Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone Recording and Podcasting Pack (Black)
|Connector Type||USB, 3.5 mm Jack, XLR Connector|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
About this item
- VERSATILE: For podcasting, miking vocals, instruments, amplifiers and music recording.
- COMPATIBLE: Connect directly or via USB, XLR and Host OTG cables. Compatible with Android and iOS devices.
- CONVENIENT: High-quality audio with minimal setup, a 3.5mm headphone output for monitoring the recording and computer audio
- QUALITY RECORDING: Cardioid polar pattern picks up sound from in front of the mic, while minimizing ambient noise
- ACCESSORIES: Comes with a mic clip, desktop tripod stand with extension piece, windscreen, XLR cable and USB cable
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Samson's Q2U combines the convenience of digital and analog audio capture into one dynamic microphone. With XLR and USB outputs, the Q2U is the first choice for home, studio and mobile recording, as well as stage performance. It comes with a mic clip, desktop tripod stand with an extension piece, windscreen, XLR cable and USB cable… A package with everything you need to start recording right out of the box.
Overall, the Q2U provides significantly improved audio over a headset or your computer's internal microphone. The Q2U can be connected directly to your computer or mobile device via USB, or plugged directly into a mixer or audio interface with an XLR cable. You can also utilize both connections simultaneously for recording a live event or performance. The Q2U works with iPhones and iPads via Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or Android devices via a Host OTG cable.
If you're looking to start a new podcast, the Q2U is the best choice for creating a production studio on a budget. Whether you're recording a solo broadcast on your laptop or multi-person interviews through a mixing desk, the Q2U delivers high-quality audio effortlessly with minimal setup. It even has a 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output to monitor the audio you're capturing, as well as the audio from your computer.
A Stud in the Studio
The Q2U is a great mic for home/studio recording. Its dynamic capsule is great for miking vocals, instruments and amplifiers. Onboard, high-quality analog-to-digital converters provide excellent audio reproduction. The Q2U's cardioid (unidirectional) polar pattern picks up sound from in front of the mic, while rejecting unwanted sound from the rear and sides. This minimizes the amount of ambient/room noise that is captured on your recordings.
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The desk stand is fine as well. For the way I have it set up, I needed to get an actual boom stand. But if you're sitting at a desk where you can rest your elbows on the desk then the stand it comes with is perfect.
Highly recommend this to ANYONE, but especially if you're just starting out.
Well yesterday, I could not get the mic to work at all. Turns out, the micro USB port was not soldered on correctly because it was loose and fell out. Now I cannot get the mic to work even when using the XLR cable.
My assumption is that this mic is of poorer quality than my other microphone from the same brand because this one is actually a cheap knock-off. I would stay far far away from this seller. I will update my review if they remedy the situation.
This mic offers the best of both worlds. I have the option to run it through the fancy stuff via xlr for recordings or just plugging it into the USB and calling friends without worrying about software settings, or if the audio interface is making a funny sound, or worrying about all the open sound software changing the performance of your game, or the processing stuff causing a delay if you need close to real time vocal call outs.
I would also recommend this over mics like the blue yeti (which I also own). Blue makes good mics, but it is a condenser mic. Condenser mics pick up EVERYTHING, which is great in a very nicely controlled recording setting, but very bad with keyboards, mice, roommates, if you have AC/heat running, a window open, anyone in the entire house talking at any point in time.
This is a dynamic mic. It is less sensitive overall, and tries to pick up sounds only from about half a foot in front of it while being less sensitive to sounds behind and to the side of it. It will still pick up some background noise, but nowhere near to the extreme as a condenser mic. If background noise is a problem, you can use one of the many, many, many softwares to cancel out unwanted noise in real time.
If you want the most simple and idiot-proof noise blocker without installing super complicated sound engineering software with crazy NASA style control panel settings, try "noise blocker" by "closed loop labs". You "record" a noise like your AC/heater/fan or keyboard and mouse clacking, and it will "delete" those noises in real time. Your friends will thank you.
I purchased it about two months ago and decided last night to finally set it up for some good use. Main reason was to start twitch streaming so I tested the microphone in audacity and it was wonderful it sounded perfect - crisp and clear. Once I loaded up a game - it sounded clear for a few minutes then suddenly it starts crackling and has white noise.
I'm still fully audible but I can see it making noise sporadically and I other players are telling me I'm making white noise and sound scratchy. I tried this on 3-4 games and tried removing every other USB device in case of interference and still the issue persist. There's something wrong with this mic - no other mic has done this.
I can record 20-30 minutes of audio outside of gaming and there's no issue with the quality, but recording in audacity while gaming proves the issue only arises during games.