SAMSON Q2U Recording and Podcasting Pack - USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone with Accessories (Includes Mic Clip, Desktop Stand, Windscreen and Cables), 16-bit, 44.1kHz/48kHz, Silver
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Another microphone with dual XLR/ USB output, making it a fitting choice for a podcast beginner, much like the Q2U. The XLR output is also a great mic to transition from a beginner to a more experienced podcaster. It is lighter, so it can be used on the go, outside, and on stage. Is it the best microphone available? No. If you want the absolute best sound quality, there are plenty of better choices, but they come at significantly higher price points. Most podcasters decide to upgrade once their show begins generating revenue, typically to something like the Shure SM7B. They are both in the lower price range, making it affordable for beginners and those still unsure if they want to commit more money and energy to do a podcast.Using the Q2U with a computer is a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes. Simply connect theincluded USB cable to an available USB port on your computer and begin recording. In terms of sound quality, some users feel the Q2U is sensitive to plosives. In our experience, any unwanted sensitivity is easily corrected with a pop-filter. Samson Q2U vs. Audio Technica's ATR2100x Lastly, there is an “On/Off” power switch in the handle of the mic, which eases muting the mic. Shure SM58
Another issue, despite this microphone being labeled as a handheld, is that it’s pretty heavy. Therefore, holding it for extended periods may be exhausting. As such, it can’t be that useful unless it’s mounted and on a desk.
XLR connections let you plug into a sound system that applies your preamp effects and feeds into your computer. Let's say you have the Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 audio interface. To use the Q2U with this device, you'd plug in the XLR cable to the mic and plug the interface into your computer via USB.
If you are looking to stream or podcast, this is the mic. To sing, record instruments or film, this is not the mic. The flexibility in using the mic makes it ideal for novices who want to begin recording at the lowest cost and for professionals who already have access to advanced audio equipment. Shure SM58 MicIts simplicity, versatility, and accessories make for incredible value. It’s the mic we recommend to people the most here at The Podcast Host, and we use it a lot, too. Both microphones work well on the PC and the Mac, so whichever operating system of the two you may use, you won’t run into any problems.