Knox Gear Cardioid USB/XLR Microphone
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- Includes 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty / Cardioid Polar Pattern - Minimizes Ambient Noise - Perfect for Podcasting
- USB & XLR - Digital & Analog Recording
- Headphone Jack - Monitor Your Vocals w/o Latency
- Durable All-Metal Construction
- Windows & Mac Compatible
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Why Cardioid Matters
This Knox Gear microphone features a "Cardioid Polar Pattern".
A technical term that simply menas it "hears" only what's right in front of it. Any sound from the side or rear is rejected.
This matters in appications like video chats, podcasting and singing, to name a few. Even in group podcasting scenarios, this microphone shines because ambient noise and feedback are drastically reduced.
Maximum Compatibility w/ XLR & USB
With XLR & USB connections, this microphone is perfect for nearly any type of audio situation.
Connect it to your computer via USB to:
- Chat with teammates while gaming online
- Talk to friends & family via Skype
- Record audio directly into your favorite audio app
The XLR plug allows for professional use with:
- Standard preamps
- PA systems
Durable All-Metal Construction
The interior components of microphones are delicate, and even slight impacts can potentially cause damage.
In order to protect the electronics, the body and the windscreen are made of solid metal.
So even if your awesomeness requires multiple mic drops, the Knox Gear Cardiod mic can take it.
Built-in Headphone Jack for Live Monitoring
When recording, it's essential to know the quality of your voice without latency.
The headphone jack on the Knox Gear Cardioid Microphone does exactly that.
Hear your voice and adjust it on the fly for a professional-quality recording or podcast episode.
Included Stand Eliminates Vibration
The slightest vibration can lead to audible bumps and thuds that can ruin an otherwise perfect recording.
To prevent this from happening, the Knox Gear Cardioid Microphone includes a tripod stand with rubber feet that dampens vibrations and prevents unwanted noise.
It also makes it convenient to use hands-free right out of the box!
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The microphone was able to eliminate the extremely slight fan buzz as picked up by my other microphones. Also ignored the pots and pans clanking in the kitchen. Just like my Yeti.
We loved the built-in sound adjustment at the base of the mic, as well as the headset / speaker jack next to same. On / Off switch and tripod stand combine to make this one of my favorite near-computer microphones.
-The device even came with a wonderfully long XLR cable, in addition to the USB, as shown. Heavy, quality metal construction - Great for doing PA / gig work!
Presently doing allot of start / stop screen-casts, so I've even put my Yeti back in it's box. While the Yeti be a great microphone in its own right, this dynamic Cardioid fills our "podcast" needs better, readily fills the hand with a nice chunk of solid metal, as well as fits a bit better next to the laptop.
p.s. While the overall love of my mic, the Yeti cost 4x as much - So pick up a few of them ... this Knox Cardioid is one amazing value!
We knew that sound quality simply couldn't be sacrificed because we didn't have the bread to buy what other leading stations and podcasters were buying. We also knew sound...and the one thing that make even a Mr. Microphone sound decent is what? A really decent mixing board. Ummm, which we kind-of-sort-of had. It was a Behringer, but it was small and had a small feature-set. I was totally looking for a decent sound from these mics, but wasn't really looking to be impressed. We were just hoping to "get by" with them until we could afford a Yeti or something.
The packaging was clean, perfect and the mic came in excellent, showroom condition. But, how would it SOUND? I was totally blown away at how crisp the response was on this thing!! The lower Hz and upper Hz signals were amazing and the mids sounded great as well...again, you need a board that can process sound pretty decent, in order to realize sound quality that's workable. I was THOROOUGHLY impressed out of the box. The real test came when we started recording our podcasts in house...OMG!!!! I was already heralding this mic as the best purchase we've made at that time. Here's the kicker...we did LIVE remotes with these and the sound was phenomenal.
Let;s put it this way, we went on to purchase 6 of these mics now, and they're all working fine, sounding fine with no hiccups whatsoever. Be careful with these mics, as they're super sensitive when you bump up the volume in your channel - you'll get more ambient noise, so back off on the volume. Make up for it in the gain, or the compressor, or in the EQ. Don't give these mics a whole lot of help, they do fine with minimal fuss.
Now before you go to thinking, yeah-yeah, "this guy's too cheap to buy anything that REALLY works"...understand this. I studied music at Berklee and the New England Conservatory and have recorded for myself and others for nearly 25 years. I've used mics upwards of $2k in cost. Don't get me wrong, though. I wouldn't use these mics on stage, nor would I use them in an environment that's abusive - roadies. However, the frequency response on this mic is flat-out amazing. You are getting a considerable bang for your buck with this one, and you will achieve a great sound.
We upgraded our board to a mid-line Behringer, with compression and all that jazz...kept the mics, and as soon as we did that, my post-production editing was reduced by 75%!!! I took care to mark my levels at the beginning of recordings, baseline my sound and let the mics do the rest. My editing for a 1-hour podcast was cut from 2 hours to 35 mins or thereabouts. If you are on a budget and need a great sounding podcast mic, with excellent frequency response and good durability and reliable...get this KNOX brand. We were extremely blessed to find this product and it is still serving us well, 128 countries later, countless podcasts in-studio and remotes.
Oh, and did I tell you we're recording LIVE acoustic in-studio? It's a radio station y'all...NOT a full-blown recording studio decked out with the latest sound-proofing and stuff. We do this in an office building with standing acoustic baffles that are no higher than 3 ft above the heads of everyone sitting at the podcast table. These things are absolutely amazing.
Hey, you cats at KNOX...when will you whip up a cordless set of these things? AMAZING!!
Having a metal body, it feels and looks great, heavy and solid. The sound quality is exceptional (and I only used it as a USB microphone). Though I wasn't impressed with its background noise filtering—it picks up the birds outside pretty loudly—I still deem it acceptable. The handling noise is pretty bad, so I can't see this being used as a handheld microphone. You can connect speakers or headphones to the 3.5mm jack on the microphone and have it act as a sound card. It can control the computer's volume (if connected through USB) with a fiddly disc thing. It also has a mute switch and an annoyingly bright, blue LED.
The one drawback I mentioned is this: my unit had inadequate soldering joints. It can certainly hurt the longevity of the mic. I read that people's USB ports were dislocated, so I opened mine up and looked for myself. Can't say for sure if this is a problem with most units, though. If you have the capability to do so, I recommend reinforcing the joints yourself after the warranty period ends. Otherwise, be gentle with it.
Also, the stand is crap. It broke after less than a week of usage. But the microphone holder can be unscrewed from the stand, and it's a solid one. Can be reused in a proper stand.
If you're buying this microphone, I recommend a couple of things to go with it: a decent stand (I use InnoGear Microphone Suspension Mic Clip Adjustable Boom Studio Scissor Arm Stand for Blue Snowball Microphone), a windscreen, and a shock mount (make sure it will fit this microphone). An audio interface is a good idea if you're looking to further improve the audio quality.