Dead easy USB, runs direct from Vista drivers, with superb results - EVERYTIME.
Using Audacity, free software to record podcasts.
the recordings are clean, clear and excellent quality.
Faultless performance from this mic.
Has a Cardioid(heart shaped frontal direction), Omni (all directions) and a figure of 8, so that it picks up you and the person you're facing for interviewing.
Good off axis performance, so you can move up to 18 inches from the mic and maintain clear recordings. Some mics limit your movement, this one doesn't.
Slight plosives (p's and b's), so use a windshield, or put some popsocks over the mic (dont' laugh, popsocks really work!). Especailly when set to maximum sensitivity.
1. Stand fittings are european (smaller) and American (larger). Undo the US fittings and the European fittings are underneath them. But they don't tell you that! So you'll spend 10 mins or so working out how the stand thing fits together, unless you know about the preinstalled US screwmount.
2. It comes preset with the recording level set to 3. This is very quiet.
to change go to start/control panel/sound/recording/[select micrphone]/properties/levels [slide from 3 to 90]
Now stand back. It will record airplanes flying overhead, dogs barking in the street, the whole lot, even gurgling in your radiators. Superb sensitivity. This way it picks up every nuance in your voice, every inflection.
Good mic for female voices. Some mics are optimise for deeper male voices, this has a Radio 4 daytime bright/clean professional feel.
So if you want Radio 4 clarity, airy, clean, beautiful midtones, you'll be dead happy. Also it's a dream for podcasters. Literally plug and play, with Vista. And lets face it, so little works with Vista, that's a huge bonus!