Audio Testing.

Welcome to the audio testing page!

As we start to dive more into the art of music we tend to find things about the industry which frankly isn’t covered a whole lot. One of those things that simply is not covered is the overall quality of microphones. Now, we’re not going to be able to compete with any professional level site which has $15,000 Condenser microphones laying around in their warehouse. However, if it’s one thing we really wish that those sites would do is actually show us a test of their microphones within a reasonably controlled environment saying the same script or song so that we can truly hear what a microphone sounds like instead of basing everything off of a price-tag and saying

It’s good because we spent thousands on it.

A lot of the microphones we will be testing here are going to be low-level or consumer market grade microphones to give you insight as to how each of them sound.

Reason for this page existing.

When shopping for various recording hardware the first thing Google will promote (of course) is a YouTube video. This has problems on multiple levels! For starters audio is being re-compressed into YouTube. While we don’t have a professional recording studio here you will get the raw WAV files whenever applicable. On top of that you don’t have to listen to us drone on and on for 10 minutes! We are completely aware the average reader can go through 2,000 words of text in under a few minutes. Instead, you can just scroll right down to get to testing. In effect we are saving you time! You’re welcome! Finally, you can pull the raw recording files into whatever software you wish to determine for yourself if our opinions on the audio quality is valid.

YouTube may be the largest video platform in existence but for certain applications it cannot replace a website.

Script:

The script we will be using on all of our audio recordings will be as follows:

Today is <<DATE>>. <<MILITARY-TIME>> coordinated universal time. This is a sound test brought to you by s-config.com.

This is a test of the <<MICROPHONE-NAME>> passed into a microphone jack of the <<RECORDING DEVICE>>.

All recording settings are at 100 percent with no amplification.

Room conditions are a 14×14 room that has no sound proofing foam.

Check 1… Check 2…. Check 3…

12345-54321

All systems are a go.

There may be some variation of the script depending if additional hardware is necessary in order to power the microphone or if there is a wireless component to it. But that is the basic script that we will be saying on each of the sound-files below.

Audio tests.

Without any further delay let the tests begin!

CAD-GXL2200-Microphone-Check

 

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Recording device: PC with an Audigy Rx5 sound card. Line-In record levels at 100 percent with no amplification.

Microphone: CAD GXL2200 Condenser Microphone ($90 USD) with Behringer Xenyx 1202FX Mixer ($99 USD) supplying 48v phantom power.

Comments: This is my primary microphone. A bit of an expensive setup but it works rather brilliantly. Condenser microphones are not things you can hook directly to a PC due to their nature or running on 48volt phantom power.

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WAV audio file is available to download.

 

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Recording device: PC with an Audigy Rx5 sound card. Microphone record levels at 100 percent with no amplification.

Microphone: Koss CS100 headset retailing at $20(USD)

Comments: Audio quality has a lot of tin and distortion. Needs some foam to stop wind and pops from distorting microphone.

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Microphone Check - Apple Iphone 5 earbuds Microphone Check.

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Recording device: PC with an Audigy Rx5 sound card. Microphone record levels at 100 percent with no amplification.

Microphone: Apple Iphone 5 Earbuds with microphone retailing at appoximatly $10(USD) on ebay as these were not sold separate.

Comments: Audio quality very low due to positioning of the microphone. Slightly muddy when amplified.

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WAV audio file is available to download.

Corsair Void Pro Microphone check title.

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Recording device: PC with an Audigy Rx5 sound card. Microphone record levels at 100 percent with no amplification.

Microphone: Corsair Void Pro headset which retails at $69 (USD)

Comments: Over modulation and distortion problems.

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MP3 audio file is available to download

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WAV audio file is available to download.

Amazon Kindle Fire 5th Generation Tablet Audio Test.

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Recording device: Onboard recording within Cyanogen CM11 android variant.

Microphone: Amazon Kindle Fire 5th Generation Tablet on-board microphone.

Comments: The microphone really picks up the echo in the room!

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MP3 audio file is available to download

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WAV audio file is available to download.

Samsung Galaxy Microphone Sound Check Title.

 

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Recording device: Onboard recording within Android 6

Microphone: Samsung Galaxy 7 phone on-board microphone.

Comments: Microphone quality a little muffled but not bad for a cel-phone.

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MP3 audio file is available to download

OGG audio file is available to download

WAV audio file is available to download.