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Ask Engadget: Which USB-C mic will improve my vacation videos?

Because nothing ruins a good video more than bad audio.
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Does anyone have any advice on good, portable USB-C mics? I'm not a vlogger, but might find this useful to have on vacation to film short videos with good audio.


Billy Steele

Billy Steele
Senior News Editor

Unfortunately, USB-C isn't a standard option when it comes to microphones, specifically in regards to the included cables. There are plenty of Lightning options and either snap onto an iOS device or connect with a cord. A number of models will also connect to mobile devices via 3.5mm audio jack. However, with USB-C, it takes some extra work.

Most of Blue's mics still only do USB-A, but you can buy an adapter. In the case of the new Yeti Nano, you would need micro USB to USB-C cable or USB-A to USB-C adapter to use with the provided cable. Blue doesn't sell these, but a spokesperson confirmed there's no loss of functionality or audio quality.

That being said, Yeti Nano and the Snowball line would be solid choices. I also really like the Raspberry for how compact it is and the IAD tech that focuses on your voice. Raspberry does include a Lightning cable, for what it's worth. If you want something else that's all-inclusive, the Apogee MiC+ comes with a USB-C cable -- no adapter required. But it's pricey.

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