USB Linux Microphones

A good USB microphone is not exactly cheap. If you use Linux, you do not want to spend money buying a microphone only to find that it does not work with Linux. The goal of this page is to provide a list of USB microphones, mixers and some webcams that are confirmed to work or to not work with Linux.

Most manufacturers will not advertise that their devices work with Linux just because they don't want to support it. However, almost all USB audio devices use a standard interface, which is supported by Linux. So the chances of a USB microphone working with Linux is much greater now (2009) than it was a few years ago. If they claim something along the lines of "No special drivers are needed with Windows", then there is a good chance that it will work with Linux. However, before purchasing a microphone, it is re-assuring to find that others have successfully used it with Linux. So that is what I'm attempting to document here.

If you know of other devices that are confirmed to either work or not work with Linux, please send that information to me at: tim (at), so that I can add it to the list.

USB Microphones Known to Work with Linux


The microphones listed below should work with any Linux Distribution. Distributions that are confirmed to successfully use the microphone are listed just in case that information helps.

Microphone / Mixer Notes (Confirmed distrubution)
Alesis IO|2 USB Audio Hub 24 bit device, but only get 16 bit with Linux
Blue Snowflake  
Lambda Lexicon Ubuntu 9.04
Logitech 9000 Pro webcam  
Logitec USB Microphone Some problems reported by some
M-Audio FastTrack USB Mixer Did not work with some older distributions, but confirmed to work with Ubuntu 10.04
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Ubuntu 9.10
MXL 990 Kubuntu
Plantronics iAudio 550 Ubuntu
Samson C01U Centos, Ubuntu -- should just work on any Linux system
Samson Q1U  
Samson GoMic openSUSE -- should work with others also
Sony Eye webcam Ubuntu 9.04 -- May take some effort
Superlux E205U  
Terratec Aureon 5.1 USB Mark II  

USB Microphones / Mixers Known to Not Work with Linux

Microphone Notes
Arduino Sound Mixer