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What I will bring you in this review
I will outline the Samson Go Mic and then compare and contrast it with the Blue Snowball towards the end. Stay tuned!
- Ratings/Best Price
- Sound Test
- Comparison Video
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Samson Go Mic
- Amazon: 4.3/5 (Over 575 Reviews) | Check eBay! | Check zZOUNDS!
- B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (Over 70 Reviews)
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (limited reviews)
- Sweetwater: 4.6/5 (Over 25 reviews)
- Microphone Type: Condenser
- Pattern: Cardioid, Omni
- Diaphragm Size: 0.39″ (10mm)
- Frequency Response: 80Hz-18kHz (Cardioid), 20Hz-20kHz (Omni)
- Max SPL: 121 dB. What is SPL?
- Color: White
- Connector: USB. The difference between a USB Microphone and an XLR microphone.
- Weight: 0.23 lbs.
- Included Accessories: USB Cable, Cable Clip, Mic Stand Adapter, Carry Pouch
- Manufacturer Part Number: SAGOMIC
A common problem with the Samson Go Mic is that it may just die out on you. What a terrible way to start a review! Lol. But the good news is that this is the exception and not the rule. In the case of this mic, it just means you got a lemon, and isn’t indicative of it’s overall quality.
Being that it’s a $40 mic, don’t expect customer support to be of any help. They are a bit nonchalant about peoples complaints, which kind of does turn me off, regardless of the cost.
Check out this funny amazon review: “I bought this mic with the intention of recording vocals for a mixtape and I was pretty shocked at how much this little f***er could pick up on. My girlfriend could hear my cat loud and clear as he was licking his own testicles from across the room.” LOL.
Check out my Sound Test!!
- Extremely portable. Take it anywhere inspiration strikes!
- Surprisingly rich sound.
- Sturdy, well designed, well built, and practical.
- Good carrying pouch.
- The mic clip doesn’t open far enough for attachment to a desktop computer, but should do just fine with notebooks.
- Plastic hinge of the holder may break off after prolonged use. Build quality is suspect.
- Mic may suddenly stop working after some time (usually a few months).
- Customer support shoddy.
- Doesn’t work with Windows 8.1.
- Mic may short out, have static issues, or fail to be recognized by your computer.
- Mic may sound garbled, or unclear, and not articulate. Static, etc.
Who this mic benefits?
- Class lecture recordings
- Skype calls
What you will need?
Nothing, it’s plug and play USB baby!
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Can be used with headphones for no latency direct monitoring. What is latency?
- There is a 3-way switch for directional patterns.
- Needs a pop-filter, as the P’s will really come out in your voice.
- Can be clipped to the top of a computer screen or mounted on a mic stand using a supplied adapter or ordering one from Samson. It can also be placed on a flat surface. The clip however does not open far enough for attachment to a desk top computer.
- Your PC recognizes the Go Mic as a mic input and audio output. This means you can use the headphone out to monitor the signal from your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), adding EQ as needed.
- The use of the default driver for this device is not recommended. Check out ASIO4ALL, a free driver that recognizes your audio hardware and gives them a generic but highly effective ASIO driver, which cuts down on latency.
- Uses mini USB.
- Judging from all the good reviews, the Cons of this product seem to be a result of users receiving a lemon/defective product. It’s very hit or miss with this mic. Either you get a fantastic mic, or one that needs to be returned for a good one.
- A potential solution for the mic burnout, is to make it so your settings don’t use the Go Mic as the output speakers. This will cause the circuitry to burn out. Instead, for Windows 7, click the speaker icon (at the bottom right near your clock) > mixer > system sounds > then click the tab “playback” and check that the speakers aren’t assigned to the Go mic by default. If they are, simply assign different speakers as your default audio playback device.
- An amazon basics USB 2.0 cable, A male to micro B, may solve the connection issues this mic has.
- The mic is very sensitive, and picks up a lot of ambient noise.
- Some say it’s good in a pinch, and better than your internal mic on your PC, but that’s about it.
- The proximity effect of this mic is disappointing. You may have to be pretty close to it while recording, and speak up quite a bit. It tends to distort at lengthier distances.
Excellent piece for the price, but as always you get what you pay for. Shoddy customer support and a tendency to break down makes this mic a bit of a gamble.
Similarities & Differences
- Pattern. Both have the option of cardioid and omni-directional recording.
- Both are USB plug and play.
- Both do pretty well with voice-over type things.
- You will have to get up close and personal with both. The output level on each is low, requiring you to really speak up.
- Both pick up a lot of outside noise. Acoustic Sound Treatment never hurts!
- Neither have an on/off switch or mute button.
- Shape. The design of each is radically different. The Snowball is huge and resembles that of a grapefruit, while the Go Mic is about 3 inches long and very tiny in stature. So the Go Mic is very compact, while the Snowball takes up a lot of space on your desk.
- The Snowball sits on a tripod while the Go Mic is attached to a plastic piece.
- Frequency responses are a bit different. The Snowball picks up deeper frequencies.
- Build quality of the Snowball is much better than the Go Mic.
- The longevity of the Snowball beats the pants off of the Go Mic.
- The Snowball does not have a headphone jack, while the Go Mic does.
If you’re on a budget, I would go with the Snowball over the Go Mic. It’s a wonderful entry level beast, and has phenomenal sound quality for the price or otherwise.
If you can splurge a little, I would recommend the Yeti above all else in terms of fantastic USB mics. It ranks at the top of a lot of short lists, and is power packed with features and convenience that cannot be ignored. Need the solution to all of your voice-over needs? The Yeti is your boy.
See my endorsements:
- The best USB microphone for voiceover
- The best USB microphone for podcasting
- The best cheap USB microphone
- The best mics for podcasting (overall)
- Blue Snowball vs. Yeti (more in depth information on the Snowball)
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Samson Go Mic vs. Blue Snowball.
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