Using zoom is not a problem, but finding the best microphone to use with zoom is a hard nut to crack. If you are a presenter then getting good audio is a big problem for you. While recording a session or meeting you want it to be top-notch.

After the start of his pandemic there was a sudden increase in the use of Zoom’s online meeting platform. Since the entire world went into remote working mode, zoom got a lot of traction. This new way of working helped zoom to focus on the online meeting platform.

I myself was facing this same problem of bad audio, so I dug deep and tried to find the solution to this problem. Twice or thrice in a month I have to give presentations to different teams and vendors. On my first two presentations, attendees complained about the bad audio. So I knew I had to do something.

Zoom calls are a lot similar to having an online session or webinar. You are presenting to someone or just connecting for an online call. It’s like you are creating a youtube video. So all you need is an external microphone for a zoom meeting. But finding the best microphone was not an easy task.

There are a ton of external microphones available now. What type of microphone should I use. I even searched for some online articles on the best microphone for zoom calls. But the suggestions were terrible. Because many of the articles were simply suggesting a costlier microphone, and these were XLR microphones that required an external power source. 

So these guys are suggesting that I not only buy a microphone but also a power source. Which is as stupid as it sounds. So I went on a hunt to find the best USB microphone for zoom calls. Yes, the best pick would be a USB microphone which would not require any external power source.

If things are getting complicated don’t worry I have listed below the top 10 best microphones to use with zoom meetings. This list of external microphones is created according to my research. I have also mentioned my favorite which I would recommend to anyone eye closed and the budget microphone since all of us want a cheaper alternative.

USB microphones are the best microphones when it comes to zoom calls. So I have only mentioned microphones which are usb types. This means they don’t require any external power source like the scarlet to power the microphone. All the microphones mentioned in the list are simple plug and play.

So these are some of the best external microphones for zoom meetings that you can use to make your zoom audio better. In the end, we have listed the budget option, author favorite and most portable microphone for zoom call so do check them out.

Top 10 best microphone to use with zoom.

Blue Yeti

microphone to use with zoom

Blue yeti has to be my favorite pick for the best microphone to use with zoom calls. It is one of the simplest microphones to use. In every article on the internet regarding the best microphone you will definitely find Blue yeti at the top of that list.

Blue as a brand has built a lot of trust with its users. Many famous YouTubers like MKBHD, Peter Mickinono to name a few have used this microphone at least once in their career. The Blue Yeti was MKBHD’s goto microphone in the early days. Blue Yeti is one of the best microphones for youtube if you are into content creation.

Blue Yeti comes with a 16-Bit/48 kHz resolution audio recording. The microphone features Four Pickup Patterns which are Cardioid, Omni, bidirectional, and stereo, these pickup patterns offer incredible flexibility, allowing you to record in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. The best part about the microphone is that it’s plug and play. It is compatible with Mac OS and Windows. 

Why do people like it so much? It’s easy to use and setup and looks gorgeous on the table. Even on the zoom calls this microphone is something that will provide you with some really amazing audio quality.

If you want to pick a microphone from this list without giving second thoughts then this has to be it. I have personally used the microphone, and believe me it has some really amazing audio quality, good background noise isolation and overall a very premium quality.

The microphone not only looks premium but also feels a lot premium. The microphone in the table is definitely a topic of discussion if someone sees it. The design of this microphone is seamless and ‘Awesome’ is the one word to describe it. Without a doubt, this has to be my favorite pick for the best external microphone for zoom calls.

Blue Snowball

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Blue snowball is another blue microphone in the list of best microphone for zoom meetings. The sound quality of blue microphones are never questionable for the price at which the microphone is available. Many people who were frequent users of skype calls used this microphone for the calls. 

There are 2 different blue snowballs. One is Blue Snowball and the other one is Blue Snowball ICE. The ice version is the cheaper version and features only a single pickup pattern. So if you want to use it in a conference call the device might have problems picking up voice.

The Blue Snowball microphone boosts Multiple Pickup Patterns. The cardioid pattern is perfect for recording and streaming, while Omni puts you “in the room” for conference calls. The microphone also has an adjustable desktop stand. So if you think the microphone is a little below your voice reach then you can adjust it.

The blue snowball has to be the best budget microphone in the list. The microphone will not only provide quality audio for zoom calls but can also be used as a conference microphone. SO if you are a team of people sitting in one room discussing ideas with the remote team over conference. Then this is the best option to go for.

 Samson Technologies Go Mic.

microphone to use with zoom

After Blue, Samson is another big name in the microphone niche. They have some really great quality microphones which are also available at a very cheap rate. Among all the Samson microphones, Samson Go Mic is the most affordable and value for money microphone.

We have to specially mention its portability. The microphone is easy portable and can travel with you in your pocket. Samson Go is a Plug and Play microphone. It is compatible with both Mac and PC, no additional drivers required. Samson go has a custom compact design that clips to a laptop or sits on a desk. 

If you are using samson Go as an external usb microphone for zoom calls then you can clip the microphone next to the webcam and point the microphone towards you. This will help in getting really good audio quality.

In terms of usability it is one of the most portable microphones for zoom calls. Even if you are travelling to a remote location you can carry the Samson microphone with you and you will be easily able to use it as an external microphone.

Rode NT-USB

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Rode NT is a favorite of many YouTubers currently. Many podcasters and content creators are in awe of this product and are recommending it to others as well. Rode is one of the leading companies when it comes to audio devices. From their Rode wireless Go to the Rode shotgun mic for DSLR. They have mastered the art of noise reduction and delivering clean audio in output.

Rode NT USB is one of the rode products which live up to its company’s reputation. Many of the youtube singers and podcasters also use Rode NT. If you often do zoom calls or look for the microphone which would provide great value and quality then Rode NT is to go for.

Though it is costlier from all the microphones mentioned till now, but it’s worth the price. Though it’s the best microphone for zoom calls, the price can’t really justify its usage just for zoom calls. If you just want the microphone for zoom call then go for Yeti. But if you might have other requirements as well then this is the best option to go for.

Rode NT is a Versatile USB condenser microphone with zero latency monitoring and direct plug and play operation. It is Compatible with PC, Mac, iPad and most Android tablets. The rode NT comes with Pop Shield, Stand Mount, Tripod, 6m USB cable and Protective Zip Case.

Shure MV5/A-LTG

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You might have heard about some really amazing headphones by Shure. But Shure is not only famous for headphones but also microphones. And Shure’s MV5/A-LTG is one of the best in the business.

This shure microphone has to be one of the best microphones for zoom meetings. Though many people go for the Rode and Blue microphones, these are what I call the underdogs. The shure microphone sure looks quite classic and is not just good for calls but has an aesthetic to it.

The shure device is unidirectional cardioid which means it will take voice from only one direction and will cancel any other external noise. The microphone has 3 DSP preset modes which are vocals, flat, instrument.

The microphone can be directly attached to any apple device like iphone, ipad mac and even android device or normal desktop. Due to which you don’t need any extra cable to connect to the device and can directly start any video call or zoom meeting by directly connecting the device. 

The drive comes with 1M usb cable and 1M lightning cable out of the box. So you can directly connect the device and start with the zoom calls.

Rode NT-USB Mini  

microphone to use with zoom

This is another one of Rode’s plug and play microphones which can be directly attached to the system and start using. Without using any external power sources or devices. This rode microphone is specifically designed for podcasting and video calls. Which means it will be a great pick for zoom calls and zoom meetings.

The Rode NT USB mini Studio has a Studio-grade headphone amplifier with precision level control and switchable zero-latency monitoring for eliminating distracting echo. The microphone has an Integrated 360-degree swing mount for quick and easy positioning on a mic stand.

The rode microphone has a Directional cardioid pickup pattern optimised to reduce room sound and other extraneous noise. So even if there are echo sounds or any other sound then this microphone will minimize this effect and give clear voice output.

This rode microphone is used by many youtubers for voice overs and even by many podcasters. But in current times any have used it for zoom calls and zoom meetings.

Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome)

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Samson Meteor is another classic looking samson microphone which can be used in zoom calls and zoom meetings. I have seen this microphone used by many influencers for facebook live sessions. Due to its classic look many have bought the microphone just for show purpose.

The Samson meteor has a really good voice quality with a Cardioid pickup pattern. The microphone plugs directly into any computer with a USB input and no drivers required. The microphone also has a headphone volume control with a microphone mute switch.

But one major problem that I have seen is that the product is only good for 7-8 months. Many consumers have complained online that the product stops working after 7-8 months and it’s difficult to connect with customer support.

AKG Lyra Ultra-HD

microphone to use with zoom

AKG is another famous audio company who are quite famous for their high-quality headphone. They also have some really good microphones which they manufacture and AKG Lyra is one of them. 

Though most of the microphones that AKG create are mostly for studio purpose the AKG Lyra is a USB microphone which means it is a direct plug and play microphone. It is Easy to set up and has a Wide Compatibility on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

The AKG microphone is an ultra-HD Multi-Mode USB Condenser Microphone with four user-friendly capture modes, optimized for any performance or application: Front, Front + Back, Tight Stereo, Wide Stereo.

SHURE MV51-A

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The Shure MV51 -A is the advanced or you can say pro version of Shure MV5/A-LTG condenser microphone. The mv51 has more features and modes as compared to the MV5/A-LTG. 

The Shure microphone has 5 DSP preset modes speech, singing, flat, acoustic instrument, loud. The items in the box Includes 1 micro USB cable and 1 micro lightning cable. The shure condenser microphone seamlessly connects to any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices

The microphone can be directly attached to any apple device like iphone, ipad mac and even android device or normal desktop. Due to which you don’t need any extra cable to connect to the device and can directly start any video call or zoom meeting by directly connecting the device. 

The MV51 includes a unique onboard touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute and headphone volume adjustments. This makes it easier to adjust the audio output and gives better control over the audio.

Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone

microphone to use with zoom

Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone is the mini version of the Samson Meteor microphone. This microphone is one of the most portable and easy to use microphone for zoom calls. 

The Samson meteor has a really good voice quality with a Cardioid pickup pattern. The microphone plugs directly into any computer with a USB input and no drivers required. The microphone also has a Removable magnetic base for optimal desktop positioning. 

This microphone is specifically designed for facetime skype calls and zoom meetings. The samson microphone is also the cheapest of all the options available in the list and the most portable one.

This is one of the best budget friendly microphones for zoom calls and skype calls. This microphone cannot be used for recording songs or creating youtube videos. So if you want a microphone just for business calls then this is the one to go for.

Here below we have mentioned some of our favourite microphone and which mideo[jone is suitable for which purpose.

Authors Favourite microphone for zoom call?

Blue Yeti

Best budget microphone for zoom call?

Blue snowball

Most portable microphone for zoom call?

Samson Go mic 

So that was our detail view and thoughts on some of the best microphones for zoom calls and online video calls. Though people might suggest there are many other microphones which are far better. But we have chosen these microphones by taking various things into consideration.

According to me Blue Yeti is the best microphone to use with zoom. You cannot go wrong with this device. You can select it closing your eyes.

All the microphones mentioned in the list are USB type microphones because these are easy to set up and do not require any external power source or software. These are plug and play devices which even a layman can use.

That’s it with my article on some of the best microphones for zoom calls and zoom meetings. Hope you have liked the content on the post and been helpful to you.

Author

Hey, I am Chetan Poojari the founder of Geeksla. I work as a Process Expert(Agile Methodology) and also a professional Blogger. A travel and tech junkie who writes articles to simplify complex things.

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