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Very good microphone
on 24 May 2014
I bought this for two purposes. One is to record presentations given to people in a room / given over a conference phone and to capture the sound in high quality and clearly. It does this perfectly, it is very sensitive and captures a very natural sound. Being a boundary mike it lessens the effect of room echo and picks up clearly over a range of 3-5 metres away from the speaker. The next best thing to a speaker wearing a radio mike. The second purpose is for me to record one to one consultations, so I can give the person a recording of the session. Again it performs brilliantly.
So some criticism of it. Firstly it only shows as a USB audio codec, so you need to select that for recording. By default the level is very low, and you need to open the recording controls to increase the recording level from it. Default is about 1/10th, but I find that 1/4 level is much better, for speech, some clipping (over level) will not affect the end result at all.
Like any microphone it has a proximity effect for bass ranges, and speaking close to it, it picks up a full range very clearly and with high fidelity. However it has no windscreen, and I have a tendency to 'pop' microphones, so any close vocal miking (which in all honesty is not what this is designed for) does require a pop filter.
Another issue is that the capsule isolation could be better. On a surface it will pick up sounds through that surface, but it is easily solved with a small piece of foam rubber. I use a piece the same size as the base and only 3 mm thick, and it works very well with the unit sat on it.
All in all I have given 5 stars as it does exactly what it says it does. I own and use a lot of microphones (mostly studio types) and this ranks very highly, and the drawbacks I mentioned are easily addressed.