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CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 865 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 5.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Level4.7   above average
Video4.7   above average
Budget4.6   average
Voice4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Amazon4.3   above average
Audio4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Sensitive4.2   above average
USB4.1   above average
Microphone4.0   average
Music4.0   below average
Sound3.9   below average
Loud3.8   below average
Plug3.8   average
Cable3.6   average
Windows3.4   average
Setting3.3   below average
Vocal3.3   mediocre
Radio3.2   below average
Noise3.0   mediocre
Skype2.9   mediocre
Volume2.9   below average
Instruction2.6   below average
Static2.5   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Worst thing eever bought on amazon, picks up radio frequencies and records them like a freaking antenna on your car DO NOT BUY"
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"This is most probably the worst purchase I have made on Amazon - I do not recommend it."
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"com and am picking up my new Blue Snowball iCE at Best Buy tomorrow priced matched with Amazon."
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"Amazon shipped so it arrived nicely without problem."
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"I would have appreciated Amazon sending me the air screen I wanted to add to my order because this mic is sensitive but still makes my podcasts sound SO much better! "
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"Very disappointing because I couldn't troubleshoot the problem with the enclosed instructions or with the suggestions here on Amazon."
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"Although Amazon offers the BEST refund policy EVERRRR, (Can you tell I LOVE Amazon?"
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Audio

Audio:
"Luckily, I cover all of my narration with background music so it's harder to notice the audio errors and alien spaceship noises."
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"I used it 1 or 2 times before it died and the audio was terrible."
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"I had to go in myself and fine tune my audio on my computer, but other than the slight worry and hassle, this microphone is extremely simple to use."
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"Note, I would return it but its past the 30 day return window (note this is my fault, not CAD Audio)."
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"PROS:Clear audio qualitySensitiveComes with standConvenient USB standardOverall this mic is very clear, highly sensitive, and works pretty great for my needs."
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"I personally use it for Skype Calls and Talks (I know what great usage right), but I am really impressed by the audio quality and build of the microphone! "
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"This produced a good audio quality very similar to other higher priced USB Microphones."
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"I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only had everything recorded fine, the audio quality was fantastic!"
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"My brother uses it for some audio recording and he enjoys it."
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Budget

Budget:
"Not recommended for passionate budget folks who like to waste their wallets for the best thing in the world....which I believe is a great thing to do."
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"Other than that, I really recommend the CAD U1 to anybody looking for excellent sound quality on a low budget."
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"At the time of this writing, however, I'm looking for a boom arm to replace the stand that it comes with, as the sounds of keyboard clacking and mouse clicking is quite audible in the raw recording (again, noise reduction filter helps here).I recommend this mic for anybody on a budget, and for those who don't mind a little extra editing."
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"I highly recommend this microphone for someone looking for a solid budget option, and has a setup that works well with USB (and a usb extension cord, if needed)."
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"I recommend to anyone looking to record at home and on a budget."
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"This is however great for a low budget and will work for pretty much anything."
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Cable

Cable:
"May be able to get some use out of it as a party mic but most DJs use ones with XLR cables so very disappointed in purchase."
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"I do have the problem with the interference, and yes my Power Supply cord has the third prong, as a gamer running a bigger power supply you would have to be crazy not to ground it let alone I also am sitting on a higher quality cable then your basic one as well and no I do not have agc(micboost) turned on."
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"Maybe different materials are used in the manufacturing now, like maybe the cable isn't shielded as well."
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"I don't need usb cord I disappointed"
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"The microphone USB cable does not have a good connection to the ground of the laptop."
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")PS I dont know this to be true but many reviews bring up a feedback problem or the cord picking up the radio."
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"I highly recommend this microphone for someone looking for a solid budget option, and has a setup that works well with USB (and a usb extension cord, if needed)."
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"I do have the problem with the interference, and yes my Power Supply cord has the third prong, as a gamer running a bigger power supply you would have to be crazy not to ground it let alone I also am sitting on a higher quality cable then your basic one as well and no I do not have agc(micboost) turned on."
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"They fit wonderfully snug on the cable (5mm chokes for the 4.5mm cable)."
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"I initially had a problem with Windows 8.1 freezing when I would plug this device into my USB 3.0 hub - easily resolved by connecting the cable directly into the tower."
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Connection

Connection:
"Nasty buzz when connected to desktop through its power supply."
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"The microphone USB cable does not have a good connection to the ground of the laptop."
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"When the laptop is connected into power source you'll always hear the annoying buzz sound, though the buzz sound get lower when i touch the metal edges of laptop (very weird).2."
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"But for my low-end purposes, this product was inexpensive, connected and worked with my MacBook without hiccup, and recorded decent sound."
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"Replacing the outlet your PC is connected to with a GFCI outlet would be the best way to eliminate as much ground noise as possible, but is also the least convenient."
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"The overall quality was decent, and it connected to the 3 leg stand without issue."
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"We truly do love this product, but because it is only a USB connection, we are limited to using it with a laptop or desktop computer."
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"Connected easily to my Win7 PC and is very sensitive."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I would not, however, recommend this mic being used for gaming."
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"I bought this mic to record gaming youtube videos and it works great."
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"It has excellent pickup, and picks up even quiet voices, and is adequate for conferencing and gaming, but if you are planning to use it for singing or recording instruments, THINK CAREFULLY before buying this microphone."
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"Works great for my voice overs on my YouTube gaming channel, Your Nerdess."
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"great mic for gaming vids"
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"I bought this microphone for the sole purpose of using it for Skype and online gaming, and it works great!"
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Every time I recorded I always found that the audio would have some bad crackling sounds after I amplified the track (even after following the instructions and looking up other tutorials to try and fix the problem myself)."
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"It took me a full two years to finally hear something out of it because the instructions for it are not very clear and their only available for mac and windows."
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"Turning off mic boost removes static noise just as the INSTRUCTIONS dictate if you have a problem."
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"reviewers that are putting down other reviewers for sharing their not so great experiences, I followed EVERY troubleshooting and set up attempt noted on the instructions, on the internet, and on these reviews."
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"..mic sounded terrible and mic stand had no instructions as to how to open so it would sit stationary."
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"This is my list of things that I disliked about the mic:- The instuctions were outdated and made for window vista, so i had to look up the instructions online- Even after I followed all the instructions there was still a horrible buzzing sound in the background- I had to remove my computer mic to make it work, so I can no longer use it- I tried to contact the company about the problem and they never replied except for an automatic email that said they would reply within a week at most, which they never didThis is my list of things that I liked about the mic:- NOTHINGDO NOT GET THIS MIC!"
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"One you turn off one of the filters (it tells you how to in the instructions) it works beautifully! "
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"For best performance read the instructions because you may first experience background noise but this is easily handled by going to you mic settings and turning the AGC off."
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"I just recommend that this comes with instructions on how to set it up on a Windows 8 since those are the most used systems now-a-days."
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"Easy to use and good instructions, and small of easy storage."
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"Very disappointing because I couldn't troubleshoot the problem with the enclosed instructions or with the suggestions here on Amazon."
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Level

Level:
"Big downside though - persistent buzzing sound on all levels."
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"Pretty much perfect besides the fact that the level will shoot up once and a while making it sound like i am basically eating it, but all in all perfect."
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"The cost of the product makes it a great entry level to mid level microphone."
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"Works great on my laptop, not professional level, but good for Karaoke or Voice."
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"this wasn't a problem under Win7, which picked up suitable drivers for it (and it recorded at a beautiful sound level then)."
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Loud

Loud:
"As other reviews say, it's extremely loud and people might complain about the volume in which you'll have to adjust it manually."
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"It worked well for the first day, but then, every time I tried to record something, there would be a loud, annoying buzzing sound in the background."
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"Put ferrite bead on the input line to no avail...still picks up WWL but not as loud and clear."
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"However the built-in pop filter isn't really sufficient to get rid of the p- b- sss- sounds, so I would recommend getting a pop filter for the mic if you have a loud voice."
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"I'm sure it would be equally good to record live music or to hook up to loud speakers for performances."
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"It sounds great, however there is an extremely loud buzzing and squealing sound."
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"The sound is clear and loud when sitting about two feet back from the microphone."
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"I rate it a four due to the loud volume and it's ability to easily pick up background noise."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I couldn't risk making a poor quality video, or missing any deadlines, so I thought a cheap USB mic would do, and get me back into recording quickly so I wasn't too behind schedule."
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"I used to just use my phone, which had an amazing quality microphone, but it broke, and I had to get a new phone."
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"The microphone clip is also really flimsy and even touching the power switch on the mic without holding the clip in place will make it pop right out."
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"This mic is isolating noise like that of the Shure SM57Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone and those microphones aren't really good for vocals, or at least when I use it, I use it to record either the snare or toms of a drum."
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"Very nice Mic."
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"If u don't wanna buy a high end microphone like a yeti or something this microphone works pretty well.. it does pick up on the Humm and buzz of computer fans but you can get rid of that with a noise reduction tool on whatever program your using to record"
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"I read all of the reviews that stated the mic works great after some tweaking, and tried literally everything I read."
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"I used to just use my phone, which had an amazing quality microphone, but it broke, and I had to get a new phone."
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"It works pretty well as a microphone itself and the quality of my voice sounds good, but only after bending over backwards, performing a few card tricks, doing a rain dance or two, and appealing to the Audacity gods."
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Music

Music:
"Luckily, I cover all of my narration with background music so it's harder to notice the audio errors and alien spaceship noises."
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"Decent for someone using Skype or something of that nature, but I don't recommend it for high-quality recording (podcasting or music)."
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"Maybe not quite good enough for music or singing but for anything else it's the perfect way to get things kicked off."
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"It is so bad I would not be able to cover it up with music instruments."
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"well i got this for an ex girlfriend who wanted to get back into recording music but didnt know the best mic to use."
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"Bottom line this is a really good, inexpensive microphone if you are trying to make music and stuff like that."
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"My purpose for getting this microphone was that I was thinking of making like music for fun haha."
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"Music, a great part of my life."
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"I'm sure it would be equally good to record live music or to hook up to loud speakers for performances."
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"It's a really good mic for recording music and narration for my minecraft series."
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Noise

Noise:
"Luckily, I cover all of my narration with background music so it's harder to notice the audio errors and alien spaceship noises."
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"CONS:Cheap standPoor line insulation (static, noise)Bit oversensitiveOn the downside, this mic is almost painfully sensitive to electrical interference and surface noise where it might rest."
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"It has two main problems:1) It is liable to pick up line noise (that's the 60Hz hum of the powerlines) unless you are using it on a laptop that is not plugged in to a wall outlet, or have a desktop who's usb ports are properly grounded.2) It somehow picks up FM radio stations (I think specifically around 91.5) and plays them faintly in the background in anything you record."
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"I've found that the recording quality is not great, and it seems to pick up a lot of background noise."
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"Before we were recording on headsets and there was quite a bit of background noise and dead air."
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"After all that nonsense is over, my voice sounds pretty okay, but the mild distortion from the Noise Reduction effect can cause some obvious sound errors."
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"For example, my voice sounds relatively clear and crisp with no white noise, but one or two words out of every couple of sentences sounds like I'm speaking into one of those funny Halloween voice changer things to sound like an alien."
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"I do voiceover commentary for videos and my primary concern is making my voice as clear as possible and reducing as much background noise as I can."
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"It was much louder and overall, my voice was far more precise and clear, but indeed, the background noise was much louder as well (exactly what I was trying to avoid)."
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"It picks up my voice very well and doesn't pick up a lot of background noise."
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Plug

Plug:
"Pros: Price, at 20$ it is hard to beat it for plug & play."
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"I initially had a problem with Windows 8.1 freezing when I would plug this device into my USB 3.0 hub - easily resolved by connecting the cable directly into the tower."
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"ya its okay I have one problem it gets rid of your sound so I plug it in and i can't hear any thing it works great if you can adjust that but i cant i don't know how if you do BUY THIS but if you don't never buy it"
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"And had problems you can,t just plug it in and it works like the review said."
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"If you simply plug the mic in and expect immediate perfect performance, you'll be sorely disappointed."
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"Since you are looking at this anyway, I'll plug Avidemux as a great GNU free video editor, as well as Aegisub as a free subtitle editor."
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"Super easy to use just plug it in and go."
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"I initially had a problem with Windows 8.1 freezing when I would plug this device into my USB 3.0 hub - easily resolved by connecting the cable directly into the tower."
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"Recommendations are to use a grounded plug -mine is or attach it to an external powered hub."
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Price

Price:
"I couldn't risk making a poor quality video, or missing any deadlines, so I thought a cheap USB mic would do, and get me back into recording quickly so I wasn't too behind schedule."
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"Not the best sound quality for the price range."
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"Terrible do not buy very cheap and does not travel well"
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"I got a cheap windscreen in addition to this and I couldn't be more happy."
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"Don't expect perfection from a cheap mic and you won't be disappointed."
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"I really wanted to like this because I record music sometimes at an amateur level and I wanted something cheap but reasonable, but this mic just wasn't good enough to be worth anything.. :("
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"Sound quality is good for the price; I got my money's worth."
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"great sound foe the price"
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"Bottom line this is a really good, inexpensive microphone if you are trying to make music and stuff like that."
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"It has good sound quality, is pretty easy to use, and is decently cheap."
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Quality

Quality:
"I couldn't risk making a poor quality video, or missing any deadlines, so I thought a cheap USB mic would do, and get me back into recording quickly so I wasn't too behind schedule."
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"I used to just use my phone, which had an amazing quality microphone, but it broke, and I had to get a new phone."
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"It just doesn't have good sound quality."
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"Not the best sound quality for the price range."
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"I've found that the recording quality is not great, and it seems to pick up a lot of background noise."
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"Horrible quality! "
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"Great sound quality"
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"Sound quality is good for the price; I got my money's worth."
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"I used to just use my phone, which had an amazing quality microphone, but it broke, and I had to get a new phone."
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"It works pretty well as a microphone itself and the quality of my voice sounds good, but only after bending over backwards, performing a few card tricks, doing a rain dance or two, and appealing to the Audacity gods."
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"Worked quite well for the 2.5yrs I had it, good sound quality."
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Radio

Radio:
"I read through some stuff other people posted about having these same problems, and someone mentioned that if you live too close to a radio station, you're pretty much screwed."
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"Had to return the item, as the radio signals would record with my voice...which was unacceptable."
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"I did everything these reviews asked me to: unchecked every box, unplugged my computer, etc...but unfortunately, the radio signals would not go away."
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"It sounds great the only problem is that it picks up a radio station!"
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"The problem is though...IT CATCHES ANNOYING MEXICAN RADIO STATIONS in the early afternoon AND AMERICAN RADIO STATIONS in the early evening."
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")PS I dont know this to be true but many reviews bring up a feedback problem or the cord picking up the radio."
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"I read through some stuff other people posted about having these same problems, and someone mentioned that if you live too close to a radio station, you're pretty much screwed."
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"I don't get any radio buzz, and I got great quality for it."
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"I love this mic for my Internet radio show, Nyce Radio."
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"The mic picks up radio stations as well as lots of background noise."
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"I seriously can't record anything on the microphone I was sent (it's new btw) and when I plug the microphone in to the computer, I get the aforementioned radio stations giving my clear radio broadcasts."
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Sensitive

Sensitive:
"CONS:Cheap standPoor line insulation (static, noise)Bit oversensitiveOn the downside, this mic is almost painfully sensitive to electrical interference and surface noise where it might rest."
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"There are some small problems with this mic, it is super sensitive by this I mean it picks up me typing on my keyboard from a normal range and moving it in anyway causes loud muffling noises."
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"This microphone works well for voice chat programs but is far too sensitive for everyday use."
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"PROS:Clear audio qualitySensitiveComes with standConvenient USB standardOverall this mic is very clear, highly sensitive, and works pretty great for my needs."
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"Connected easily to my Win7 PC and is very sensitive."
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"Its amazing, good quality, the only bad thing about the microphone is that its very sensitive."
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"It is very sensitive but it works great for recording."
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Setting

Setting:
"for the price its actually pretty good havent gotten a problem just needs you to change the settings"
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"Maybe my settings are wrong or something but I am disappointed with what the recorded results sound like."
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"No setting changes fixed it and it broke after two weeks."
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"Until i unplugged it to moved it now no matter what I do (multiple computers, played with all the settings, different recording software) I always have an annoying buzz."
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"It may be my fault, however spent 3 hours playing with settings"
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"The only thing that had me a bit confused was setting up the stand, it comes with no instructions for that."
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"After doing some checking on here about settings and other known issues, however, I was able to get it to work just fine."
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"Play with your Mic Boost settings to find what works good for you and remember to be around 12 inches away from your computer to make sure no buzzing occurs."
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"For best performance read the instructions because you may first experience background noise but this is easily handled by going to you mic settings and turning the AGC off."
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"Still working well after a little over a month and my only quarrel with it is that controls and settings could be better."
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"HOWEVER, as stated in many previous reviews of this product, I disabled the ACG setting in the propertied window for this mic and now it is CRYSTAL CLEAR with absolutely immaculate sound quality."
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Setup

Setup:
"I had to buy a pop filter separately, and even though the filter is extremely light and probably only weights a few grams, if I don't position the arm of it perfectly, the whole setup tips over and falls off the desk."
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"I highly recommend this microphone for someone looking for a solid budget option, and has a setup that works well with USB (and a usb extension cord, if needed)."
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"Easy to set-up and use."
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"Easy setup with macbook pro (2009 edition) and use with free garageband."
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"Great sound quality, and fairly easy to set-up."
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Skype

Skype:
"Decent for someone using Skype or something of that nature, but I don't recommend it for high-quality recording (podcasting or music)."
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"I use it for everything, from Skype to gameplay voiceovers to horrible singing."
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"Doesn't work well with Skype, but for computer recording it works great."
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"Although there I some problem, I have a lamp right on my desk, and when I skype or record with the lamp on the noise comes back so turning it off to makes the noise go away."
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"if you wan't to use it for things like Skype.. its best to look elsewhere, my contacts complain about a small random popping sound that i do not know how to fix, it does not show up in any voice recordings though."
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"I completely take back whatever good things I said about this microphone it sounds like a a fan is constantly blowing on my mic, my friends have told me during skype calls to turn off my mic as it is very annoying."
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"I personally use it for Skype Calls and Talks (I know what great usage right), but I am really impressed by the audio quality and build of the microphone! "
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"I use this microphone for rants and to talk to my friends on skype and the quality of the mic is fantastic."
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"I bought this microphone for the sole purpose of using it for Skype and online gaming, and it works great!"
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"if you wan't to use it for things like Skype.. its best to look elsewhere, my contacts complain about a small random popping sound that i do not know how to fix, it does not show up in any voice recordings though."
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"I use it for video Skype calls and am told the voice is very clear with little noise background."
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Sound

Sound:
"After all that nonsense is over, my voice sounds pretty okay, but the mild distortion from the Noise Reduction effect can cause some obvious sound errors."
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"However, I am uncertain on how this mic will perform in capturing the sound of a drum, My point is that this mic isn't really great when it comes to capturing vocal sounds from a distance (e. g. 6inches-1feet away), you have to literally have your lips on the microphone in order for it to capture the complete sound."
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"tinny and horrible sound"
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"It just doesn't have good sound quality."
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"Barely picks up any sound, horrible mic."
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"Great sound quality"
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"Sound quality is good for the price; I got my money's worth."
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"After all that nonsense is over, my voice sounds pretty okay, but the mild distortion from the Noise Reduction effect can cause some obvious sound errors."
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"For example, my voice sounds relatively clear and crisp with no white noise, but one or two words out of every couple of sentences sounds like I'm speaking into one of those funny Halloween voice changer things to sound like an alien."
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"It works pretty well as a microphone itself and the quality of my voice sounds good, but only after bending over backwards, performing a few card tricks, doing a rain dance or two, and appealing to the Audacity gods."
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Static

Static:
"CONS:Cheap standPoor line insulation (static, noise)Bit oversensitiveOn the downside, this mic is almost painfully sensitive to electrical interference and surface noise where it might rest."
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"When I did get it to work, I heard nothing but this very annoying static and no matter what I did, it didn't stop."
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"I know that I'm suppose to tweak some stuff in the settings, but even then there is still a very very slight static and if you try to amplify the recording in order to speak from a distance, the static noise becomes very annoying."
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"It's easy to set up, but there is always weird static in the background."
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"this microphone is great, i just got it yesterday and i love it it sounds good and picks up my voice really really well, while it does have its faults such as the static if your looking for just a casual microphone i can totally recommend this if your trying to be a professional then this might be a good microphone if your just starting out but i would switch to a snowball or yeti later on down the road"
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"Turning off mic boost removes static noise just as the INSTRUCTIONS dictate if you have a problem."
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"Additionally, I regularly have to turn it off and on to clear static buzzing from the line seemingly charging over time."
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"product is got a slight static feedback when recording but is good and gets the job done for the price"
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"It's easy to set up, but there is always weird static in the background."
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"Pros:Sounds very professionalVery clear, almost NO static or buzzGreat design, very comfortable to hold in hand (If you do that kind of stuff)Has a useful Mute switch on the microphone itself."
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"this microphone is great, i just got it yesterday and i love it it sounds good and picks up my voice really really well, while it does have its faults such as the static if your looking for just a casual microphone i can totally recommend this if your trying to be a professional then this might be a good microphone if your just starting out but i would switch to a snowball or yeti later on down the road"
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USB

USB:
"I couldn't risk making a poor quality video, or missing any deadlines, so I thought a cheap USB mic would do, and get me back into recording quickly so I wasn't too behind schedule."
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"not the best mic but not the worst, because its a USB mic the only thing you will be getting out of this is voice calls."
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"I don't need usb cord I disappointed"
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"I initially had a problem with Windows 8.1 freezing when I would plug this device into my USB 3.0 hub - easily resolved by connecting the cable directly into the tower."
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"Found it hard to set up even though it's just USB, figured it out, adjusted settings and now it works great."
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"The microphone USB cable does not have a good connection to the ground of the laptop."
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"PROS:Clear audio qualitySensitiveComes with standConvenient USB standardOverall this mic is very clear, highly sensitive, and works pretty great for my needs."
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"This mic is also extremely easy to use as it's plug'n'play USB."
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"For the price, this is the best USB mic I've ever seen, it is ideal for voice-over recordings."
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"For a USB mic it works really well"
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"A really affordable USB Mic with a great stand."
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Video

Video:
"I couldn't risk making a poor quality video, or missing any deadlines, so I thought a cheap USB mic would do, and get me back into recording quickly so I wasn't too behind schedule."
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"Fortunately I have a window but it does sort of make things more challenging when I am recording videos after hours."
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"I was able to get my videos out on time after buying this, but I will definitely be getting a better one in the near future."
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"I bought this mic to record gaming youtube videos and it works great."
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"I do voiceover commentary for videos and my primary concern is making my voice as clear as possible and reducing as much background noise as I can."
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"It is clear and reliable during video conference calls, and records both voice and musical instruments very well in my home studio."
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"Other than that it works well for recording how-to videos for our users."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"However, I am uncertain on how this mic will perform in capturing the sound of a drum, My point is that this mic isn't really great when it comes to capturing vocal sounds from a distance (e. g. 6inches-1feet away), you have to literally have your lips on the microphone in order for it to capture the complete sound."
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"This mic is isolating noise like that of the Shure SM57Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone and those microphones aren't really good for vocals, or at least when I use it, I use it to record either the snare or toms of a drum."
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"Pure feedback and no clear vocal recordings"
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"There are ways I could fix the problem, like recording the vocals first and then the instruments to match the vocals, but then I wouldn't be able to use GarageBand's built-in metronome because I'd have to be a bit late."
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"However, the first thing I noticed when I plugged the mic in was a horrible, high-pitched hum in the background of all of my vocal recordings."
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"It is a decent vocal mic for recording talking (as with pod casts)."
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"I have recorded both guitar cabinets, and vocals with the U1, and had great results after some tweaking with an EQ, and compressor."
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"It hooks up easy and records guitars, drums, and vocals with very little static."
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"The vocals are clear and the levels are good."
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"I record my vocals for songwriting purposes and it works perfectly."
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Voice

Voice:
"Can use.. but noise ruins everything I record...cannot recommend for people who wanna record their voices."
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"Had to return the item, as the radio signals would record with my voice...which was unacceptable."
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"this microphone is great, i just got it yesterday and i love it it sounds good and picks up my voice really really well, while it does have its faults such as the static if your looking for just a casual microphone i can totally recommend this if your trying to be a professional then this might be a good microphone if your just starting out but i would switch to a snowball or yeti later on down the road"
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"A ton of static, buzzing, and other bizarre, indescribable noises came through the recording along with my extremely clear voice, which frustrates me beyond my wits."
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"But for clear, decent voice recording without having to do all that, this was a good choice and I'd buy it again.==== Update 1-18-13 ====I have upgraded my stand to a cpvc cube using rubber bands making an X on two ends with the mic suspended in the middle to further absorb vibrations."
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"After all that nonsense is over, my voice sounds pretty okay, but the mild distortion from the Noise Reduction effect can cause some obvious sound errors."
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"For example, my voice sounds relatively clear and crisp with no white noise, but one or two words out of every couple of sentences sounds like I'm speaking into one of those funny Halloween voice changer things to sound like an alien."
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"It works pretty well as a microphone itself and the quality of my voice sounds good, but only after bending over backwards, performing a few card tricks, doing a rain dance or two, and appealing to the Audacity gods."
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"Sometimes my voice will sound clear and crisp and exactly like if I was speaking to you in person, but there will be a really strange metallic sounding ambiance behind me."
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"This microphone works well for voice chat programs but is far too sensitive for everyday use."
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Volume

Volume:
"As other reviews say, it's extremely loud and people might complain about the volume in which you'll have to adjust it manually."
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"I was worried that I would have to turn up the pickup volume, but I actually had to turn it down because it was so loud when recording."
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"I had a little problem in getting the input volume adjusted, but everything is working OK now."
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"Maybe it was my computers fault, but i tried it on 3 different things, 1st on my computer and everytime i plugged it in the volume would go down on my CPU(thought it was a hardware driver problem),then i tried it on my friends CPU and same thing happened, Then i tried it on RB3 and it just did this awful sound of static screeching."
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"The only problem for me was the issue of volume control which I can't blame on the mic but if I was to do this again, I would go for an analog mic with an external sound device where I had more control than using the windows 7 interface."
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"If recording in a good environment at a medium to low volume, the buzzing will be practically inaudible."
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"I bought it it sounded great then when live streaming it kept turning the volume up by it self and u kept hearing buzzing and you couldn't hear anything it was soo quiet please do not buy it"
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"I rate it a four due to the loud volume and it's ability to easily pick up background noise."
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"The microphone is very clear at just about any volume."
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"Also I had to put my mic volume down to about 50% because anymore and it was super loud 50% is perfect."
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Windows

Windows:
"It took me a full two years to finally hear something out of it because the instructions for it are not very clear and their only available for mac and windows."
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"I initially had a problem with Windows 8.1 freezing when I would plug this device into my USB 3.0 hub - easily resolved by connecting the cable directly into the tower."
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"I don't think you've been able to buy a new computer without windows 8 in two years."
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"Couldn't get the microphone to work with my Windows 8...sent it back....I wasn't happy about it and will not order it again"
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"However, the video review done by the young man on Windows 7 helped me fix the problem."
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"Im not sure if its just windows 7 problem or the microphone problem."
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"Well, I lost a karaoke and drinks night because of MS Windows s***ty drivers... After somes (like 1,000) advanced science search, test and tries:I hope this help someone, use this steps to get a realtime (not delayed) no noise usb microphone.1) Download and install Majiastic's Microphone Pass-through(Playback) Emulator, it's a freeware2) Go to control panel > sound > recording tab > select 2 C MEDIA USB AUDIO DEVICE > right click > properties > listen, uncheck LISTEN option3) Now custom tab > ACG, uncheck ACG option4) Now levels tab > set it to 20%5) Clic OK or APPLY in all the windows6) Open your recent installed Pass-through emulator :)7) Input device > select 2 C MEDIA USB AUDIO DEVICE8) Output device > select YOUR SOUND CARD (not the default device)9) Background thread > max to the right, TIME_CRITICAL10) Supported sampling > set it to 44100 Hertz11) Sampling format > set it to SIGNET 16 BIT INTEGER12) Hit START buttonACG: automatic gain control, will amplify voice and... noisesLISTEN: it will try -badly- to pass through your speakers the microphone, with a delay of even one 1 secondMy opinion, CAD should develop drivers for their products and not leave it to MS generic drivers."
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"I have a Blue Yeti that never worked with my Windows 7 computer, but works surprisingly well with my Windows 8 computer."
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"I just recommend that this comes with instructions on how to set it up on a Windows 8 since those are the most used systems now-a-days."
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"The only thing that bugged me the most was that the instruction manual was for windows XP so i had to figure everything out myself, which was hard but the outcome was good."
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