M-Audio, known for its reasonably good quality budget gear, has announced a new USB microphone. The Uber Mic Professional USB microphone looks to be a decent starter mic for recording virtually anything – instruments, vocals, and podcasts, for example. It’s probably most convenient for recording speech and voice, though, thanks to the integrated audio interface. Set it on a table or desk and you are ready to begin.
The Uber Microphone’s digital audio conversion is limited to 16-bit resolution, which is strange in the era of commonplace 24-bit recording. The frequency response is a standard 30Hz – 20kHz, and sample rates up to 48kHz are supported. If you can live without super hi-def 96kHz recordings, 48kHz is plenty enough.
Being a large-diaphragm 3-capsule condenser mic, the Uber Mic offers a choice of four polar patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-8, and single point stereo. With this functionality, the microphone can handle pretty much every recording scenario. Additionally, direct mixing control with mic volume over USB enables zero- latency recording and monitoring – with this ability, one can hear the recorded signal in real time, bypassing the computer’s processing-induced latency altogether. Monitoring can be done with headphones via the 1/8 headphone jack, thanks to the integrated headphone amplifier.
Price and availability
The M-Audio Uber Mic will be available soon, at a manufacturer-recommended price of 89.99 GBP / 100 EUR / 119 USD. We see it as a reasonable alternative to the popular Blue Yeti USB microphone and other inexpensive digital condensers suitable for basic, decent-sounding recordings.