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Best USB Microphones for Home Recording

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Hello forum users
It has long been thought to make a recording studio at home.
The question is which of these microphones for a home recording is good?
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB
buy RØDE Podcaster
Blue Snowflake review
Thank you very much!


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Boswell Sun, 07/07/2019 - 04:32
Microphone quality apart, it would be very difficult to make a useful home recording studio with just a USB microphone and a computer. This is because a USB microphone is effectively a microphone and audio interface all in one unit, and, while some USB microphones have a headphone output, there is no option to plug in a second or further microphones.

An exception might be if all you ever wanted to do was to record vocals over pre-recorded backing tracks, but it's a very limiting set-up that you would quickly get frustrated with. If you are serious about the "studio" part of your description, then consider getting a microphone that has an XLR connector, and a separate audio interface that plugs into your computer.

You should consider also budgeting for some acoustic treatment for the room you intend to use for recording in.

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pcrecord Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:43
I'm with Boswell, the word "Studio" is way overused. There are so many bedroom recordists now ;)
USB mics are just enough good for gamers and podcasters. If you want to record signing and/or instruments, you are better off with a small recording rig like this :

Establish what you want to record, how many channel at one time and the quality you are looking for.

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paulears Sun, 07/21/2019 - 07:20
For me, USB mics are a non-starter for one reason. You can't record two at the same time in most circumstances. how many times would being able to record a guitar and a voice or other combinations be useful? Loads I guess. One mic and an interface can be expanded. USB mic based systems can't. The Rode Podcast mixers are rather a unique product, and not really designed for recording.