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Great budget condenser.
on December 27, 2014
This is a great mic for the price. I want to stress "for the price" a bit because I feel like that is what makes this mic a winner. One would be hard pressed to find a better condenser at this price. For that, I can over look its shortcomings.
The build quality of the mic itself is great, but the rest of the kit is just cheep. The shockmount is a joke.I understand that the focus is really the mic itself. I had second thoughts when unboxing this thing because of how flimsy the box was. When I got to the mic itself, I was impressed. The mic itself looks and feels good. The build quality of the mic definitely holds up against higher priced condensers. It makes the corners cut on the shockmount and case almost reasonable.
How does the mic sound? That depends on a lot of different factors. Others have commented on how it picks up noise. The noise issue isn't a problem as I have come to expect that with a condenser. This isn't a plug in and play mic. It takes some know how in order to get the sound you want. I found it to be strident and a bit bright for my taste. With the bass cut it sounded tinny. It's easier to darken bright mic than the other way around, so with a little TLC the issues can be fixed. A little dynamic processing (light to medium de-esser) and a bit of EQ to bring up the low end. After a little processing all I can say is WOW. With a little work the mic sounds fantastic.
One problem that I came across in at least two of these microphones is that there is a horrible reverb issue. It seems to be caused by the hollow casing used on the mic. The issue can be fixed by dampening the inside with some foam or cotton.
Overall this is a decent mic for the price, It requires a bit of time and patience, but the payoff is well worth the investment.