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 ATR2100-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:
- About 3 dB louder output, so you don’t have to push the your 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)
For fantastic audio quality and a natural sound, I recommend the Electro-Voice RE320 dynamic, cardioid microphone.
This mic connects to professional audio equipment via XLR. It’s more sensitive than its competitors, and that means you don’t have risk introducing hiss in your audio by turning up the gain on your preamp.