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Samson Q2U studio mic
This is the mic to start with if you’re on a budget. It’s even great to get an extra for mobile use!
Like the Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB and AT2005USB, the Samson Q2U is a dynamic, cardioid microphone that can connect directly to your computer via USB. It can also (and simultaneously) connect to professional audio equipment via XLR.
But here's what makes the Q2U a better choice (but the other two are still good):
- About 3 dB louder output, so you don't have to push the gain so much
- A 4 inch (10 cm) mic-stand riser, so you can get the mic closer to your voice
- Lower price, usually around $60 (USD) and frequent sales drop it as low as $40
Where to buy the Q2U
Electro-Voice RE320 studio mic
Where to buy the RE320
Electro-Voice RE50 handheld interview mic
For video interviews or handheld-microphone recordings, the Electro-Voice RE50 is a fantastic choice! The RE50 is designed for hand-holding with internal shock protection and a durable design. The dynamic mic capsule is omnidirectional, which is far more forgiving when you might accidentally be off-axis from the mic.