LightSnake STUSBXLR10 LightSnake USB Microphone cable
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- Connect your XLR microphone directly to your computer. Start recording instantly. Analog to digital converter built into cable.
- Embedded A/D chip technology with audio signal boost eliminates the need for additional signal conversion devices.
- Patented "Live when Lit" technology - cable ends light up indicating when sound is being transmitted. 10 Foot heavy-duty shielded cable.
- Compatible with XLR microphones that are not phantom-powered.
- Compatible with Win98 SE / Win ME / Win 2000 / Win XP and Mac OS9 / OS X without additional driver. Simple USB plug-and-play connectivity .
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See the Light. Now that you have a "Soundcard in a cable," digital music recording has never been easier. Just plug in your microphone and start recording in CD quality. You can start your own music production straight out of the package - Package includes Sony demo software and cable is Garage Band ready. You no longer need any additional interfaces the SoundTech LightSnake brings new meaning to "plug and play". Great for Pod casting.
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Initial results with the LightSnake used in tandem with the SM58, a combination allowing me to convert the XLR connector of the SM58 to a USB connector, are encouraging. The volume, as others have pointed out, is a bit soft, but an inexpensive A.R.T. preamp gave me all the gain I could ask for, providing phantom power should I go back to a condenser mic. To my ears the sounds approach the baritone richness of the Shure SM7B, but I won't know for certain until I get the verdict from the station manager (some of my experiments have resulted in hum or noise that wasn't clear on my end but, after sending it to the radio station, proved to be a problem for air-time use).
The cost may seem a bit high for a cable, but not if it can produce the sounds claimed on behalf of all those mics I had to return. Moreover, it's no ordinary cable. As the name implies, this snake lights up (on both ends) when its fangs strike a profitable vein. Also, if you're a PC person, it comes with Sony demo software; if you're a Mac person, it comes with instructions for use with Garage Band.
Just because Digital Audio Workstations and USB connections are now all the rage doesn't mean that you have to trash all your old band mics. If they sounded good with your Fender amp or Peavey P.A., they should sound just as good with your computer. But you'll need a conversion cable like this LightSnake to find out whether the trusty old equipment is up to the requirements of the new recording technologies.
Overall just needed to get sound into the computer without a lot of adaptors and extra cables while looking professional. On a side note seemed to work good with Rock Band on the XBOX360. Green LED flashes with a connection and as it is receiving sound. Seemed like it would be annoying at first but as we used it we got used to it and others reported it was a pretty cool effect. You know it is working!
Only thing that was a little odd is the cable, it is like a vintage tweed...that they slipped into a clear poly tube. Well at least it is water and beer proof in the middle even if the mic and the computer is not. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is for the non pro cable and the talkback light - it would be nice to have a button to enable or disable this.
All in all, it gets the job done, works and sounds good and has excellent ease of use for a great price.
Unfortunately, when I use it with my Mac, I get some serious buzz in the background - so much so that I stopped recording with it. I am not sure what the problem is, but the buzz is loud enough to be annoying.
Good quality cable if you want to give it a shot. The buzz could be how it talks to my computer and you may not have the same problem. It could also be my mic.
I connected the cable to my Shure SM-58, and the recording quality was satisfactory for amateur music recording. It does seem to be a little quiet for recording, but I was happy with it.
I also tried plugging the same microphone with the LightSnake into my PS3 to see if it worked with Rock Band 2. The Playstation recognized that a microphone was plugged in, and the combination worked better in the game than the stock microphone. It is much more responsive and accurate, but this is probably due to the SM-58 while the LightSnake is the medium to accomplish this.
My only wish is that it would supply phantom power for my Shure mikes. No luck there. Other than that, A Great Find.
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NOT for recording a song.
As reviewed by Bret on 7/7/2011
" I bought this hoping to record some demo songs...Read more
That's not the case at all.Read more