Four New Microphones Available Online

There a many options when you are picking out a microphone. Here are four new microphones that are available online.

Blue Yeti X (photo from bluemic.com)

There are a lot of microphone options available today, and it can sometimes be hard for you to choose which one will be best for your needs. In this post we will go through four new microphones that are available and explain what they are best used for. The microphones we will look at are:

  • Mackie Condenser Microphone, USB (EM-CHROMIUM)
  • AmazonBasics Desktop Mini Condenser Mic Microphone
  • MXL Condenser Microphone, XLR (Revelation Mini FET)
  • Blue Yeti X

Mackie Condenser Microphone, USB (EM-CHROMIUM)

Mackie Condenser Microphone (photo from: mackie.com)

This new microphone from Mackie will be available on amazon.com starting December 28th, 2020 and will cost around $199.99. According to Amazon.com this microphone is perfect for recording at home, streaming, and for content creation. Mackie’s website also adds that the condenser microphone is a “true beast” for your home studio. The microphone also gives you the ability to choose between four polar pickup patterns including stereo, cardioid, figure 8, and omnidirectional. The Chromium also gives you the ability to plug in a 1/4″ instrumental input which makes it great for creating music. The microphone can be connected to your computer easily through a USB-C cable. You also have the ability to monitor, and control audio levels through the knobs, which makes this microphone perfect not only for creating music but also for recording podcasts.

AmazonBasics Desktop Mini Condenser Mic Microphone

AmazonBasics Mini Condenser Microphone (image from: amazon.com)

The AmazonBasics Mini Condenser Microphone will be interesting to you if you’re looking for a cheap microphone that will still record clean sounding audio. This microphone will be available on amazon.com starting December 2nd, 2020 and will cost about $52.92. According to Amazon, the microphone has an omnidirectional polar pattern that will pick audio up from all around the microphone, and can be switched to a cardioid pattern that will pick more audio up from the front of the device. The buttons on the side allow you to control the audio gain, and it also includes a mute button. The “headphone amplifier” gives you the ability to monitor the latency. These feature make this microphone ideal for people recording podcasts, vocals, and instrumentals. Keep in mind with this microphone that you may not get as great of quality of audio as the price is low, and there are less features than the other microphones on this list.

MXL Condenser Microphone, XLR (Revelation Mini FET)

MXL Condenser Microphone (photo from: mxlmics.com)

Unlike the other microphones on this list, the MXL Revelation Mini FET is made more for recording music. The product has been on amazon.com since October 27th but is not available until November 9th, 2020 and costs around $251.93. According to the MXL website, this microphone is great for recording many different sources including “hard-hitting kick drums” and “blasting trumpets”. MXL says that the microphones “FET” based design will provide a better sounding recording with a lot less hum and more focus on the music. FET stands for Field Electronic Transistor which controls the flow of current according to electronics-tutorials.ws. If you are someone who records and produces music, this will definitely be the microphone for you!

Blue Yeti X

Blue Yeti X (photo from: bluemic.com)

In my opinion, the best microphone on the list is the Blue Yeti X. The product is available through bluemic.com and has a price around $169.99. Similar to the Mackie Condenser Microphone above, the Blue Yeti X has four options of polar patterns including cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional, and stereo (used if you have multiple sources around the microphone). The knob and lights on the front allow you to monitor and control the audio levels while recording. Once connected to the computer you can also change the colour of the LED lights on the device to help give the look you want, according to bluemic.com. This microphone is perfect for podcasting, gaming, streaming, and YouTube which is great, especially for students that do work across multiple platforms.

3 thoughts on “Four New Microphones Available Online

  1. Very interesting article, Hayden!
    If it were not for this article, I would’ve never known that AmazonBasics is going to release a microphone. As being someone who is wanting to have a “professional microphone”, and also is a decently big fan of the AmazonBasics lineup, knowing the fact I’d be able to get a microphone that’ll be decent quality, and having it AmazonBasics branded is amazing news. However going off the fact you mentioned it is not as high quality, I would likely get the AmazonBasics microphone to start things off, before upgrading to the Yeti.
    None-the-less very good, informal article!

  2. This is a great piece of writing Hayden! I really like the way you laid this one out. You got subheaders, then the photo of the product, then a description below it. I like that you put when and where are they going to be available and how much the cost. You even got the specs like their pick up pattern and their gain adjustment. I’ve been kind of looking for a good microphone for vocals and this blog really gave me options. I also like that you mentioned what they are best for, if it’s best with vocals, instruments, podcast and etc.

  3. This article is very insightful and useful. I like to livestream and make content and this is a great article for someone trying to get their foot wet in the industry. I personally use the Blue Snowball and I have heard nothing but good things about the Blue Yeti. In the future if I do need to upgrade my microphone I will definitely look at this article again. Obviously USB microphones are not as good as XLR microphones so in the future I would love to see an blog about the best beginner XLR microphones and audio mixers.

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