BestUSB microphone for MaciMore2022. Whether you're video chatting with friends and family or signing into a remote work meeting, you can never go wrong with one of the best Mac USB microphones.
Just plug one into your Mac, and just like that, you'll sound better and clearer than ever before.
The best option when it comes to versatility and convenience is the Blue Yeti.
Not only can it record in four different modes, but its 16bit/48kHz recording sample rate always comes out sounding loud and clear. The four different recording modes are where the Blue Yeti really shines because there's practically nothing you can't record with the Blue Yeti if it's set in the right mode.
If you have a new MacBook that only has USB-C ports, you will need one of the best USB-C Hubs for MacBook Pro to plug it in. Once you do, you won't be disappointed. I'm not the only one that loves the Blue Yeti, Rene Ritchie has been using his for years, and he loves how easy the Blue Yeti is to use.
"Blue Yeti is still my pick for best USB microphone — not just for the Mac but for anyone starting out doing anything, including podcasts, audiobooks, live streams, videos, and more.
It plugs right into your device, no audio interface needed, sounds great out of the box, and has a few simple options if you need to adjust for particular circumstances, like two people sharing one mic.
Best overall: Blue Yeti
Of course, it can't beat a high-end XLR mic and interface, but at a tenth or less the price, it sounds so good you'll probably think twice, hard, before considering those higher-end purchases.
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It's the mic I used for years, still, travel with today, and always recommend to anyone who asks." — Rene Ritchie, 10-year podcast veteran and host of iMore show, MacBreak Weekly, and VECTOR. Its basic cardioid mode is fantastic for capturing a single voice or instrument in front of the mic, making it perfect for game streaming, video calls, or vocals.
The omnidirectional mode allows the Blue Yeti to pick up sounds from all around it, meaning you can put it in the middle of a table and have multiple people speaking, and it won't miss a single word.
This mode is great for podcasting with multiple hosts and guests or for capturing the noise around you. Bidirectional mode allows the Blue Yeti to be an interview microphone with minimal setup. Just put the microphone between you and the other person speaking and never touch it again.
Lastly, stereo recording mode allows the Blue Yeti to use the left and right channels to record in stereo and give your recordings a more realistic soundstage when there is more than one sound source in front of the microphone.
Headphone jack for live monitoring. Manually gain adjustment. Four record modes. Most features for the best price. With four recording modes, plug-and-play functionality, and live monitoring, the Blue Yeti offers the most versatile experience for the best price.
Source: Luke Filipowicz / iMore. While the Blue Yeti may still take top spot on our list because of its price, the HyperX QuadCast S is a close runner-up.
Great for singer/songwriters: Audio-Technica AT2020 USB
This microphone has handled everything I have thrown at it and has always left me impressed.
Although it's primarily billed as a gaming microphone, I recorded podcasts, took video calls, laid down some acoustic guitar and basic vocals using the HyperX QuadCast S, and all of that sounded stellar.
The microphone records 48kHz/16-bit audio and has three 14mm condensers, which provides enough data for post-production if you want to go that route. You can certainly pop this microphone down in front of yourself and tune your voice in lots of different ways in your favorite audio mixing program of your choice.
Even though I'm not a talented audio engineer or musician, I was able to lay down a pretty simple acoustic guitar track and then record some vocals and come out with a mix that sounded pretty good.
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Of course, hardcore musicians are definitely not using a USB microphone to record, but it certainly works for very basic music recording in a pinch. As much as I have become enamored with this microphone, the QuadCast S has one glaring issue that might be a big deal to you.
HyperX's software to control the microphone called Ngenuity is not available on Mac. This means that you can't customize the RGB lighting when using the QuadCast S with your Mac, so you're stuck with the rotating rainbow pattern.
Lastly, the stylish RGB lighting and the built-in pop filter are nice extra touches that help make the HyperX QuadCast S a real contender. Headphone jack for live monitoring. Manually gain adjustment. Four record modes.
built-in pop filter. Not all features are available on Mac.
A bit more expensive. Stylish upgrade. Even though the Mac can't use all the features due to software limitations, the stylish look and beautifully clear audio recording make the HyperX QuadCast S is a solid USB microphone for Mac users.
Rode has been an excellent producer of microphones for years now, and although the Rode NT-USB Mini may look unassuming, it's a handy little USB microphone.
The Rode NT-USB Mini is a great compact option for recording voices with a magnetic stand that can easily attach to mic stands, an AUX input for live monitoring, and a built-in pop filter.
The 24-bit at 48Khz sample rate offers excellent audio quality, and the sound isolation that the unidirectional microphone gets out of such a small device is pretty impressive.
Great for singer/songwriters
Built-in pop filter. USB-C powered, and a compact design makes this an excellent microphone for a Macbook user. Source: Blue Microphones. Blue's newest USB microphone takes a lot of what people love about the Blue Yeti and shrinks it down (both in size and price) into a pretty compelling product.
Both its cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns support sample rates up to 24-bit at 48Khz, and its included stand keeps it stable while recording so you don't get any noise from the microphone moving around.
No manual gain control. Only two recording patterns. A compact microphone that still offers a lot. The cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns support sample rates up to 24-bit at 48Khz, which is slightly better than its larger version.
Functioning much like a traditional XLR microphone, the Audio-Technica AT2020USB is ideal for the singer/songwriter in you who loves to record digitally. Being a cardioid microphone, the AT2020 USB performs best when recording sound from a single source located in front of the microphone. What makes the AT2020 USB so great for musicians is its ability to easily fit into shock mounts and mic booms, allowing you to position the microphone perfectly in your space.