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Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Includes Sonar LE DAW Software
  • USB Bus-Powered
  • Records Up to 16-Bit/48kHz Quality
  • Line Input for Recording Instruments
  • Record Vocals/Instrument Simultaneously
  • Built-In Headphone Output
  • Mic & Instrument/Line Gain Control
  • Mac & PC Compatible

The Samson G-Track is a unique USB recording microphone designed to help singers, songwriters, musicians and Podcasters capture those sudden moments of inspiration quickly, efficiently and with minimal setup. The G-Track features a high-speed USB port for direct connection to any computer without additional audio cards, interfaces, etc. The USB bus-powered microphone requires no additional batteries or external phantom power for complete plug-and-play operation.

The G-Track is also an analog interface with a stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) mini connection for mono or stereo instruments, and line devices such as MP3 players. A second 1/8" mini output connection provides latency-free headphone monitoring. Three dials provide individual control over instrument, microphone and headphone level, providing everything needed for quality recording on-the-go.

USB Connection
The G-Track features a high-speed USB port for direct integration with desktop and laptop computers. The bus-powered microphone requires no batteries or external phantom power source.
Instrument and Line Input
A 1/8" stereo mini input will connect instruments and line devices such as MP3 players.
Headphone Monitor Output
A direct headphone monitor output is provided for latency-free monitoring over audio inputs, computer and microphone audio.
Audio Mixing Controls
Three dials provide individual level control over computer level, instrument and microphone level.
Transducer Back Condenser Type
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 16kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Requirements Draws power from USB port
Output Impedance Not Specified By Manufacturer
Output Connectors Output:
USB Output
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Headphone
Input:
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Instrument/Line
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.32 x 2.87" (160.5 x 73mm)
Weight 1.38 lbs (0.626 kg)
Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone
  • CakeWalk Sonar LE Software
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x Analog Audio Cables
  • Desktop Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SamsonG-Track USB Recording Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Good audio (22)
    • Versatile (14)
    • Compact (9)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (20)
      • Amateur recording (18)
      • Professional recording (12)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
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        • Experienced (16), Novice (8)

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Dosh the rapper

      from SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

      I rap/sing so this perfect. I thought static was going to be bad, but it was mixed in withthe music. I recommend to anyone.

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      4.0

      Good quality, versatile mic

      By DJ

      from Cary, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Versatile
      • Well-made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

        The mic seems well made and once I figured out how to use the accompanying Sonar software, it is quite capable. The simple volume controls seem a bit too "coarse" in their resolution, but maybe that's all I can expect in such a self-contained package. I'm still learning how best to adjust the controls to hear tracks and my own playing, but I think the mic will be very good for my intended uses (mostly recording a few tracks and sometimes multiple inputs).

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        4.0

        Suitable for music demos

        By rgonzale

        from Newark, DE

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

          I evaluated this on the basis of making music demos using a professional DAW (Tracktion 3) on both a laptop and desktop. (I bought it for remote recording with my laptop.)

          Regarding latency, the built-in audio interface responded to buffer settings in my DAW, with the default setting at 52mS. I was able to reduce the settings to about 20mS, which is still too large for real-time monitoring. However the "direct monitor" function on the mic worked fine and my DAW compensated the latency and lined the recording up correctly. On my laptop I had to run Tracktion's "auto-detect" function to set the latency compensation correctly. (You can confirm compensation by holding your monitoring headphones up to the mic to record the sound of your DAW's click track. When you zoom in, the recorded click track should fall within a millisecond or two of the beat markers.)

          Regarding noise, I recorded myself speaking directly into the mic and compared against my usual recording chain (1" condenser/preamp/24 bit sound card). After matching levels, the G-track's noise measured only about 6 dB higher. However the character of the noise had a high-frequency emphasis which I think is an artifact of some USB mics. So subjectively I think you can expect about 12 dB worse signal to noise ratio compared with a professional condenser mic. The mic is probably not a good choice for recording quiet sources, but is ok for its intended use of close-miked vocals. You probably won't be bothered by noise recording loud instruments like drum or amped guitars. (Also note that the popular Shure SM57 dynamic mic also has significantly higher noise than the studio setup against which this comparison was made.)

          Sound character was fine, though as with most condenser mics I like to apply a broad EQ peak around 1-2kHz to flatter vocals. The mic was not too sensitive to plosives -- as long as you hold the mic away at least 8". I'd recommend a pop filter or wind screen, homemade or otherwise. I didn't try it on guitar or other instruments, but suspect the high-frequency emphasis would work well for most applications. Anyway I'm a firm believer that a mic's character can easily be changed to suit your needs with EQ plugins. (But don't expect to magically gain the transparency and low distortion of high-end mics.)

          The various switches and volume knobs are very useful and logical, the headphone jack is well-placed, and the mic has a nice heft and shape which feels comfortable in your hand. Solid little stand too. A surprisingly high-quality kit for the money.

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          5.0

          excellent mic

          By Jake

          from Durham, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

            i use this mic for recording acoustic guitar and vocals, just using my macbook and garageband. it is an excellent buy, good price for a high quality piece of equipment. set up was really easy, and the sound quality is very good for a plug-and-play usb mic. i strongly recommend it to any musician looking for a microphone to help with getting a start in recording.

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            4.0

            Exellent mic for voiceovers

            By JA

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

              Mic has rich sounds for video voiceovers. Having a P-pop filter is a good idea, though.

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              5.0

              Excellent overall, great for piano

              By piano

              from Memphis

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • No cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                - Superlative value for price
                - Simple to setup
                - Fills the bill for high-quality home studio work
                - Main use: recording piano. The included mic stand works great for this. The stand is simply placed atop the piano (midi grand) facing inward towards the strings. Connects to MAC laptop, recording into Garage Band. Couldn't be easier. The final result is actually better than some mid-range studios I've used for recording piano. Captures the entire sound spectrum of the piano very well, and the tonal range is well balanced.
                - Controls on the mic are a brilliant touch
                - Overall build quality seems excellent
                - What a great product for taking advantage home digital recording on a computer

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                5.0

                Better than expected

                By IMac

                from St George, Utah

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                  Ok - a usb mic will never be as good/clean/warm as a studio mic, but for the price, this is a great little microphone.

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                  5.0

                  Simply Amazing Well Worth the Price

                  By jthoang

                  from San Diego, Ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                    I am an avid musician and have been looking for a high quality microphone to build my home studio. The great thing about the G-track is that it is a USB microphone so you do not have to hassle with the phantom power required for other high quality condenser microphones. The quality of the sound is amazing with the instrument input and input control right on the mic the sound quality can be tuned to perfection. unlike other usb microphones the samson gtrack handles high frequency sounds and balances both the voice and the instrument inputs amazingly well. I do recommend the extra 20 dollars or so for the pop filter it only enhances the sound quality. Though the G track is slightly more expensive than other usb microphones. it is well worth the money. I previously used the Snowball mic by Blue Audio and it simple does not compare. In summary i simply have no problems with the G-track Mic. It provides a relatively cheap alternative to traditional recording devices and is amazing quality. Oh and i cant forget the mention its durability. it has taken some nasty falls since i set it up and is still in perfect working condition. The setup is as easy as plugging it in to your computer no additional programming just a simple plug and play design.

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                    5.0

                    I am pleased with this Microphone

                    By John in Katy

                    from Katy, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                      I am using it with video productions.

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                      4.0

                      Great Product!!!

                      By Javi Salde

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                        Great product for the price. I use it to record voice overs and it does an awesome job. It comes with all necessary cables and a sturdy stand.

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                        5.0

                        So easy, even a dizzy blonde can work it

                        By J-singer

                        from San Diego, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                          Being someone who knows nothing about recording software, it was very easy to figure things out. You're up and recording in a matter of minutes after installing it. It's user friendly and has great tutorials. It came with all the cables needed and had adapters. I'm looking forward to getting to know and use all the products capabilities.

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                          4.0

                          Good value.

                          By A Voice

                          from Westchester, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                            Good product. I use it for recording my voice over auditions from my home, with Audacity software. I would recommend getting a pop filter for it. And I bought a clutch mic stand. The table stand it comes with is fine if you prefer to sit, but the instructions are confusing - you have to take out the bolt that is inside before you begin. Good value.

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                            5.0

                            Very easy to use with great sound!

                            By Erik

                            from Florida

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                              Right out of the box and recording in 2 minutes! Seamless integration with Garage Band...Fantastic sound, easy to use controls.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Mic

                              By The VJ

                              from Las Vegas, NV

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                              This is a great mic. It gives crisp, clear quality sound. Very easy to use and you can't beat the price point for a mic this good!

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                              5.0

                              Incredible sound quality!!!!!!!

                              By avtech84

                              from Orlando, FL

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                I have been using this mic to do voice recording to mix with audio for some live shows and it sounds amazing I had so many people tell me they thought it was a live mic and it was someone speaking in person I love all the controls on the mic allowing me to make all adjustments before it even hits my PC I have no cons on this thing it was simply amazing especially for a USB microphone

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                                5.0

                                Well thought out, High Quality

                                By Elvis the hard working man.

                                from Colorado

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                  I'm using this for voice-overs on my desk.
                                  It has a good thick sound similar to a U87 without the cost.
                                  The built in headphone amp and monitoring take this microphone over the top.
                                  It sounds especially good with a Pocket Sound Booth reflection isolator on it.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great quality mic easy setup

                                  By Internet Man

                                  from AL

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                    Use on a macbook pro snow leopard for professional video and audio editing.

                                    Highly recommended.

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome Mic

                                    By Butch

                                    from Mundelein IL

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                      Puchased for voice overs in FCP video and Adobe Captivate. Professional clarity over any boom mic. Great top be able to change volume, and kine control directly from the mic, what a time saver!!
                                      Buy it and you will be glad you did.

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect for the acoustic performer

                                      By Jef

                                      from Sainte-Marie, QC, Canada

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                        I use the product for recording myself singing while playing acoustic guitar. The guitar can be connected to GTRACK via the pickup, but I just try recording live while recording only by the mic my voice and the guitar at the same: wow, I'm amazed how to quality is perfect!Naturally, the best way is to record the guitar plugged in, and after record the voice on another track... and the GTRACK permit this also!Just a point about the Cakewalk software shipped with the product: I don't like, I prefer Audacity, much more simple!The GTRACK is shipped with some USB and audio connector, everything is in the box. For the one who is composing music and song at home, this is a professional choice at a very good price.

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                                        5.0

                                        This mike will pick up your toe-tapping

                                        By Voice-overs

                                        from Minneapolis

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Samson G-Track USB Recording Microphone:

                                          We use the microphone to record voice-over tracks for online Flash demos. The microphone is plug-and-play as long as you are familiar with audio recording software. If not, the learning curve will be with the software. This microphone does include some controls. Again, very easy to use and understand. Once assembled to the stand, you'll look like Johny Carson and start drumming your pencils on the wire cover. It's a beautiful, sturdy piece of recording equipment suitable for all online needs.

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