Plugable’s New USB Studio Microphone: Professional Sound Quality, Great Value

Radio DJReady to step up from your smart phone or webcam microphone to fantastic sound? Plugable’s new USB cardioid condenser microphone is the perfect choice for podcasts, home studios, voice-overs, and many other applications.

Offering professional capabilities in a very reasonably-priced package, its high quality A/D converter C-Media chipset captures crisp, high-fidelity audio from 20 Hz to 16000 kHz and its cardioid pattern reduces background noise, resulting in a high-quality hassle-free audio recording experience.

This microphone works great with all popular recording software. Just plug the USB connector into your Windows or Mac computer and you are ready to record with no drivers to install. Plugable’s microphone uses the USB Audio drivers already built into Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, and most other system software.

Technical Specifications

Element Polarized Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
USB Audio Chipset C-Media CM6400
Frequency Response 20 – 16000 Hz
Bit Depth 16 bit
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz
Power Via USB (5V DC)
Weight 258 Grams
Overall Body Dimensions 140 mm long | 52.0 mm body diameter
Connector Type USB

We love this new mic! For more information, please visit our Plugable USB-VOX product page.

6 comments on “Plugable’s New USB Studio Microphone: Professional Sound Quality, Great Value”

  1. Don Cross Reply

    It would be nice to make stereo recordings. I suppose I would need two of these microphones. Any idea how to combine two separate microphone recordings into a synchronized stereo recording (on Linux)? In other words, stereo doesn’t work unless there is tight synchronization between the two audio streams, and I would want them combined into a single WAV file (or other lossless format).

    • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

      Hi Don, Thanks for commenting! If you want separate L and R mics for mono L and R sources, you’ll need an audio recording software program that supports simultaneous multi-channel recording. One open source choice for Linux is Audacity. You set the L mic as track 1 and the R mic as track 2. You can combine tracks or keep them split depending on preference. There are also plenty of stereo mics out on the market that record L and R audio in a single feed. Your simplest solution may be to just use a stereo mic, depending on what you are trying to do. I hope this helps!

      • Don Cross Reply

        Thank you, David. That is helpful. I already use Audacity but didn’t know it could do that. Probably a stereo mic would work better since it would guarantee the two are in sync.

        • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

          Yes, because each USB channel is processed separately by the CPU there is a greater chance of sync issues than if you use a stereo mic with just one USB feed.

  2. tony perrelli Reply

    Can’t you just select stereo recording for that track in audacity? I know the drop down menu is there.

    • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

      Thanks for asking! Yes, you can do this, but then the same mono audio will be laid down for both the L and the R tracks, and there won’t be any stereo effect. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. For example, if you were recording one person’s voice for a podcast and expected people to play it on stereo devices, this would be a good way to go.

Leave a Reply