Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Marantz Professional MPM1000U MPM 1000U Marantz Professional MPM-1000U | Large Diaphragm USB Condenser Microphone For Podcasting & Recording, Including USB Cable & Mic Clip
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I almost cancelled the order as I did ask myself why I wanted a cheap usb microphone as I already have a Rode NT usb which is nice, but as I’m in Isolation away from my studio and the rode picks up any room tone meaning a lot of time spent on eq, which as a lowly paid audiobook narrator means losing money. The Marantz is fantastic. I’ve just this minute set it up, it’s not as sensitive as the Rode but the tone is warm and smooth, it’s hiding room reverb - in fact I had the window open and with the mic inside my isoball, i hadn’t realised.
For me it is a bargain - the best value audiobook mic I’ve found.
I bought this microphone with the Blue Snowball USB Mic as a competitor. I preferred the design of this microphone over the less traditional ball design the Snowball has, and also wanted to add a mic mounted pop filter. In hindsight, I am so glad I chose the 1000U over the Snowball. Not only does it look great, it is solidly built with full metal housing with a lovely matte finish. The sound quality is also really impressive. I didn't expect such a low end pickup, and was worried about this as my voice is fairly deep, but after doing a recording with Audacity to test I was blown away, and not a hiss or a hum to be heard, which is a big problem on mics such as the Rode NTG-1 and Razer USB Mics. For this sort of quality I would have presumed an XLR mic and Audio interface would have been necessary, but apparently not.
Delivery with Prime was on time the next day, and the mic came well packaged with a USB cable and stand mount. I have purchased an extra desk clamp stand and shock mount, as well as a mic mounted pop filter, which not only looks professional and good, but also sounds the part too, which is the most important thing!
This sounds just like a professional microphone, which I suppose, in some instances, it is. I brought a stand to go with it and it looks much more expensive than it actually is. Not only does it look good, it sounds good; when I record, you can't hear anything that you wouldn't want to hear. No random gushes or wind or me breathing too close to it. Sometimes it picks up someone talking in the room next door, not sure how this works - maybe it is made to record mainly voice? Either way, I am extremely pleased with it.
I chose this over a dynamic mic primarily due to the fact I have the means to remove any noise in post and generally when doing voice chatting I use 'push to talk'.
Also whilst dynamic mics will most certainly provide a better audio quality for voice, I also need the mic for other types of recording and for my PC I needed a simple setup rather than a more convoluted non-usb cable driven system with pre-amp.
The reviewers of this mic are correct that it is slightly more 'tinny' for voice due to it being a compressor mic with higher frequency pickup, but it's still infinitely better for voice than a standard 3.5mm jack.
The build quality is fantastic, with a pop filter it's sublime and the installation is instantaneous. Plug it in, 5 seconds later.... done. That's it.
It comes with an appropriate holder for any mic stand you might want to use.
It is not a dynamic mic so isn't a totally robust unit. You'll want to use it from a fixed location so won't really be suitable for taking around the room to switch between computers etc. Equally you're not going to need a mortgage to replace it if you drop it.
It will pick up EVERYTHING in the room, but the volume is relative so don't think the mice in the walls are going to drown you out on Discord. If you like your privacy though on voice chat, you can use push to talk.
I use this mic for my Podcast, Vlog, Skype, Facebook Live, Tiktok, it sounds great and very professional for not a lot of money. So far, I've done without a pop filter, if I'm not too loud or close, it doesn't need one. Needed to dampen my room a little as there was a slight empty room sound, but I used a cloth backdrop and have some foam beind the mic and it sounds warm and great to listen to. Very pleased.
After hours of research, I’ve picked this mix for podcast / voiceover recording. I needed something straightforward, with USB connection and I believe this is one of the cleanest sounding USB mics out there. Noise can be a big issue with such mics, but not with this one. It also feels very solid and looks more professional than many more expensive options. Extremely happy, especially for the price!
Was the first mic I bought when I started casting, and despite buying a bunch of XLR mics and mixers, I keep returning to it because of the crispness of the sound, and - depending on where it's situated - the lack of noise. Whilst it's frustrating not to have the same mixing options for USB mics as XLR's without insane money on a USB mic mixer, it's a powerful mic with excellent pickup (I have a nursery behind my house and when the kids are out, the people I'm talking to think I have a kids party in my back garden). The USB cable is long and flexible (it's the same as a printer USB cable) which is of massive benefit as one of the few issues is if space is limited, the microphone can pick up residual buzz from proximity to a PC itself, so try to keep it away from that as best you can.
I don't recommend any desk stand being a foot stand, they are prone to toppling because, unlike XLR's, it's a heavy bit of kit, so you'll spend some time working on the positioning. It may be worth investing in a desk stand with a ring base. or a floor or g-clamp stand.
None of this is a criticism of the mic itself which is excellent value for money and a great quality mic for new casters/streamers.
To start with, you have to differentiate that there is also an xlr cable version of this and being a usb connection does not affect audio quality but limits the amount of modification that can be done outside the equalizer in the PC. Sound is crisp, honest and clean, more sensitive in the high end and does not particularly register much in the low end but can be remedied with a third party equalizers.
Build is good and solid, has a certain reassuring heft to it.
Does not come with stand or a shock-absorbing cradle so definitely will pick up table taps and keystrokes and mouse clicks.
It does the job and is a decent alternative to the Yeti and Elgato options especially if you don't feel like investing too much on equipment at the moment; however, with enough tinkering, this can also become your endgame mic.
Like others have said, this is a fantastic mic. If you're not used to condensor mics, they are very different from dynamic mics. This is an amazingly sensitive mic. If you are all set up with headphones on, you can hear things that your ears would not, (if that makes sense) - eg if you rub your fingers together gently from a distance of 3 feet, it will pick up that sound. if you lick your lips gently from a distance of 2 feet, it will pick that up. It's more sensitive than a human ear. Amazing sensitivity. If you are used to recording with a dynamic mic, you will need to make some adjustments, because this is just way way more sensitive and the results that you get are just 500% better.
I have used this a few times to record my Alto Saxophone practice and is fine,the only thing I would have liked would have been a desk stand and I know it did not show it on the advertising photos. I think a stand is supplied on the larger model it would have been nice to have supplied one on MPM-1000U. I would still recommend this Microphone