If you’re looking to start your own YouTube channel or podcast, or simply just want to improve it, then here’s some good news for you. Samson has just revealed the new Q9U Broadcast Dynamic Microphone during CES 2020. Let’s briefly look at the features of Samson’s new microphone.
Start with the right mic
The Q9U has a balanced XLR analog output with a USB-C digital output option. It has a high sample rate that is up to 96kHz at 24 bits with USB-C, making it completely different from regular USB mics. All you need to do it plug the Q9U mic to a USB device without a preamp or audio interface. Of course, it comes with a USB cable.
Users can also mute the Q9U instantly. All they need to do is press the button located on the front side of the mic. This button is responsible for controlling the XLR as well as the USB audio output.
The Q9U is also fitted with onboard EQ filter options, allowing users to adjust their sound accordingly. For instance, if a user’s vocals sound boomy, they can simply turn on the mic’s low cut filter to reduce low-frequency bass from their voice. They can also totally remove inaudible rumbling noises.
Aside from that, one of its most exciting features is the built-in headphone monitoring option. Users can monitor the audio output of the mic without any latency which is unique thanks to the 1/8″ headphone cable. The real-time monitoring can help users detect issues such as feedback, low volume, and many more during a broadcasting session or a live stream.
Design and construction
The Samson Q9U mic is a cardioid microphone. This means that it rejects all background and surrounding noises that could introduce bleed or feedback issues. To protect against plosives and pops, it also incorporates a dual-layer windscreen. You won’t need an additional pop filter for this mic.
In addition, the humbucking coil that is incorporated with the dynamic capsule assists in minimizing the effect of RFI. Due to the neodymium-magnet, the Q9U mic is able to achieve a very high SPL using less power. Together with high gain output, the microphone can capture a wide frequency response, resulting in high-resolution audio.
The Q9U also comes with an integrated yoke mount for users to freely adjust the angle of the mic. It is also pretty durable thanks to its die-cast robust construction that helps it withstand rough usage.
Samson’s Q9U Broadcast Dynamic Microphone can run on both macOS and Windows without any drivers because it is class compliant. If you’re on the lookout for a new mic, it’s scheduled for release during Spring 2020 with a price tag of $199.99.
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