best microphones for teaching online

7 of the Best Microphones for Teaching Online

We’ve collected 7 of what we think are the best microphones for teaching online and reviewed them so you can easily choose a microphone that will work brilliantly for you and your online setup.

Here they are: the best microphones for teaching online, reviewed for you!

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Are you looking for just the very best microphone for teaching online?  Our #1 recommendation goes to the FIFINE USB Podcast Microphone. It’s easy to set up, offers crisp sound and we think it is a perfect tool for online teaching purposes.

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What are the best microphones for teaching online?

Here’s our list of the best microphones for teaching online for you to choose from:

    1. FIFINE USB Podcast Microphone
    2. USB Microphone Condenser for Recording Streaming Podcasts
    3. JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone
    4. USB Computer Microphone, Plug & Play Desktop Omnidirectional Mic
    5. TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand
    6. USB FiFine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone
    7. USB XIIVIO Plug & Play Computer PC Microphone

1) FIFINE USB Podcast Microphone

FIFINE USB Podcast Microphone. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This USB condenser microphone can be plugged directly into your desktop or laptop. The microphone is stereo and delivers clear sound and handles high SPLs. It has a cardioid polar pattern for minimal noise and feedback control.

The 3.5mm stereo headphone output has a volume control and provides direct, latency-free monitoring. The microphone has a quick mute functionality for headphones or monitors, with a built-in LED light that indicates the working status.

The microphone comes with an integrated desktop stand made of die-cast zinc. The USB cable is long (6.56 feet). You can unscrew the microphone from the stand if you wish.

There is a user manual and free technical support included, and a one-year warranty that can extend to 2 years with online registration.

Compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

Note: this microphone is not compatible with phones or iPads.

A broadcast boom arm and a 5/8 inch male to 3/8 inch female mic thread screw adaptor are available separately, should you need them.

Users love the crisp sound and that it’s easy to set up.

More Details – FIFINE USB Podcast Microphone:
  • Package dimensions: 6.42 x 5.91 x 5.87 inches
  • Item weight: 2.61 pounds


2) USB Microphone Condenser for Recording Streaming Podcasts

USB Microphone Condenser for Recording Streaming Podcasts. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This USB condenser microphone is cardioid, bi-directional, omnidirectional and stereo. The frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz is perfect for voice as well as instruments. Audio can be captured up to 16-bit, 48 kHz resolution because of the tri-capsule design.

This microphone has an integrated headphone amp that is backed by an independent gain control. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack so that you can listen to recordings without latency delays.
You can control the headphone volume, microphone gain level and instant mute.

There are four different pickup patterns to choose from for great flexibility. The omnidirectional setting is great for conference calls, the cardioid setting for podcasting and single broadcasting, the bidirectional setting for interviews, and the stereo for music recording or multi-person podcasting.

This USB microphone is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher).

Users like the multiple settings, the manual gain control, and that you can mute yourself from the microphone even if you don’t mute yourself on a call application.

More Details – USB Microphone Condenser for Recording Streaming Podcasts:
  • Package dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 4.3 inches
  • Item weight: 2.14 pounds


3) JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone

JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone.Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This is an intermediate desktop microphone with three studio-quality condensers and a 96kHz/24-bit resolution for recording. There are four directional pattern modes to choose from: cardioid, omnidirectional, stereo, and bidirectional.

There are manual gain, volume and quick mute controls, and a 3.5mm AUX input for listening in real time without latency. It is a plug and play microphone: connect the USB/USB-C input cable to your device and start to speak or record, with no driver needed.

The USB/USB-C input cable is 6 feet long, and there’s a standard-sized 5/8” input to swivel mount a camera tripod or other type of stand if you don’t wish to use the foldable desktop stand supplied.

This microphone comes with a 2-year warranty.
Users love the great sound quality for the price, and that it looks good too. They also appreciate that it’s easy to set up.

More Details – JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone:
  • Package dimensions: 9.49 x 6.61 x 4.25 inches
  • Item weight: 1.63 pounds


4) USB Computer Microphone, Plug & Play Desktop Omnidirectional Mic

USB Computer Microphone, Plug & Play Desktop Omnidirectional Mic. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This USB plug & play omnidirectional microphone sits on your desktop or table, with the microphone built into a long adjustable goose neck (9.5 inches) that has 360-degree adjustment. There is a built-in CMTECK CCS2.0 Smart Chip to block background noise. The compact design means it doesn’t take up much space, and you can adjust the neck to suit your position (USB cable length: 5 feet).

There is a blue LED light and a mute button with an LED indicator. Green light: the microphone is connected. Flashing green light: the microphone is in working mode. Red light: the microphone is muted.

The base is very stable and measures 4.9 x 4.1 inches and weighs 7.8 ounces. The omnidirectional microphone can pick up sound from all angles.

Compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher) and Sony PS4.
This microphone comes with a 15-month warranty.

Note: NOT compatible with Raspberry Pi/Linux/Android
Users love the ease of installation and use of this microphone, as well as the vocal quality for the price, and the sturdy base (more difficult to knock over).

More Details – USB Computer Microphone, Plug & Play Desktop Omnidirectional Mic:
  • Item dimensions: 5.10 x 4.30 x 13.80 inches
  • Item weight: 7.4 ounces


5) TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand

 

TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This TONOR USB microphone is plug and play, with a cardioid pickup pattern. It picks up sound in front of the microphone and suppresses unwanted background noise. Just unfold the three-legged stand and adjust the position of the pop filter and the microphone is ready to use.

The shock mount can be unscrewed and attached to a boom stand with 5/8” threaded inserts directly. The microphone comes with a power cord, a foldable metal tripod stand with non-slip rubber balls, a mini shock mount, a pop filter, a manual and a service card.

Once mounted on its stand, the microphone can rotate vertically within 180 degrees. The USB cable is 5 feet long and the frequency response of the microphone is 100Hz-16KHz.

When mounted, the microphone unit is about 9 inches high.

Note: If you have a stand that has 3/8” threaded inserts, you’ll need to purchase a 3/8” female to 5/8” male threaded screw adaptor separately.

Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Sony PS4 (not compatible with iPads, phones or Xbox).
Users love the sound quality for the price, that the pop filter and stand are included, and that it’s 80% assembled right out of the box.

More Details – TONOR Computer Condenser PC Mic with Tripod Stand:
  • Package dimensions: 9.3 x 5.6 x 3 inches
  • Item weight: 12.2 ounces


6) USB FiFine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone

USB FiFine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This plug and play USB condenser microphone comes with a 5.9-foot USB cable, and a stable tripod for your desk or table. It has a cardioid polar pattern to pick up sound from in front of the microphone, and an additional volume knob.

It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Sony PS4. The metal base gives it solidity and it’s also easily portable. It’s best suited to recording voice, iChat, conferencing and podcasting.

Note: This microphone is not compatible with phones or with Xbox.

Users love the sound quality for the price, particularly for a USB microphone. Some users have compared it to other more expensive microphones (such as the Blue Yeti) and found the sound quality to be equivalent.

They also love the size and convenience of this microphone.

More Details – USB FiFine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone:
  • Item dimensions: 4.88 x 2.60 x 7.28 inches
  • Item weight: 14.1 ounces


7) USB XIIVIO Plug & Play Computer PC Microphone

 

USB XIIVIO Plug & Play Computer PC Microphone
. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This USB microphone is a pro-grade condenser microphone with a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz, which is good for vocal use as well as for instrument recording. The cardioid polar pattern picks up sound from in front of the microphone and improves isolation of the desired sound source.

The high-speed USB cable is 5 feet long and the microphone has a 3-legged base that retracts and folds up for easy storage and transport. A double nylon net pop filter and wind sock are included, as well as a 360-degree flexible gooseneck to adjust its angle and position.

The microphone can be rotated within 180 degrees vertically, and the rotating shaft on the base of the microphone can be rotated 360 degrees.

This microphone comes with a 12-month limited product warranty and 24-hour customer service, and is compatible with both PC and Mac OS.

Users love the sound quality for the price, and the easy setup. Many say it does a pretty good job of cancelling out ambient noise, and it’s easy to use for traveling.

More Details – USB XIIVIO Plug & Play Computer PC Microphone:
  • Package dimensions: 8.94 x 5.2 x 2.76 inches
  • Item weight: 7.4 ounces


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Barbara Fernandez

Barbara Fernandez is a languages teacher, performer and online business owner. She has written everything from raw food recipes to parody song lyrics to stories about what it’s like to be a fruit. She now spends most of her time writing, recording, and making delicious food.

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