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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent mic for the money, December 26, 2009
This review is from: Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone (Electronics)
In the realm of digital recording, the idea of a USB-powered condenser mic was really just an inevitability, but Samson has truly impressed me with their Go Mic. This little microphone has a surprisingly rich sound to it, and captures an impressive dynamic range. The transducer is a mere 10mm, but don't let the diminutive size of it fool you; you can capture some high-quality, professional sounds with this microphone. I use mine primarily as a to-go mic for my laptop recording studio, capturing vocals and guitars with it.

One caveat I would like to mention about using this device in a multitrack context: the use of the default driver for this device is definitely not recommended. Check out ASIO4ALL, a free driver that recognizes your audio hardware and gives them a generic but highly effective ASIO driver, which cuts down on latency big time. Definitely avoid the default Windows driver if you're looking for performance.

The great thing about this microphone is that it has a headphone jack on it, which further reduces the effects of latency in a multitrack context. While it does not reduce latency per se, it can remove the latency between what you hear out of your speakers, making multitrack recordings well-timed. The headphone jack was the deciding factor between this and the Blue Snowflake, which is similarly priced. I have no experience with the Snowflake, but I know it does not have a headphone jack and its clip with which to mount the mic on a laptop is free-hanging, not spring-loaded like the Go Mic. The thing I love about the Go Mic's clip is it will attach to either the top or the side of your LCD screen, which is handy.

If you're a musician who travels with any frequency, definitely look into the Go Mic. You can't go wrong for the price, and its size is tiny enough to stow away in even the smallest laptop bag (even netbook bags). The quality of sound is great, too. This product, alongside my Korg nanoKEY, makes studio productions on the road a reality for me, and I'm thrilled with my purchase.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2011 4:44:17 PM PST
JonathanT says:
I'm an aspiring hip hop producer and my artists, including myself, need a good microphone for getting down high quality vocals, but I am on a budget and prefer not to invest too much into studio-grade equipment until later in my career. Would you recommend this little microphone for rapping? (No instruments or anything, just vocals) Have you heard any significant background noise with this device? This thing looks like a great deal but I need to be sure its worth the money before I buy it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 10:48:13 PM PDT
College Kind says:
Would you recommend using this to record an upright piano?
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