Behringer stomps into podcasting with the Bigfoot USB microphone
Behringer has set out to conquer a share of the podcasting microphone market with the new Bigfoot USB microphone. Like its most fearsome natural enemy, the Bigfoot is a USB condenser mic with three capsules and four polar patterns. But does it have what it takes to stomp the competition?
Behringer introduces the Bigfoot USB microphone
Behringer’s new Bigfoot USB condenser microphone is the company’s latest offering for the growing community of podcasters, content creators and gamers. The manufacturer says that it’s great for recording music, as well. But the integrated stand makes it very clear that the Bigfoot’s natural habitat is on your desk, recording your voice while you’re podcasting or streaming. As such, it goes head to head against other mythical creatures like the ever-popular Yeti from Blue Microphones – see what they did there?
Like the Yeti, the Bigfoot is a condenser microphone with three capsules and four selectable polar patterns. You can choose from stereo, cardioid, omni and bi-directional modes. The microphone connects directly to a computer via USB, which also supplies power. There’s also an integrated preamplifier with a gain knob, a headphone output for monitoring and a mute button – which happens to be an exact copy of the Yeti’s spec sheet. Even the maximum resolution at 48 kHz / 16 bit is the same.
The Yeti and Yeti Nano aren’t Bigfoot’s only natural enemies, though. Competition is fierce in this segment, with other contenders like the M-Audio Uber, Rode NT-USB Mini, AKG Lyra, Beyerdynamic Fox and Elgato Wave:1 and Wave:3, among others, fighting for their share. Podcasters and content creators have many options to choose from, some of which are also quite affordable. This means that Bigfoot will need to deliver decent quality to stomp the competition, or his conquest will be no walk in the park.
Price and availability
Unfortunately, we don’t have pricing information or a release date for the Behringer Bigfoot at this time.
- Mini USB connection and headphone output: Behringer
I am wondering if a boom arm can be attached down where the base is, so that the mic can be tilted, within the yoke, while the whole thing (except the bottom of the base) can be raised-up and positioned by the boom arm. That would be much better that having to screw the boom arm only into the bottom of the mic, and having to position it sideways.