We’re in the age of endless conference calls. So I decided to spruce up my audio hardware. Sadly, I don’t have the budget for a professional podcaster’s microphone. Luckily, I was sent this cheapo model to review. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s pretty good!
Comes with a reasonably long USB cord, and a pop-shield.
The mic is suspended in a little elastic harness so it doesn’t pick up vibrations.
It’s fully adjustable – which is nice. And a has a removable spoffle.
There’s no LED to show if it’s on, and no mute button. But those are minor downsides.
Here’s my voice, right up close to the mic, unamplified.
I stuck the mic out of the window to capture the birdsong. I’ve amplified it because the birds where quite far away, so there’s a bit of background hiss.
I’m impressed with that! I’m sure all you proper audio geek and audiophiles are aghast at its lack of a gold-plated crosstalk suppression matrix. But it does the job for me.
Like most audio hardware, it works perfectly on Linux. Shows up as
0d8c:0134. PulseAudio picked it up instantly. Worked in native programs like Audacity, and web conference calls.
Now to find a podcast that wants me as a guest!