condenser Stories February 10, 2016

Samson Meteorite USB Mic for Mac/PC: $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

Firemall via Amazon is offering the Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone in black for $39.99, but code EQNDRAIF will drop your total down to $29.99. It ships free for Prime members or in orders over $35. That’s 25% below the original listing, and the best price we can find by $10. Today’s deal is just for the black model, but as a price comparison, both the black and silver options still generally sell for $40 at most retailers.

condenser Stories September 11, 2015

expiredBlue Microphones: Yeti USB (silver or platinum) $85 shipped (Reg. $130), more

Today only, Woot is offering some nice prices on popular Blue Microphones starting with the Yeti USB Mic in silver or platinum for $79.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $45 under the regular price/Amazon, and the best price we can find.

Perfect for podcasting and home recordings, this is a tri-capsule condenser mic with cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo pattern selections, along with an on-board mute and monitoring output. It is the best selling condenser mic on Amazon and has a 4.5/5 star rating from over 2,800 Amazon customers.

Woot also has the Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic in multiple colors for $49.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping. While we have seen this mic dip down to $40, this is currently the best price we can find from a trusted dealer. This is a dual capsule condenser design and includes a desktop stand and USB cable. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 2,100 Amazon customers.

condenser 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.

condenser 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.

condenser Stories December 9, 2014

Amazon is offering the Blue Microphones Spark Digital Lightning Condenser Microphone for $151.46, but if you choose Amazon as the seller you receive an additional 15% off bringing your total to $128.74 shipped (“Arrives before Christmas”). That’s nearly $70 under the original price, about $30 under the next best price (B&H) and the lowest we’ve seen.

We found the Spark to be one of the best USB/Lightning mics for your money in our full review. It features a control switch for two different capture patterns, volume control, signal gain, a mute, and a headphone jack directly on the mic for “zero-latency” monitoring.

It has received a 4.3/5 star rating from 10 Amazon customers so far, but just about all of Blue’s mics get great reviews across the board.

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condenser Stories October 29, 2014

expiredBlue Microphones Snowball USB mic for Mac/PC/iPad (w/ adapter) $40 shipped (orig. $100)

Adorama is offering the Blue Microphones Snowball USB condenser microphone in white for $39.99 shipped. That’s around $60 under the original price, $29 under the average selling price, $15 better than Amazon and matching the lowest we’ve ever seen on this particular model.

The Snowball can be an effective way to get higher quality audio for your voice chats, podcasts and music recording, among other things. It has a dual capsule design to accommodate different recording situations and a handy -10db pad switch for capturing extremely loud signals. It provides a simple set-up right out of the box as well, with a USB cable and desktop stand included. Not only can they be used on both Mac and PC, but also with iPad using Apple’s Lightning to USB camera adapter (or 30-pin).

Like most of Blue’s highly rated USB mics, the Snowball has received great reviews with 4.4/5 stars from over 1,350 Amazon customers.

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