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 less-than-perfect recordings. We've produced what we believe is the best USB microphone available because we've based it on our best-selling X1 condenser model, complete with the same gold-sputtered capsule and hand-crafted construction.
Why a hand-built capsule?
No matter what you're recording, your microphone is capturing the movement of air. Tiny fluctuations in air density set the capsule's diaphragm in motion, creating the tiniest of electrical impulses, which are amplified by the microphone and sent down an XLR cable to your preamplifier - but it all starts with the capsule's diaphragm.
In short, the capsule is about as delicate an instrument as they come...and hand-built instruments are the best.
We spend a lot of time, money, and energy treating our capsules like fine musical instruments, so they can hear your instruments perfectly.
This capsule is the true heart of the X1 USB. Since all our capsules are custom-made in-house (you can read more about that here), we are able to coax the very highest levels of performance out of our microphones.
No interface needed.
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.
And with top-of-the-line 24-bit 192kHz conversion built directly into the mic, you can be assured you're getting the best possible output from the hand-built capsule and analog mic circuitry. It's the best of both worlds.
The headphone jack allows for zero-latency monitoring, and a level control on the front of the mic lets you dial in the right volume without an external controller of any kind.
All the features you need.
The mic features a cardioid polar pattern with a bass cut and -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.
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser
Diaphragm: 32mm Gold/Mylar
Directional Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 44.67 mV/Pa (-27 dB)
Max SPL: 135/145 dB (0/-10 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 74 dB
Self Noise: 20 dB(A)
Pass Filter Switch: 60 Hz
Preattenuation Pad: -10 dB
Matching Connectors: USB Type B (2.0)
Power requirement: 5V (via included USB)
Weight: 440g / 15.52oz
The X1 USB is fully plug-n-play compatible for Mac. It is recommended that Windows users download and install the latest X1 USB driver.
If you are experiencing any issues with the latest driver (above) , you can also download and try the older driver below - this may resolve your issue.
"...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)