Reviewed by George on Argos
This mic is easy, simple and unique it is everything a streamer needs. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to start streaming.
Reviewed by Hammered on Argos
Firstly, the microphone is just amazing. The quality is mind blowing. The dial at the bottom of the microphone is very useful changing the sensitivity how much is picked up. The ability to touch the microphone to mute it is one of it's best features and the red and black design with the illuminating red is the best. There are multiple pickup selections the microphone provides which suits it to different kinds of needs like ASMR and podcasts which eliminates any reason not to get it. ... More
Reviewed by Disco on Argos
This product is amazing! I sound great with it and love the look of it. Really easy to use, easy to find drivers online to update. Has USB-C which is a huge bonus.
Reviewed by Fox on Argos
there a dark spot in the middle of the LED but I believe that this is the microphone if this is not supposed to be there I would like to a new one, but other than that it looks great! Easy to use and sounds amazing.
Reviewed by David Vasser on Guitar Center
Worked in radio for 36 years and the best microphones I ever used were Shure SM7B's. I have used all kinds of microphones, some of which cost more than the SM7B. Name a microphone and I've probably worked at a station that had them. You can keep the tinny sounding Sennheiser MDU421's, boomy RCA 77DX's and 44's, stow away the overly sensitive Neuman U87's, wimpy sounding EV RE anythings and the sterile AKG anythings. Any other Shure microphone, other than the SM5, just is not the same either! I have no idea why the EV RE20 and RE27N/D seemed to have gained wider acceptance at radio stations. I guess because the Shure SM7B is less expensive people think it must be inferior. Yes, it has a slightly lower output than some other mics, but most broadcast and recording consoles have clean beefy preamps with lots of gain headroom and you will obtain a usable level with no outboard preamp required. Where you would need a preamp would be with a cheap mixer or when trying to use it live with a typical PA mixer. Compare the 1000 Htz specs of the EV RE20's 57 dB output at 1.5 mV to the SM7B's 59.0 dB at 1.12 mV and you see there really is 2 dB more audio signal delivered but at a lower voltage. So try it before ordering a preamp you may not actually need. If you do need one just a little boost is required and you can get that from an ART preamp for very little money. This microphone is natural, warm and rich sounding with absolutely no EQ applied and it never sounds boomy or muffled like some ribbon mics do when compressed. If God needed a microphone, he'd probably use this one. It comes with the integral shock mount cushioned stand mount and two windscreens including a close talking one. The thing about the SM7B I like most is the way it converts emotions into audio. It is easier for me to get a good take with one of these. There are adjustable EQ switches under the plate on the end of the microphone. It really comes with everything you need to start using it immediately except the stand and cable. This is the microphone Quincy Jones used to record Michael Jackson's vocals for "THRILLER." Also it was used when Bruce Springsteen or Pearl Jam made their hit recordings. For close talking applications there is nothing better as it has a very natural and smooth sound that compliments all voices. For recording or broadcasting the human voice, the Shure SM7B is tool number 1 for me and I've learned nothing else is close. By the same token the SM7B is not a general purpose microphone. So long as you use it for broadcast or recording studio voiceover narration or musical vocals you will be tickled to death. It has a nice and controlled proximity effect. This basic microphone design has been around for ages and is a descendant of the SM5 and SM5B which are discontinued but still in demand on the used market by voiceover artists. The early SM7 did not have the magnetic shielding that today's SM7B has. This microphone is a gem in noisy control rooms or home studios and equally at home in high end recording studios. Shure stands behind their products and offers full service if you ever need it. Avoid buying one used as there was a recent upgrade of the yoke/shock mount assembly. ... More
Reviewed by George Byers on Guitar Center
Several years ago I had a Rode NT1-A with a Focusrite MK2 Producer Pack preamp (that's a $2,200 preamp coupled with the world's quietest condenser microphone!) and the quality I was getting was awesome. As time progressed and things got harder I ended up selling my two babies and several years later I recently purchased a new home studio on a smaller (much smaller!) budget. My newer studio was/is equipped with a PreSonus Channel strip and an MXL-V63M (that's a combined price of $400). An experienced audio engineer such as myself can still manage to get some pretty rockin' quality recordings out of this set up, but it was nothing compared to what I had in recent years. Finally I got sick and tired of spending so much time focusing on the technical aspect of things and not enough time on the creative side, so I decided to visit my local Guitar Center. Several guys there pitched the Shure SM7B to me so I picked it up and when I got home I was blown away!!!!! This thing ROCKS!! What had taken me hours to achieve previously I could now record and track with dry takes and little EQ (if any). Comparing my mixes to my earlier years is like day and night. This microphone is worth every penny. Every "serious" musician, sound engineer, broadcaster, etc. needs to have this microphone in their arsenal. If you want to compete with commercial recordings, then this microphone along with a decent preamp (make sure the preamp has at least 60db+ of input power) would make a great weaponry choice. This baby is also durable, comes with a bullet proof pop filter/plosive shield (nothing gets through!). Also keep in mind that microphone is delicate enough to NOT NEED PHANTOM POWER. It does a great job at eliminating unwanted low end frequencies, but I found that by using some subtractive EQing techniques you'll really get a bang for your buck: -4db at 600Hz (remove honkiness -Mid Q) -5db sharp cut at 170hz (extra low end rumble, great for male vocals) +2db or -2db at 7K depending on how bright you want your sound (the SM7B's presence boost does work great at times, but I found vocals to sound more pleasing with a flat top response and -2db at 7k) ... More
Reviewed by tacvbo on Guitar Center
After much research and with my financial status, I finally decided to buy a pair of the famous SM 57's. I am a drummer in a band and had previously tried regular vocal mics and was not to happy about the sound when recording. The day I received the SM 57's was one day before our first gig at a local venue. Having them actually made me feel more confident that the sound would be superb. At soundcheck, the whole band realized the difference these microphones made to the drum sound. We were very glad, especially with comments after the gig such as, "the drums sounded very professional." I highly recommend these to anybody because not only are they great for live gigs, but also when recording. We just finished recording our demo and can't believe how well the drums sound. ... More
Reviewed by Jim-XvfJY on Musicians Friend
Sounds natural and can work on about any sound. It's not the best for everything nor the worst for anything, but the most versatile of any mic I have ever seen and at a good price.
Reviewed by Songcycle on Musicians Friend
I initially saw these mics in their previous incarnation, the sennheiser e409, which had a brownish cloth backing instead of black.Pink Floyd can be clearly seen using these as vocal microphones all throughout the Eclipse (Dark Side of the Moon concept "rehearsal tour") and in the footage of their performance at Pompeii. When I saw this neat looking little device (first assuming it was a vocal mic) and noticed it was a Sennheiser I immediately went into researching it. Turns out they just wanted a weird-looking dynamic mic for their stage show, there are no roadie recollections or band member recollections of the microphones' success on anything except guitar cabinets, however. I do seem to recall, mind you this was several years ago, someone associated with the group at the time saying that the mics were hellishly bad for feedback problems (with their PA set-up at the time--Quadrophonia at 90 billion gigawatts or something--what mic wouldn't feedback in open air, though?).Anyway, I took the plunge on the e609 and have had it for a few years now with no problems whatsoever. It is absolutely 100% *ideal* for guitar miking, as the article points out, but more emphasis should be put on its abilities as a general dynamic mic in my opinion. It blows the SM57 out of the water on most instruments and, although I'm admittedly a bit biased about the issue, vocals.Vocals tend to come out a bit bassy, but to me they sound like a mic should: warm and thick. Comparatively the SM57's I have are tinny and harsh. Lastly, you can't beat the look of the thing!! Everyone who sees it is impressed, especially hardcore Floyd fans. I would recommend this mic to anyone who wants to get up close to an instrument source. Toms with these about an inch above the heads sound so milky smooth they've retired my Sennheiser MD 421 II's to the locker. Something I thought I'd never see happen.I guess it all boils down to personal taste in the sound you want, but if you're looking for smooth and textural sounds I'd buy these over the 421's any day of the week. They're so durable I've started a collection, I have 5 of them and they all get stored with the Neumanns in specially made boxes.Same goes for vocals as far as sound quality goes. These mics pick up nuances you never knew you could capture on tape. Plan to become an avid collector of these beauties; nothing gets in closer without overloading or muddying the signal, and there's nothing like the sound of these hovering over your toms and pressed firmly into your guitar cabs. Anyone who records to multi-track knows the importance of sound isolation, and I've used hundreds of mics and never heard anything that performs so well in that area. It's impossible to truly do a re-mix of the drumtrack without proper isolation. Ditto on vocals. I've recorded sitting right next to my processor fan running at full speed and not even noticed. Also, to my knowledge, these and Neumann Siemens/Telefunken were the only mics used to record amplifiers by The Floyd from 1971-1973, and in the Live at Pompeii re-release one can be seen hovering above an open-face Grand Piano during the recording of "Us And Them". The fact that they had them custom ordered because Abbey Road's mics weren't as good speaks volumes for anyone who knows about the mics available in their lockers.Still haven't tried it live on vocals, nor will I probably. It's an incredible little remnant of rock'n'roll history as well as remarkably efficient in several ways. What else could a gear geek ask for? ... More
Reviewed by Scott V. on Reverb
I sought out and bought the Sennheiser e609 here on Reverb.com because I knew it was the best all around microphone for miking my guitar amp. It's also one of the best bangs for your buck out there as well. I've been a professional guitarist for over 25 years now and spent the last 20 years playing professionally for the U.S. Navy Band program. The job required me to play all over the world in numerous situations from small jazz combos, full size big bands, rock/top 40 bands (covering everything from pop, country, top 40, light rock to heavy rock) and sometimes even as a guitarist in a concert band setting playing on a pops piece. In all of these situations I usually miked my guitar amp, and the mic that always worked best for me was the e609. Even though most of my experience with this microphone is in live performance settings, I also have lots of live recording as well as recording in the studio experience too. Throughout my years I've played live and recorded with SM57's, SM58's, AKGC414, SennheiserMD421 and finally the Sennheiser e609. Even though for a high end studio session you may want to use a more expensive mic (if you can afford it) like a Neumann U87 or a Royer 121, I have found that the e609 does a fantastic job at capturing the exact sound coming out of my amplifier, no matter what amp I'm using at the time and putting it into the recording. That also goes for live recordings and through the PA mains while playing a live performance. Okay, LIVE PERFORMANCE. Whether your going to record your performance or not, in my opinion the e609 does the best job at capturing the exact sound that comes out of my amp speakers and pushes it through the PA and/or to recording. I must also mention that when you are playing live a lot like I did in the Navy or in the local bar or nightclub scene, we are always in a hurry aren't we. Setting up last minute for whatever reason. The convenience of NOT having to set up a mic stand and wrap the mic cord around that stand so you don't trip on it and then finally positioning the microphone perfectly where you want it at your speaker cone is wonderful. With the e609 I put the mic cord through my amp handle, hang the mic in front of my speaker and move on to the next step in my setup. I know this may seem trivial, but when you're in a rush, you really appreciate those saved 2 minutes. To sum up, I keep talking about capturing the sound. Whether it's in a live setting or a recording session, isn't that what we're really after here with a microphone anyways. As guitarists we work so hard at getting that exact sound we're happy with coming out the front of our amps. What we need is a mic that captures that exact sound without modification and sends it to the PA or to a recording. Add that in with the convenience of hanging the mic quickly in front of your amp for a quicker set up and tear down. PLUS, the e609 is so reasonably priced compared to other mic's in it's class, it was the only choice for me once I retired from the Navy and needed to buy my own mic. Scott Verville/USN retired www.verville-music.com ... More
Reviewed by Fuzzball on Guitar Center
This is a must have mic for any active musician. This mic is excellent for stage use, but it is also very useful in a studio or project studio. This mic has been my main stage mic for over 15 years. The SM58 is known to be great for live use but it is also great to use on vocal recordings. The SM58 is also a great mic to use on a snare drum (especially since it is durable). The SM58 is built tough enough to stand up against years of abuse. If you play live you need to have this mic. ... More
Reviewed by Scott on Guitar Center
If you are an active gigger, or recording artist, there is no doubt you've run across at least one of these mics. Extremely cheap, extremely reliable, and great sounding. Although this is mainly a vocal mic, i have used it for instruments, even drums, and gotten an acceptable sound(although we later layered the recordings). If you have big bucks, i would not recommend this mic, because there are many other expensive mics that would do vocals much better. However if you are a low budget musician such as myself, then i would highly recommend this mic for vocals, and as a last resort for instruments, although i would not recommend it if it can be avoided. Happy Rocking! ... More
Reviewed by John McClinton on Musicians Friend
This is a high quality inexpensive professional microphone. I has no frills, just a straight forward side approach, large diaphram condenser mic. Note; it is not a true condenser, but a fixed charge plate condenser (electret condenser). The fact that it is an electret condenser shouldn't scare you away tho, it isn't anything like electrets of yester-year with that tinny metallic sound. This mic does have a very warm natural sound with a lot of clear highs and no sibilance problems. I won't compare it to a dynamic microphones like 58's and such because this is a completely different animal. It isn't supposed to sound like a dynamic mic. Everyone has thier own opinion of what they like and what they don't, and sound is a very subjective perspective. Personally I think this mic ranks up there with the big dogs. It doesn't have quite the presense peak as an 87, but the high freqs do a more gradual climb starting at about 6khz I'd guess. Which gives it a nice subtle sparkle. It has a smooth frequency response thru-out it's range, which is very wide. It is very sensitive, so you dont have to crank the gain to max out your VU's, and from what I see on the specs it can handle a lot of SPL's. If the sound pressure is too much, and this goes for any mic, and you're over-modulating, just back off a couple inches. LOL, real rocket science here. You don't have to be close enough to eat it to get a good sound! OK, now the downers. It doesnt have a lot of whistles and bells. There's no pad switch, bass roll off, figure eight polar pattern knobs and buttons or flashing lights. It's just a simple cardiod side approach condenser mic. So what do you want for this price? Egg in your beer? And just like someone else implied in here, just because it didn't cost thousands of dollars and carry a name like Neuman or Telefunken doesnt mean this isn't a full blown professional mic, it is! A beginner mic, yes it's that too. and if you are new to the recording word, this is a nice way to step up your game without breaking the bank. The bottom line is, I got a great mic and didn't have to take out a second on my mortgage! I use it for vocals, have a small home recording studio, I still like dynamics (57's) for miking the paper on my amps, but wouldn't hesitate to use this for an ambience/room mic. And drums, sure why not, it does cover a wide spectrum with lots of highs and bottom too. I have more years than I want to admit in recording studios, both as engineer and owner. Everyones ears are different, and like I said in the beginning, what some think is garbage is a treasure to another. I hope you find the perfect mic that fits your voice or whatever needs you have. I personally am very pleased with this mic. I haven't used this mic for very long, but it seems to be rugged and well manufactured. Hard believe that a mic of this quility sells for so little. ... More
Reviewed by ACE.KING on Guitar Center
I bought this mic as the last addition to my home studio. This mic is awesome. Very clear vocals. Alot of my friends have come over to use it, and have asked to borrow it because they liked it so much.
Reviewed by Symon on Guitar Center
Great little mic! Almost as good as their Podcaster but at half the price. The sound signature is a little different. Not as soft as the podcaster. Which to me sounds more realistic. The podcaster is just a bit too soft for my voice. The podmic suits my deep voice better, I feel that I get a slightly crisper sound from it. I also like the size, it's nice and small. it doesn't take up as much space at the podcaster or similar mics do. The only thing that I don't like is the mount. It isn't as shock resistant as standard shock mounts. Luckily I had a wide shock mount sitting around (from an old mxl 770) that I was able to squeeze the mic into. The screws that hold the included mount are permanent so they are a bit of an eyesore. But it'll do and is way better now. Oh, and if you need a windscreen, I used a cheapo one (also from the mxl 770) that fits perfectly. All in all, this was a great purchase. Also kudos to Guitar Center for having plenty of these mics in stock when no one else online did! As of this writing, it is (still) near impossible to get this mic! ... More
Reviewed by AB on Guitar Center
Amazing sound. This mic makes me sound like I know what I'm doing! A lot heavier than I was expecting, but that is nice to see it is sturdily made.
Reviewed on B&H Photo Video
This mic and variations like the chrome ones you will see on old videos/movies like Woodstock do not need a thumbs up review from me although I have used them since 1969. There are very few tools, especially electronic ones, that can take such abuse of the road, heavy use, and just keep on going. The reason I got the special edition was it was a gift and it just so happens one of my Shure SM58's just bit the dust recently after over 30 years of service and showing its battle scares of scratches and dented screen from hitting a concrete floor. It probably had a slight loose connection. With poor vision I did not attempt a repair. If memory serves me well, the SM58 costs less now than it did in 1971, when I sent a few back for repair after them being brutalized by very energetic singers using the sound system for which I was a roadie. If you are young and need a mic, the SM58 should be somewhere in the top two you may choose from no matter what the price. If you are older, you probably already have owned one or more. ... More
Reviewed by A. Davis on B&H Photo Video
I bought the SM58 for home recording. I record in my living room and therefore a large diaphragm condenser microphone is just not going to work for me. The SM58 is very directional and for the most part ignores the various noises that are all around my apartment building. Once I cleaned up the low end with some EQ, the recordings I obtained with the SM58 were quite good and usable. You will need an in-line mic pre-amp to get a good signal for your interface. I'm very happy with the SM58! ... More
Reviewed by RON-L95gn on Musicians Friend
Been using these for about 7 years now, on stage and in the studio for vocals. Unrivaled crispness, and the super-cardioid pattern isolates almost everything except the singer in front of it, so much higher volume to feedback ratios can be realized. They are especially well suited for high ambient noise environments, such as a gymnasium.
Reviewed by Evan-.MPbj on Musicians Friend
I have been using this microphone for like 4 months, and it's awesome. Perfect. It's warm, clear, playing with distance is a total pleasure. It even looks good! Many bands use it for stage mic, but using it for home recording is great.
Reviewed on B&H Photo Video
I picked up the Rode Procaster (XLR version - not the USB Podcaster) to use on multiple podcasts and as an addition to the studio's mic collection. After putting it through the paces for vocals, I must say, I'm beyond impressed with this mic. It has a good clean sound without muffling the audio as much as other large diaphragm dynamics like it. The character feels smooth with a solid low end. This requires much less gain than the SM7b, and therefore gives a cleaner signal (less electrical noise). On the voices that I've tested it with, it seems to have a much more natural response as well. Keep in mind, microphones are like instruments, they all sound different and will work differently with every voice. All-in-all, I'm very happy with this mic. It is heavy, especially when using the shock mount with it (which is a must in my book), but it's a great mic for most vocal purposes. I have not tested it directly into an interface, however, so you may need a signal/gain booster (brand of your choice) to get a clean enough signal for that. But you may not, I haven't tested it that way. I run it through a cloudlifter into my mixer with w/compressor before going into my interface. I use this on podcasts, voice over work, and to record rock vocals. ... More
Reviewed by M. Williams on Guitar Center
For voiceover work or spoken word, this MIC is GREAT ! I've had microphones that were double or triple the price and didn't perform as well. Crisp and Full sound, this Microphone is everything it's advertised to be.
Reviewed by Ivon on B&H Photo Video
So, I purchased the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone Kit with Blue Compass Premium Tube-Style Boom Arm (Black) and I must say I don't have any regrets. Off the top, there is one thing that I wish were different, but nonetheless, these products are pretty amazing. Firstly, the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone is remarkably impressive in the construction, sound quality, and remarkable depth of controls that you have via the Shure Desktop Motiv app or the on-mic controls. This brings me to the thing that wished were different. The connectivity of the app. Shure does provide access to both a desktop and a smartphone app (that you will have to download) but the microphone can only be connected to the devices using wires. It would be more convenient if they were able to connect wirelessly (via WiFi or/and Bluetooth). Once connected to your device the mic can be used or it can also be used by connecting to an audio device using an XLR cord. (regular microphone cable). The Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone is an incredible option for content creators without the needed accessories like cloud lifter and the likes, which other microphones in that category demands. This saves you money, time (as it is faster and easier to set up), and it is more compact and less of a distraction while in use. Lastly, the Blue Compass Premium Tube-Style Boom Arm is smooth, modern, and extremely pleasant to look upon. The Boom Arm is impressively designed and helps tremendously with cable management. The cable fits snuggly in the arm. The boom arm is not bulky and is built very sturdily. Once, the microphone is mounted, it is very easy to adjust the boom arm for perfect positioning. I LOVE THIS!!! ... More
Reviewed by Charlie on B&H Photo Video
This is my first mic ever, and it's perfect for my needs - podcasting, voiceover, and audio books. The option of USB and/or XLR is convenient (and rare), and the idiot-proof software allows this non-technical user to adjust the sound quality to suit different needs and moods (bright for zoom calls, neutral for audio books, dark for voiceovers (drama!). My only concern, expressed by everyone, is the choice of micro USB for the mic end of the USB connection, but that's not enough of a disappointment to deduct anything meaningful. IMPORTANT NOTE! As many reviewers discovered, MV7 is a little too sensitive to plosive sounds (the popping of P's or B's). That is true. However, replacing the standard windscreen with the Shure RK345 will eliminate this problem and render the MV7 a wonderful not-too-bright, not too woolly, mic for a variety of uses. Besides the sound, what I like best about the mic is the near/far option in the software. The far setting allows the distinctive, desirable sound of a dynamic mic without forcing you to keep your mouth uncomfortably close to the mic. All 'round terrific choice, and I think it's worth the money. ... More
Reviewed by Yong on B&H Photo Video
The design is incredible and the weight of the mic is perfect. Considerably one of the most flexible and perhaps the best dynamic mic considering the price and it's charming features. I did a hefty research prior to purchasing a mic. Looked into various sites, different reviews, and expertise opinions on every microphone out there and ultimately encountered the SE Electronics V7 microphone. Many reps will make a simple, unattractive recommendation as saying Shure SM58 or any industry standard (Senheiser, AKG, Audio-Technica, etc). Many reps are not aware of SE Electronics nor its V7 microphone. This mic will be the replacement for the industry standard when noticed by more consumers. The packaging I can say was absolutely professional and attractive with its detailed features on there and the design and proper packaging feeling as if I had bought a brand new Apple product. SE Electronics is absolutely impressive. I will be utilizing this mic for vocals for myself and a female vocalist in our band. This will feature a clean voice and an upgraded performance result. I will bet that your investment on this V7 microphone will be a game changer and a much different reality of the audio world. ... More
Reviewed by Matt W. on Reverb
The V7 isn't my favorite live vocal mic, but it's my favorite in the SM58 price bracket. It's main strengths are twofold. First, it has incredibly natural, condenser-like high end, very extended without annoying peaks that you have to hunt down with EQ. There's a light de-essing dip around 6kHz. It is clear and not harsh. Second, the capsule mount is tuned such that handling and stand noise cause rumble down around 50Hz, instead of around 150Hz like with most dynamic mics. There's not less of it, but it's way lower in frequency. That's super-smart engineering, because I can highpass out rumble around 50Hz without affecting the tone of a vocal at all, whereas 150Hz is right in the middle of the action. Great design decision. Cons: The polar pattern gets a little sloppy above 4kHz, but that's true of every mic in the price bracket. It's also somewhat susceptible to hum/buzz (not more than the SM58, but more than most modern designs). So it's not ideal for super quiet stuff in electrically noisy environments. ... More
Reviewed by Chris on Guitar Center
This is my 4th mic I've used while doing my podcast. The Rode NT-USB is by far the best I've ever used. The Blue Yeti was too sensitive, the Blue Spark garbled my voice, and the Samson Meteor Mic required too much software to function properly. The Rode was good right out of the box and did not require tinkering to make it "better". The included pop filter is worth it's weight in gold. The other thing that makes this great is it uses a standard USB/USB2 cord, so they are easily picked up if you need an extra. Listen to people on YouTube and SoundCloud compare audio clips using Rode and the other three mice I mentioned and see if you do not agree. Suoer impressed! ... More
Reviewed by Matt on Guitar Center
It mic was perfect for the music project that I have been working on. I needed a mic that simple to set up, easy to adjust, and very user friendly (I am not a great singer, so I just needed something that can make me sound half decent at a good price). The price is very affordable for the quality that you will receive. The fact that it comes with a pop filter was awesome too (really makes a difference). And having it as simple as a plug into a USB port was extremely convenient. My Mac recognized it as what it is immediately (just have to adjust the mic input and output if needed; very simple). It sounds great, and if you want to sound better, just use your music software to adjust if needed. Great product. Amazing price. ... More
Reviewed by Scott on Musicians Friend
So this is the same great AT-2020 Condenser microphone with a built-in AD converter for USB recording. GREAT option for recording yourself playing through an amp at home or in the studio with a computer. It's a big big step up from any built in microphone on a camera or phone, and the price is not bad. You can often find this on sale for the same price as it's non-USB version. It features its own volume control as well as a headphone jack and built in headphone amp with its own volume control, allowing for monitoring of the signal outside of the computer you're recording on. Sound wise this is a very nice mic. Clean, articulate, and sensitive. It's sturdily built and feels substantial in your hand. I use it to record and compare various amps, tubes, guitars, pickups. There's only one teeny tiny negative and that's that the tripod is a bit off-center and easily tips over if you don't arrange to have one leg sticking out directly under the microphone. Not even worth taking off a star though as it's rarely a real problem. ... More
Reviewed by Champ on B&H Photo Video
I use this microphone to record my videos for youtube. Quite often I would recieve comments that my old microphone (which had cost me $300) allowed for a lot of background noise to interrupt my commentaries. Admittedly I was skeptical about buying a microphone for less than $ and expecting any decent results. (Especially for a USB microphone). As it turns out, not only does this microphone beat my old expensive microphone in every possible way, its easy to take with me on trips so I don't have to sacrifice audio while submitting videos away from home. The USB allows for me to carry this microphone anywhere I go as it does not require any additional equipment. In addition, at this price I've decided I am going to buy two, just so I can keep one in a travel pack so I don't forget. The quality is heads and tails above similarly prices microphones and even the really expensive ones! On the downside its not quite the quality of the really expensive microphones but, those would cost you easily ten times the price of this one. What a great product, audio technica really surprised me with this one! ... More
Reviewed by Shadow Stevens For The Block on Musicians Friend
Being a 17 year radio vet and working for a dozen or so stations, I have logged a lot of time with the RE20 (as well as many other mics). The RE20 is a champ. It sounds really good on almost everybody. I also own my own production studio, and while some people sound better on a good condenser mic, I always test them on the RE20 first, more times than not they sound better on the EV. It's my benchmark. There is a reason why this mic has been the industry standard for decades. You just can't go wrong having one of these in your microphone locker. ... More
Reviewed by Sean J. on Reverb
The two main reasons I got this mic were... 1. For home recording where I don't have an ideal sounding room and 2. In hopes that it would be a good fit for my vocals. Having used it on tracks recording in my office for the past week or so I have to say I'm really impressed. It gives a much cleaner recording in my 12x15 space than my condenser mics (Stellar CM-6, AKG C414 and a couple others) because they pick up too much of the room sound. The RE20 is not as "airy" as a condenser but with a bit of eq you can add in some sparkle. Basically it gives me a clean sounding track I can work with, then I add a subtle room verb in the master to give a sense of space and tie tracks together. I have recorded dobro, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals with it. Again, ideally you'd probably use a large diaphragm condenser in a good sounding room for acoustic instruments, but in cases where you want to take the room out of the equation, this mic works surprisingly well. Actually for dobro, I think the warmth and punch of this mic sounds good even compared to nicer condensers I've used. For vocals, I have a honky sounding voice in the Willie Nelson (but not nearly as cool) range. I've been trying to find a mic I felt comfortable with for some time. I got the RE20 after reading some recommendations that it could be a good fit for that type of voice. I think it definitely has a warmth and midrange richness that allows my vocals to sound punchy and cut through without being too harsh. When paired with a Heritage 73 JR preamp you get a nice warm vintage vibe. In general it's a great all-around mic that can be used on a variety of applications. Great for situations where you don't want to pick up room reflections. It adds warmth and fullness to my honky sounding voice and sounds pretty darn good on dobro. While other mics may be better for certain applications, this one is a solid all-arounder that I can see myself using for a long time to come. If you want an example of how this mic sounds check out this youtube video. After I saw this video, I went online and bought the RE20. This is a great clip of how warm and full it sounds on vocals and how good it can sound in a home recording environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDMYgk9DcRE ... More
Reviewed on B&H Photo Video
With the introduction of the latest GoPro Hero 4, it's 4K capabilities, and compact form factor, I now predominately use those to film. There are a few cons about using the GoPro cameras and one is definitely the sound quality from the built in microphones. I've been debating over which on camera mic to get teetering between the Rode VideoMic Pro and the Rode VideoMic Go, but with such a compact set up those mics would have defeated the purpose of compact shooting. With my subjects never being over 10 feet away from the cameras the Rode VideoMicro was the perfect solution. It cut out and toned down virtually all background noise and gave a nice clean sound for the subjects in front of the camera. For anyone using compact size video recorders like mirror-less cameras, this would be the perfect solution. Also, even with the widest setting (SuperView) and windshield installed, the Rode VideoMicro does not come into view when recording. With the included Rycote Lyre shock mount and Deadcat windshield, and metal construction, there are really no negatives to say for it's intended use. For situations where your subject might be further than 10 feet away, going with a powered boom mic would probably be better as this mic does not amplify sound. ... More
Reviewed by Dave on B&H Photo Video
People with far more technical background have already written about the VideoMicro, so my take on this will not be on technical aspects. I'm a stills shooter who has stumbled and bumbled my way into video. For me, one of the larger hurdles has been audio. I'm on a tight, hobby budget and every piece of gear has to be carefully selected. Moreover, I also want everything to fit into one bag. First I'll say this, no, it isn't a good as my Rode NTG2. If you're expecting that kind of performance at this price, then save your money and get something else. That being said, for me it isn't that far off the mark, and it can do some things that larger shotguns can't. For example, be in your camera bag all the time so you can set it up at nearly the drop of a hat. Since it doesn't need batteries and is small, it fills a great place in my audio/video toolkit. Maybe it is like an audio version of the Swiss utility knife. Useful in a lot of situations but not perfect. There can be a noise floor if you plug it directly into the camera, but for general use, that doesn't matter much of the time. For the times that it does I plug it into my Zoom H1 and even with both mounted on the camera, they are less obtrusive than my NTG2 in its shock mount. I've used it in Church settings to grab nice audio clips without looking like a documentary crew. At this price point, that alone might be enough value. But the deadcat that ships with it is quite good. I've gotten good audio with some pretty stiff wind gusting at 12-20 mph. If you are like me, a stills person who is learning audio I think this mic represents a unique value. Darn good audio, flexibility, and value. Combine that with the ease of taking it with you just about everywhere, and for me, this microphone was a natural choice. I have zero regrets with the purchase and love having a portable shotgun with me all of the time. ... More
Reviewed by Pastor Caroline on Guitar Center
We purchased these mics for our church and they sound amazing, I never thought that for this price your would be able to find this much quality. I recommend it highly....
Reviewed by Scott on Guitar Center
We bought this kit to replace aging equipment used by our worship team. With a budget of nothing this was a real good buy. The mics were easy to setup we also replaced the cables running to our sound board and how the sound has changed I had to lower the trim level by about half and everything sounds perfect.
Reviewed by JuNkYaRd MoNkey on Guitar Center
I spent almost two months researching mics over the internet, and everytime I looked for an inexpensive, efficent and amazing performance microphone...THIS IS THE BEST CHOICE. I used the AT2035 solely for vocals and heard nothing short of almost flawless quality. This microphone also works well on tube amps and cabinets (bass or guitars). As for acoustics it picks up a lot of noise. But that can be compensated with a compresser. If you go to the Audio-techina website you'll find more than enough info on this mic stats. This is an awesome mic and I'm so happy for purchasing it. ... More
Reviewed by D Lockman on Guitar Center
It's sound is detailed, full and focused, with just the right amount of brightness for most singers. This is not one of those glossy-sounding "German-Austrian style" mics, just a straightforward vocal mic that gets the job done with flying colors (or I should say, with no undue coloration). Used with a decent-to-good preamp (say, $150+, simple single channel type), it sounds B-I-G and very pro. The key is to get a loud, clean, clear signal coming out of the preamp into the recording device with the recording device input down quite low (like 1, at most). By letting the preamp do the work (but keeping it clean), you will get that up-close "enlarged" sound you hear in pro recordings. The AT2035, in my opinion, beats out just about every other mic I've heard for under $300 or so. A great combo for a small studio would be an AT2035 and, for contrast, 1 of those extra-bright, "sheeny" German/Austrian-style mics that sell for around twice what the AT2935 sells for. But get this one first. For all types of vocalists, it gets good results. Not sure what else it does well, but I got it for voice, and it delivers the goods. I love mine. ... More
Reviewed on B&H Photo Video
I compared this mic to a Shure KSM32, and you could easily hear the difference in self-noise. The LCT-440 Pure clocking in at 7 dB of noise, and the KSM32 at 13 dB of noise. This is a very quiet microphone. I'm using the LCT-440 Pure for radio broadcast studio use. I really love the sound of this mic, and it has immediately become my favorite mic. Even though the supplied pop filter is very uniquely designed, I found it ineffective for close up, radio broadcast use. I instead paired this mic with the WindTech PopGard. The WindTech was much better at reducing P popping, and fit perfectly on the LCT-440 Pure. This is my first Lewitt Audio mic, and I have to say that I am *very* impressed by its sound, and build quality. Lewitt knocks it out of the ballpark with this mic. A home run all the way. ... More
Reviewed by Tony on B&H Photo Video
This is an excellent microphone. The shock mount and pop filter included in the package are super compact and designed so you can get as close as you want to this microphone. Because its so small, it also doesnt get in the way when doing VO, allowing me to easily see past it. The pop filter doesnt work quite as well as some others, likely just because it is so close to the mic, but with that in mind, it works pretty well. Build quality/fit and finish is good as well. It has a very low self noise and a very clean sound. I compared it to a Rode NT1 and sE Electronics X1 S. The LCT-440 Pure has a bit more presence in the high end than those mics, without going far enough to sound sibilant or harsh on my voice. The NT1 has a bit more boomy low end. Those other mics are great, but in the end, I prefer the Lewitt LCT-440 Pure. ... More