But over the previous couple of years, a challenger has appeared that is now all however taken over the market, at the very least on Twitch. That mic? The HyperX Quadcast S. Just like in style on-line players, I’ve been loving it.
I had solely used the Quadcast S for an hour or two earlier than I had the distinct thought that whoever designed it will need to have spent quite a lot of time with different USB mics. It’s not that I used to be ever dissatisfied with my outdated Blue Yeti, essentially. But if I’d had this HyperX mic first, I’d’ve been.
For starters, on the highest of the microphone, there is a touch-sensitive pad that may mute the microphone. This is definitely one of many handiest options, particularly if it’s good to rapidly minimize your audio whereas on a livestream. Muting the microphone additionally disables the colourful LEDs, so that you get on the spot suggestions that it is protected to speak.
On the (literal) flip aspect, there is a achieve knob constructed into the underside of the microphone. This made it simple to regulate the enter stage on the fly. The solely minor quibble I’ve with that is that there is no enter stage indicator on the microphone itself, or in HyperX’s software program, to assist place the achieve.
This is not an enormous downside, since apps like OBS often have them already, however come on HyperX: The LEDs are proper there. Just flip the entire mic right into a stage meter whereas the achieve knob is in use. Or at the very least blink purple once I begin peaking! Whatever, it is tremendous.
On the rear of the microphone, there is a dial to modify between 4 polar patterns: stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bidirectional. These are pretty customary, and also you in all probability will not ever want to alter the sample in case you use a constant setup and solely document your self, however it’s nonetheless good to have the flexibleness. The mic additionally connects through USB-C, a welcome improve over the mini USB of the earlier Quadcast mic (in addition to some competing mics, together with the Blue Yeti).
Built to Be Seen (and Heard)
The essential occasion on the Quadcast S is the LED lights. Normally, I would not give a gadget an excessive amount of credit score for having RGB lighting—particularly one thing geared toward players, the place that is all however legally required—however HyperX has nailed doing it tastefully. The lights contained in the core of the microphone mix into a pleasing gradient that feels extra like a delicate accent colour, and fewer like a frontal assault from Rainbow Road.
While the unique Quadcast solely had purple LEDs, the Quadcast S has the total spectrum of colours, which you’ll be able to customise through HyperX’s Ngenuity software program. There are choices for strong colours, lightning results, or probably the most pleasing (for my part): wave, which slowly transitions throughout a spectrum of colours you decide.