The new updated USB Microphone list


I thought it was time for a new USB microphone post. The previous one doesn’t really capture the market anymore, and some newer readers might never had found it anyway. So here’s a selection of what’s out there today. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried and compared these.

Samson is one of the few companies out there that actually has a full lineup of USB microphones, including C01U, C03U, G-Track (which has a built in audio interface for instruments!), and the Q1U dynamic.

Blue Microphones Snowball. The Blue Snowball looks cool (top picture), but I don’t hear great things about it, which is a little odd since ‘normal’ microphones from Blue usually gets praised.

A comparing review of Blue Snowball and Samson C01U can be found at Macworld.


Blue Microphones latest USB solution – the Snowflake – is a beauty. It’s not a good thing that I can’t seem to find much info about it on their website, but my previous post can perhaps help a little with details, and my constant mention of it shows how cool I think it looks.

Like Samson, MXL has a whole series of USB microphones. Besides the now standard types of condenser microphones, they have stereo USB condenser microphones. Here’s a previous post on the 990 stereo condenser.

Røde Podcaster is the famous company’s podcasting solution, and from what I hear, it’s pretty good! You’ll also find a close to meaningless video of it on the above link.

Alesis USB-Mic Podcasting Kit is one of the bundles out there. Besides the microphone, I believe it includes a stand, headphones as well as the audio application Audacity (which is free anyway).

M-Audio Session Music Producer is as the name suggests intended for (low budget) recording musicians, but the package might be of interest to podcasters as well. It includes a USB microphone (previous post) as well as recording software.


Audio-Technica AT2020 USB is based on the companies original AT2020 (non-USB) model.

I recently stumbled upon the Phoenix Audio Solo, and I thought it at least looked nice. Phoenix calls it a “desktop conference microphone”.

Nady has two USB microphones on the market: the dynamic USB-24M and the condenser USB-1C (previous post).

sE Electronics, famous for acoustic solutions for microphones among other things, also have two USB microphones on the market, the USB2200a, and the USB1000a.

Originally posted on February 29, 2008 @ 2:29 am

3 responses to “The new updated USB Microphone list”

  1. This is a great list, and one that I shall go forward with in describing the merits of each item. I just recently obtained my distributor agreement with a very well known (in circles) vendor and will be offering all of these microphones at unheard of before discounts by the end of April, on my web site at Virtual Interactive Systems.

    Why the end of the month ? Well, the main reason for my site is support to the SMB community as well as to market my Video Productions and Marketing Services for the small business owner. I wanted to be able to provide the SMB community with the tools to enable them to broadcast about their products and services with as close to professional tools as possible for pod casting but, at a price that was reasonable. I have had some technology challenges getting a shopping cart to function properly with my WordPress theme,and this is the reason for the the delay. So stand by for a PR news release any day now, and then head on over for News and Tips and the best pricing on USB microphones East of the Louisianan Purchase.

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