How to Install a USB Microphone

by Amanda Kondolojy

USB microphones are a good peripheral to have if you want to record narration for a video, chat with a webcam or record a podcast. Although there are plenty of different microphone models out there, including some that are connected to headsets, installing a microphone on a PC is a standard process that takes only a few minutes.

Connect the USB microphone to your computer by plugging the USB cord into an available USB port. Note: It is important to use a USB port on your computer and not a USB hub, as this could decrease sound quality.

Wait a few moments while drivers are found for the microphone. When the peripheral is ready to use, a message will be displayed saying, "Your device is now ready to use."

Make the USB microphone the default audio input device. If you have another audio device installed, such as a standalone headset or a webcam with internal mic, you will need to make your USB microphone the dominant input device. Go to the "Control Panel," select "Hardware and Sound," and then click on "Manage Audio Devices." A new window will pop up. Go to the "Recording" tab, highlight the microphone you just installed, and then click "Set Default."

Test the microphone. Open the Windows Sound Recorder, and press "Record." Speak into the microphone. If you see the equalizer moving, your USB microphone is functioning properly. Note: If you need to turn the volume down or up, you can use internal software controls.

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