The setup ease of a USB mic with the sound quality of a professional dynamic microphone, such is the feat that was achieved by Audio-Technica’s AT2040USB. The latest microphone from Japanese company Audio-Technica has designed its latest microphone to fit the needs and standards of today’s content creators who want to achieve a more professional sound quality minus the fuss and technicalities of a difficult setup.
To achieve a clear and natural sound quality, the AT2040USB has a sampling rate of up to 24 bits/96kHz. It has a hyper-cardioid polar pattern and is a highly directional mic to help isolate the content creator’s voice while rejecting ambient sounds and background noises. This is good news for gamers and streamers who tend to keep their mics right beside the computers and keyboards as the AT2040USB is great at rejecting surrounding sounds.
Set on disputing the argument that USB mics can be flimsy and “cheap”, the AT2040USB has a robust metal body to keep it sturdy and durable. It even has an integrated shock mount and an internal foam mesh windscreen pop filter to add to its exceptional performance and sound quality. Should you want to place this microphone right beside your laptop or computer, then its low-cut filter will help eliminate low-frequency sounds coming from vibrations and external noise.
In terms of convenience, this plug-and-play USB mic comes with two cables: USB Type-C and USB Type-A, and a USB adapter. The AT2040USB also has a headphone jack should you want real-time monitoring of your audio recording, which will especially come in handy during live streams.
You can also adjust the settings in real-time since this mic has a mix control dial. In case you need to suddenly cut the sound from a stream, the AT2040USB also comes with a soft-touch mute button.
Although, the AT2040USB does come at a heft price of $299. Should this be out of your price range, then here are some other great streaming microphones you can check out.