Best Recording Microphones For Mac Studio Desktops

Microphones For Mac Studio Sound Recording

Best Microphone Choices For Mac Studio?

An Apple compatible external microphone for Mac Studio desktop computers is often a high priority for Macintosh users. The M1 Mac Studio, the top-end Mac Pro and the Mac mini are the only 3 Apple computer models that don't include any internal microphone for basic audio capture needs. They're most likely to be shopping for a quality Analog or USB microphone and other external Mac A/V peripherals and accessories.

All-in-One HD Webcam : 4 Mic Array
Side-Firing Stereo Speakers

USB-C Connectivity + LED Selfie Light Bar
Flip-Down Privacy Cover + Tripod Mount


Apple doesn't include an internal audio recording microphone in the Mac Studio, nor does it include a mouse or even a keyboard in the box. For PC switchers, the Mac Studio at least allows you to you leverage some of your existing computer peripherals. You're free to build your Mac Studio studio setup with the preferred microphone, webcam, speakers and other Macintosh gadgets you prefer.

Depending on your audio, music and voice recording needs, you have four basic options to guide a Mac Studio mic purchase:

USB Desktop Microphones For Mac Studio

A digital USB desktop microphone is ideal for podcasting, music, voice, or audio recording on your Mac Studio setup.

Stylish Condenser Mic For Mac Studio

Complimentary Aluminum Microphone


Stereo USB Mac Studio Microphone

For Mounting Atop LCD Display


Samson Desktop USB Mic

Built-In Tripod Stand

Premium Mac USB microphones are best for podcasters, musicians and singers with more demanding Mac sound recording microphone needs.

USB Webcams With Mics

A Mac Studio compatible combo webcam with microphone can serve the multiple functions of audio and video capture --and more.

Stereo Microphone Webcam
Webcam With Stereo Mic For Mac Studio
Premium Mac Web Camera

For many, a Mac webcam with mic is the smartest choice, especially if you buy a high-quality HD web camera that includes built-in stereo microphones. Higher-end HD webcams from Logitech in the $70-$200 range are more likely to have better quality internal mics as well as providing superior optics over cheaper web cameras.

USB Mic Headsets For Mac Studio

If you're fond of online chat, FaceTime, Skype, or using Apple Dictation for speech recognition and dictation, a headset with microphone for Mac Studio is the best option. Close proximity of the mic to your mouth assures clear diction and minimizes unwanted background noise.

Universal Premium Stereo Headset

1.8" Analog and USB Compatible

A Mac Studio compatible USB headset also gives you the option of private audio and stereo music enjoyment without disturbing others. Look for headsets with boom microphones that mute and bend or flip up and out of the way when not needed. There's also descreet USB-C earbud headphones with in-line mic without the weight or bulk of a full-size headset.

Analog Mics For Mac Studio

For less demanding everyday needs, a Four-Pole, TRRS Analog 1/8" (3.5mm) microphone or earbud headset with mic like those that are used on iPhones and iPads may suffice.

For all of the above Mac Studio microphone options, I recommend a USB microphone or headset over those that might use Apple's 1/8" analog audio connection. USB headsets and mics are simple to connect and very straightforward to use and set up in Apple's System Preferences. They also provide a clean, digital audio signal that's more resistant to electrical interference or hum.

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