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Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable

You Pay: $29.74
Product Highlights
  • Dynamic Microphone Cable
  • 16-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • Plug and Play

The MicLink from Alesis is as an elegant a solution as it is simple for directly recording a microphone signal into a computer. Perfect for pod-casting or for singing practice, the cable allows any dynamic microphone to plug directly into a Mac or Windows based computer.

The cable contains its own analog-to-digital converter and delivers 16-bit/44.1kHz output. Any software that is USB class-compliant will recognize the MicLink as an input source.

Cable with analog-to -digital converter to connect any dynamic microphone to a computer for recording via USB
16-bit/44.1kHz digital audio conversion
Plug-and-play functionality for Mac and Windows
ADC 16-bit
DAC Not applicable
Sample Rates 44.1kHz
Analog In 1 x XLR
Analog Outputs Not applicable
Digital Input Connectors Not applicable
Digital Output Connectors 1 x USB
Word Clock No
Dynamic Range Not applicable
Frequency Response Not applicable
THD + N Not applicable
Dimensions 16.5ft length (5m)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Specialties Compatible with most Mac and Windows (32-bit) class-compliant drivers and software
Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AlesisMicLink - XLR to USB Cable
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Low distortion (5)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (9)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awsome

      Originally I bought the MicLink because I needed mobility. I have a good wireless lapel mic, the receiver connects to a Win 7 laptop, the audio is muxed with a live video feed...Read complete review

      Originally I bought the MicLink because I needed mobility. I have a good wireless lapel mic, the receiver connects to a Win 7 laptop, the audio is muxed with a live video feed from a capture unit, and the laptop splits the signal into a live RTMP broadcast and a local recording, both done by FMLE. I used to connect the receiver to the laptop with an unbalanced cabled, and wanted to improve the sound quality. However, although I had the budget for a "real" audio interface, it seemed to me too cumbersome to carry one around. After all, with gain control on the input and all the software you can get on the laptop, why would I need another "box"? So, when I saw the MicLink it looked almost too good to be true.

      Well, after actually using it and reviewing the recording quality, I can recommend it for any 16bit use, not just on the road. This modestly looking "cable" is a true audio interface, that will do its thing without eating any real estate on the work space or the power strip. I plugged it in and it just worked. Its Windows driver has an AGC option so I didn't even have to play around with any extra software setup. I had no latency relative to the video and didn't need any ASIO driver. The recording came out crisp clean, and the content (mostly speech) had good loudness level, a professional presence, and studio-like body.

      Looking into the Windows sound settings I discovered that the MicLink is also a sound device - that is, looks like you can also use the computer as the audio source. I didn't try this yet and would like to find out if others did.

      Bottom line - one of the best cost/benefit ratios I've seen.

      Word about B&H - I ordered the MicLink on Thursday and got it Sunday morning on the other side of the planet. Wow!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works, but Noisy

      If you're looking just to get audio into a computer, and don't really care about the quality, this will definitely work for you. Very affordable and easy to use. Quite noisy, however. ...Read complete review

      If you're looking just to get audio into a computer, and don't really care about the quality, this will definitely work for you. Very affordable and easy to use. Quite noisy, however. Not suitable for critical applications.

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      2.0

      Works, but Noisy

      By K. Lastima

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

        If you're looking just to get audio into a computer, and don't really care about the quality, this will definitely work for you. Very affordable and easy to use. Quite noisy, however. Not suitable for critical applications.

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        5.0

        Plug and Play

        By DPLLC

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

        Use it to connect a Rode M3 to a Mac for voiceover recording with FCP X. Good sound quality, easy to use. A bit pricey, but it works.

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        5.0

        Awsome

        By AH

        from Israel

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Live Streaming
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

          Originally I bought the MicLink because I needed mobility. I have a good wireless lapel mic, the receiver connects to a Win 7 laptop, the audio is muxed with a live video feed from a capture unit, and the laptop splits the signal into a live RTMP broadcast and a local recording, both done by FMLE. I used to connect the receiver to the laptop with an unbalanced cabled, and wanted to improve the sound quality. However, although I had the budget for a "real" audio interface, it seemed to me too cumbersome to carry one around. After all, with gain control on the input and all the software you can get on the laptop, why would I need another "box"? So, when I saw the MicLink it looked almost too good to be true.

          Well, after actually using it and reviewing the recording quality, I can recommend it for any 16bit use, not just on the road. This modestly looking "cable" is a true audio interface, that will do its thing without eating any real estate on the work space or the power strip. I plugged it in and it just worked. Its Windows driver has an AGC option so I didn't even have to play around with any extra software setup. I had no latency relative to the video and didn't need any ASIO driver. The recording came out crisp clean, and the content (mostly speech) had good loudness level, a professional presence, and studio-like body.

          Looking into the Windows sound settings I discovered that the MicLink is also a sound device - that is, looks like you can also use the computer as the audio source. I didn't try this yet and would like to find out if others did.

          Bottom line - one of the best cost/benefit ratios I've seen.

          Word about B&H - I ordered the MicLink on Thursday and got it Sunday morning on the other side of the planet. Wow!

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          5.0

          Nice and quiet

          By Vooc Mui Hech

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

            I needed a better connecton between my xlr microphones and my computer. This did the trick, provided a very quiet signal at a very decent price.

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            5.0

            Great sound, just as you'd expect

            By Jim - Pro horn player

            from Dayton, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

              Bought for recording some voiceovers and podcasting using my existing Audio Technica 813 microphone. Works great, plugs straight into Win7 and autoconfigures.

              Used it with Audacity to record a few samples which came out perfect and provides a much less expensive alternative to buying a newer microphone for now.

              Highly recommend it.

              Only con is that the connector seems like it might get some wear with moderate to heavy use, so if you're using this on the road you may want to take that into consideration.

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              5.0

              A really great product!

              By Profitunity

              from San Diego

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                Plug in the Mic, change your preferences & it works!!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Alesis MicLink XLR-TO-USB

                By Bo Smith

                from Upstate, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                  Great for recording quick and simple voice overs. I use it with FCP and Garage band for simple projects.

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                  4.0

                  Perfect Starter A to D converter

                  By Eddie

                  from Torrance, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                    Without spending a lot of money, any microphone can be plugged directly into the USB port for the cleanest sound file.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Sound & Easy to Use

                    By Debbie

                    from Massachusetts

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                      Easy to use. I use this for voice-overs connected to a Sony ECM44B lapel mic. The sound is great.
                      Use with a lapel mic eliminates the hollow sound & popping "p's" with other USB mics. Reasonable price.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect !

                      By Eyetravel2

                      from Inland Empire, California

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                        This is exactly what I needed. I am making educational videos for my classroom. They were very hollow sounding. This allows me to record directly on my computer and the sound is great.

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                        4.0

                        Great Product

                        By Lonny Mercer

                        from Yuma, AZ

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Alesis MicLink - XLR to USB Cable:

                          This easy to use xlr to usb converter was a genius invention. The design looks very professional and is the perfect travel-size. The only problem is that most computers will have trouble finding the driver, but once you do it will be one of the most helpful tools you have ever used.

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