A USB microphone is equipped with two additional elements in the housing that ensure simple and uncomplicated use: an integrated microphone preamp and an integrated A/D converter. Thanks to the preamp, USB microphones no longer have to be connected to a preamp or to a mixer with a preamp. The converter converts the analogue signal into digital data, so that the USB microphone can be connected directly to a computer. The device is recognized there like an audio interface and recording can begin immediately. Due to its easy handling, this type of microphone is particularly suitable for podcasters and mobile music making.