Plugable Studio Microphone for Recording and Broadcasting (Cardioid Condenser, USB)
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- Side-address professional grade condenser USB microphone for easy use and quick connection to your computer
- Ultra-low self noise microphone reduces background noise making it ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, acoustic music recording, and voice-over use
- High quality A/D converter C-Media CM6400 chipset for widest compatibility with 16bit, 44kHz sampling rate and 20Hz to 16kHz frequency response
- Compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux/BSD, and most audio recording software
The Plugable Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone digitally captures vocal and acoustic sources clearly and crisply. As a side-addressable cardioid condenser style microphone, this USB mic reduces background noise for a high quality, hassle free audio recording experience. The cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the intended sound source. Featuring studio-quality sound, this microphone serves as the perfect recording solution for any at home podcaster or recording artist. Offering a simple plug-and-play experience, no drivers are required to start recording. Through the simplicity of USB, this mic is compatible with almost any audio recording software, so you can use this microphone with your favorite recording software.
How It Works:
Microphones come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and types. With so many different varieties and functions, shopping for a good quality mic that has all the right specs can be a little daunting. The one thing they all have in common is their basic functionality as transducers to convert air pressure variations (sound waves) into an electrical current (audio signal). Another essential element all microphones share is their diaphragm, which is usually a thin piece of plastic or metal material inside the mic that vibrates when sound waves reach it. An ordinary, dynamic, microphone contains a diaphragm attached to a coil wrapped around a permanent magnet. The permanent magnet moves along with it and provides a magnetic field that allows for electric current to flow through it as it moves. The Plugable USB Microphone is a condenser type microphone, which means that its diaphragm moves the metal plates of a capacitor to generate electrical current. As a cardioid mic, our microphone is unidirectional and picks up sound in a heart-shaped pattern. This configuration allows for it to reject sounds originating from other directions and results in a clear, clean sound quality that works perfectly for voice and acoustic music recording.
|Frequency Response:||20 – 16000 Hz|
|Bit Depth:||16 bit|
|Sample Rate:||44.1 kHz|
|Power Requirement:||USB (5V DC)|
|Overall Body Dimensions:||140 mm long | 52.0 mm body diameter|
Windows, OS X/macOS Sierra and Linux/BSD
What’s in the Box:
USB-VOX Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, pivoting tripod microphone stand, 305 cm long USB cable
Q: My microphone does not seem to work. What should I do?
A: Confirm that the blue LED illuminates while the mic is connected to your computer. If the LED does not illuminate double check that the USB cable is fully connected to both the bottom of the microphone and the USB port of the computer or USB hub being used. If the blue LED illuminates, but the mic isn’t recording any sound, you’ll need to check the control panel or system preferences of your system to ensure that the microphone is set as your default/primary recording device.
Q: How do I set the USB-VOX as my recording device on my computer?
A: In Windows: On the bottom right of your screen, right click the speaker/volume icon in the task bar and click “Recording devices” (or “Adjust Audio Properties” for Windows XP) in the drop down menu. In the window that appears, click on the USB-VOX microphone and click the “Set Default” button at the bottom of that same window.
In OS X: Click the “Settings” icon on the dock or in Launchpad. Click on “Sound” or the speaker icon. Then click “input” and select the USB-VOX from the list of sound input devices.
Q: When live recording/broadcasting audio and video, I notice a little delay while using the USB-VOX. Why is that?
A: This is not a problem with the USB-VOX itself. Delay is present in all USB recording devices. The additional step or hop of your CPU processing the already processed analog to digital conversion causes a little delay. To accommodate this delay you need to adjust your audio feed in your recording software by about half a second. Manual fine tuning is necessary for expected results.
Q: Will this microphone pickup my voice from a distance?
A: Yes, our microphone is capable of picking up voices from a distance. However, you’ll need to turn up the gain in your preferred recording software settings as well as within your operating system’s recording volume settings. By turning up the gain or recording volume, you may also hear more ambient/room noise than you would with lower gain and volume settings recorded from a closer distance. For best results, we recommend being no more than 1ft away from the mic and adjusting volume and gain settings to your sound preferences.
Q: Can this microphone be used for Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, or other types of video calls?
A: Yes, this mic can be used for Skype and other types of video calls. However, please note that if audio quality does not seem desirable while using the microphone with Skype, it is most likely due to internet service provider or software limitations that are outside of the microphone’s control. This can be confirmed by testing the microphone with a basic recording program like Audacity and comparing the recording results to the audio quality during a video call.
Q: Is the microphone compatible with Windows 10?
A: Yes, this microphone is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 as well as OS X and Linux.