Samson Meteor USB Condenser Microphone Review
- Type: Condenser
- Sample rate: 44.1/48kHz
- Resolution: 16-bit
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20Hz
- Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 5 inches
- Low Price
- Portable Design
- Easy to use
- Classic retro design
- Carrying case and USB cable included
- Attached legs
- May require a very silent room
- Few features
- Surface collects fingerprints easily
Multimedia creators have long been praising the Samson Meteor USB microphone for it’s smooth frequency response and impressive audio quality for an entry level budget microphone. It’s compact retro design, reminiscent of the old Shure 55SH, is an attractive feature for many and as it connects to any Apple smart device via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, it is perfect for travel.
As entry level as the Samson Meteor may be, it proves that capturing quality audio through your computers USB port does not need to be expensive. A rather large condenser diaphragm (25mm) gives the small microphone a fairly large and well-balanced sound with a particular presence boost at 2kHz where most human voices tend to sit.
It’s cardioid polar pattern make it ideal for voiceovers, podcasting, and narrating video or PowerPoint presentations. Many musicians get great use out of the Samson Meteor for demoing new songs or cataloguing ideas as well.
If simplicity is what you’re after then you’ll find this microphone extremely easy to work with as it only features a headphone input, a volume dial for controlling the headphone volume, and a mute button allowing privacy while video conferencing. An LED indicator will light green while the mic is on and yellow when muted.
Attached to the Samson Meteor are three sturdy legs that keep the mic firmly planted to the desk. The legs have rubber stoppers making them non-slip and help reduce vibration. However this may not be enough to reduce the vibrations that can potentially generate disruptive low end frequencies when recording.
Fortunately, there is a standard 5/8” mic stand thread on the bottom which allows you to attach the mic to any standard microphone stand for getting variety out of your recording angles. This is great for adding a pop screen as the mic is rather sensitive, and also because the legs attached are rather short.
Note that regardless of it’s size, the Samson Meteor is a surprisingly sensitive condenser microphone. This means that, though cardioid in polar pattern, it is prone to pick up some unwanted sounds from your environment so be sure to manage it well.
You can feel at ease bringing this microphone with you on the road as it is only 4 inches in size and 9.6 ounces in weight, allowing it to pack up well in the carry pouch included. It’s steel grills and fine wire mesh protect the delicate components well, meaning that the Meteor can be a part of your tool box for many years ahead.
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