USB speakers with built-in microphone

 USBFever Mouse Has Built-In Speaker and Microphone For...?OK, at first it sounds nifty: USBFever is selling a wired mouse with a built-in mono speaker and a detachable wired microphone, ostensibly for the purposes of convenient VOIP calling. But after pondering the details of this admittedly affordable contraption for a few moments, the entire scheme seems to unravel.

? USBFever Mouse Has Built-In Speaker and Microphone For...? Even the crappiest Wal-Mart special has a cheap speaker bundle or offer of some kind. Microphones are a little harder to come by in the desktop realm, for sure, but no laptop worth a damn has anything short of an integrated VGA cam with noise-canceling microphone and speakers these days.

If you do happen to find a good use for this 3-in-1 mouse, keep this in mind, too: it doesn't juggle audio in and out through USB like pricier tech, but rather uses the less elegant but more straightforward 35mm pink and green speaker and mic plugs, as you can see in the helpful explanatory illustration below. [Product Page via SlashGear]

One option is a USB Microphone

by pakbet

Audacity will do for the recording software.
Examples of USB Microphones:
There are many tutorials on how to make this work that can be found on the Internet.

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The Samson Meteorite is a cracking little portable USB microphone that will be perfect for those that want to take the first step towards higher quality audio recordings. It's incredibly portable, easy to use and provides good quality sound.

Popular Q&A

Microphone/Recording question!?

What is a good USB microphone for music recordings, and good recording software (that isn't audacity) that has a great reverb.

I'm not looking for anything die-hard or to pay through the nose!

Any suggestions?

With music software, you generally get what you pay for. It's either great (expensive) or free (similar to Audacity). Reaper is the only one that stands out and is somewhere in between.

Reverb effects...there are hundreds of great, free ones available online. You can take your pick.

The only problem is USB microphones. They're vastly expensive and they don't come close to the real thing.

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