Using an external microphone gives your recording a richer sound than a computer's built-in microphone or a headphone's in-line mic. Some external mics frequently used by creators on Riverside are below:
Microphones that connect directly to a computer
- Audio Technica AT2020USB+ (USB)
- RODE NT-USB (USB)
- Blue Yeti (USB)
- Samson Q2U Microphone (USB)
- Shure MV7 (USB)
Microphones that connect to a computer through an Audio Interface
- Sennheiser e835 (XLR)
- Shure SM58 (XLR)
- Shure SM7B (XLR)
- Shure MV7 (XLR)
See also: Recommended Audio Interfaces
Microphones that connect to a mobile device
NOTE: These microphones connect to devices with a USB-C port. This includes certain iPads and some Android phones.
- Shure MV7
- Samson Q2U Microphone
- Audio Technica ATR2100x-USB
3.5 mm Microphones:
NOTE: Due to a device limitation about recognizing and selecting microphones, you must use a TRRS splitter to connect 3.5 mm mics to a mobile device.
- RODE Lavalier GO (TRS output)
- RODE VideoMic GO or RODE VideoMic GO II (TRS output)
Many external microphones are not designed for applications like Riverside since they disable audio output of a mobile device while the microphone is in use. For example, if you plug a microphone with a Lightning connector directly into your iOS device, the mic can record your audio in a voice memo, but you cannot hear audio from apps like FaceTime while it is connected. In the same way, when using those mics in a Riverside studio, you are unable to hear other participants.