In this video we demonstrate that XLR to USB cables only work for one type of microphone. We use the Shure SM58, Shure SM7B, and AKG C3000B to demonstrate what microphone type works with this cable/adapter.

Quick Answer: It depends on the specific XLR to USB cable that you use. Most of them will work fine with dynamic microphones. However, since they don’t supply phantom power, you will not be able to use a condenser microphone.

If you’re wanting to Connect an XLR Mic to your computer we recommend getting at least a two channel audio interface, which will cost you $80-200 or you can rent one for around $25/day.

Equipment Featured In This Video

XLR To USB Cable Chapters

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:32 – XLR to USB Cable Setup
  • 0:50 – AKG C300B Condenser Mic
  • 1:24 – Shure SM7B Dynamic Mic
  • 2:07 – Shure SM58 Dynamic Mic
  • 2:23 – Summary
  • 2:56 – Final Thoughts

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Jordan Kettner

I consider myself to be half entrepreneur and half A/V geek. I am never content to settle for what is expected or determined by others to be the “industry standard”. Instead, I work extremely hard to break new ground and deliver value to whoever I meet.

My passion for the audio visual industry drives me to create content that will help others learn the best tools and techniques to learn how to setup their home studio.

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