Re: [podcasters] Lightsnake USB Intelligent Microphone Cable
- On 11/1/06, Dennis Hays <dhays@...> wrote:
>Actually, this looks like a bad idea to me. Note that it says nothing
> Well, I guess I'm looking to expand my equipment and have been
> snorting around the Internet this morning. This looks interesting
> as I could go with a laptop and a good Mic.
about phantom power, meaning it'll only work with dynamic mics.
Condenser mics wouldn't do a thing on it.
And as for the *quality* with those dynamic mics... I had a similar
bright idea back when I was first about to start podcasting, back in
the spring of 2005. I heard about something called the "MicPlug" from
the MacMice company -- just a little plastic thing with an XLR jack on
one side and a USB jack on the other. I figured, "Hey! No preamp
needed. I can plug in my Shure SM57 for dirt cheap."
It was a piece of crap. When I plugged it into the computer it
registered as "USB Headset," so they'd obviously just taken the chip
out of some generic headset and wired it to an XLR port. And there
was no signal gain, so everything you tried with it came out *really*
quiet, and when I boosted it in Audacity it was drowned in noise.
I look at this LightSnake thing and I see something similar. This one
does say it has a +20 signal booster, but with most dynamic mics that
really isn't enough. And the SNR and dynamic range on it are really
pretty bad, compared to real studio equipment.
Your studio mic deserves better than this. I'd say give this a pass.
Steve Eley (sfeley@...)
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