3. USB Microphone
Don’t play an instrument? Just wanting to do some vocal covers or rap over some beats? Then an audio interface may be overkill, particularly if you’re just starting out recording and don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a recording setup. If this is the case, a USB microphone is a very attractive option, allowing you to sing, rap, talk (or cry?) into a microphone that directly plugs into your computer via USB – no audio interface required. These microphones will generally feature a headphone output as well, allowing you to monitor audio from your computer.
Beyond your musical needs, a USB microphone is also great for Zoom calls, Twitch streaming, etc., so one of these all-in-one mics will improve your audio quality across the board. Even if you decide to invest in some fancier recording microphones down the track, you’ll still have this handy mic in your arsenal for all your content creation needs. With options from Rode and Audio Technica starting from around $150, you can’t go wrong with a USB microphone for laying down those tasty vocals.