Just when I had thought I’d seen it all in compact microphones for use with iPods, iPads and other ‘smart’ devices, Samson sent me the Go Mic Connect, which puts all of that aside and goes back to addressing the computer user once again. Thank you Samson, let’s get back to recording on our laptop with as little trouble as possible, if it is not too much to ask. That is exactly what the Go Mic Connect is all about. For those of you not wanting to use an iOS or Android device to record your song writing and podcast ventures, then here is an add-on microphone specifically designed for you.
The unique fold-out design of this microphone works in such a way that allows it to easily rest atop of the screen of your laptop or desktop computer, placing the microphone right in front of you. The folding arms have foam pads on them so they don’t scratch your computer and at the same time, get the required grip they need for the microphone to stay in place. It almost looks like a sound-bar style speaker atop of the monitor, although it works in a very different way. The designers have also taken into consideration the placement of most laptop webcams, usually being in the centre of the lid above the screen. The Go Mic Connect has a raised section in the middle of the casing to ensure that it doesn’t get in the way of your camera. After all, it is designed to work in conjunction with the camera for podcast recordings, so this is ideal. This mounting bracket can also be used to set the microphone up on the desktop and angle it up towards you too should you wish.
HOW IT SOUNDS
Being very compact, there is no room for large diaphragms to be in play, but the Go Mic Connect still delivers a very good quality audio capture. The stereo microphone capsules work together to deliver a rich full sound, which is focused on the seated position in front of the computer’s screen. So, with very little effort, a quick setup and fully powered from the USB connection that handles the audio transfer as well, you can now greatly improve the audio quality from your laptop for podcast recordings, Skype conversations or even for recording songwriting ideas and rehearsals where you might just want audio, or video as well.
Hits and Misses
Easy to adjust so it sits on any laptop screen
Clear sound from a focused position
Reduced room noise
Slightly unstable if moving computer or working on your lap