Ultra Portable Recommendation: Small Portable Microphone with decent Sound
The Samson Go Mic Portable was a big surprise for us. Even that we knew from customers feedback, and various reviews that it provides good quality for the buck! We are always a kind of skeptical when it comes to testing microphones with a small form factor.
The Samson Go Mic Portable (Compact) is a small USB microphone solution. The intelligent design of the integrated stand lets you clip the Samson Go Mic directly onto your laptop or sit unobtrusively on your desk. Other than similar portable microphones the recording quality even from a few feet away is really good. With the included USB cable you have a true plug & play device, compatible with Mac and PC. You even can choose between Cardioid and Omnidirectional pickup pattern, as the Samson Go Mic has two integrated condensers (“recording capsules”).
The Samson Go Mic is a good, easy to use recording solution for podcasts, using voice recognition software on you pc and doing voice over. Listening-Example down below!
Recommended as a good portable solution or even budget microphone for Podcasting / Gaming / YouTube and even Interviews.
Samson Go Mic Portable USB Microphone
Features/Specs of the Samson Go Mic – Best Microphone for YouTube:
- Portable USB condenser microphone
- Unique integrated compact stand that clips to a laptop or sits on a desk
- Good for recording podcasting, interviews and voiceover
- Switch to choose between cardiod or omnidirectional pickup patterns
- Pro Audio Quality 16-bit, 44.1kHz resolution
- Voice recordings sound very smooth because of flat frequency response of 20Hz–18kHz
- Stereo 1/8″ headphone output for no latency monitoring
- Includes USB cable, cable clip and carry case
- Real Plug & Play no drivers required for Mac and Windows PC
Best Microphone for YouTube (Ultra Portable Design)
Samson Go Mic Portable – Review
Ultra Compact microphone recommendation for YouTube
To round up things quickly. The Samson Go Mic Portable USB Microphone is a good cheap microphone for nearly all your recording needs. With the headphone-out for zero-latency recording, a switch to choose between cardioid or omnidirectional (what is this?) pattern and a real clever integrated stand, the Samson Go Mic offers more features than most other even more expensive microphones.
Therefore it is our Ultra Portable Recommendation for YouTube / Podcasting / Gaming and Interviews.
You want to improve your recording quality? Just listen to the recording example with the Samson Go Mic USB down below and you know how to improve immediately. We liked the very smooth, deep sound of the Samson. Especially the ability of this small portable device to catch clear sound even when you are a few feet away make it a good microphone for recording. But enough said, just listen to the recording quality yourself.
Find out Yourself how it sounds! Sound Example of the Samson Go Mic Portable USB Microphone.
Listen to a recorded voice sound-example from the Samson Go Mic Portable: (from http://thewirecutter.com)
First reading with the gain on the microphone set to neutral (“unity”); second reading with gain adjusted to correct perceived problems. Both readings in a partly soundproofed booth/room at a coworking space.
The Samson Go Mic Portable covers most of the needed features for good condenser microphone. All you would expect from a much larger and more expensive microphone in a compact and portable form factor. With frequency response of 20Hz – 18kHz and the typical max. resolution of 16-bit/44.1kHz, you get professional audio specs in this portable, multi-purpose design.
Looking for some possible CONS we might have to mention the very short USB cable that comes with the device. You will sometimes hear a swoosh-sound clearly noticeable in silent parts of your recording. As this can be fixed with any software easily it is a flaw but surely no deal-breaker.
The Samson Go Mic is real Plug & Play; you do not need anything if you want to start with good sound quality on a budget!
If you want to improve quality with a simple and cheap solution our top recommendation for nearly every microphone is a Pop-Filter. You can take a look at the cheap but good Dragonpad USA Pop filter. (on Amazon for about $8)
For any microphone you use that has a possibility to fit on a microphone mount, we highly recommend to use a boom arm or boom scissors arm. You can read in our No. 1 Mounting recommendation all about the Rode PSA1. This gives you the extra freedom while recording, the best distance to your microphone and a reduction of shock noise. Even the clicking of your keyboard is more far away and therefore less noticeable in your YouTube or Gaming recordings.
Why it is worth the money!
The Samson Go Mic Portable is simple one of the best Small/Compact Microphones on the market. If you are looking for the best microphone for YouTube, Gaming and Podcasting – ON THE GO – this one might be the right choice for you.
Its main competitor the Blue Snowflake Microphone has less features with a comparable sound quality for a higher price. You can listen to the sound quality of the Snowflake and all about its possibilities in our Blue Snowflake Review.
All this makes the Samson Go our Ultra-Portable Microphone Recommendation.
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