The HyperX QuadCast is a great looking standalone condenser microphone for both streamers, podcasters and content creators. The red and black colour scheme gives the microphone a modern and elegant look, however this design choice will not be preferred by the different types of users and work environments. Yet, it is an excellent microphone in setups without a dedicated audio mixer.
When searching for a microphone for a computer setup you have two options. On the one hand you can choose a microphone with an audio mixer or a standalone microphone that you can connect directly to a computer or laptop. If you decide to go with the second option there is a large chance that you will see the HyperX QuadCast condenser microphone in the lists of available standalone microphones.
A condenser microphone
The HyperX QuadCast is a high performance microphone with a solid and strong design. The device sounds as good or better than its competitors. The HyperX QuadCast features four selectable polar patterns: stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bidirectional.
As a content creator, you will want to use the cardioid pattern so you record the sound in front of the microphone. This removes most of the environmental sounds. Since the HyperX QuadCast is a condenser microphone and not a dynamic microphone, you need to record in a quiet environment without noticeable sound sources.
A clear side-address microphone
The HyperX QuadCast is a side-address microphone. This means the HyperX QuadCast accepts audio from an angle perpendicular to the microphone. As opposed to a front-address microphone, you speak to the side of a side-address microphone and not to the top of the recording device.
As a test, there were made multiple audio recordings with the HyperX QuadCast set to the loudest and lowest settings to listen to the recorded ambient sound. Remarkable, there is no audible static noise from the microphone itself. After these tests, the settings were changed to achieve the best performance in the recording location.
Audio recording and tonecolour
The sample and bit rate of the HyperX QuadCast are good enough for most professional livestreamers, podcasters and content creators who are looking for a convenient standalone microphone. The recorded audio is clear of static noises and the tonecolour is true to real-life. Some friends even mentioned themselves that the voices sound the same through the microphone as in a personal conversation.
Users with a deeper voice will notice that the HyperX QuadCast records the deeper tones of their voice without any kind of problems. The microphone registers the lower tones with subtle details. However, a more professional audio setups with additional audio mixer and dedicated microphones will sound even better.
Modern design and advanced features
The reason to choose the HyperX QuadCast over its competitors is its modern looking design. It is clear they designed the microphone with gamers, livestreamers, podcasters and content creators in mind. The microphone features a red light on the inside to indicate it is recording audio. It looks great on camera combined with the black design.
On top of the HyperX QuadCast, there is a touch-sensitive button to mute or unmute the microphone. This features removes the clicks from physical buttons. Even the light turns off to indicate the microphone is muted. It is great to be able to mute the microphone without audible button presses in the recorded audio.
To monitor the sound of the HyperX QuadCast, you can connect headphones to the microphone with a standard headphone connection. This features is essential for podcasters.
Anti-vibration shock mount and adapter
The HyperX QuadCast comes on a standard desk mount, but features an anti-vibration shock mount to remove most of the environmental sounds. This shock mount sets the condenser apart from most competitors and makes it a great choice for the price.
To make the HyperX QuadCast an even better choice, it also comes with an adapter to mount the microphone with the anti-vibration shock mount to a more professional boom arm to further eliminate the vibrations of keyboards on your desk.
Adjustable settings and internal pop filter
The HyperX QuadCast may sound great, but you will have to change some settings to make it sound even better in the environment you use it in. The internal pop filter makes the microphone sound clear in most environments. However, it is recommended to use a pop filter to reduce sound of outgoing air in audio recordings.
A note for users with mechanical keyboards, the HyperX Quadcast records your keystrokes, even on the least sensitive gain settings. You want to isolate the keystrokes in an audio editor. The microphone allows you to reduce the gain with a physical dial on the bottom of the microphone.
A great choice
It is not often needed to change settings while recording audio, but it is convenient that the HyperX QuadCast offers this feature. The HyperX QuadCast is a great standalone microphone with advanced features that can stand out from the competition with the included anti-vibration shock mount and internal pop filter.
HyperX QuadCast microphone
The best condenser microphone for livestreamers, podcasters and content creators who are looking for an easy-to-use standalone solution.
Retail price: 139.99 euros
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