This isn't just "a mic with USB".
This is the X1 USB.
Most USB mics sound like USB mics. With a hand-made capsule and 24-bit 192kHz circuitry, the X1 USB sounds like a real studio.
For most USB mics out there, the mass-produced capsules and sub-standard converters add undesirable color and noise to the sound, resulting in fairly inaccurate recordings. We've produced what we believe is the best USB microphone available because we've based it on our critically-acclaimed X1 condenser model, complete with the same gold-sputtered capsule and hand-crafted construction.
The X1 USB offers the same robust performance as the original X1, but with the added convenience of plugging straight into a USB port on a PC or Mac, negating the need for an audio interface or external power supply.
The mic features a cardioid polar pattern with a bass cut and a -10dB pad, and ships with a mic clip as standard. Like the rest of the X1 Series, it also fits snugly into the Isolation Pack if a shock mount is desired.
The X1 USB is equipped with a USB 2.0 connection, and is fully USB 3.0 compatible. As with the rest of the X1 range, the X1 USB has been treated with a matte black finish - so it can easily blend into the background on stage or during video recordings.
- Type: Condenser
- Directional pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -27dBV (mV/Pa)
- Equivalent noise level: 19.8 dB
- Dynamic Range: 135dB
- Connection: USB 2.0
- In the box: X1 USB mic, 1.5 meter USB cable, mic clip
The X1 USB is fully plug-n-play compatible for Mac. It is recommended that Windows users download and install the latest driver.
"...the recorded sound seems identical to that from the XLR version, which in itself is no mean feat. There's no undue noise, and the voicing has that same solid low end and airy high end that I noticed when reviewing the original."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"The X1 USB is aimed at voiceover, video presentation and singer/solo instrumentalist applications, and the sound quality fits the bill admirably...if you've already got a laptop and headphones, then the X1 USB and the mic stand of your choice may be all you need to get your voice or songs down on disk."
- Robbie Stamp, Future Music / Music Radar (full review)