Hey guys, what is up, Alex Scott is here with Consordini.com. Thank you so much for checking out another one of our videos. Today it’s been an exciting day for me as a youtuber, the wonderful people at Fifine Technology got in touch and they have sent us a microphone to take a look at.
This is a USB mic, so it connects directly to your computer. I have not even opened it or really looked at it yet, so first of all thank you guys so much at Fifine for sending over this mic and I really excited to take a look at it. For disclaimer they did send it to me for free I am going to be
able to keep the mic after the fact. It’s not a super expensive mic 30-40 bucks on the Amazon something like that, if I remember correctly. But this review will still be completely unbiased my true and honest opinion. They are not compensating me to give a falsely positive review or anything like that, they did just send the mic over wanting our honest to take on how it sounds, how it works, all that good stuff.
So, we’re gonna move the camera over do an actual proper unboxing look at me being a real youtuber and take a look at the mic, take a look at some of the features and then try to get it installed on the on the old studio PC and see how it sounds.
Okay guys, so here we go our Fifine USB condenser mic. Let’s go ahead and check out what all it comes with. Opening the box you get a little quick start user’s guide. The exact model on this guy is the K669 I believe or maybe this K669B, and that might be the black version. But super handy little users guide looks likes explains yeah how to set up the software and set it as an audio device from computer all that good stuff and then just a nice little bookmark e-card type thing here thanking us for being a valued customer, that’s very nice of them.
So, we have that. Then somewhat unceremoniously I suppose we have the microphone itself. So, let’s see here. now one thing that is immediately jumping out at me as something I not gonna like and probably harp on, this USB cable appears to be hard wired into
the mic that is not something I’m super thrilled about. Usually with cables like this because that is hardwired in there if anything ever goes wrong you’re kind of hosed there’s really not a whole lot you can do in terms of like if that ever shorts out or that connection ever goes bad your whole mic is shot.
So, I can see the element in there probably a pretty cheap diaphragm again this mic is very very inexpensive all have to double check the price on it, but I think it’s 20 or 30 dollars 30 40 maybe something like that on Amazon.
We also have this plastic hard mount. It doesn’t look like it comes off or screws off or anything. Okay. Volume knob on board which is kind of a nice feature. I’m also not seeing any kind of headphone output or anything like that which typically with a USB mic like this you would expect to see a headphone jack of some kind on it since its functioning as both your audio interface and your microphone all in one. And again because this cable is hardwired you won’t be able to connect this to any kind of normal speaker or interface or anything like this. This goes directly into your PC and then you set it up as the actual audio device in your software to record it and then that’s pretty much it.
So, we’ll see how all that goes. I know there can be issues sometimes with getting an output set when you’re using something like this, so we will just have to wait and see.
There’s that and then it looks like the last thing that it comes with nice little tripod, that’s actually super super handy. I will totally use that for a number of things. For just a nice easy little desk stand these legs are metals little things actually decently heavy which is kind of impressive. Fold out a good amount feels nice and sturdy this centerpiece is plastic same plastic as the mount it looks like.
There you go there’s our Fifine mic. So, that’s everything that comes in the box. Let’s go ahead and move into the control room and see how it installs, how it sounds, all that good stuff.
Okay guys so I have moved into the control room and we have our Fifine a little adorable USB mic here, running a screencap as you guys can see I’ve got Studio One open ready to open a new session and get this mic all set up. So, I just wanted to kind of document the whole process. I did look through their user guide and it is actually quite detailed and quite well-written. It is not full of the you know spelling errors in grammar errors and stuff that something like this might normally contain. It is pretty straightforward basically it just says I’m using PC so it says for PCs you just plug it in the driver will automatically install and then we can set it as an audio input device.
An update on how to use this mic with actual DAWs such as Pro Tool or Logic Pro x. An audio driver called ASIO4ALL for Windows user and an aggregated device created in Mac MIDI Setup will help fix the compatibility and sample rates issues.
It doesn’t seem like it has a ton of gain when I was able to get some sound through Windows. So, I’m still not sure yet but let’s go ahead and open Audacity. Audacity is usually a little bit easier to configure with these kinds of things. So let’s see if that helps. It does record an Audacity and it asked you did just to open up and have it set up immediately.
This latency problem is mainly because computer sound card is not really designed as like pro audio architecture. The digital to analog transmission insides the computer takes almost 500MS, which makes it almost impossible to have unnoticeable delay monitoring via computer headphone jack.
So, let’s go ahead I’ll do some voiceover, we’ll do some guitar and you guys can at least hear how the mic sounds and then we’ll talk about some of these issues a little bit more in detail in our little conclusion.
All right guys, so we’ve got the mic setup here with a little acoustic guitar and Audacity running in the background here, so I’m just gonna roll and we can hear how it sounds on acoustic.
Okay and now I have pulled it up and I’m just gonna use it for some really really simple voiceover, so you guys can hear what it sounds like when I talk into it. The unfortunate thing in this situation is that I cannot hear what it sounds like.So, this is gonna create a lot of problems, just in terms of like if you’re a musician and you’re trying to maybe record a guitar part and then sing over it you’re not gonna be able to hear yourself in the headphones while you’re singing.
So, I would tell you guys what I think is a sound quality right now, but I can’t because I’m not listening to it so I’m gonna have to listen back to these files after the fact. I also have the gain cranked all the way on the microphone the volume is absolutely as high as it’ll go on the front of the mic and I’m getting a moderate amount of signal into Audacity but I’m pretty close and I don’t know if you can see the waveforms behind me but I would expect to be seeing a lot higher gain from something like this with it cranked all the way up.
So, I’ll just go ahead and take a listen to the file and then we’ll kind of do a little closing here in a second.
Okay guys, so there is kind of running this little Fifine USB mic through its paces. First of all I want to say thank you again very much to the guys in Fifine for sending me this mic. I really
really appreciate it it’s always flattering to you know kits sent stuff for free basically to check out. I hope to do it many more times in the future.
However, I have concerns about this particular mic. Listening back to the audio files, it actually sounds pretty good. I am impressed with the sound quality. It’s decently detailed, it’s decently present. There’s a bit of hiss in the background, the signal annoys is not great, there is also because the grille, the mesh grille is really thin. I definitely had some problems as you guys probably heard in the voiceover with some plosives, some hard peas and bees and stuff that definitely clipped the diaphragm out a little bit and gave us not-so-pleasant results.
You know all quality’s good. It’s actually a lot better than that a lot of these cheaper mics you know like the Neewer you or whatever mic that I reviewed which is just an absolute piece of junk definitely better than that. So, the failing is not in the audio quality the failing with this mic for me is just kind of ease of use and ease of setup.
I think that there are situations where this mic would be a fine solution for example if you are doing like a podcast of some kind and you literally just need to record your yourself talking, you don’t need monitoring in any kind where you can hear yourself as you are recording. You know so you could definitely use it for music as well.
I did get it to work on Audacity but again you can’t monitor the latency is really really bad you can’t listen to what you’re recording as you’re recording it.
As you guys heard back to what I said at the beginning of the video this cable really concerns me as well if anything ever goes wrong with this cable the whole microphone is shotyou’re just hosed and it does not feel like a super high-quality cable, So, I could see if you move this thing around a lot if you’re just gonna set it up and leave it in place that should be fine but if you’re gonna be packing the trying to pack this thing up and take it with you somewhere use it out on location or something like that as soon as anything goes wrong with this cable but I’m nervous even just holding it like this you’re done the mic is effectively trash at that point because you’re not gonna be able to go in somehow and like solder this back together there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to you know there’s allen keys I guess but to take it apart and repair it at that point you know it’s a cheap microphone anyways so you know it is what it is.
It does list in the manual at the frequency that the polar pattern rather is unidirectional I’m assuming that means omni which is kind of cool I suppose it doesn’t look like an omni capsule to my eye usually on the capsules are a dual diaphragm design but who knows.
So yeah in conclusion kind of mixed. Again, the audio quality is surprisingly good it does sound good it’s a decent sounding mic and if it didn’t have these latency issues if it had like just an XLR jack I would recommend it very very highly. If you use an actual DAW like Logic or something like that, it will mean trickier setup than usual, downloading an ASIO4ALL driver or creating an aggregated device.
Overall, mixed opinion. I suppose if it sounds like something that would work for you I definitely recommend checking it out. It is cool it feels decently well built besides the cable and it does sound really good. So, there is that, but you know again for real music stuff I would probably look elsewhere you know into getting a dedicated actual proper interface and then a microphone that you can just connect with a normal mic cable.
Um but what do you guys think? I know this is probably a pretty long video at this point, so I appreciate you sticking with me. Hopefully you found it interesting. Again you know I’ve said this a few times but seriously thank you guys so much to the folks of Fifine for sending this over I do really appreciate it and hopefully my feedback can help you guys in further product development all that stuff.
I would make it you know the USB able to be unplugged, I would give it a dedicated output thing, or I would release a version of this mic that just had strictly an XLR cable. I think those
would all be things that would be good for you guys to consider in the future with your products, but that is just me.
Whatever you guys may think if you’ve used this or other USB mics that you really enjoy please leave those thoughts in the comments down below. I always love hearing from you guys going back and forth all that kind of stuff. But yeah that’ll do it for this one.
Again, my name is Alex Scott with Consordini.com. Thank you, guys so much for watching. Be sure to smash that like button and subscribe to the channel, hit that notification bell to make sure you’re updated when we release new videos. And yeah thank you guys again so much for watching we will see you in the next one.