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How does the audio quality of this compare to a Blue Yeti or Audio-Technica ATR2500?
They have really low gain and the noise floor is kind of shitty. Thats kinda an overview it gets more complicated but don't buy a USB they are worse and XLRs are more worth it. Also just because its XLR doesn't mean that you have to buy an extremely expensive/complicated amp. Pick up a Blue Icicle along with any XLR microphone. and you'll be fine.
Interesting, thanks for that.. I always thought XLRs are more complicated than USB so I have not given them a second thought. If I do pick up a Blue Icicle somewhere in Australia, which few XLRs do you recommend? Are they simple to connect to my PC and setup?
Buy the Blue Yeti. QC of this mic is non existent, and even if you luck on a unit that doesn't have volume or static issues, the Yeti will still sound 10 times as good. I seriously regret joining this drop (two drops ago, and a mic replacement later). I recommended that people skip this mic during the previous drop, but people still bought it. I can see from the comments that the problems we had with this shitty mic still exist.
Do yourself a favour- buy the Yeti.
I wish I'd seen your comment sooner. This mic is useless.
Hi, I don't stop by much on MD but I happened to check my notifications recently and saw this. In my opinion the AT2020 is the best XLR for beginners on the market. Any Audio Technica microphone is great as well as any MXL microphone. If I had to suggest 3 it would be Audio Technica AT2020/2035 and MXL 990. They are extremely simple to set it up. All you have to do is buy a Microphone stand and XLR cable if it isn't included. Simply put one end of the XLR cable into microphone and then connect the other end of the XLR microphone to the Blue Icicle and then connect the USB cable into your computer.
Confirming what the last guy said. All condensor microphones require 48V of phantom power to gain correct sensitivity. Getting that power from a 5W USB port is like trying to push a whale through a sewer pipe and results in rather noisy, low quality audio regardless of the quality of the Microphone itself, unless it has an outboard power connector.
Get Blu Yeti OR Audio Technice OR Rode!!!