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Hosa Microphone to USB Interface (USX-110)
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- XLR to USB Type A connector cable
- Plug and play operation with no driver required
- Features gain control, 48V phantom power, and status LED
- Compatible with most audio software
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The fun and easy way to connect your microphone to your computer. XLR to USB Type A connector cable . Plug and play operation with no driver required. Features gain control, 48V phantom power, and status LED. Compatible with most audio software
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The mic sounds really good, there isn't hardly any noise.
Great product - especially for it's price.
My only con is (when I bought it it was correct): The picture amazon is displaying isn't what you're purchasing.
Here is the old thumbnail:
Hosa = Great quality and an even better sound
Upon getting it home, I connected it first to my PC. I am using a Shure Beta 58A microphone - a great quality vocal mic. After adjusting the proper settings in Windows sound control, and setting the proper recording channel, I tested it out in Audacity. Right off the bat, recording was *terrible*. During recording, levels didn't seem quite right - they stayed somewhat mid-line regardless of how loud or soft I spoke into the mic. On playback, you could hear none of the vocal recording at all. The only thing recorded was a consistent digital popping noise, along with a lower fairly constant static. No evidence of vocals at all.
The Hosa Tracklink has an adjustable gain, which was turned down at first, so I turned the gain all the way up and tried again. I also ensured that the phantom power was turned off since the Beta 58A is a dynamic mic. It was off. On my second attempt, the recording levels were much higher, although they still did not seem to change enough with the vocals. Playback contained the same noise as before, although you could at least hear the vocals coming through behind all the noise.
I tried changing USB ports, checked all connections to be sure they were made fully, and checked for damage on the cable. I also uninstalled the drivers and let them reinstall, and confirmed sound settings. Nothing had any effect. The cable was effectively useless for PC recording.
I then tested the cable with a Playstation 3. It is compatible, and surprisingly, it did work much better than with the PC. The recording contained none of the interference noise. However, playback of the vocals indicated substantial fuzziness, so the resulting recordings were still poor quality.
I have confidently ruled out the possibility that my computer or Playstation were at fault. I have since exchanged the Hosa cable for a Shure X2u, and immediately upon plugging in to the PC, recording was crystal clear. Testing on the Playstation still played back obviously lower quality, but I attribute that to compression likely happening in the system. Still, even though it was lower quality than the computer recording, it contained none of the fuzziness the Hosa cable caused.
It is possible I received a faulty cable, but based on my experience, I would absolutely not recommend this cable to anyone. My recommendation would be to do your research online, and spend a little bit more money for something proven to work. There are several other options that have many positive reviews. The Hosa cable was lightweight, the plastic housing around the gain and phantom power module felt quite cheap, and the cable simply didn't work properly.