16 bit Stories October 5, 2015

M-Audio Vocal Recording Bundle: USB Condenser mic w/ stand, more $79 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon is offering the M-Audio Vocal Studio Digital Recording Bundle and USB Condenser Microphone for $79 shipped. That’s 21% under the regular $100 price tag and the best price we can find.

Along with offering a much better record quality than your built-in options, this kit also includes a small tripod stand, recording software and a carrying case with the mic. Features:

  • Record vocals on your desktop computer; perfect for singers, songwriters and voice-over talent
  • Capture CD-quality audio over a reliable, simple USB connection
  • Included directional USB mic will pick up your voice and reduce background noise
  • Headphone plug integrated into the mic for a streamlined, simple setup
  • Built-in mesh grille guards against plosives and wind noise
  • 16-bit recording at CD quality and beyond-44.1 or 48 kHz
  • Large 16mm cardioid capsule protected by wire mesh
  • Capulse sensitivity: -48 dB ref to 1V/Pa
  • 1/8″ stereo output for connecting headphones and monitoring without latency
  • Durable metal body

This model has a 3.9/5 star rating from nearly 75 Amazon customers.

16 bit Stories September 3, 2015

Upgrade your podcast game: Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ mic & CAD Acousti-Shield $149 shipped ($244 value)

Adorama is once again offering its Audio-Technica mic combo deal, but this time for even less. You can grab the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone with a CAD Audio Acousti-Shield 32 Stand Mounted Acoustic Enclosure for $149 shipped. Combining both items, that’s about $130 under the original listings, nearly $100 under the current Amazon prices for both the mic and shield, $10 under our last mention on this bundle and the best we can find.

This USB condenser mic is definitely an upgrade in quality over your built-in options. It supports 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz A/D conversion and houses a helpful headphone jack for direct monitoring. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 80 Amazon customers.

As I mentioned previously, even with a good mic the sound of your room can still ruin your recordings, and an acoustic shield is a great way to combat those nasty early reflections. This is a compact perforated stainless steel shield that is perfect for starter musicians and podcasters. This model has a 4.2/5 star rating from over 110 Amazon customers.

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