Microphone: Samson Q2U


This microphone allows you to connect via USB to your computer and certain mobile devices or via XLR to an audio interface.

Equipment Overview

Compatibility with Riverside

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Connection type USB-B Mini (Mic) to USB-A (Computer)
or XLR (Mic) to Audio Interface
Manufacturer details

Full specs at samsontech.com


  • Connect your headphones directly to the computer instead of to the microphone to minimize any echo.
    • When recording with the mobile app, connect the headphones directly to the microphone. (See below)


This mic is only compatible with the Riverside mobile app when using a device with a USB-C port:

  • iPad or iPhone with a USB-C port
    Please note: Some external USB-C mics are not compatible with iOS 17 on the iPad.
    1. On the Studio's Lobby screen, connect the microphone to the iPad or iPhone via USB-C.
    2. Once you join the Studio, in the Wired connection pop-up:
      • Connect headphones to the microphone and tap No.
  • Android phone with a USB-C port
    1. Connect the microphone to your device.
    2. Connect headphones to the microphone to hear the Studio.


  • The LED on the mic's handle flashes red when the mic is overloaded or the sound is clipping.
    • If it is clipping, move the mic further away from the person speaking.
  • If you cannot be heard in the Studio, check the physical on/off switch on the mic's handle.
    • The output buttons near the mic's base only control the headphone output volume.
  • Troubleshooting: Microphone not recognized

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