Condenser Microphone Stories October 22, 2015

Podcasting/Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface + Sennheiser HD600 + Condenser Mic $400 shipped ($655 value)

Adorama has a very interesting podcasting/home recording bundle on sale right now. You can grab the Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones plus a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface and a Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone for $399.99 shipped. Combining all three items, that’s nearly $300 off the original listings, $255 off the current prices and the best we have seen.

Outside of the very expensive Apogee interfaces, the Scarletts are some of our favorites on the market. In combination with the MTR101 Condenser, your home recordings will certainly sound much better. While Sennheiser’s reputation as a headphone maker speaks for itself, the open-back HD 600s feature Kevlar reinforced cables and Neodymium ferrous magnets to offer a much more professional monitoring situation.

While reviews on this particular mic are scarce, just about all of the affordable Samsons have favorable reviews on Amazon. Both the headphones and the interface have 4+ stars from hundreds. 

Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones:

  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure excellent transient response
  • Neodymium ferrous magnets maintain optimum sensitivity and excellent dynamics
  • Sophisticated design, elegantly finished in black and gray
  • High-quality open metal-mesh earpiece covers
  • Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced oxygen-free-copper cable with very low handling noise

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

  • Two award winning Focusrite microphone pre-amps
  • Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone:

  • Includes MTR101 Condenser Microphone, pop filter and shock mount
  • Large, 1-inch diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Internally shock-mounted capsule reduces handling noise and external vibrations
  • Rugged die cast construction

Condenser Microphone 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.

Condenser Microphone 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.

More from MXL:

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.

Condenser Microphone 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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Condenser Microphone 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.

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