I have a couple of unusual microphones to talk about today. Each can be purchased from Amazon at a bargain price. Either would make a great gift for the upcoming holidays. Didn’t we just have holidays? Oh well, there are more to come and either of these microphones would be a welcome, interesting, gift.
Go Mic Direct
The first is Go Mic Direct from Samson. It has an MSRP of $64.99 but is available from Amazon for $39.99
It features noise cancellation technology and includes a one year warranty. It is small (1.75-in x 1.75-in) and weighs 1.1 ounces. The USB port is retractable and it can be plugged into your Mac USB port without blocking surrounding ports.
The speaker includes a hard plastic box that keep it safe between uses. The microphone rotates as needed to face the sound source.
No drivers are needed, but users should download the free Samson Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software (Samson Sound Deck Software for Mac OS X (Basic)) which is quick and easy to install. Then just go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound, and select the software as the input and output choice.
This little speaker is perfect for Skype, FaceTime, YouTube, Messages, voice recognition software, and more. In addition to the Mac, it also works with iPads and iPhones (4S and later) using Apple’s Lightning USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit (30-pin).
I really like this product and am using it frequently.
The second microphone is also from Samson. It is the USB Condenser Mic, Meteorite. It has an MSRP of $59.99 but is available from Amazon for $39.99.
The microphone rests in a magnetic base and tilts and swivels as needed to achieve the best sound.
It is quite small, less than three inches tall when sitting in the base, but has the look and quality of larger microphones. The surface is chrome, providing a sturdy foundation. Like the other, it includes a one year warranty. The first time you use it, your Mac will recognize the device and automatically install a universal driver. To select it as the microphone of choice select Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound. Select it as the microphone of choice for both input and output.
Like the Go Mic Direct, it also works with iPads and iPhones (4S and later) using Apple’s Lightning USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit (30-pin). It offers 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution.
This little microphone is quite nice. It has professional quality sound and a very small footprint – important to those have desks that look like mine. One of these days I will stop and figure out where all the cords go.