MXL-MICMATEXLR To USB Preamp for Condenser Microphones
- Studio-quality USB Microphone Preamp
- Plug and record with your favorite software
- Fully balanced low noise analog front end
- Heavy duty diecast metal construction
- Free MXL USB Recorder Software for instant 2-Track recording
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The Mic Mate is an XLR to USB adapter which instantly converts your condenser XLR microphone to a USB mic for easy use with your computer and recording software. Perfect for recording, podcasting, field recordings and more. No special drivers or installation is needed. The Mic Mate has a built-in studio quality USB mic preamp and balanced low-noise circuitry for professional results. The three position gain switch gives you flexibility to use a wide range of microphones. The Mic Mate supplies 48 volt phantom power for condenser mics via USB. The Mic Mate is a no-hassle solution for recording, podcasting, and many uses with your computer.
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I decided to get this, as it works as a basic mixer and amp. It performs well, and doesn't require much fooling with to get working. For whatever reason, it creates 2 jacks, mic, and stereo out. By default, windows tries to send sound out to the usb stereo jack, which does nothing. I just disabled that device. There's a simple switch to pick the amplification level - high, low, or medium. I use high because it has the least background noise. I can then turn down the input a bit on the PC and add a light digital noise filter to cut out the background static. The end result is quite acceptable. The mic I'm using is a very cheap unit, but this allows it to perform well.
The build quality is OK, but it's not the best. If the little nuts on the end get loose or over tightened, it kind of falls apart. The PCB is held in place by some very tiny screw clamps, so the main board isn't held in place too well. Also, the switch for low/med/high is very flimsy. I plan on just leaving it set to one mode and not touching it, so that's fine.
This device is great in on the field also, if you dont want to carry heavy mixing equipment, with you, it does the job. My friend got one also for Calibrating his Car Stereo System with a calibration microphone. The USB cable you can get at any store.
MXL makes the best Professional Audio. I've always used the MXL Microphone line in my Recording studio, the Mogami Cable line, and their interfaces, adapters.
I was amazed that the mic came across very quietly compared to connecting it with an adapter to the mic input on the computer.
I have even multi-tracked with this mic. Lots of fun.
For me it was the best way of using my computer to connect to a quality microphone.
I also use two of them simultaneously into separate USB ports, on same computer, for two channel stereo.
For those that have nothing better to do than complain, the package says "Cables not included" on the front, and that is Amazons fault for not showing picture of Mic Mate in it's see through package, or mentioning it.
It uses a type A to B printer USB cable. You can buy them for $1.00 on Amazon.
The instructions are on back of package.
BTW: I bought a couple new printers, one a HP, that didn't come with cable either. Didn't say anything on box about needing a cable.