FIFINE K683A Type C USB Mic with A Pop Filter, A Volume Dial, A Mute Button & A Monitoring Jack for Recording
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The on-body controls are keeping everything in check
A Volume Control
Spin the volume wheel left or right whenever you get the response about your voice being too soft or too loud from the audience of a game streaming, podcast episode or web conferencing. It is far from a mind-blowing feature, but you just do not have to ask everyone to wait and then pull up a config. panel on your computer to make an adjustment, which sounds rather tricky and time-consuming already.
You may not have a clear idea what's the point of the combination of a volume dial and a low-latency monitoring jack. But when doing a voice-over or vocal recording all by yourself, you would have to count on your own ears to hear if the level goes wrong or not. And a headphone jack that provides much less delay is far more useful than a computer 3.5mm jack.
A Mute Button
How to cope with the abrupt coughs or sniffs that make listeners uncomfortable could make or break your broadcast show. A quick mute button then comes as a life-saver. Silence yourself at a stroke before others become unbearable of the noise and leave your online chat room. And with a LED indicator of working status catching your eyes, you will hardly make any mistake to spoil the show.
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A Dual-layer U-shaped Pop filter
With the custom-made shield popped on, you can see through the microphone, but the air-blowing will not have a chance to hit straight on the capsule anymore. The point of such sort of protection is to reject the distracting plosives and sibilance. It is a quite crucial part to get some clean sounding, especially for a sensitive condenser mic. The U-shaped pop filter also adds a sense of aesthetics and presence, lifting it from the $50 range.
USB-A Combo USB-C Output
You probably will not see the included 3 feet long detachable cable as something cheers you up. But the party piece comes in right after, a 2-in-1 USB audio cable!
USB Type-C Connector
It is always troublesome and annoying to find the right adapters from a bunch of those. You can not think of anything more convenient than building different connectors right into the microphone cable. So you can keep the overall simplicity by using this K683A with your Macbook Pro.
And the user-friendly design does not stop there. For those who have their Android or iPhone as an on-the-go recording device, this USB external will handle that job well. And because of the compact but all-metal body, it can easily be the most promising contender for your next trip-recording.
It is one mic to rule laptops, PCs, game consoles and mobiles. You are going to love this type of vibe!
USB Type-A Connector
USB type-A is still one of the mainstream ports on PCs and Play Station. That means the easy connection has not changed a bit when you have to start your normal workflow at home or office.
Plug the type-A end of your K683A into a Windows, Mac, Linus or even a Play Station console (incompatible with Xbox); confirm it to be the default input and output under the system sound setting and you're up and running!
- Peel away the pop filter, there is a 16 mm capsule looming through the metal mesh top. The size is not even close to the standard of a proper big diaphragm microphone, but it is 2 mm larger than the generic USB models. The larger the area for capturing sound, the more details and the more engaging audio you are going to hear. Plus the calibration for the high-end clarity, the application such as podcasts or voice-over that you need most of that spectrum can be pulled off with ease.
- The K683A has a 24 bit rate and an up to 192K Hz sample rate. But to be brutally honest, those specs of a budget microphone are more of a marketing than a game-changer. Especially the higher-than-normal sample rate is not possible to be perceived by our ears. It is just not a bad thing when such features come as standard.