If you want to be a famous YouTube creator or Twitch streamer, you have to have a good personality and a way to stand out from the crowd. For most people, it will never become more than a hobby — getting rich from these platforms is rarified air.
With all of that said, and with personality and gimmick aside, you really need good hardware too. For instance, if I discover an interesting streamer on Twitch, I won’t bother subscribing if it’s difficult to hear them talking — a good microphone is essential. And no, quality gear doesn’t have to break the bank. Today, HyperX launches a no-nonsense USB microphone called “SoloCast” that is quite affordable.
“SoloCast offers Plug N Play audio recording capability and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status when the red LED is flashing. Using a cardioid recording pattern, it provides a clear sound ideal for streamers, casters, students, and working from home professionals. SoloCast’s small size and rotatable stand with adjustable tilt positions gives it the ability to fit in small or tight places, such as under a monitor. The included mount adapter fits both 3/8-inch and 5/8-inch thread sizes and is compatible with most stands and boom arms,” says HyperX.
Nate Almond, the company’s audio business manager explains, “We are excited to expand our USB microphone line with the addition of HyperX SoloCast. We are always looking for new ways to deliver an amazing user experience and expanding our USB microphone lineup with our new SoloCast brings a different option to streamers and content creators.”
HyperX shares specifications below.
- Power supply: 5V/100mA (USB)
- Working current: 47mA
- USB Specification: USB 2.0 (full speed)
- Sampling rates: 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz, 16kHz,8kHz
- Bit-depth: 16-bit
- Compatibility: Windows 7 & above, Mac OS, PS4
- Cable length: 2m
- Microphone weight: 261g
- Microphone stand weight: 125g
- Total weight with USB cable: 429.9g
- Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Microphone Directivity pattern: Cardioid
- Microphone Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -6dBFS (1V/Pa at 1kHz)
- Microphone VNoise (RMS): ≤-74dBFS (A-weighted)
If you want to purchase the HyperX SoloCast USB microphone, you can buy it directly from the company here. It is priced quite affordably at $59.99, and HyperX promises it is compatible with Windows, Mac, and PlayStation 4.