Samson Go Review and mini retrospective…

I have not created uploaded any songs on music.chillbackdigital.com since Joseph Allen’s Project released. After making a song in which I responded to former colleagues who insisted that I “stick to game music” (“focus,” released in 2011), a series of life changes caused me to re-direct focus from music to game development – and by extension –  game music. In fact, My first asset in the asset store is soundtrack related. 

Since the move to Washington, I focused less on personal endeavors, and more on Super Lame. My Rode mic was left in Michigan, and it was time to make the sound quality better on each video. The Turtle Beach Gaming headphones were much better than I expected, but not the quality that I was used to in my 10 years of engineering.

enter Samson Go:

It is a condenser mic that is recommended all over Youtube for its quality. I was ready to doubt the praise. My last experience with Sub $500 microphones were severely disappointing, but after recording with this microphone, I am excited and want to do more audio.

Pros:

The Sound: It is amazing. I could not believe the sound coming out of the speakers once the audio was recorded. I use Cubase, along with ASIO4ALL for sound recording and limiting latency. not only were there only milliseconds of latency, but a feature that was unavailable to me, listening to recording via software, suddenly became available. This may be something with the computer configuration since the Rode mic uses an audio interface, and the Samson does not. However. while using the feature, i only heard crisp vocals with no feedback or muffled sounds.

The Features: The mic has 3 settings

  • Cardioid
  • Cardioid -10 Db (decibels)
  • OmniDirectional

Omidirectional is the default and allows recording along all sides of the mic. Cardioid allows recording only on the front of the mic and mutes the rest. The mic also has a light indicating power and turns read when the sound peaks (which, if it always peaks can be rectified by using the -10 Db option) there is also a headphone jack on the mic itself that allows sound monitoring with no feedback. this helps if you are only recording audio, but for multitrack recording, look for other monitoring options.

The Build: It is made with a metal frame and does not feel flimsy and seems durable for it’s size.

Speaking of size…

The Cons:

It’s TINY. it’s minuscule. it’s bite-sized. this could mean just that it was made to be portable, but it seems off. the size also means that the mic does not fit most standard mic stands, opting for a smaller hole in the same area as the clip.

Overall: I will not just say that it is good, for its price. I will say that it is good. period. I will say for more professional sound, there are other options, but if you are looking for a backup mic or one for podcasts and other vocal recordings. definitely get this one.