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Styled in white exlsusively for B&H, the Meteor Mic from Samson is a 25mm large-diaphragm USB studio condenser microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern. It can be used as a universal solution in recording music to your computer in applications for home recordings, Skype, iChat, and more.

With its smooth, flat frequency response and CD-quality 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz resolution, the Meteor Microphone's all-zinc, white body and the fold-back legs are designed so it can sit on your desktop in the optimal position for any recording application. It also features a built-in mic-stand adapter for use with a boom or desktop mic stand.

Furthermore, the Meteor Mic, when recording acoustic guitar, vocals or speech, has a stereo 1/8" headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring and a headphone volume control. In addition, a microphone mute switch grants you the luxury of immediate privacy while video conferencing.

Start recording right out of the box with the Meteor Mic. There is no need for drivers because the mic can connect to any computer and is compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstations.

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"Good Mic...Very good...Used primarily as a desk top microphone but has also been used as a mic on a table during interview with great results....I have so many mics, expensive setups, yet this unit stands on its own as the best because it is most dependable and reliable."

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  • Large 25mm Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • 16-Bit, 44.1 / 48 kHz Resolution
  • Stereo 1/8" Headphone Jack
  • Headphone Volume Control
  • Plugs into Any Computer with USB Port
  • Includes USB Cable and Carry Pouch

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The C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone from Behringer offers a cardioid pickup pattern for maximum sound source separation and feedback rejection. This low noise microphone is suitable for a wide range of recording scenarios, including project, professional, and home studio applications. There is a pressure gradient transducer and a shock-mounted large diaphragm capsule for open, transparent sound with high-quality transient response. It is constructed of a die-cast metal body for durability and features an LED light to indicate when the microphone is receiving phantom power. The C-1 includes a swivel mount and custom case.
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"Great mic...I like it!...I hear no humming from the mic (or the power supply I also needed)....The mic is a little sibilant, but I'd take this $ large condenser for VO over a $200 dynamic mic any day!"

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  • Condenser Element
  • Cardioid Pattern
  • Wide Frequency Response
  • Mic Case Included

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The champagne U37 USB Studio Condenser Microphone from CAD features a USB connection for plug-and-play operation with any Windows- or Mac-based computer. The U37 delivers studio-grade quality and the convenience of USB connectivity at a modest price.

A 10' USB cable is supplied. The large-diaphragm condenser element is USB bus-powered and features a warm, extended frequency response for smooth vocal and instrument reproduction. The cardioid polar pattern effectively reduces off-axis noise and feedback.

A low-frequency roll-off filter eliminates hum, rumble, and other low-frequency noise. A -10 dB Pad switch adds headroom when capturing excessively transient signals. The U37 is an ideal solution for vocals, speech, instruments, podcasts, and desktop recording.

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"that fast....Good price....I recent bought this microphone for recording podcasts and I find it wonderful....I'm not picky when it comes to quality but I would prefer to hear the details in one's voice, though if I can get any recording I will use it."

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  • USB Connection to Computers
  • Large Condenser Capsule
  • -10 dB Pad Switch
  • Low-Frequency Roll-Off Switch

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The RC-77-U USB Retro Condenser Microphone from Polsen is a large-diaphragm, cardioid USB microphone with a stylish eye-catching retro look that features a headphone output, a mute button, and has LED indicators to monitor the microphone's status. It can be used by singers, songwriters, and podcasters to capture high-quality audio directly to a Mac or Windows computer.

With a built-in USB port, the microphone needs no drivers, power supply, or audio interface to begin recording. Launch your DAW software, plug in the microphone, and you're ready to record. An integrated dual-stage grille minimizes pops and vocal plosives while protecting the capsule from corrosive moisture, and the cardioid polar pattern focuses the source in front of the mic to minimize off-axis sound, which is excellent for recording vocals.

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"good mic...So cute!...I use the mic for recording podcasts (Sexy Saturday by bigsexy inc.) and could not ask for more from this mic....I like the look and feel of it, I just would like to start recording."

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  • USB 1.25" Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic
  • No Drivers or Power Supply Needed
  • Delivers Clean & Natural Sound
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Mute Button
  • Headphone Volume Knob
  • Power, Peak, and Mute LED Indicator
  • Includes Desktop Mic Stand
  • USB Cable & Carry Pouch

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The Nady CM 100 Reference Measurement Microphone features a linear frequency response, omnidirectional capsule, high sensitivity and is ideal for room calibration applications or general recording. The capsule's omnidirectional polar pattern provides a generous pick up area and is internally shock-mounted for minimizing handling noise. The CM 100 is ideal for capturing instruments, vocals, etc.
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"Very usable mic!...Highly recommended...This is a measurement mic for calibration purposes but can be a very useful omni mic...We love this device ... have been using it with our NTI XL2 audio analyzer on jobs ... works like a charm with no noticable difference from our original NTI mic (which unfortunately developed feet),"

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  • Ultra-Linear Condenser Mic
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Ideal for Measurement or Recording
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Gold-Plated XLR Connector
  • Powered by 48V Phantom Power
  • Internally Shockmounted Capsule

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The MightyMic S iPhone Shotgun Video Microphone from Ampridge is a shotgun microphone designed for use with your iOS or other smart device. It connects directly to your headphone jack, and is powered by your device and thus requires no batteries or external power source. When used in conjunction with the optional MoviePro iOS app, you can monitor your recordings with the 3.5mm headphone output jack on the mic. The MightyMic S includes a foam windscreen for reduced wind noise while filming.
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"Works great...Fun and effective...This little mic has made a big difference in the way I capture video on Apple devices....I enjoyed it and opened up the video possibilities of my iphone as a stealthy pick up cam on my doc."

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  • For iOS Devices
  • Plugs into Device's Headphone Jack
  • Monitor Recordings with MoviePro App
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack

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The Nady OHCM-200 Overhead Hanging Microphone is optimized for capturing overhead signals during performances, sermons, plays, conferences and anywhere a quality hanging microphone is needed. The OHCM-200 features an extended smooth frequency response and excellent SPL handling. The low-mass condenser element features a cardioid polar pattern for focused pickup, while rejecting extraneous noise, ambiance and feedback. The microphone's 20' long, permanently attached cable features a 3-pin XLR connection. The OHCM-200 requires 9 ~ 52VDC phantom power and includes a wire hanger for optimum capsule positioning.
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"Great mic....Decent gear!...I need to order at least two more to fill the stage so I'll give another review once I have multiples....The included mounts are a little odd... I was able to bend them into a shape that sort-of worked for me; but I could have done with some alternate mounting options."

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  • Overhead Signal Capturing
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Low-Mass Condenser Element
  • Miniature Profile
  • Attached 20' Cable with XLR Connector
  • Includes Hanging Wire Mount

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The MightyMic L Lavalier Microphone from AmpRidge is a compact cardioid condenser microphone for smartphones. It can be used to capture audio in applications for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Samsung Galaxy and more.

The MightyMic L lavalier mic comes with several features. It is built with a TRRS 3.5 mini-jack connector and plugs directly into the headphone jack of your device. Clip the mic to any convenient position near your voice and connect your headphones to the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack built into the connector and monitor what you are recording.

The microphone needs no batteries because it is powered by the device. You can use the optional MoviePro App (iOS only and sold separately at Apple App Store) to listen to the audio while recording video and then, adjust the volume accordingly. In addition, the microphone comes with a windscreen and mic clip.

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"Reliable Sound...Great product for my android phone...I would have give it 5 stars but the exchange rate and the shipping to Canada make this mic a bit too expensive....I am really happy with this product."

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  • For iPhone, iPad, and Tablets
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Suitable for Podcasting
  • No Batteries Required for Operation
  • Headphone Monitor Jack
  • Includes Foam Windscreen
  • Includes Mic Clip

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The Go Mic Connect from Samson is a portable stereo USB microphone that clips to the top of your laptop or computer monitor and has internally shock-mounted dual microphone capsules and a headphone output for zero-latency monitoring. It can be used to capture audio with Mac and Window computers for applications such as Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and more.

At the core of the Go Mic Connect is Samson's Sound Deck software. The software's Focused Pattern Technology allows the focus array to be positioned and toggled on and off for the mic, and all sound outside the focus area is reduced making it ideal for business communications and mobile recordings. The Sound Deck's Active Noise Cancellation improves intelligibility, and the Echo Erase feature reduces echo or feedback caused by monitoring audio with speakers during the recording process.

The Go Mic Connect is ideal for computer recording as well as VoIP and speech-to-text communication.

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  • Suitable for Skype, FaceTime, & More
  • Focused Pattern Technology
  • Headphone Output
  • Mute Switch
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Echo Erase
  • Compatible with VoIP & DAW Software
  • For Mac and Windows Computers
  • Clips on Laptop or Computer Monitor
  • iPad-and-USB-Bus Powered

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The iRig Acoustic from IK Multimedia is an acoustic guitar microphone, the size of a large guitar pick, that easily clips inside the sound hole of any acoustic guitar. The mic can then be connected to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer for making high-quality recordings. iRig Acoustic captures the full range and timbre of your instrument, with a frequency response ranging from 15 Hz - 20 kHz. The unit offers a 1/8" headphone output for monitoring, and no batteries or power is required, making it a simple, compact way to record anywhere. The package includes a travel case for safe storage and transport.
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"Beautiful Sound...The microphone is top quality."

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  • Sits Inside Soundhole of Acoustic Guitar
  • Connects Directly to iOS & Mac
  • 1/8" Headphone Output for Monitoring
  • Includes Travel Case

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B&H # NASPC25 MFR # SPC-25

The Nady SPC-25 Condenser Microphone is a rugged handheld microphone well suited for vocal capturing, ENG, instrument capturing and more. The SPC-25's condenser element is powered with a single AA battery, and requires no phantom power. The element yields a wide frequency response and high sensitivity. The SPC-25's ballscreen features an integral 2-layer pop filter for minimizing popping and sibilant noise. The microphone ships with a carrying case.
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"Inexpensive Boundary Mic...They work out fine for me....These mics do a perfect job, once adjusted."

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  • Condenser Element
  • Advanced Internal Shock Mount
  • 2-Layer Ballscreen Pop Filter
  • Locking On/Off Switch
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Linear Frequency Response
  • AA Battery Powered

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The HDM-16-S Handheld Dynamic Performance Microphone from Polsen is a reliable and rugged handheld microphone with an integrated on/off switch. The supercardioid polar pattern and frequency response is optimized for the human voice and can be used for live stage, vocal presentation, and studio applications.

The microphone's polar pattern is designed to eliminate off-axis sound. Additionally, an on/off switch lets you quickly silence the mic when necessary. Built with rugged construction, the Polsen HDM-16-S will withstand the rigors of transport and live performances. A 16.4' XLR cable, carry pouch, and a mic clip are also included.

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"Good Quality Build....For the price this Mike has weight to it and is very well put together....This is the way they should be designed built to last and look and feel good the the touch."

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  • Optimized for Vocals and Speech
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Rugged and Portable
  • Integrated On/Off Switch
  • Includes XLR Cable and Mic Clip
  • Carry Pouch

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With the 2-pack of External Microphones for the Aura SoHo Speakerphone from Spracht it is possible to greatly expand the range of the speakerphone when used in large rooms.
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The SR-PMIC1 Supercardioid Unidirectional Condenser Microphone from Saramonic is a shotgun microphone for DSLR cameras and camcorders. It can be used to capture audio for video applications.

The SR-PMIC1 microphone is built with an integrated shockmount and low-cut filter to eliminate low-frequency rumble. The frequency range is 80 Hz to 12 kHz. This mic offers battery-free operation and is equipped with a 3.5mm TRS output cable.

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  • For DSLR Cameras and Camcorders
  • Integrated Shockmount
  • Low-Cut Filter
  • 80 Hz to 12 kHz Frequency Range
  • Battery-Free Operation

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The Nady HM-10 HEADMIC Series Headworn Microphone is designed to provide hands-free microphone operation for singers, aerobics instructors, presenters, sermons, and more. The HM-10 features a lightweight form-fitting frame and omnidirectional capsule. The microphone's adjustable gooseneck provides optimum positioning and its mini-XLR connection is compatible with Nady bodypack transmitters.
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  • Condenser Element
  • Lightweight Design
  • Adjustable Gooseneck
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Mini-XLR Connection

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The CM 88 Cardioid Condenser Microphone from Nady is a versatile small-diaphragm condenser microphone, well suited for general vocal capturing, instruments, amplifier cabinets, drums, percussion, and more. Its cardioid polar pattern manages off-axis ambiance and noise while delivering high gain-before-feedback. The rugged enclosure is made of copper, and is built to withstand the rigors of sound reinforcement and studio recording applications. The CM 88's wide frequency response makes it a great choice for drum overheads.
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  • General Instrument & Vocals
  • Ideal for Drum Overheads
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • High-Quality Condenser Element

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B&H # LILM44 MFR # 98-033-0021

The Line 6 LM4-4 Lavalier Condenser Microphone features a cardioid polar pattern and 1/4" Phone TRS connection for use with the Line 6 TBP06 wireless bodypack transmitter. The LM4-4 includes a microphone clip and delivers hands-free vocals and speech for performances, rehearsals, presentations and more.
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  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 1/4" Phone TRS Connection
  • For TBP06 Bodypack Transmitter

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The Polsen MO-PL1 is an omnidirectional lavalier microphone that delivers high-quality audio for mobile devices. The microphone's sensitivity has been optimized for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, thus providing proper signal levels, resulting in a significant improvement in the audio quality of your recordings. The MO-PL1 is also impedance matched to ensure compatibility with your mobile device. The mic enables the voice to be "up front" even when recording video from a distance. The included tie clip discreetly hides the microphone and provides hands-free simplicity during presentations or interviews.

Easy to use with no batteries or power supply needed, the MO-PL1 works with many audio and video recording apps to capture clear and natural sound for lectures, dictations, and online videos. The omnidirectional polar pattern provides excellent off-axis response even if the subject's head turns while speaking. The 12-foot cable provides the flexibility of getting longer-distance camera shots with up-close audio. The MO-PL1 is an excellent tool for recording professional-quality sound on mobile devices.
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"Good buy...Good Stuff...This mic is great for the price, however I would recommend spending a little extra for a mic with better sound quality...This microphone came with a fairly sensitive element, an effective windscreen, mic clip, 12 foot of cable, and a storage bag."

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  • Optimal Sensitivity & Impedance for iOS
  • Also Works with Most Android Devices
  • Clear Natural Sound Quality
  • Works with Many Recording Apps
  • 12' Cable for Recording at a Distance
  • No Batteries or Power Supply Needed
  • Omni Pattern for Good Off-Axis Response
  • Tie Clip Secures Mic to Lapel
  • Foam Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise
  • Pouch for Safe Storage and Transport

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The Polsen SMS-45A Mini Shotgun Stereo Condenser Microphone is a compact, lightweight, and durable stereo microphone designed for recording stereo audio directly into a DSLR camera, camcorder, or portable recorder. Engineered for videography, sound field recording and broadcast, the SMS-45A features two cardioid condenser capsules arranged in an X-Y pattern for capturing pristine audio with realistic stereo and spatial imaging. Its small frame makes it perfect for camera mount use.

The microphone is powered by one LR44 button cell battery (not included), or with plug-in power when used with cameras or portable recorders that provide it. A switchable high-pass filter helps reduce low-end rumble caused by handling and vibration. The mic comes with a rubber lined, isolated microphone holder that helps absorb vibration, and allows you to adjust the angle of the mic.

The SMS-45A can be used for any recording application requiring a boom pole, and it can also attach to a camera's shoe mount, making it a versatile and sturdy tool for a variety of field and studio recording projects. The mic also comes with a desktop mic stand, great for standalone tabletop microphone placement, a foam windscreen, and a travel pouch.
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"No problem....OMG Best Mic...Now I can leave the switch on and not worry about dead batteries, or shooting video with a mic in the off position....Quite better then build in microphone but not better as I thought"

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  • Compact Lightweight Design
  • Durable Solid Aluminum Construction
  • X-Y Cardioid Condenser Capsules
  • Shoe Mount Adapter for Camera Mounting
  • 5/8" & 1/4"-20 Socket for Boom Mounting
  • Rubber Shock-Resistant Mic Holder
  • Can Operate on Battery or Plug-In Power
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • Desktop Stand for Tabletop Mic Placement
  • Also Includes Foam Windscreen & Pouch

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The black with gold print 440 Studio Condenser Microphone from MXL features a gold sputtered large diaphragm, suitable for a wide variety of applications. The FET preamp combined with an electrically-balanced output provides uncompromised tonal quality. Internal Mogami wiring offers a high-grade signal path to prevent audio degradation. The microphone uses 48V of phantom power and includes a mic stand adapter.
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"Not bad...I like it...I like the quality, the sound and the design, a win-win all the way around at an unbeatable price....For the price of this Mic it is very useful."

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  • Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • FET Preamp
  • Electrically-Balanced Output
  • Internal Mogami Wiring
  • Phantom Power

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