I have a lot of microphones kicking around the house — most stemming from my many attempts at podcasting. I have a Rode Podcaster with stand, shock mount, pop filter; a Blue Yeti; and various other crappy mics — not to mention those built into headphones and bluetooth headsets. There’s a lot going on, but I clearly needed another microphone.
I talk on Skype a lot during the day, and though I use mic inline on my headphones most of the time, when I know I have a meeting planned I would like to send out slightly better audio. I don’t need anything fancy, but I do want something a step up. But I also got really tired of those big ass microphones sitting on my desk.
Enter the Samson Go Mic, which can be had on Amazon for roughly $33. I will be the first to admit that the price was the most attractive part of the device as it’s not the best looking thing. I was also very concerned that it would be huge — amazingly it is not very big at all, but certainly weighs a bit.
I’m not a pro on microphones, but I do have a few thoughts about this one:
- It’s a great size for traveling, but the USB cables sucks. I replaced it with a 90° cable instead and that is much cleaner.
- It’s made to clip on monitors much thicker than your MacBook/Pro.
- It picks up a lot of sound. So you really need to dial it down.
- It has monitoring for the audio, but if you do that this things looks stupid with all the wires coming out.
- The swivel on the mic allows for a lot of different positions, but is also really loose and could be firmer.
Having said all that, I am very happy with this little mic. It stows away nicely and gives me the audio boost I wanted.