To go along with this review of the ‘Sandberg Studio Pro Microphone USB’, we have created a verbal recording of the review for you to listen to, created with the microhone itself and voiced by our review writer Phil Dean. Yes we covered every angle, a comprehensive review, with a sexy male voice to boot.
In December 2015 I bought myself a Zoom H1 microphone in hopes of using it to record audio for all of my film projects, however like every other idea that stems from the pub, the projects never came to be. My Zoom H1 didn’t go to waste though, as several months later me and my closest friends launched our Sabrina the Teenage Witch podcast, and for the last 8 months that pocket sized contraption has served us incredibly well. However as the show grew, so did our egos, and that couch was getting too small to fit the 3 of us on. I needed my own microphone, naturally. Christmas certainly came early for me when the audio heavens opened up and the extremely generous folk at Sandberg heard my prayers, as I was gifted a brand new and mighty impressive USB powered Studio Mic out of the blue! So, has my obnoxious decision to sit elsewhere in the front room with my own darn microphone paid off?
Hailing from Birkerød, Denmark, Sandberg has been supplying high grade, easy to use computer and audio equipment for over 30 years. I myself have been fortunate to review their products in the past, however Bluetooth speakers and portable chargers aside, this latest creation is a real test of their worth. The simple (yet aptly) named Studio Pro Microphone USB is a top-rated and highly essential instrument aimed at budding competitive gamers and video producers, the latest addition to their ever expanding ‘ESportsEquipment’ series. If you were to judge this microphone solely on its humdrum name and bland appearance you would be a fool my friend, as this sturdy desk microphone is astonishingly robust and easy to operate. The Studio Pro Microphone is bundled with a mighty heavy stand, meaning worries for its stability sitting on your computer desk or coffee table are ludicrous, and with the supplied USB cable it is very easy to move and connect in any room or surface you choose. It’s very sleek design makes it instantly appear as attractive and professional as any microphone you’d expect to find in a recording studio, but does it sound as good as one? If you pardon the extremely painful pun, the Sandberg Studio Pro Microphone speaks volumes *literal mic drop*.
For a microphone that requires no installation to work, the Studio Pro Microphone provides an extremely clear sound that works as soon as it connects to your USB port. What surprised me the most in regards to the microphones clarity, was how even in a wide open room with no sound proofing or compression, my voice was extremely well balanced, certainly a step up to the somewhat ‘tinny’ voice that I’ve grown used to. Despite the fact that this microphone solely has talking in mind, this natural equalisation gave me confidence that I could use this microphone for more than what it was built for, but if you knew me you’d know I’m not much of a singer; it’s worth noting too that the Studio Pro microphone is uni-directional, so as long as you use it for solo purposes you can expect great things from it. If you cast your eyes to the back of the microphone you will find not only the headphone port, but also a handy means for switching its output. Whether you’re recording dry or over material, the Studio Pro Microphone will ensure that you’re listening to the correct output without much delay, by switching it to and fro your headphones to your monitor feed. When recording my podcast I chose to listen to the monitor feedback considering that both microphones go through a digital desk (an excellent donationware program called VoiceMeeter), and I can hear both mine and my colleagues’ voices across the room crystal clear and without any delay.
To the front of the microphone and you’ll spot the volume nodule that will conveniently control your input without having to go through your computer, a very handy and useful feature for any unpredictable voice overs. It may be attached to the outer shell of the microphone, but interacting with it doesn’t interfere with the input, a painfully frustrating issue I have encountered with my plastic coated Zoom H1; pressing the volume control inwards will also mute the microphone without meddling with the input. Despite how technically easy it is to use the Studio Pro, it is a great shame that straight out of the box it may not be practically easy for all to use. Supplied with the microphone is a 1.2m A-male to B-male USB cable, which for those working with laptops or have their PC towers on a desk is absolutely no problem at all, however for those with a more complex set up may find its length a slight hindrance. It’s by no means a major issue as replacement cables are cheap and easy enough to pick up, but perhaps a longer cable in the box would guarantee suitability for everyone. Not only is the Studio Pro Microphone built for producing great clarity and sound, but also for ease of use, and the fact that this microphone sounds great and is extremely easy to operate makes this a huge and obvious recommendation for anyone and everyone.
One factor that did have me initially concerned was its lack of foam top, giving me cause for concern for hitting any hard p’s and such, however even without one the Studio Pro Mic seemed to compress most harsh words and tones I spoke. Fortunately for me I was also lucky enough to have been sent the accompanying pop filter, an accessory that they and I heavily recommend purchasing alongside the microphone. The Sandberg Pop Filter features one of the easiest to manipulate arms I’ve dealt with, so even when you’re attaching it to the 2 inch tall stand, it can be bent and reshaped with ease to correspond with whatever set up you have going on. With an easy to fit clamp, generously proportioned arm and clean cut, black, branded shield, for £22 you’re getting a sleek and tremendously well fool proofed peripheral that does exactly what it says on the box and looks good doing it. Unfortunately it isn’t the most durable of pop shields, as whilst in storage it has become misshaped, however that is mainly down to poor storage decisions opposed to workmanship, so look after your pop filter and it shall look after your audio. The Sandberg Pop Filter for Microphone is a highly stylish shield that will not only give you access to cleaner audio, but it will really give your start up home studio that real “professional” looking touch, which arguable is much more important in streaming these days.
Sandberg’s mantra is “It is for everyone”, making products that are not only high in quality but easy to use, and if there was 1 creation to really showcase this motto, then the Studio Pro Microphone would be it. Though it may be simple in name, design and features, it excels in everything it set outs to, recording clear and well-balanced audio in the easiest and most satisfying way. Whether it’s for vlogging, gaming or podcasting, the Studio Pro Microphone from Sandberg is an excellent, powerful and bargain of an every day microphone that will allow you to record what ever you want, where ever you want, regardless of your intellect.