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Selecting the Best Microphone for your needs

USB microphones are an affordable way to introduce high quality audio recording to any computer setup. Most laptops have built in microphones, but often these devices are lacking in overall quality. Using integrated recording devices can be detrimental to remote meetings or online presentations. Having a dedicated microphone is an easy way to improve the quality and professionalism of any work from home task. Other activities such as online gaming or streaming can also significantly benefit from the use of a dedicated microphone. Some mics, such as gaming microphones, can even come as part of a headset and provide both a listening and recording device, although the best microphone for streaming may not necessarily be a gaming microphone. Often streamers will use what is called a condenser mic to get the highest quality audio possible for their content. Condenser microphones can be connected to other accessories like stands or desk mounts and used in collaboration with equipment such as an audio mixer or broadcasting software to enhance any streaming setup. For more information on setting up your stream, check out Micro Center's Streaming Studio Setup Tool or Live Streaming Equipment Guide.

Blue Yeti mics are popular yet affordable USB microphones with adjustable polar patterns perfect for any task, from podcasting to competitive gaming. A polar pattern represents the directions in which a microphone picks up sound, and being able to change said pattern makes the mic versatile and efficient for many tasks. USB microphones like the Blue Yeti also have plug-and-play functionality, making them quick to set up and easy to use with multiple devices. Whether you are giving a remote presentation or streaming the latest games, using a USB microphone can take your audio to the next level. Condenser mics offer professional quality sound at an affordable price and are some of the best microphones for streaming available today. No matter what decision you make, adding a dedicated microphone will improve your audio recording quality.