MXL Mic Mate Pro USB Preamp
- 16-bit/44.1 & 48.0 kHz performance
- Six foot USB cable & felt-lined storage pouch included
- Class A microphone preamplifier
- Headphone jack
- Always-on phantom power
- Mac & PC compatible
- Gain & headphone volume controls
- Free, downloadable MXL USB 2 track Recording Software
Great for overdubbing or playing along with music. Plug and record with your favorite software. Works with virtually all microphones*. No special drivers required. 6' USB Cable included.
Very clean sound...goodbye mixer! Sep 04, 2009 By Spec
I have used the MicMate Pro for several months and I can say that it has exceeded my expectations. As a WinXP user, I had no problems with installation...after plugging into the mini USB port, I let Windows automatically install its own USB audio driver and I was good to go. The XLR cable and USB jack connects quite snugly, so there should be no worries of accidental disconnects.
As sound quality goes, not only do my recordings sound great with my condenser mic, but the MicMate Pro introduces absolutely no hiss or hum.
In regards to features, the MicMate Pro has a knob to control the amount of gain to your audio software. In addition, it includes a mini headphone jack (and volume control) so that you can monitor your recordings...as a voiceover person, this is a must have.
I have two minor gripes about the product:
- It has no phantom power on/off switch (not a problem if you use only condenser mics)
- The knobs can be a little flakey when adjusting the gain or headphone volume
With that said, the MicMate Pro is a terrific product. It not only sounds great and works great with laptops, it is small enough to fit in your laptop bag.
That it also comes with a very long cord makes this very handy - it allows me to set myself up far enough from my computer or laptop so as not to pick up the sound of the hard drives and fans. The box says it only works with Mac iOS up to version 5x - but it works perfectly with iOS 7.5x. This is a must-have item if you need to travel with your equipment. Very easy to use, very convenient, and absolutely works flawlessly.
Some issues to be aware of, some are obvious, some aren't.
The pre-amp is good, but not great. If you have to turn up the gain much, you will get some noise.
The phantom power can not be turned off, so don't plan on using this with your dynamic or ribbon mics.
There is no output, other than headphones. So, you'll hear the live microphone when playing back what you just recorded. This is fine a lot of the time, but it can be annoying when doing a sound check.
I'm rating as 4 stars because, for what it does, it's fine. And, it's cheap. But I'd seriously consider spending more and getting the PreSonus 22VSL.
(Note: VoiceOver Essentials recommends the MicPort Pro if you want an even better quality portable USB Pre-amp)