Behringer has introduced BIGFOOT, an all in one USB Studio Condenser Microphone. Behringer describes BIGFOOT as “your own home studio”.
The BIGFOOT is a digital home recording, gaming, streaming or podcasting enthusiast’s dream come true. This professional-quality condenser microphone comes loaded with 3 high-quality capsules and awesome features: with digital USB interface you are ready to record faster than ever – and with minimal preparation and equipment – just plug it into your computer and start recording. Record with your favorite software (Logic Pro, Audacity and that you can use it even for Twitch and YouTube streams) you don’t need to download any extra software.
BIGFOOT has four pickup modes to suit versatile recording environments:
- Stereo pickup mode – is ideal for capturing a realistic spacious audio effect.
- Cardioid pickup mode – delivers a rich, full-bodied sound. Well-suited for podcasts, vocals, gamers, video calls and sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone.
- Omni-directional pickup mode – picks up sound equally from all directions, best suited for multi-person podcasts and to capture the ambience of ‘being there’ – like a lie recording of a band’s performance.
- Bi-directional pickup mode – records from both the front and the rear of the microphone. Ideal for capturing every nuance of a musical instrument and face to face recording.
Monitor and Control – Connect your headphone via 3.5mm audio out jack provided at bottom of the microphone. Monitor your voice while you speak via easy volume control knob. There is a built in hard mute switch that is very handy in some live streaming situations!
Highly Compatible – Plug and play USB interface works with a variety of USB enabled desktop computers, laptops, tablet PC and USB power supported mobile phones. Ultra-low latency ASIO driver for PC audio optimization available at beringher.com. You’ll also be ready to go live on your PC or Mac right out of the box!
Behringer has introduced that SL 84C dynamic cardioid microphone. Dynamic mics have several advantages that make them ideal for live applications or recording amplified instruments. They’re robust, resistant to moisture and can achieve high gain before feedback. These microphones’ cardioid pickup pattern is designed to capture the source signal, such as a guitar amplifier or vocalist, while shunning off-axis sound.
Few things are more essential to recording or live dynamic performance than dynamic microphones. Ask any sound engineer and they will tell you to keep as many as possible on hand. Behringer brings you great-sounding SL 84C dynamic microphone with impact-resistant case, with stand adapters and mic clips so you’ll be ready to capture your sound in brilliant resolution.
GearNews reported that the new Behringer SL 84C is priced at USD $11.00.
Features of the SL 84C include:
- Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rises for excellent voice projection
- Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
- Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through
- Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback
- Integrated spherical wind and pop noise filter
- Shock mount system to cut down handling noise
- 3-pin XLR connector for highest signal integrity
- Microphone stand adapter and carrying case included
- 3-Year Warranty Program
- +Designed and engineered in Germany
For years, Firewire was the reigning technology when it came to sending multichannel audio to/from an interface and a computer or other host device. While it’s still technically possible to use Firewire in many instances, the protocol is clearly giving way to other connection types like Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 (and probably down the line, USB 3.0). With that in mind, I was recently in search of a new USB 2.0 mixer. I wanted the ability to send multichannel audio to my computer for recording, and my current mixer, equipped with a USB 1.1 connection, could only send two audio channels. I began searching around for new gear options and was frustrated by just how difficult it was to find mixers and interfaces that met this requirement. After hours of searching and some suggestions I received on a couple of different podcasting-related forums, here’s the list of all USB 2.0 mixers and interfaces I could find that sell for less than $1000US.
- Behringer X18 and XR18. Behringer’s fully digital “X” series of mixers are a bit confusing in that the X12 and X16 aren’t multichannel. But the X18 models are.
- Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK. “The console is designed to deliver pristine recordings. Both have an ultra-low-latency USB interface that flawlessly captures every channel, which can then be mixed or transferred to a DAW for further mixdown and production.”
- Behringer UFX1204. Another multichannel mixer from Behringer. Unlike the X series, this one is a traditional analog mixer with a USB interface.
- Allen & Heath ZEDi 10FX. I’ll admit, I was surprised to find something by Allen & Heath in this price range.
- Presonus StudioLive AR8. This little mixer has some intriguing features, including a built-in SD card slot for recording.
- Focusrite Scarlett. These interfaces aren’t actually mixers but they are multichannel and Focusrite offers a full range of options, depending on how many inputs you need.
That’s all of the multichannel USB interfaces/mixers I could find for under a grand. Did I miss any? If so, leave the information in the comment section below.
Music Group, the parent company of audio gear manufacturer Behringer, has acquired TC Group, an audio hardware/software manufacturer. This move bringss the brands of Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, Lake, TC Electronics, TC Helicon and TC Applied Technologies into the Music Group fold, along with Behringer, Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound.
Music Group has recently made big investments in upgrading its manufacturing facilities. It’s likely that the company made this acquisition to improve its service and support of the professional A/V market, including venues and touring productions. Also, many of TC Group’s products are complementary to those that Music Group (and specifically Behringer) is already producing. The two companies are known for their audio processing and production devices as well as electric guitar and voice enhancement products.
This move would seem to be further proof that Music Group’s trajectory is on the rise. For years, Behringer, the company’s flagship brand, carried a bad reputation. Its products were often seen as cheap, inferior toys when compared to other brands. Many critics claimed that Behringer’s products were just ripoffs of superior gear made by companies like Mackie or DBX. A few years ago, Behringer went on a mission to try and reverse the company’s negative perception. Since then, Behringer has worked hard to improve its products and they even turned a skeptic like me around as I now own a couple of their rack-mounted processors.
The news of this acquisition is further proof that Music Group is headed in the right direction.