USB Mic Stories February 10, 2016

Samson Meteorite USB Mic for Mac/PC: $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

Firemall via Amazon is offering the Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone in black for $39.99, but code EQNDRAIF will drop your total down to $29.99. It ships free for Prime members or in orders over $35. That’s 25% below the original listing, and the best price we can find by $10. Today’s deal is just for the black model, but as a price comparison, both the black and silver options still generally sell for $40 at most retailers.

USB Mic Stories October 14, 2015

Update (10/20 8:15am): Amazon is now offering the same bundle but with the dark green/brown set of ATH-50x for $199.99 shipped.

Adorama is back with another one its home recording/podcasting bundles, and this time we are getting some very highly rated items. You can grab the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Monitor Headphones in white and a Blue Microphones Yeti Blackout Edition USB Microphone for $199.99 shipped. Combining the value of both items together, that’s $100 under the original prices, $91 below the current best prices for both the mic and headphones on Amazon and the best we can find.

A bundle like this is ideal for podcasters and those looking to get better quality out of their home recordings. The ATH M-series are widely considered to be among the best in the price range with 45mm large-aperture drivers, 90 degree swiveling earcups, professional-grade earpad/headband materials and more. They have a very impressive 4.7/5 star rating from over 2,300 Amazon customers.

The extremely popular Blue USB mics have been one of the most popular USB options for quite some time now and have received fantastic reviews with a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 3,000 Amazon customers. It has multiple pickup patterns for recording in various situations, built-in gain, mute and monitoring functions and will work with your Mac (or PC) right out of the box.   

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USB Mic Stories September 11, 2015

expiredBlue Microphones: Yeti USB (silver or platinum) $85 shipped (Reg. $130), more

Today only, Woot is offering some nice prices on popular Blue Microphones starting with the Yeti USB Mic in silver or platinum for $79.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $45 under the regular price/Amazon, and the best price we can find.

Perfect for podcasting and home recordings, this is a tri-capsule condenser mic with cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo pattern selections, along with an on-board mute and monitoring output. It is the best selling condenser mic on Amazon and has a 4.5/5 star rating from over 2,800 Amazon customers.

Woot also has the Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic in multiple colors for $49.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping. While we have seen this mic dip down to $40, this is currently the best price we can find from a trusted dealer. This is a dual capsule condenser design and includes a desktop stand and USB cable. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 2,100 Amazon customers.

USB Mic Stories September 3, 2015

Upgrade your podcast game: Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ mic & CAD Acousti-Shield $149 shipped ($244 value)

Adorama is once again offering its Audio-Technica mic combo deal, but this time for even less. You can grab the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone with a CAD Audio Acousti-Shield 32 Stand Mounted Acoustic Enclosure for $149 shipped. Combining both items, that’s about $130 under the original listings, nearly $100 under the current Amazon prices for both the mic and shield, $10 under our last mention on this bundle and the best we can find.

This USB condenser mic is definitely an upgrade in quality over your built-in options. It supports 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz A/D conversion and houses a helpful headphone jack for direct monitoring. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 80 Amazon customers.

As I mentioned previously, even with a good mic the sound of your room can still ruin your recordings, and an acoustic shield is a great way to combat those nasty early reflections. This is a compact perforated stainless steel shield that is perfect for starter musicians and podcasters. This model has a 4.2/5 star rating from over 110 Amazon customers.

USB Mic Stories July 21, 2015

expiredBlue Microphones Snowball USB Mic $40 shipped (Reg. up to $60)

Newegg Flash has the Blue Microphones Snowball USB Mic for $39.99 shipped. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $16 below Amazon and the best price we can find. It still fetches as much as $60+ at some retailers.

This USB mic will certainly offer much better audio quality than your built-in options, making it great for music production, podcasting and more. It will work with your Mac or PC right out of the box and features a dual cap design, -10dB pad, and comes with the desktop stand seen above, and the USB cable.

It has an impressive 4.5/5 stars from over 2,000 Amazon customers.

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The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC – no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioids, cardioids with -10dB pad and Omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band – and it’s ideal for podcasting.

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