Plug en speel
Virtually all USB microphones are plug and play. That is, you usually don’t have to do much more than connect the cable, before the microphone works. The computer recognizes the microphone directly and you don't have to install special software to use the USB microphone. Often you should select the microphone when you enter your computer.
Built-in audio interface
A bunch of USB microphones have a built-in audio interface. This has the advantage of connecting other devices to the microphone, which then connects these devices to the computer. For example, think of aheadphones. That's how you can get on the Red NT USB directly connect your headphones. The volume button for the headphones is also built into the microphone. This makes you easily control everything from the microphone.
Recording or podcast music
USB microphones come in different types, for different purposes. That's how you have models that work like a capacitor microphone. Or models that are dynamic. Condensator microphones are very sensitive. They therefore take up in a large radius around the microphone. This is ideal to include instruments or vocals. Dynamic microphones are much more direct in their shots. You need to talk much more directly into this microphone so that the sound is properly taken care of. These microphones are much less sensitive than capacitor microphones. But thereby serve a very different end. Think, for example, of podcasts or online gaming. You want to take the speech well and clearly, but if someone walks into the room unsolicited, you'd rather not listen to it in the recording.
Condensator: Sensitive microphone that catches a lot. Suitable for inclusion of instruments and singing.
Dynamic: A microphone that is not very sensitive. Talk directly into the microphone.
Pop Filter: A screen that counteracts the plop sound of your mouth. Sometimes built into the microphone. Sometimes external.
Shockmount: The holder where the microphone is hanging in. These are specially designed that shocks and punches are no longer taken care of by the microphone.
Latency: Delay in the recording signal. You obviously want it as low as possible.
Studio Quality: These microphones are suitable for recording instruments and vocals in studio quality.
Audio-interface: external sound card. Incorporated into some USB microphones
Popular brands and models
The most popular brand for studio quality usb microphones and microphones is Red. The NT-USB and NT-USB Mini have been the best-selling models on the market since their introduction. You'd rather have an affordable model. Then think of a Stagg USB microphoneA complete package including pop filter and tripod. Look for a model with XLR connection then check our collection studio microphones.