Fifine K780A – USB Streaming Microphone kit review

Fifine K780A – USB Streaming Microphone kit review
8.4/10

Fifine K780A is a bloody cheap full size USB condenser mic that comes as a complete package with all the necessary accessories. Most importantly, it includes a decent boom arm, which alone would cost around $20 plus, not to mention the shipping. This is especially true if you would have to buy all the individual parts separately: the mic, shock mount, a foam, boom arm and a pop filter. So, that’s where most of the…

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Review: Best Wireless Mics to date ★For pros & Noobs!

Review: Best Wireless Mics to date ★For pros & Noobs!

In this article, I will teach you about the best and most commonly used professional wireless microphone systems. I will use them as a reference and familiarize you with the most common distinctions as well as concepts. No prior knowledge or experience is required, so all the information given is going to be beginner-friendly. Afterwards, you will be able to make the right choice easily and in accordance with your specific needs. Ideally, you want…

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Shure MV7 – premium dynamic USB mic… worth it?

Shure MV7 – premium dynamic USB mic… worth it?
9/10

Shure MV7 is a dynamic USB mic with a decent sound quality that emphasizes comfort and usability for everyday use. The idea behind MV7 was to create an easy to use solution for podcasting, mimicking the legendary SM7b. Despite my initial disappointment, the mic turned out to be a success, relatively. More compact and cheaper than the SM7b, it also doesn’t require a preamp or an expensive audio interface. The quality is actually quite good…

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Maono PM500 – Budget Cardioid LDC Review

Maono PM500 – Budget Cardioid LDC Review
9.4/10

Maono PM500 is a very affordable large diaphragm condenser, suitable for streaming, podcasting and home studio recording. It exhibits a uniform response and produces a natural, mellow sound. Unlike most condensers in this price range, it is quite consistent when miking up close and doesn’t seem to be affected by proximity. PM500 isn’t too sensitive and so you don’t have to worry about sounding harsh. Consequently, it is possible to record a clean audio even…

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Maono HD300T Hybrid USB/XLR Dynamic Mic

Maono HD300T Hybrid USB/XLR Dynamic Mic
8.7/10

Maono HD300T is a dynamic USB microphone that brings live sound home and packs the best bang for the buck when it comes to vocal recording. It delivers the best traits of dynamics that result in smooth and undistorted sound, saving you from buying expensive equipment such as preamps and digital interface that are otherwise necessary for connecting a dynamic XLR microphone to a computer. This mic comes with handy shock mount & compact pop…

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AKG Pro Audio D7 Reference Microphone Review

AKG Pro Audio D7 Reference Microphone Review
8.5/10

AKG D7 is a premium dynamic supercardioid stage mic with a smooth and open sound that is quite resilient to feedback. On paper it may look identical to D5 but don’t get confused because there are distinctive differences in the sound. AKG D7 is a step up in quality, and it is also more expensive but fortunately, you do get what you pay for. As a reference mic, it delivers a very natural tone despite…

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Best mics for budget filmmaking and video production

Best mics for budget filmmaking and video production

Microphone Geeks has reviewed over a hundred different mics, and the majority of them fall into a shotgun category. There are dozens and dozens of options to work with, all of which are perfectly viable but we have decided to narrow it down to the best options in the context of budget filmmaking and video production. All of the mics listed are short shotguns that come with standard XLR or 3.5mm interface. The mics are…

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Rode Videomic NTG – compact USB/3.5mm shotgun

Rode Videomic NTG – compact USB/3.5mm shotgun
8.4/10

Rode Videomic NTG is a hybrid DSLR / USB mic of a compact size that can be mounted both on top of a camera and on a tripod while connected to a computer. The most beautiful thing about this mic is that it doesn’t have any cumbersome battery decks attached to it (unlike previous models). Videomic NTG is compact and sleek due to the fact that the batteries are stored inside. The internal components do…

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Comica VM20 – budget DSLR & phone, mini-shotgun review

Comica VM20 – budget DSLR & phone, mini-shotgun review
8.3/10

Comica VM20 is a budget miniature shotgun with a 3.5mm TRRS output, which can be connected directly to cameras and cellphones, while other DSLR mics require an additional splitter to work with cellphones in particular. The sounds is clear and natural out of the box, which is also crucial if you intend to record and publish videos using your phone. The low cut and extra gain controls are very handy too. In contrast with other…

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Røde VideoMic Pro+ Review, Premium DSLR Shotgun

Røde VideoMic Pro+ Review, Premium DSLR Shotgun
8.8/10

Rode VideoMic Pro Plus is an enhanced version of the VideoMic Pro, where the main difference is the size. VideoMic Pro+ is considerably bigger and weightier than the non-plus version, and although the specs might be similar for the most part, the Pro Plus offers a substantial difference when it comes to directionality. VideoMic Pro+ rejects background noise much more aggressively while focusing more on what’s in front. Tighter pickup pattern translates into a better…

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Marantz Professional MPM-2000U USB Condenser Review

Marantz Professional MPM-2000U USB Condenser Review
8.5/10

Marantz Professional MPM-2000U is a computer mic, which could be easily mistaken for a studio microphone. It has a full aluminum body, shielded with a quality grille and placed into a shock mount –the only difference is – it has a USB port instead of XLR and hosts a 48 kHz/16-bit audio converter. MPM-2000U features a tight cardioid pickup pattern that results in superior background noise rejection, and it has a larger capsule, which facilitates…

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Blue Yeti Nano Usb mic review

Blue Yeti Nano Usb mic review
7.2/10

Blue Yeti Nano is a smaller, lighter and cheaper version of the original Blue Yeti USB mic, released almost two decades earlier. For the most part, however both of the mics are very similar in concept and sound – not much has changed. Blue Yeti Nano is short by one capsule, so it doesn’t have the stereo and bidirectional modes, but still offers the most commonly used cardioid and omnidirectional pickups. The design has been…

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Sennheiser ME 2-II Omni Lavalier Mic review

Sennheiser ME 2-II Omni Lavalier Mic review
8/10

Sennheiser ME 2-II is a basic, entry-level standard omnidirectional lavalier mic that is mainly used with the Sennheiser wireless transmitters, such as G3 or G4 and it is included in many of their kits. It has a 3.5mm locking connector that looks similar to a headphone jack but with a female screw, which makes it only compatible to Sennheiser Audio unless you have an adaptor. In terms of quality, it’s good in a sense that…

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Electro-Voice RE20 Broadcast Dynamic Microphone Review

Electro-Voice RE20 Broadcast Dynamic Microphone Review
9/10

Electro-Voice RE20 is an industry standard dynamic broadcast microphone that offers maximum background rejection without sacrificing the quality and the tone of the voice. The mic has a rich and deep sound to it, not as bright as the RE320 as but certainly brighter than the Rode Procaster. The greatest advantage of the Electro-Voice RE-20 is what they call the variable-D response, which gives it a uniform sound regardless of how close you are to…

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Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone Review

Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone Review
9.5/10

Rode Procaster is a relatively inexpensive broadcast microphone, which yet offers professional quality sound. It has a very smooth and manageable response, which makes it ideal for recording. At the same time, the mic rejects a lot of room noise and minimizes such effects as popping. Procaster is a very versatile mic that can handle literally any type of voice you throw at it. However some very basic EQ, particularly low cut is mandatory. Procaster…

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Sennheiser e965 Review – Switchable True Condenser

Sennheiser e965 Review – Switchable True Condenser
10/10
Editor's Choice

Sennheiser e965 is a premium large diaphragm vocal mic with a true condenser capsule, switchable between cardioid and supercardioid patterns. This mic has been out for some while remaining relatively unknown. The price was high in the beginning, it costed as much as Neumann and other high-end models, so those willing to try it out were few. But recently, the price has been significantly reduced, so we finally decided to give it a shot and…

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Shure Super 55 Deluxe – supercardioid prop mic review

Shure Super 55 Deluxe – supercardioid prop mic review
6/10

Shure Super 55 Deluxe is a supercardioid prop mic for live sound. It may certainly look cool on camera while sparing you from having to procure an expensive and delicate Neumann or some other signature microphone in order to impress your audience. You have to understand it doesn’t have anything to do with the old mic other than having the similarly styled body. Those times are long gone and we have a small cylinder-shaped capsule…

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Audio-Technica AT4053B hypercardioid condenser review

Audio-Technica AT4053B hypercardioid condenser review
7/10

Audio Technica AT4053b is another hypercardioid mic, commonly used by videographers indoors. Hypercardioids are supposed to have narrower pickup patterns than the supercardioids but this doesn’t seem to be the case with the AT4053b, which is among the widest pickups in its class and is even surpassed by the supercardioid MKH 50 from Sennheiser. Similarly to the latter, it offers lots of lows that make a rich sound but it just doesn’t sound as clean…

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Sennheiser MKH 50 – supercardioid indoor microphone

Sennheiser MKH 50 – supercardioid indoor microphone
9.6/10
Editor's Choice

Sennheiser MKH 50 is a supercardioid microphone, an industry standard for miking dialogues indoors as well as spot miking. It has natural, well-rounded sound, distinctively rich and warm in character. It offers significantly more side rejection than a cardioid but less than an interference tube shotgun. Unlike shotgun however, MKH 50 has very little off-axis coloration, sounds more natural and less susceptible to comb filtering, which is a common problem when interference tube mics are…

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Sennheiser MKH-60 Review: extended reach short shotgun

Sennheiser MKH-60 Review: extended reach short shotgun
9.1/10

Sennheiser MKH60P48 is a professional short shotgun that features very low noise levels while being highly directional. It has distinctive switches for adjusting frequency response and offers an improved off-axis response at higher frequencies, which helps to reduce the unwanted comb filtering effects when operating in proximity to the walls. It is highly sensitive yet there is no audible distortion and the on-axis response is as neutral as it could possibly get even at 20 kHz….

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