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FIFINE K688 USB/XLR DYNAMIC Microphone, XLR/USB Podcast Recording PC Microphone for Vocal Voice-Over Streaming, Studio Metal Mic with Mic Mute, Headphone Jack, Monitoring Volume Control, Windscreen


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  • [Clean Sound Quality] Featured with durability and adaptability, the XLR dynamic microphone for podcast, with SPL of 130dB, will not distort the audio from vocal, video or music recording, to keep its originality. Quite directional cardioid pattern deals with background noise, like hard drives or computer fans. The studio recording microphone delivers originally detail voice without much additional noise processing.
  • [Upgrade XLR Output] XLR interface enhances the sense of audio space for immersive podcast audio. The XLR mic makes your vocal easier to resonate. Podcast microphone XLR eliminates circuit noise interference, worked with S/N Ratio higher than 75dB, thereby upgrading dynamics and details in audio. Use the vocal microphone with sound card or mixer equipment accessories in your studio to present more natural and high-end audio.
  • [Convenient USB Output] Provided with both USB and XLR connections, the USB dynamic microphone for PC is a significant benefit for you to podcast in various ways. You can save more time to finish your recording work quickly via recording on desktop or laptop by plugging the 8.2ft USB cable directly. USB connection readily satisfies your daily recording needs, and also portable when out for work.
  • [Mute and Gain Control] Tap-to-mute on the USB mic front panel is handy to mute instead of pushing a button, which is noise-free to avoid unnecessary noise into your singing, podcast or streaming. No need to fiddle with software settings on your Macbook, you can control the recording audio volume by gain knob on the studio mic for PC, to output more vivid broadcast audio. (Only available for USB connection)
  • [Monitoring and Volume Adjustment] The podcast mic ability to 3.5mm jack real-time monitoring along with headphone volume control are added bonuses to recording professionals standing out studio podcasting. Monitor if your output voice as intended or noise reduction effect, and directly set the monitoring volume on the streaming mic to listen to each frequency audio. The PC microphone for recording is more accessible for voice-over work. (Only available for USB connection)
  • [Further Noise Reduction] Cardioid Dynamic microphone gaming requires to keep a close distance to record. Thus, the included windscreen can dampen the impact of plosives to help you reduce the harshness in vocals. When you record bass audio, the external shock mount eases unwanted low frequency vibration from desk and mechanical noise, further keeping your podcast, Youtube studio recording clean, nature and powerful.
  • Warm Tips: 1. The recording studio product comes with a dynamic microphone with shock mount, an 8.2ft (2.5m) USB C to USB cable, a 5/8” to 3/8” adapter, a user’s Manual (XLR cable, boom arm, mic stand not included). 2. When using XLR connection, it is suggested to use XLR to XLR cable for more stable audio. 3. All function keys are only available for USB connection.

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In terms of functionality, the defining feature of this FIFINE K688 USB/XLR dynamic microphone is the ability to deliver perfect sound in some imperfect environments and the flexibility to balance the present need and future expansion in your audio production.

What you really need to muddle is the background sound, and the dynamic cardioid capsule does let the K688 shine through in that aspect. Normal users do not have any sort of special acoustical treatment in the rooms. A dynamic microphone will come in super helpful in this circumstance because it does not pick up much distracting background or reflected sound.

It doubles down on the noise rejection with its cardioid polar pattern. Though you have to work on top of and close to it for the clearest pickup of your voice, the result is just mind-blowing if you’re used to being a condenser mic user. Anything happening out there will not prominent anymore and you can actually experience the advantage of a cardioid microphone this time.

The best bit is that you can continue reaping this benefit for the years to come! Because the design behind is well thought out, making it easy to set up straightway when you just started out and leaving you the choice to upgrade without ditching the whole mic in the future.     

XLR mics are featureless while USB mics are powerless. Not at all, at least you can complement them with each other in the case of the FIFINE K688. The two outs give universal appeal to everyone in the following years. Because you do not need to put the work into learning to use it at the very beginning. When you want to up your game or look for the next stage at some point, you can do some experiments with it for the XLR function.   

If there is such a necessary, or maybe for a special two-PC setup, you can even send the signal from the mic to two different places, like your PC and an audio interface or a PA when using it outdoor.

I/O Controls

There are also two dials at the bottom for the microphone and headphone volume. The advantage of the controls being underneath is that they will not stand in the way when you hook the mic onto a boom arm. And you can keep a clean and simple look of it in front of a camera.  

Touch-sensitive Mute

It could have been good and bad, but things changed with the LED indicator and the monitoring jack. You will not find yourself have not recorded anything yet halfway through.

Headphone Monitoring

Without a headphone amp built in, the 3.5mm port at the back can drive a pair of headphones with its impedance rated between 16 ohms and 75 ohms. Within this range you still have some headphones to choose from instead of being left with only game headsets for monitoring. Because of the combo of the latency-free feature and an input level control, you can pretty much avoid the wild fluctuations in volume by making adjustments on the fly.

The audio quality may come down to what interface you are running the mic through if you are using the XLR connector. But basically, it is not the general type of dynamic mics where the mids are prominent while the brightness is lacking. Inheriting from FIFINE’s bloodline, the treble is something that will not miss but it is not so much to assault your ear with harshness.

Bass

The broadcast signature sound should be the first thing popping up in your head when it comes to dynamic mics. The FIFINE K688 is not exceptional. But the low-ends are not too heavy to make your voice super bassy and woolly. Another benefit is that the proximity effect is less prominent so the low-frequency noises, such as the booming generated from hitting the desk or the mic stand, will not be exaggerated.      

Mids

It is pretty flat through the 500 Hz to 1k Hz midranges to give the real-world sounding of the instruments. Because of the slight boost between 1k to 2k Hz, a bit more bites are added to the high-pitched instruments. So yes, it is a FIFINE microphone that you can use to properly record some instrument. The drawback of the uncommon articulation from a dynamic microphone is that the sibilance may be fatiguing. But thanks to a much thicker and flocked pop filter, the capsule will not be hit hard by the air-blowing, making it less of a problem to avoid sibilance. That also helps reduce the plosive noises. 

Treble

To get the cleanest audio, you just need to pay a little more attention to the off-axis placement. With the sibilance sorted out, you and your audience can put your heart and ears to enjoy the bright and airy sounding up the top and even some sparkles. Leave alone streaming and voice-over, if you are planning to record a song cover in your untreated room, it is still perfectly ideal for the price.  

Weight 1 kg

Specifications

Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Output Connection USB type-C (mic end) to type-A 2.0 (computer end)/XLR
USB Power Consumption Voltage: 5±0.25 V
Current: 86 mA
Bit Depth/Sample Rate 16-bit/44.1k-48k Hz
Frequency Response 70-15k Hz
S/N Ratio >75 dB
Max. SPL 130 dB
Sensitivity -58±3dB
Adjustable Gain Range 0 to +12 dB
Shipping Weight 1.0 kg

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