All new for 2020, we have one of our favorite brand in Samson always coming out with at least one new model we love to have in the microphone game. Here we have a USB and dynamic microphone to be readily available for ‘broadcasting’, which can translate into useful for podcasters, streamers, gamers or really any desktop or computer types of recording alike. What’s first important here to note is that it is indeed both USB as well as XLR connective, so you can either do some plug-and-play like many other USB mics out there or use it in a traditional recording sense in a studio and hook it up to your microphone preamps or audio interfaces. Here are some details of the Samson Q9U dynamic microphone.
Once Winter NAMM starts to hit each year, we can’t help but geek out when it comes to being able to explore new products within the world of music equipment, and more specifically for our niche: microphones. Mackie surprised us getting into the mic game when we hit their booth this year for 2020 since we’re so used to their products being predominantly speakers and DJ gear (although they had done so previously with their in-ear monitors and headphones, so we like their confidence when it comes to experimenting with different gear categories). Once we noticed some microphones at hand, we got down to business and tried them out ourselves with the time we had. Here is our write-up and review of the new EM-USB microphone by Mackie, so let’s get into the details and see what they plan on competing with in the upcoming years (especially in such a crowded category when it comes to USB microphones).
A wireless lavalier microphone system in your repertoire is going to be a great addition, especially if you’re in need of a discreet and easy way to record some audio. Regardless of your use, whether it’s lectures, interviews, public speaking, theater and more, we’ve learned in our lavalier microphone guide that there’s just nothing else like a lapel. However, in that guide we focused on a mixture of those with and without wires, so today we wanted to specifically get into wireless lavalier microphone systems. Let’s get into our picks.
Portable audio recorders are not easily replaceable, even as smart phones continue to become more advanced in any many facets. Audio quality is still a huge deal with phones and smart devices as a whole, and sometimes we just need a piece of gear that’s more advanced and equipped to handle capturing real audio with quality feasible enough for movies, songs and more. We’ve been researching and writing about these types of recorders for quite a while, and since our website here is dedicated to microphones, we felt it was at least significantly relevant to give you all a guide on the best portable audio recorders.
Interviewing whether you’re on a novice or professional level can sometimes be a bit tricky, and without a proper microphone setup you won’t be able to truly get the job done. It may even make or break the quality of your interviews and most of the time we don’t want to sacrifice that. Today we spent some time researching not only the different types of methods people use to interview others, but which actual microphones should be recommended as we sort through all of the different models out there that flood the market. Let’s first get into what we should be looking at, then we’ll provide you our picks for the best microphones for interviews.