Apple Compatible Sound Recording MicrophonesAlthough many Macintosh computers like the MacBook and iMac come with a built-in microphone, others such as the Mac Pro and Mac mini desktops don't have any internal microphone included at all. External mics with a USB connection are a quick and easy solution to far more versatile and much, much higher quality computer audio recording on your Mac.
Best Selling USB Microphones For AppleHere's a couple of highly versatile Mac compatible microphones for nearly any sound recording need:
|Mic For IOS Or OSX||USB Desktop Microphone|
|Multi-Mode Mic For iPad+iPhone+Mac
USB & Lightning Cable Connectivity
|Samson Meteor Mic
Flip-Up Built-In Tripod
Best Mac Compatible Podcast MicrophonesWhether you're an amateur or pro podcaster, these high-quality USB condenser microphones are an excellent choice for podcasting sessions done on your MacBook laptop - or from your Macintosh desktop setup.
|Multi-Mode Mac Microphone||Premium Podcasting Microphone|
|Blue Nessie Desktop Mic
3-Mode Audio Recording
|Rode NT USB Mic
Onboard Mixer + Headphone Jack
Best Portable USB Microphones For MacBook Pro Or AirFor vastly improved computer sound recording from your MacBook laptop, nearly any external mic will run circles around the tiny internal microphone built into your notebook. Here's some compact, ultra-portable Mac compatible USB mics ideal for enhanced dictation, podcasting and audio capture on the go.
|CAD USB MacBook Mic||Samson MacBook Travel Mic|
|Samson Go Mic Direct
Pivoting Condenser Microphone
|CAD Audio u9 Mic
Ultra Portable Microphone
About Mac USB Sound Recording MicsUniversal Serial Bus microphones are ideal for instant, driver-free plug-and-play use on any Macintosh when just a single mic is needed for speech, vocal, music or podcast sessions. When multiple mics are needed, you're best off using XLR connected microphones connected to a mixing deck since OSX can generally only connect to one USB mic at a time.
Any of the above featured microphones compatible with a Mac will work on any speed USB port your Mac has. The digital audio signals aren't very bandwidth intensive, so they'll work equally well on 12Mpbs USB 1.1, 480Mpbs USB 2.0, 5Gbps USB 3.0 or 10Gbps USB 3.1 SuperSpeed Plus ports all the same. Do note that USB does have a bit of timing overhead and lag, which is why many microphones include a 1/8" 3.5mm headphone monitor jack for realtime monitoring of the sound signal. For optimal sound recording, having the mic plugged directly into your computer's USB port is preferred as other active devices in shared use on a USB hub may cause some bandwidth contention.
No audio driver installation is needed on OSX. Very standard USB Audio Drivers are built into Apple's OS kernel. You simply need to select the microphone as your preferred input source first in Apple's System Preferences > Sound > Input pane. It may also be wise to check whatever audio recording software you're using for app-specific mic input settings.