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Samson USB Meteor Mic set to make a major impact on portable recording

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January

I make voice-over recordings all the time when editing videos and my latest mic of choice has been the Samson Go Mic, a small USB mic that clips onto the edge of my MacBook screen. It makes recordings with outstanding clarity and recently I even used it when I recorded my part for Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, with great results.

meteormic_beauty_shot-385-web.jpgAt the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas recently, Samson introduced the new USB Meteor Mic.

The Meteor Mic has a large condenser housed in a metal, chrome-plated body with fold-back legs that allow optimal positioning for many recording situations. It's equipped with a stereo 1/8-inch headphone jack for monitoring and also has headphone volume control. And if you're using it for video conferencing there's a convenient mute switch for audio privacy. The mic is plug-and-play and can be connected to any computer with USB for use with most digital audio recording software.

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Its cardioid pickup pattern is designed to capture clear vocals and it also can be used to record instruments or guitar amplifiers. Samson says it also will work with the Apple iPad when used with the USB connector in the Camera Connection Kit.

I held the Meteor Mic at CES and it was a very heavy piece that just oozed of quality. At a time when many manufacturers are typically using various plastics for their hardware, Samson's choice to go with the beefy, chromed metal is a nice one and it brings back fond memories of some of the mics my Dad (he was a professional entertainer) used when I was a kid. I haven't heard recording samples yet, but based on my experience with the Go Mic, the Meteor Mic is sure to be a winner. Samson says the it will be available beginning April 15.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 5:09pm]

    

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