From gamers to professionals, we have a computer microphone for you

If you want to edit or mix audio on your laptop or PC, the first step is getting some audio to edit. For most, that means recording live audio, music or speech with a microphone. Most use high-efficiency condenser pick-ups and are extremely easy to use.

There are a wide variety of computer microphones available today from respected high-end manufacturers such as Seiren, Fifine, Kinobo, ModMic, as well as a host of unbranded and low-end models.

Microphone Polarity

When you are selecting a microphone, you need to make sure it is truly fit for the purposes you'll be putting it to. One of the most important aspects is the microphone's "polarity", or the geometry of how it picks up sound. The key is visualising where your subjects will be relative to the microphone, and choosing one whose sweet spot covers those you wish to record.

"Shotgun" type mics pick up sound best in a thin cone extending from the front of the instrument. Omnidirectional mics pick up sound equally well in nearly all directions. Cardioid mics pick up sound best in a "heart-shaped" field projecting from the front and sides of the instrument.

Studio-grade computer microphones

If you are doing professional recording, you'll need high quality, studio-grade mics. These provide the best audio quality and least noise, the lowest noise ratios, and are really the bare minimum which should be used for voiceovers or professional audio recording.

Studio-grade mics come in all types, from shotgun and boom mics to desktop models and clip-on or lavalier models.

Gaming or hobby-grade computer microphones

For gaming or amateur use, you might not need a high-end model. Most gaming headsets plug into to your laptop or desktop via a USB port. Many headsets have built-in in-line mics which can do in a pinch. Many gamers and hobbyists do opt for high-end desktop microphones, though, and appreciate the higher audio quality that they provide.