In this article, we’ll explain how to connect and set up a USB microphone for Zoom meetings and video conferencing. Keep reading for our tips on getting better audio in your online meetings.

Quick Answer: Connect the USB microphone to a computer and select it as the microphone source in the Zoom audio settings. Increase the gain on the mic until it registers a good level in Zoom.

USB Microphone Selection

In this article and the accompanying video, we’ll talk you through setting up the NEAT Bumble Bee USB microphone. There are many others to choose from; here are our top 5 picks and links to current prices.

What To Look For In A USB Microphone

There are 5 specific reasons that we like using the NEAT Bumble Bee, and we think these are things that you should look for when researching your purchase.

  1. Great sound quality.
  2. Built-in adjustable boom arm, eliminating the need to purchase a separate stand.
  3. A heavy base with rubber feet to stop the mic from moving around on your desk.
  4. Easy to use, well laid out controls.
  5. A sturdy box suitable for transporting. 

Check out our video conferencing buyers guide for more.

How To Setup A USB Microphone With Zoom Meetings

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Connect USB Microphone to Computer

    Depending on your microphone and computer, you will need one of the following:
    – USB C Cable:
    – USB B to A Cable:
    – USB B to C Cable:
    USB Cable

  2. Open Zoom Test Meeting
    Zoom Test Meeting

  3. Do you hear a ring tone?

    Select the speaker you want to use (Computer Speakers or Headphone Jack from Microphone)
    Zoom Do You Hear

  4. Speak and Pause

    Select the USB Microphone from the drop down
    Zoom Speak and Pause

  5. Adjust Volume On Microphone

    Until you’re getting the desired levels
    USB Microphone Volume

  6. Join with Computer Audio

    Zoom Join Computer Audio

Zoom Microphone Settings

After the initial setup steps outlined above, you can make further adjustments to your audio settings during a Zoom meeting. In the bottom left of the screen, you’ll see a mute button that you can use to toggle the microphone on and off.

Next to this is an up arrow, which opens a menu. Select audio settings, and you’ll be able to change your input and output devices, as well as adjust your volume.

We leave the input volume slider set to 100% and make any adjustments using the gain control on the microphone. We don’t recommend using the auto level adjust feature unless you’re really not confident with your settings.

Optional Headphone & USB Mic Setup For Zoom Video Conferencing

Most USB mics are designed to reject noise coming from behind them as people often use their computer speakers to hear others in the meeting. However, if you’re still getting feedback or want to use headphones for any other reason, it’s a simple feature to set up.

In addition to the steps in the guide above, you’ll need to:

  1. Plug the headphones into your USB mic.
  2. Change the Zoom audio settings.
    In the Zoom audio settings panel, change the speaker to your USB microphone.
  3. Set the headphone volume.
    In the Zoom audio settings panel, hit the test speaker button and increase the headphone volume on your USB mic until you’re happy with the level.

Pricing For Equipment Featured In This Video/Article:


  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:15 – Microphone Selection
  • 0:35 – What To Look For With A USB Mic
  • 1:22 – Connect USB Microphone To Computer
  • 2:58 – Zoom Meeting & Microphone Setup
  • 5:00 – Headphone Setup (Optional)
  • 5:45 – Final Thoughts