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Top 3 USB microphones for screencasts, voice-overs, and podcasts

  • Record professional sounding audio without needing to purchase additional equipment. (You can plug the mic directly into your computer’s USB port.)
  • Record at a higher quality than a USB headset or your computer’s built-in microphone.
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Rode Podcaster

http://www.rodemic.com/mics/po...

The Podcaster by Rode Microphones costs $229 and is often considered to have to the best audio quality of any USB mic.

A headphone jack is included on the mic, which can be used as a monitor (so you can hear your voice while recording).

This mic does not include a stand.

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Blue Yeti

http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/

The Yeti by Blue Microphones costs $102.

The Yeti includes four recording pattern settings: stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional.

If you’re recording a single voice (yourself), you would use the cardioid (heart-shape) setting. This will pick up the sound coming from directly in front of the microphone and cancel out any background noise. Watch this video to make sure you’re positioning the mic correctly.

A headphone jack is included on the mic, which can be used as a monitor (so you can hear your voice while recording). Gain controls are also included for adjusting the input volume.

This mic includes a stand, but you can also detach the mic and use your own mic stand and shockmount if needed.

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Audio Technica AT2020

http://www.audio-technica.com/...

The Audio Technica AT2020 costs $149.

This mic includes a stand, but you can also detach the mic and use your own mic stand and shockmount if needed.

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