If you don't have a mixer or preamp, and want to record directly into your PC, can you use 2 USB mics at the same time?
You certainly can. A common way to do this is with VoiceMeeter – a free virtual audio mixer for Windows.
Once downloaded, you can select and manage separate USB mics inside VoiceMeeter's control panel.
You then create an Input and Output source called “VoiceMeeter”, which can then be selected inside Audacity.
You can then record with both your USB mics at the same time.
The slight catch here is that it'll record both mics onto the same audio track here (whether that's in mono or joint-stereo) inside Audacity.
This isn't a massive problem, it just means that you'll have a little less control over your audio in the post-production phase.
Can You Record 2 USB Mics Into Separate Tracks?
The short answer is yes. There are a few things you'll need though.
- Recording/editing software such as Adobe Audition or Reaper
- To download a driver called ASIO4ALL
- 2 different models of USB mic
Here's how to use audio recording and editing software, Adobe Audition, to run two different USB mics into the PC at the same time. I'm going to use the Shure MV5 and the Blue Yeti as my two USB mics. It's better to use two different models of mic here, as it might not work if you have two of the exact same. I'll also need to go to asio4all.com to download and install an audio driver called ASIO4ALL. ASIO stands for Audio Stream Input Output. And ASIO4ALL basically powers up your computer's sound card, giving it access to multiple inputs and outputs independently at the same time.
Next, when you open up Adobe Audition, go to File, then Preferences. Set your device class to ASIO and ASIO4All v2 as your device. Open up Settings to the right of device drop-down menu. Inside this control panel, you'll see a list titled WDM Device List, and you want to click and activate the little power buttons besides your USB mics. Come out of Settings after that and go to Audio Channel Mapping. Select both your USB mics as your left and right channels. Leave the Preferences section and start a new multi-track session. On track one and two, use the input drop-down menus titled Default Stereo Input to select both your USB mics. Hit the R on both tracks to arm each one to record. And when you hit record, that's you up and running with two USB mics at the same time.
If you're still trying to figure out which mic would be best for you, check out our Best USB Microphones roundup.
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