Cardioid Stories August 10, 2015

Upgrade your podcast game: Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ mic & CAD Acousti-Shield $159 shipped ($257 value)

Update (8/10 10:30pm): Amazon is offering the Shure PG42-USB Vocal Microphone for $224.95 shipped (Reg. $249, best we can find).

Adorama has an interesting mic combo deal for starter musicians, podcasters and anyone looking to upgrade their recordings. You can grab the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone with a CAD Audio Acousti-Shield 32 Stand Mounted Acoustic Enclosure for $159 shipped. Combining both items, that’s $121 under the original listings, $98 under the current Amazon prices for both the mic and shield, as well as being the best we can find. Even at the lowest these two items have been offered for, you’re still saving around $50.

This USB condenser mic will certainly offer a much better quality than your internal options with a 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz A/D conversion and a built-in headphone jack for on-board monitoring. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 75 Amazon customers.

Now that you have a good mic, the only thing that can ruin your recordings is the room you are in. One of the best ways to take the space out of the equation is with an acoustic shield. This CAD option features a perforated stainless steel construction and is made to wrap nicely around the AT without taking up your entire room. This model has a 4.2/5 star rating from over 110 Amazon customers.

Cardioid Stories December 10, 2014

MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone $60 shipped (orig. $170)

Amazon is offering the MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone for $59.99 shipped (“Arrives before Christmas”). Thats $110 under the original listing, $5 under Guitar Center’s used price and the best we can find.

An affordable option for podcasting and home music recording, the 770 has a “high quality” FET preamp and comes with a shock mount and carrying case. It requires phantom power so you’ll need an audio interface to use it (unlike say a USB mic from Blue). But it is also more affordable than most USB options of a similar quality right now.

Features:

  • Gold-sputtered, 6-micron, low distortion diaphragm
  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • Switchable bass cut and -10dB pad
  • Legendary MXL sonic characteristics
  • Comes with shock mount and rugged carrying case

It has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 140 Amazon customers. Keep an eye on Amazon’s Green Monday week sales for deals all week long on production gear and be sure to check out our 2014 gift guide: Making music with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Product Description

The MXL 770 condenser microphone continues to amaze recording artists all over the world with its incredible price/performance ratio. Singers, especially rappers, love the 770 for its solid bass, as well as its upfront high-end. The MXL 770 even uses a high quality FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range. This is a perfect piece for seasoned pros or newbie musicians who want a quality condenser mic that won’t break the bank.

From the Manufacturer

The MXL 770 rocks! The MXL 770 is a big-bodied condenser microphone with a silky up-front high end and a solid low frequency sound – great for recording hard-hitting rap and rock. The MXL 770 has a FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range. Use the 770 for vocals, instruments and broadcast. It gives musicians and vocalists amazing versatility and performance in a budget-friendly, impressive looking piece. The patented MXL 770 Condenser Mic is wired with Mogami for exceptional sound quality.

Cardioid Stories July 31, 2014

Buydig is offering the Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone for $149.95 shipped using code PROAUD during checkout. That’s $100 off the original price, $29 under the next best price from a trusted retailer, $17 under our previous mention, and the best price we’ve ever seen on this highly rated mic.

It features four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bi Directional and Omni directional, as well as a “cutting-edge A-D converters, built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and supports recordings at up to 24 bit/192 kHz. This can be a great option for those looking to do some home recordings, but is also a significant upgrade in quality from internal mics when it comes to voice chatting and business calls too.

It has received a 3.8/5 star rating from over 110 Amazon customers and comes with a 2 year limited warranty from Blue.

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Cardioid Stories July 21, 2014

expiredBlue Condenser Mics: Nessie $59 shipped (Reg. $100), Yeti Pro $168 shipped (Reg. $200+)

Amazon is offering some nice price on Blue microphones today starting off with the Blue Microphones NESSIE Adaptive USB Condenser Microphone for $59.13 shipped. That’s more than $50 or 46% under the original price, more than $41 under some trusted retailers (Apple/Best Buy/Mac Mall), $10 under the next best price and the lowest we’ve seen this mic go for from a trusted retailer.

It can be a great and affordable option for quality vocals and voiceover work, as well basic instrument recording and high quality video conference calls. It also boasts a built-in shock-mount and pop screen to improve recordings (and negating the need to purchase these accessories separately) as well as a cardioid pattern capsule and headphone monitoring system with no latency. The Nessie has received a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

The Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone is $167.35 shipped on Amazon today. That’s more than $81 off the original price, $25 better than the next best price from trusted retailers, and the lowest we’ve seen the Yeti Pro model go for.

It features four different polar pattern settings: Cardioid, Stereo, Bi Directional and Omnidirectional to ensure the best quality recording in different situations, as well as a “cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path, built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and supports recordings at up to 24 bit/192 kHz.

It comes with a USB cable and a stereo XLR breakout cable in the box and has received a 3.8/5 star rating among over 110 Amazon customers.

Cardioid Stories December 7, 2013

Update: The Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Mic has now gone up to $50.

Amazon is offering some great prices on Blue Snowball USB condenser mic options right now. You can grab the dual capsule Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic for just $49 shipped, that’s $50 off the regular $100 price tag, the best current price we can find, and the lowest Amazon has offered it for since this time last year.

Today’s deal is available in textured white, brushed aluminum, and glossy black, the other colors are currently set at $70. It features a dual capsule design offering both omnidirectional and cardioid options allowing the mic to better suit your particular room and set-up. It also comes with the USB cable and a desktop stand. This mic works great for both Mac and PC and has received a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon.

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