such as Garageband and Audacity, and get playback straight away

Although the sound might be slightly fuzzy, and background noise might become apparent, overall, the Blue Snowball Ice is an all-rounder, it will cater to anyone who needs a solid microphone to record their sounds consistently and conveniently, that's why it is the world's most popular USB style microphone.

Overall Score: 7.5 Stars Out Of 10

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts
Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

2. Blue Yeti

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

Some could refer to the Blue Yeti as the Blue Snowball's dad, it is bigger, better and certainly caters to the more experienced streamer, or anybody looking for a professional standard USB microphone.

Features include:

  • Choice of 4 sound styles; cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo

  • Instantly hook up to applications like Audacity & Garageband without having to install any software

  • Mute option, as well as a dedicated headset port to listen in live to your microphone's output

  • Tri-capsule array - the three condenser capsules are perfect for recording in any situation

The Blue Yeti is top of the range for sound quality and overall accessibility when it comes to utilising its features. The only downside seems to be that it is really heavy - Something streamers tend to stay away from, especially when they want it to be suspended from a boom stand. Overall though, it is perfect for those who are looking to spend a lot, to get the best. You can pick this USB microphone up for around S$180.00.

Overall score: 9 Stars Out Of 10

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts
Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

1. Rode NT-USB

Top 3 USB Microphones For Streaming & Podcasts

If you want the best USB microphone in terms of sound quality, design and ease of use, we recommend buying the Rode NT-USB. It will cost you in the region of S$250.00, depending on where you opt to purchase this microphone from. The Rode NT-USB is a lightweight, crisp and easy to set up microphone, it is on par, if not slightly better than the Blue Yeti. Both microphones produce the market's best sounds, however, the Blue Yeti is a little more sensitive up close, so we thought the Rode NT-USB wins on this difference.

Features include:

  • Dedicated headset port, to listen in on your audio output

  • Easily plug and play into your favourite sound recording apps, like Audacity and Garageband

  • Free pop filter included, to minimise spikes and improve ability to speak or sing up close

  • Easily connect to a boom arm, microphone is very lightweight, at only 0.5 kg.

Overall, the Rode is a notch above the Yeti, as it includes a pop filter, and is lightweight, which are features that go a class above, especially for setting up streamers and musicians quickly.

Overall score: 9.5 Stars Out Of 10

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