Today we’ve finished our Zoom F1-SP field recorder and shotgun microphone review, and having a chance to learn about as well use it at NAMM was a privilege. As we’re huge fans of portable audio recorders, especially Zoom products, we wanted to see what their solution was to giving us a package for high-quality audio attached to our DSLR cameras. If you’re like us and into filming video on your DSLR and think the audio quality just doesn’t cut it, this may be the perfect solution for you. Let’s check out what the Zoom F1-SP has to offer.
Call us unaware, but this is the first time we’ve seen a wireless microphone that uses USB connectivity (at least worth looking at). One of our favorite brands over at Samson Tech has recently released this, so we wanted to give it a review to see exactly what it was about. The reason they call it ‘stage’ is because it’s a handheld microphone that can operate wirelessly up to 100 meters away. Although that’s awesome for performances, we still love this as a multi-use mic for studios, computers with gaming and pocasts, and more. Let’s analyze the specs of the Samson Stage X1U Microphone.
We’re always big geeks when it comes to Zoom Electronics gear, and obviously combined with it being a microphone we just couldn’t say no to a review. In terms of microphones, Zoom likes to make models that are said to be only compatible with their own gear and this is no different. If you own a Zoom H5, H6, or Q8, you’re in luck. You can then record using the superb microphone quality, or if you have a DLSR, attach it on top of that to have one beast of a machine. Although only tailored to a smaller crowd out there, we know there are some Zoom fans like us who wanted some thoughts on the mic before purchasing. Let’s get into the details.
One of our most favorite brands in the market, Blue Microphones, has come out with a brand new small diaphragm condenser microphone for us to enjoy. The biggest facet of Blue mics is probably their overall builds and sound quality — we saw with their Yeti dominate the USB microphone world and for good reason, not to mention their snowball and even Mikey model which made an appearance in our top 10 best iOS microphones article. This particular mic is suited towards pianos, drum overheads and more. Let’s take a look at the Blue Hummingbird Microphone.
One of the best brands in the microphone world, Shure, has come out with a nifty recording solution for iOS smart devices. As a part of their new “MOTIV Digital Microphones” line, the MV88 is a high-quality condenser mic that is powered via Lighting connector and provides up to 24-bit \ 48 kHz audio quality. We’ve seen a rising trend in iOS microphones the past few years, and it looks like it isn’t going to stop anytime soon considering the popularity of iPhones and iPads. Not to mention that the microphones built-in to these things aren’t good at all, and probably won’t be ‘studio quality’ for a very long time. With that being said, we know some people who use their smart devices to record music, podcasts and more. Let’s check out the Shure MV88 iOS Condenser Microphone.