-April 23, 2019
As a youtuber I go through a lot of microphones of various types. This one in particular is a
whole kit that is a complete, ready to go package as long as you have a computer with an
available USB 2 or 3 port available to plug into. In the kit you get the scissor arm for the mic,
the clamp for the arm, a shock mount to hold the mic, a windscreen, a pop filter, a USB cable
that comes with a ferrite core installed in it and of course you get the microphone itself as
It is indeed a plug and play setup where I did not need to install any software or drivers. I
plugged it in and it worked. But I do need to mention that it runs very loud and is by default at
100% volume in the microphone settings. Set this to around 50% and you should be fine.
This will help reduce the tons of background noise you will get otherwise. Remember that
this is a condenser microphone and not a dynamic, so it does require the USB port for power
and it will be more sensitive than a dynamic mic, so you will pick up background noises a bit
easier. This is not the fault of the microphone or of its quality, that's just how condenser mics
work, use it in a soundproofed environment for the best effect.
Let’s go over the good and the bad, here's what I noticed when testing it out so far.
1. Good build quality - an all metal construction does say a lot for this mic set. It has a good
build quality and seems like it will survive some travel, the arm is also metal and feels pretty
2. Complete kit - Everything you need in one place, even pop filter and windscreen, that was
a nice touch.
3. Warm tone - It seems to come out with a nicer warm tone. I tend to enjoy using
compression and equalization to get a certain sound from mics, this is closer to what I aim for
by default, so that was nice.
4. Easy to setup - It took me all of 1 minute to set the whole thing up, I installed the arm,
attached the mic, plugged it in and I was good to go.
1. Already condensed audio - It sounded to me like there was some digital condensing
happening behind the scenes that I didnt add in myself. It ended up making it a tiny bit
harsher than I would have preferred, it still sounds pretty nice though so its not that big a
deal, just wanted to make you all aware of it.
Suggestions: It would be pretty nifty if there were some sort of carrying bag included for
taking this on the go to have an all in one recording setup with you on the go. It would just be
nice to be able to podcast with a full setup if I cant get to my house. Just a fun thought.
Would I suggest this and to who? Yes I Would suggest this, I would say youtubers and
podcasters alike should check this out. This is a good kit for starting out with until you
eventually start to upgrade your gear piece by piece. It works well and feels like it will last.
I use the USB microphone kit for YouTube videos and live streaming on Twitch and it works
It's quieter than my old microphone and I had to turn up the windows sound settings to
100%, but other than that I have no complaints.
Check out my review video for more information about the MAONO USB Microphone Kit.