Recommended Microphones

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)
    • NOTE: Plug headphones directly into the computer, rather than the microphone's monitoring output.
  • Samson Q2U Microphone (USB)
    • NOTE: Plug headphones directly into the computer, rather than the microphone's monitoring output.
  • Shure MV7
    • NOTE: Use USB with a computer. The Shure MV7 also supports XLR to connect an audio interface.

Microphones that connect to a computer through an Audio Interface

See also: Recommended Audio Interfaces

Microphones that connect to a mobile device

3.5mm Microphones:

NOTE:
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.

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Troubleshooting: Test if an external mic will work with the Riverside mobile app

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