Samson UB1 - Micrófono (conector USB), color negro
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- Funcionamiento plug-and-play en Mac OS y Windows: 16-Bit frecuencias de muestreo 48 kHz 44.1-
- Miniatura diseño de bajo perfil
- Patrón de captación omnidireccional
- Cable USB de 10 pies incluido
- Ideal para la grabación de reuniones conferencias o la creación de podcasts
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Self-noise from the mic is rather good. Hiss is plainly audible, but the same is true of my $350 Audio-Technica I've had for 20 years. It is not at a level that would interfere or distract. I believe I'll be able to normalize the audio to -1 dB and not have the hiss become distracting, but that's the critical question that I haven't answered yet in a real-world situation. SOmething like 12 years ago, I bought a Samson q1u and never used it. I pulled it out a couple of days ago and found the level of hiss made it completely unusable by comparison, and of course it lacked the sensitivity of the ub1, even directly in front.
Two things, then: the UB1 is really sensitive. If you can hear it, the mic can. But gain level seems low. On the other hand, I got exactly the same ambient and speaking levels when recording into the MacBook Air's mic.
However, I believe Samson has hamstrung its mics by discontinuing the old preamp application, which adjusted the preamp level in the mic before the signal reached the computer. A 2008 Sound on Sound review seems to indicate that this is indeed a separate gain stage from the computer input level, though Samson's own lit doesn't let on. So, I suspect that I could be getting better gain levels and thus lower noise floor while moving the system sliders down if the internal preamp could still be adjusted. I'm not 100% sure about this. It's also doubtless the case that the system preferences are technically adjusting attenuation rather than "gain," strictly speaking.
With the exception of the Blue Rasberry and latest Audio-Technica 2020dbi, every USB mic I know of came out many ears ago. The "Pro" version of the Yedi may have been 2011, but the UB1 would have been slightly before 2007, judging from the lingering reference to the Samson software in the manual, since the app was discontinued in 2007. The mini-USB connectors on all these are a tip-off, since mini was replaced by micro-USB very quickly.
There's nothing wrong with an old mic model: a good Shure or Audio-Technica mic from 40 years ago will stand just as high in the quality rankings today. But 16-bit A/D chips went extinct 10 years ago. So, we really ought to be seeing updated chips and USB-c connectors soon. The most recent mics like the Rasberry and Samson's wireless lav system have lightning connectors. My wish list would include an updated connector, hardware-adjustable gain, 24-bit recording for lower noise floor (assuming the hardware is capable of taking advantage of that level of quiet, which it probably isn't),headphone monitoring, mute switch, and AAA batteries so that it could be used with a smartphone.
Stated specs for the UB1 include SNR 70dB, SPL 127 dB, and freq response 30-18k. These are extremely respectable, and I don't really have reason to doubt them based on my experiences thus far.
Samson seems to have a brand reliability issue, so here's hoping. My alternative would be a Shure 391/o plus maybe a cheap Behringer USB mic preamp. For most people in my situation, a Zoom recorder would perhaps be preferrable. I had an H2 at one point and it was great. I always have my laptop or smartphone on me, though, so this route is simpler. bTW, people have also had good luck using this mic with Cortana in a far-field situation.
Update: I got an Audio-Technica pro44 and plugged it into a Behringer UMC-202 HD for comparison. The PRO44 either has more hiss than the UB1, or else it' just the definite fact that the PRO44 has higher gain in the 1.5 or 3kHz range, making the hiss more noticeable. The PRO44 definitely sounds "dryer" in the high end, making it sound more detailed. But the UB1 more than holds its own. Turning up the PRO44's gain higher than the UB1 is able to go just produces more hiss. Since the PRO44 doesn't do a substantively better job at recording a room and requires a separate USB interface with phantom power, the UB1 is quite a deal. I'll probably return the pro44.
I am a frequent and daily user of Skype and Internet Phone calling so clarity is very important for me.
This excelled beyond expectations.
What I liked about it:
It has a very long cord, so it can be sat in the middle of a conference table for central placement of a number of people sitting around a table.
It is very clear, it does not create echo, muffling and picks up voices very clearly.
Bonus: because it is a USB microphone, it is not connected to my laptop, and I can multitask and type whilst talking and it won't pick up key striking from keyboard.
What I didn't like about it:
We use this mic to provide better audio during Skype and computer hosted video conference sessions. Given its plug and play simplicity, it's suitable for non-professional audio users. It's constructed of reasonably heavy metal and has a soft rubber backing so it doesn't slide around on table tops too easily. It works well with self powered USB extension cables. It sounds pretty good for the price, and users typically notice the improvement in audio quality vs. on-board microphones on laptop screens.