Phones with USB C charging ports are slowly taking over.
Where Micro USB used to be the industry standard, USB C is becoming more and more common.
But can you vlog, take quality YouTube videos, or video chat with USB C devices?
You can… if you can overcome their single significant downside.
As it turns out, the built-in mics on the majority of these devices are only useful for capturing audio at a certain quality level.
You need an external mic with a USB C connector if you want your content to sound good enough to stand up.
Phones and other USB C devices with built-in mics will work for talking and voice chatting. But when it comes to creating videos, podcasts, or vlogs, you’re going to be at a disadvantage unless you upgrade.
So in this post, you’re going to get a firsthand look at the best USB C microphones on the market.
Specially selected to give you the audio boost you need to create pro-level content, these mics will help you to bridge the gap between where you are, and where your audio needs to be to create high-quality, compelling content.
The Confusing World of USB-C
Although there were whispers about USB Type-C back as far as 2014, the tech didn’t catch on until the past year or so. So, while the new technology is awesome, there are still a few things you need to know about it.
First of all, USB C is universal to an extent, in the sense that you can plug it into anything with a USB C input… but there are also differences between cables.
Thankfully… you just need to know, if your device is Power Delivery compatible with a USB C cord, this is called USB PD and is a protocol that allows for safe, faster charging for larger devices.
As long as your device has power delivery or fast charging via USB C, you should be good to go with anyone of these mics!
In This Article
- Our top Choice: Shure MV88+
- Runner up: Saramonic SmartMic+
- Top budget: Comica CVM=VS09TC
- Best Lavalier Mic: Gepege Lapel Mic
- Top wireless lavalier: Samson Go Mic
- Best 2-Mic System for Interviews: Comica CVM-D03
- Best Handheld Mic: Samson Go Mic
Editor’s Picks / Brand
Our Top Choice: Shure MV88+
Budget Pick: Comica CVM=VS09TC
Best Lavalier Mic:
Top Wireless Lavalier:
Best 2-Mic System for Interviews:
Best Handheld Mic:
Our Top Pick: Shure MV88+
The Shure MV88+ is a full mic kit for your mobile USB C-equipped iOS or Android device and is usually available with free shipping on Sweetwater here.
It ships with the MV88+ digital stereo condenser mic, a Manfrotto mini tripod, a windscreen, and a neoprene roll-up bag to store everything in.
Let’s talk about the mic. The MV88+ delivers truly inspiring quality for the price.
For those of you familiar with the stock MV88, the + is an upgrade that gives you ‘an even more open and natural sound, as a result of a totally reimagined DSP,’ and thus, is more than worth the extra cost.
Designed for videography, self-recording, and straightforward audio capture, it’s a directional shotgun mic with an all-metal construction.
The Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod contains a phone clamp and shoe-mount, so that you can mount your phone directly to it.
It also ships with USB-C and lightning cables, so that you’ll be ready to connect right out of the box.
The device contains 5 DSP preset modes, giving you some on-the-fly settings options and ensuring that your mic is set up to perform in your environment.
You also get two free apps… the Shure MOTIV Audio App, and the Shure MOTIV Video App. These will help you to get as much value out of the MV88+ as possible, but are also just super helpful in their own right.
If you have a USB C device and you’re looking to turn it into a content-creation machine without spending a bunch of extra money, this is the setup you really need to be looking at.
There just isn’t anything else this good for the money on the market.
Shure MV88+ Key Features:
- Max SPL: 120dB
- 5-band equalizer
- Headphones jack
- Sampling rate: 24bit/48kHz
- Sensitivity: -37dBSF/Pa at 1kHz
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Application to change the mic’s settings
- DSP presets: speech, singing, acoustic, loud, and flat
- Requirements: Android Marshmallow 6.0 or higher, USB host power ≥100mA
- Polar patterns: adjustable-width stereo/mono, bidirectional/mono, and cardioid/mid-side
Runner Up: Saramonic SmartMic+
Our runner up product is perfect for those of you who want the functionality of our top choice, but don’t have the budget for it. For under $100, you can pick up one of these Saramonic SmartMic+ UC L Smartphone Microphones.
This USB type-C microphone also plugs into your device, and it’s ready to go — no batteries required.
And just because you save a few bucks, doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on quality. With a few exceptions, the specs on this thing are up there with the more expensive models.
The Saramonic only has one pickup pattern, which works really well to capture sounds in front of it while blocking out everything else. So, if you find that you often record multiple people spread out in a room, this might not be the one for you.
However, if you keep things on the small side, and you want a simple device which will capture flawless audio from one or two sources, this could be the one.
One thing you’ll love about this mic is how convenient it is to use along with the camera on your phone. If you plan to take video, and want better audio to go with it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the mic mounts to a standard smartphone.
It’s truly intuitive and hassle-free to use.
Saramonic SmartMic+ Key Features:
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Durable metal housing
- 3.5mm headphone input jack
- Directional condenser capsule
- Frequency response: 75Hz- 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -35±3dB (0dB=1V/P at 1kHz)
- Included: SmatMic UC, foam windscreen, and a furry windscreen
Budget Pick: Comica CVM-VS09TC
If the price points on our other selections gave you a panic attack, you can rest easy knowing that there are choices like these Comica CVM=VS09TC microphones on this list. With this product, you can save a bundle, and no one is going to know.
The Comica CVM comes with a special aluminum alloy housing designed to block out electrical interference and ensure a stable recording environment. And you can rotate this device 180-degrees, which will give you the freedom to move around as you need to.
With this device, you won’t lose functionality. Indeed, with an easy-to-reach mute button, indicator lights, a phone clamp, and headphone input, you have all of the basic elements on-board.
The cardioid directional polar pattern also gives you the power to focus-in on what you are recording. This is a pretty serious upgrade to the stock mic on your smartphone… but it’s priced to be accessible to almost anyone.
You also get some accessories, including a windscreen, a portable carrying case, and a user manual.
If you’re a fan of the Blue Snowball, the Comica CVM for your smartphone will be exactly what you’re looking for.
Comica CVM-VS09TC Key Features:
- Mute button
- Absorbs shock
- Max SPL: 100dB
- Weight: 36 grams
- Cardioid polar pattern
- 3.5mm headphone input
- Frequency response: 60Hz – 20kHz
- Requirements: Android 5.0 or higher
- Sample rate: 48kHz/ 44.1kHz (16 bit)
Best Lavalier Mic: Gepege Lapel Mic
The Gepege lapel mic is a professional-grade portable lavalier microphone. The sound recorded from this little mic is some of the best we’ve heard. It can easily be tucked into shirt collars, buttons, or anywhere else so as to not be noticed by a camera if you’re recording for a Youtube channel or vlog.
The omnidirectional mic picks up the speaker’s voice and cancels out any unintended ambient noise. This lapel mic is perfect for all sorts of recording needs, and feeds directly off your smartphone’s battery… which eliminates any tangled mess of wires and cables.
It also prevents the capturing of the rustling of clothes or harsh breathing, even if such sounds are made while moving… thereby reducing the pains of any editing process.
The Gepege lapel mic is the definition of easy-to-use, and with its plug and play capabilities, it’s an ideal fit for any vlogger or YouTuber’s lavalier recording needs. If you’re looking for something small and easy, that picks up amazing sound, look no further.
Gepege Lapel Mic Key Features:
- Durable lapel clip
- Clear, crisp sound
- Compact and small
- Omnidirectional mic
- Wind screen included
- Advanced noise-cancellation tech
- Compatible with various smart devices
Top Wireless Lavalier Microphone: Samson Go Mic
If you’re looking for a hands-free option, this Samson Go Mic is a wireless lavalier. You plug its receiver into your phone, and the microphone clips discreetly to your subject — all without wires. It’s ideal for anyone doing interviews for vlogs, YouTube, streaming, or podcasts — and the price point is reasonable (around $200).
And the dual-channel receiver will allow you to transmit and mix your digital audio through separate channels. On top of that, the wireless technology will allow you to use this device up to 100-feet away from your phone or tablet.
The transmitter consists of the PXD2 Belt pack, and the lavalier gives you omnidirectional sound pickup. This is a pretty standard configuration for lavalier mics, though keep in mind that omnidirectional mics do pick up sound from all directions.
If you plan to mix some potato salad on your YouTube channel, you might want something a bit more directional than this!
But for speaking or picking up a voice, having a wireless lavalier like this is definitely an audio upgrade, and the wireless technology makes it easy to move around without being encumbered by wires.
And last, but definitely not least, you can expect 13 hours of battery life out of this device… which is certainly nothing to scoff at!
Samson Go Mic Key Features:
- Operating range: up to 100 feet
- 2.4GHz low-latency digital system
- Frequency response: 10Hz – 22kHz
- Omnidirectional lavalier microphones
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery holds power for up to 13 hours
- Dual-channel receiver mounts right on your phone, tablet, or digital camera
Best 2-Mic System for Interviews: Comica CVM-D03
Tired of passing one mic back and forth? The Comica CVM-D03 two-mic system is a great find for interviews. Hassle-free, easy to set up, and both the battery and the cables included have plenty of run time.
There is so much to love about this two-mic set. The case the set comes with is travel-friendly if your interviews require you being out of a set space. And even if you’re not, the case is perfect for holding all the awesome accessories the set comes with. It holds both lapel mics, the wind screens for both mics, all the relevant cables and battery packs, plus any headphones you want to include.
You get to carry these headphones around, because the mic hub has a headphone jack that lets you listen to the recording playback in real time! While recording clear, awesome sound from both mics, you can listen to whatever sound you get through your headphones and adjust accordingly! You can also adjust the gain from that same hub!
All of this is done with the help of a light, lithium-powered battery pack in the mic hub. The battery has a record time of 100 plus hours, and is super easy to charge and hook up to both mics and your phone. Both lapel mics are light, easy to use, and hook right to you and your interviewee’s lapel… and record omnidirectional sound intake, meaning that you only get the speaker’s voice with prime placement and little to no ambient noise.
With all these stellar features, the Comica CVM-D03 two-mic system is our best pick for interviewee situations. Whether you’re recording regular interviews for a YouTube channel, or sharing some podcast hosting duties with a co-host, you won’t have to share the mic anymore with these two superior lapel mics!
Comica CVM-D03 Key Features
- Gain control
- Headphone jack
- Mic monitor switch
- Two source audio
- Dual-head lavalier mic
- Detachable control hub
- Wind mufflers for lapel mics
- 2 omnidirectional lapel mics
- Built-in lithium charge allows for 100H record time
Best Handheld Mic: Samson Go Mic
The Samson Go Mic has all the pros of a traditional handheld wireless mic, but sends the audio right to your smartphone! You can get over a hundred feet away from your phone with this mic and the help of its included mobile receiver.
This mic is light, super easy to set up, and works right out of the box because of its included lightning, micro USB, and USB C cables with any device. Included are also headphone listening capabilities, which is essential for a musician or podcaster to make sure they’re getting the sound they want.
With a 13 hour battery life, the mic is not reliant on your phone’s battery… though it does hook up easily. The mic is wireless, handheld, and picks up amazing sound even from far away.
The Samson Go Mic has a solid construction, easy connectivity, great sound, and most importantly… is easily compatible with any recording app you’re already using. That means there’s less of a learning curve, allowing you to get straight to your recording!
Samson Go Mic System Key Features
- 13 hour battery
- 100 foot distance
- Phone clip included
- Mobile receiver included
- Volume control on receiver
- Tripod mounting capabilities
- Headphone compatibility for live listening
There are several awesome USB C microphones out there. And even though some of these didn’t end up making our top list, there are still some great options among them.
Boya Key Features:
- Frequency response: 25Hz – 96kHz
- Cardioid digital stereo X/Y condenser
- Two built-in capsules to create a stereo effect
- Includes: foam windscreen, furry windshield, and a carry pouch
- Connects to any Android device with a Type-C connection (and Apple for iOS 10.0 or later with lightning adaptor)
IUKUS uses a special DAC chip in this incredibly affordable (less than $30) microphone, so it works with devices such as the iPad Pro, Google Pixel, Moto Z, Galaxy Note 10+, and more.
IUKUS Key Features:
- Weight: 17 grams
- Cable length: 4.9 feet
- Frequency range: 35Hz – 18kHz
- Omnidirectional condenser microphone
- Includes: lavalier microphone, type-C to USB-A adaptor, clip, foam wind muff, and a pouch
For less than $30, you can turn your phone instantly into a device that records broadcast-quality sound.
AIK Lavalier Key Features:
- Cord length: 4.5 feet
- Clip-on lapel microphone
- No adaptor or batteries required
- Omnidirectional recording pattern
This device will deliver crystal clear sound — and it’s also one of the only microphones on this list with universal compatibility.
Cubilux Stereo Lava Mic Key Features:
- Max SPL: ≥60dB
- Solid kevlar cable
- Aluminum alloy body
- Omnidirectional polar pattern
- Frequency response: 100Hz – 10kHz
The cable is a full 19-feet long. And with a price point under $50, you can’t go wrong.
Boya BY-m3 Key Features:
- Cable length: 19 feet
- 16-bit/48kHz resolution
- Omnidirectional polar pattern
- Sensitivity: -40+/-3Db (0dB=1V/Pa, at 1KHz)
- Includes: microphone, foam windscreen, clothing clip, and a carry pouch
This earbuds and mic duo is a good find for a good price. With high definition earbuds and a mic that picks up only the speaker’s voice, these are a good alternative pick. They are durable, lightweight, and easily picked up by any variety of smartphone.
CKLYYL Key Features:
- Top-notch sound quality in headphones
- Comfortable headphone grips
- Hands-free volume and playback control
- Compatible with multiple smartphones
What is the difference between USB and USB Type C?
The main differences between a USB and a USB Type C are the data-transfer speeds and the available power — USB Type-C is much faster on devices that support the tech.
Additionally, with a USB Type-C cable, you never have to worry about it fumbling around for the hole, or inserting it upside-down, as it goes into the port either way.
USB Type-C is the first USB cable which allows you to charge in both directions. This means that you can finally use your phone, tablet, or computer to charge your USB microphones as you work.
Here are four things you need to know right now:
- Not all USB-C cables are created equal. Because there are so many different devices out there, and because the tech is so new, backward compatibility is an issue. If you have an older device, you might find mixed results with USB-C.
- Not every device will work at optimal levels with a USB Type-C cable. On top of that, it can be difficult right now to find out if your specific device will work with a certain cable because manufacturers are still catching up — simply put, sometimes they don’t know either.
- Even if a USB-C cable works with your smartphone, tablet, or computer it may not support all the features or transmit the data as quickly as it said it would — and that includes charging time.
- For best results, when you’re using a USB-C microphone, put your phone or tablet on airplane mode so your recording isn’t interrupted by a phone call or text, which can create electronic interference
For more information about your specific device and this new tech, check out this article from Android Authority.
Pro-tip: If you have an older laptop or phone, please be careful. Even if you find a cable that will work with your device, it may not be able to handle the power load from the USB-C, and it will fry your components. For more information about how to protect your equipment, check out this article from SLR Lounge.
What is Type C USB Port in Mobile?
Type-C USB ports are the smallest so far – they fit easily into even the smallest phone — but deliver data and power at speeds the old USB ports couldn’t come close to. Type C USB is the first USB technology designed to universally connect to both smartphones and computers to deliver 10 Gbps of data and up to 100 watts of power to your chosen device.
Can iPhones get USB-C?
Older iPhones do not have USB-C technology. The only iPhones that come with Apple’s new 18W USB-C fast charger are the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
You’re Ready to Rock
As you can see, starting here you can easily find the top USB microphone on the market right now. Also, no matter what the size of your budget might be, or what type of work you’re doing, one of the USB mics on this list will work for you.