USB Pro Audio Microphones
Recording professional quality audio no longer requires the use of a professional studio. With improvements to technology making audio equipment more widely available and much more affordable, home studio set-ups can now offer professional quality audio recording at a fraction of the cost. Everything from microphones to audio receivers now offer great sound, with easy plug-and-play capabilities.
Ranging from the cheap and cheerful, to those that offer true pro audio quality, microphones are an essential part of any audio recording set-up. While there are still plenty of audio experts who swear by the traditional microphone, one piece of kit that has exploded in popularity over recent years is the USB microphone. A USB microphone is a microphone that can be connected to any digital device that has recording capability and a USB connector.
With true plug-and-play convenience, USB microphones don’t need any additional audio equipment, which makes them a much cheaper alternative. As they have a built-in digital interface, a separate mic and interface is not required. But, while they may be cheaper, USB microphones do vary according to price, quality and features available – so it pays to know what to look for when buying.
Buying a USB Microphone
When buying a USB microphone, look at factors such as the sample rate, to ensure it has a sample rate of at least 44.1kHz (the rate used on CDs). Bear in mind professional A/V equipment often uses 48kHz and 96kHz sample rates. Also look at bit depth (how many bits of information each sample contains) to ensure it has a minimum 16-bit depth. Look at latency, especially if real-time monitoring during recording is important, as well as mic diaphragm size and polar patterns, to make sure the mic in question suits the type of audio being recorded. Now it’s time to compare the options. With its extensive range of audio equipment, eBay makes this process oh-so easy!