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its mono? its garbage?
Reviewed in Australia on 19 September 2020
I purchased some primo EM172 capsule condenser mics in a pair cheaply and wired them with 3.5mm stereo TRS plug. They are 12V powered camera mics that work with go pros, samsung phones and heaps of other mobiles and tablets and work with cheap $5 USB sound cards.. they're binaural stereo mics as theres two of them. As they're condenser mics which require powered connections known as phantom gain and my onboard realtek soundcards rear mic input port sounded good with +30 mic boost and levels set to 100 I thought there was lots of fan noises from my computer and its latency was maybe not as low as it could be, I wanted to use audio software and bring it to life somehow and clean/polish it. I thought pro's use a professional audio interface for ASIO low latency and better driver and software support and use with recording apps for different sampling rates and buffer sizes. watched some youtube reviews everyone said focusrite scarlet is popular/common brand decent quality for a good price. saw it had both XLR input and 1/4 jack inputs figured that way it could support mic inputs of all types 3.5mm, larger 3/4 inch jacks and XLR and that way any and every mic would work with it.BOY WAS THAT A MISTAKE. it doesnt work with any of the most common mics on planet earth at all.. only poorly barely functions with very expensive mics with fancy XLR plugs and ONLY IN MONO and only with the right power adaptors and power options? the digital instrument port doesnt even really accept mics they simply dont work at all pretty much. As theres only one of me and not a whole band with a heap of instruments and im just using the one binaural mic set i bought the scarlet solo 3rd gen. Its got left and right line outputs on the back for supporting speakers and "stereo headphone monitoring" so i knew it would accept stereo mic input.. and since it had XLR and phantom gain a cheap adaptor should get me up and running with powered high quality recording that wouldnt be too close to my PC's rear and USB powered device ports and fan noises... I spent around $50 AUD on a few different XLR adaptors one powered and the other unpowered? neither worked at all the one that sort of did sounded like farts.. it was complete trash.. They want me to spend possibly more than the entire device on an adaptor or something to power it? or skip their device altogether and just buy a phantom gain power device for less.. a cheap $5 USB sound card with these things that work with any device under the sun and are some of the most common mics around and even the larger XLR studio mics are just tiny capsule mics like these in a large cage body most of the time and will often have similar power requirements. I wouldnt be surprised if these could run on full 48V and be so sensitive you can hear heart beats or something. Anyway I was super hurt and sad that these people expected real world money for their overpriced garbage. Stick with realtek onboard sound cards or cheap $5 USB sound cards or android phones or tablets or cheap chinese go pro knock offs for much better audio zero hassles.. You may need to buy a cheaper and better phantom gain power device thing instead of their audio interface or some adaptors to get your XLR mic to work but you will have a MUCH BETTER PRODUCT for MUCH LESS. I contacted their support and asked how to get it to work.. they didnt answer me at all and insisted its because I bought the solo product and instead of using two xlr ports for two mics for each channel and that i'd need to use expensive power converters or other devices that cost more than their solo 3rd gen basically these people shouldnt exist i'm pretty sure their entire product is a crime you can maybe build better quality stuff with cheap parts from alibaba/aliexpress yourself or buy some budget chinese audio junk thats a million times better... SAVE YOUR MONEY PEOPLE.