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Best PC Microphones for Streaming and Recording 2015

Updated on January 14, 2015

In today's world, microphones are very useful devices. Whether you are recording personal music, voice overs, or just want to hear your own voice, we have come up with the best microphones out there for your PC for 2015

Top Mics for YouTube, Streaming, and Recording in 2015

Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone (Brushed Aluminum)

For only $100, and with all the qualities of a high end and more expensive microphone, the Blue Snowball USB Microphone is easy to use and well worth the money. In fact, this microphone is used by many professionals including podcasters and radio announcers.

Pros: First off the ease of this little microphone is incredible. After buying this microphone all you have to do is take it out of its case, plug it into your PC or mac, and you are ready to record. The Blue company has a reputation for very high quality studio microphones and have designed the Snowball in order to show their superb audio quality. The Snowball is also super versatile because it has the ability to record what is surrounding it. In addition, the Snowball comes with three recording settings from cadioid to even omni.

Cons: The Blue Snowball is great for voice overs and loud noises that are very close to the microphone. However, the Snowball is not a very good microphone for trying to record far away noise sources.

Overall, the Snowball is small comes with a tripod, and is a great little microphone to record things on. If you are looking for a microphone you can take with you or record voice overs with, this is the perfect choice.

Blue Yeti Microphone

The Blue microphone brand is continually enhancing its performance in PC microphones. The Blue Yeti USB microphone proves just how much Blue has advanced with its amazing features and top notch recording quality.

Pros: The Blue Yeti microphone is a more powerful sequel to its Snowball sibling. With cool sixty's style metal construction, and an awesomely designed footprint table stand, the Blue Yeti is an incredible microphone for only $120. With a 5v-powered USB makeup and with many recording controls, this little microphone can record from anywhere and give you professional sounding quality. What is even more awesome about this microphone is that it comes with multiple patterns like cardioid and bi-directional. These patterns are not just beginners' recording patterns though, they are professionally designed to precisely record what you want how you want it. The cord to this USB microphone is also long enough that you won't have to worry about a large extension like other microphones.

Cons: While this microphone is easy to set up, it is harder to figure out how to balance the inputs and outputs.

Overall, the Yeti is the most advanced technology microphone out there for the price. With its different recording patterns, and its unbelievable sound quality, this is definitely a PC microphone to look into owning.

Sennheiser MKE 2-P-C - microphone

At $340, the Sennheiser MKE 2-P-C microphone is a little pricier but has very high end components. At 4.3 ounces, the Sennheiser is a very portable microphone that you can connect to your PC.

Pros: The MKE 2 has very high quality recording sound, a multitude of applications, and is suitable for both instrument and voice recording. The flat frequency response is very good for this microphone, and it comes with an omnidirectional pick up pattern so it can pick up overall sound. The sound quality is perfectly robust and noise handling will not give you problems. It also comes with a 3m cord, which is pretty long for a microphone. So, if you want a higher end recording microphone for work or just for hobbies, this is a good microphone.

Cons: This microphone has crisp sound quality, but struggles in its ability to change the pattern. The Omni-directional pattern is the only one available on this model.

Overall, the Sennheiser MKE is perfect for professional quality recordings and for long distance recording. The MKE may be a little pricier, but it proves itself as a great recording microphone with exceptional sound feedback.

MXL Studio 1 USB Connector Desktop Recording Kit

MXL microphones have proved themselves in the past in terms of high sound quality and durability. The Studio 1 microphone by MXL is very easy to use, comes with a price of only $110, and is very sensitive to sound.

Pros: The MXL Studio has a great package to offer as a USB microphone. With a sturdy stand and hard case for travel, superb sound quality, and sensitivity that can pick up noise from long distance, the MXL Studio 1 USB recording kit is all you need to start recording music or voice overs. It is also a flexible microphone that can be moved directionally to pick up sound. So, if you want an adaptable USB microphone that is smart about sound, this is a perfect pick.

Cons: The MXL Studio 1 is only directional in one direction meaning it does not have other patterns for picking up sound. Also, it is a little hard to set up the software for the microphone.

Overall, the MXL Studio 1 is a great choice for a PC microphone; it is affordable, slender, well designed, and will give you crystal clear sound.

CAD Audio U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
CAD Audio U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone

This is the bestseller of 2015 and perfect for the streamer or YouTuber just starting out.

Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone (Discontinued)
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone (Discontinued)

If you're ready for something more high-end, I highly recommend the Audio Technica Cardioid Condenser Mic.


Logitech USB Desktop Microphone

Logitech is a huge brand that knows how to make accessories for PCS. With the USB desktop microphone, Logitech has created a very affordable $20 microphone that is basic enough to pick up great quality recordings.

Pros: The Logitech USB desktop microphone comes with an 8-foot long cord, a mute button, and USB port connectivity. Overall, this microphone is slender, light, and easy to use.

Cons: This microphone cannot be used for music as it is less expensive and cannot record at sensitive frequencies. So, this is a microphone that can be primarily used for voice over recordings.

All in all, theLogitech USB desktop is a great PC microphone for the business man or woman looking to create voice recordings.

In the world of PC microphones, the best microphones are those that can record an array of things. Keeping that in mind, the best PC microphone of 2015 is the Yeti by Blue. The Yeti is affordable and has the ability to record many voices at different recording patterns.

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