The Best (Affordable) USB Mic for Podcasts and Voice Overs

Best USB Microphone

An Affordable Microphone

If you haven’t noticed, bad audio can ruin a good video.

That’s why I’m such a stickler for good audio and microphones.

I’m sure you’ve heard your fair share of videos that use the built in camera mic, or built in computer mic to capture the main sound.

Believe me, once you go mic, it won’t sound right if you don’t use one.

Ask any video professional and they will tell you that you need to invest in a microphone if you want to create high quality videos. Which leads me to a question that I received from a video chef who wanted to know more about the mic that I use for our Cook a Better Video podcast and for voice overs.

The Best USB Mic for Podcasts and Voice Overs

You don’t have to spend a bundle to get high quality sound. Though I sometimes use a broadcast mic (an Electro-Voice RE-20), I have an alternative mic that I use more often.

Audio-Technica 2005 USB

AT 2005 USB/XLR Mic

It’s the Audio-Technica AT 2005USB mic and I love it for a couple of reasons.

First, the audio quality is amazing.

Second, the price (I found mine on Amazon for $50 and I’ve seen it for as low as $40, so keep your eye on it).

Third, the mic not only has a USB jack for use with your computer, it also has an XLR connection which means that you can use it with a traditional camera.

The AT 2005 (see what’s in the box) works great for voice overs, podcasts, and as a field mic, but you should definitely get a pop filter and windscreen because I found this mic to be very sensitive to plosives. I also use a small music boom as a desk mic stand.

This video demonstrates the mic and my set up.

Gear mentioned in this video (affiliate links – thanks for the support!)
AT-2005 USB Mic: ($55 or so)
Table Boom: ($22)
Wind Screen: ($2)
Pop Filter: ($12)

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  1. Daniel Fortes says:

    That is a cool dish you served up chef! Nice work as always!

  2. Thanks Amani! Awesome tips, getting my equipment setup today.

  3. John Demers says:

    Need to replace a mic. Thanks for the tip Amani!

  4. Thanks for the demo Amani. I’m in need of a mic upgrade for my animation and can’t decide which mic to purchase. The Audio Technica has a great sound however, I’m still leaning towards the Blue Yeti or the Snowball.

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