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CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone
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- Dynamic microphone element designed for vocals and instruments
- Cardioid pick-up pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise
- Smooth, extended frequency response is excellent for singing, speech and instruments
- Built in pop filter minimizes "P-popping"
- On-Off switch for instant mute
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The CAD U1 USB Recording Microphone makes recording vocals or instruments to your computer a plug and play operation. This dynamic microphone features a cardioid pick-up pattern and a smooth, extended frequency response. A built-in popfilter takes care of those annoying P-popping sounds. Perfect for podcasting, the U1 also includes an on/off switch, 10 foot USB cable and a desktop microphone stand. CAD U1 USB Microphone Features Dynamic microphone element designed for vocals and instruments Cardioid pick-up pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise Smooth, extended frequency response is excellent for singing, speech and instruments Built in pop filter minimizes P-popping On-Off switch for instant mute Ten-foot USB cable for flexible mic placement Desktop mic stand included Windows and Macintosh compatible
From the Manufacturer
Offering excellent quality at an affordable price, the CAD Audio U1 records directly to your computer via USB and is a great choice for both vocal and instruments as well as for creating podcasts and voiceovers for videos. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS operating systems, you can simply plug the U1 into your PC and start recording.
This dynamic microphone features a cardioid pick-up pattern and a smooth, extended frequency response. A built-in pop filter takes care of annoying popping sounds. The U1 also includes an on/off switch, 10-foot USB cable, and a desktop microphone stand.
Record Directly to Your Computer
The U1 microphone is ideal for everything from studio vocals, to speech, instruments, podcasts, and desktop recording. The dynamic microphone element is designed for vocals and instruments, with a cardioid pick-up pattern that isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise, highlighting the performance. The U1's smooth, extended frequency response is excellent for singing, speech, and instruments.
USB Plug and Play
The CAD U1 USB Recording Microphone makes recording vocals or instruments to your computer a plug and play operation. The U1 is Windows and Macintosh compatible, with no software to install--simply plug it into any available USB port, select it as your input in your software settings, and you're ready to create your own audio.
Great for Podcasts
The wide frequency response and focused pickup pattern are ideal for desktop recording, particularly podcasts. Use the U1 microphone to podcast over the Internet, create your own audio for video, or record your own songs. Simply plug in and start recording.
About CAD Audio
CAD Audio celebrates its 80 year heritage of world class products designed to satisfy the Studio, Live and Installed sound customer. CAD Audio sprung from its Conneaut Ohio roots and continues its operations in Solon Ohio delivering exceptional audio reproduction with the legendary performance and durability you expect. Recent introductions of the StagePass and GXL Wireless along with the acclaimed Sessions series of headphones has established new categories of excellence for CAD Audio.
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity
A whole new world opens up when you can record and play sounds in response to events triggered by sensors.
To get rid of the buzz: the buzz is 60Hz hum picked up from electrical wiring. To prove this I unplugged the MAC laptop from power and ran on battery - no buzz. If you want to run with power plugged in then fix the problem at the source. The microphone USB cable does not have a good connection to the ground of the laptop. A floating wire, which this is, is an antenna that picks up buzz from house wiring. So, I took some picture frame wire, wrapped it around the metal of the microphone and taped it in place with masking tape. Then I wrapped the other end around the metal part of the USB plug and plugged it into the laptop. Buzz Gone!
The headphones are very comfortable and the microphone is flexible and adjustable so that it can pick up my voice easily. Some headsets don't have flexible microphones and they are kind of hard and they just stick out, which doesn't make for good sound quality pickup from the microphone piece.
This is actually my favorite headset that I've owned out of the three or four different headsets that I've owned. I haven't had any complaints that people can't hear me when I use Google phone to call people and I used to get some complaints here and there. I've also noticed a significant increase in transcription accuracy since using this microphone/headset.
I hope this help someone, use this steps to get a realtime (not delayed) no noise usb microphone.
1) Download and install Majiastic's Microphone Pass-through(Playback) Emulator, it's a freeware
2) Go to control panel > sound > recording tab > select 2 C MEDIA USB AUDIO DEVICE > right click > properties > listen, uncheck LISTEN option
3) Now custom tab > ACG, uncheck ACG option
4) Now levels tab > set it to 20%
5) Clic OK or APPLY in all the windows
6) Open your recent installed Pass-through emulator :)
7) Input device > select 2 C MEDIA USB AUDIO DEVICE
8) Output device > select YOUR SOUND CARD (not the default device)
9) Background thread > max to the right, TIME_CRITICAL
10) Supported sampling > set it to 44100 Hertz
11) Sampling format > set it to SIGNET 16 BIT INTEGER
12) Hit START button
ACG: automatic gain control, will amplify voice and... noises
LISTEN: it will try -badly- to pass through your speakers the microphone, with a delay of even one 1 second
My opinion, CAD should develop drivers for their products and not leave it to MS generic drivers.
- On the task bar I right clicked the volume icon and chose "Recording devices".
- Browse to the Advanced tab, changed quality do "DVD Quality".
- On the Custom tab I unselected AGC, it's basically mic boost (which I wouldn't be surprised if that is what people are picking chatter up with).
- Since I turned the boost off, I went to the Levels tab and turned it up to my pleasure.
I do happen to have this set up in a way where when I need to use the mic I have the cable ready to plug into the front of my computer, so it's not going directly through the motherboard on the back, but I don't think that should matter once set up properly.
The mic stand is... OK. I'll be using it for now but am looking to get a bigger one to clamp onto my desk in the future. For now it serves its purpose and isn't immediately breaking (good durability), it's plastic though so don't go throwing this around. Maybe keep it if you are going mobile and recording for whatever reason.
All in all for the price of this mic vs the more expensive stuff this seems like a great deal!
I have uploaded a picture of my setup and a video of my voice
EDIT: REVIEW UPDATE 5-19-2016
So, I'm going to keep the rating to four stars. As a $20 microphone, it honestly isn't that bad.
I've gone ahead and bought some accessories with this as well, which are:
Ohuhu® Microphone Stand Dual Mic Clip / Collapsible Tripod Boom Stand
Dragonpad pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter Swivel Mount 360 Flexible Gooseneck Holder
On Stage Foam Ball-Type Mic Windscreen, Black
Which has brought the total purchase to about $50. I feel like to get the best bang from your buck you will probably need accessories. I also have an old Amazon Bacic USB extension cable which hasn't introduced any new problems.
For this new set up I've turned the mic boost back on, and keep the voice level to around 30 to 40 depending on what I'm doing. If you are still getting issues, check out your recording software to make sure it isn't forcing/changing settings on it's own. I have heard a tiny bit of the hiss people bring up, and lowering the volume seems to clear that up a bit. Like other reviewers have said, it's possible your computer/laptop isn't quite grounded, so maybe check on that.
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this microphone for the price. If I spent any more than $20 I wouldn't be to happy, but with some software adjustments and extra accessories, I'm very happy overall.