Geek Pick: Apogee HypeMiC Is Awesomely Analog

first_imgGeek Pick: HP Sprocket 2 Is a Perfect Portable Photo PrinterGeek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 Lineup As with any of these Geek Picks, you should also read the extensive tested reviews on our sister site PCMag.com. But that’s especially true for audio products like the Apogee HypeMiC. Being a professional audiophile who can truly explain what makes certain sound tech impressive or not is a power beyond what most mortals can comprehend. But to dumb things down a shake, let’s just say the Apogee HypeMiC is awesomely analog. Stay on target Before you even start appreciating the audio quality, the Apogee HypeMiC catches your eye with its aesthetics. It has a premium metallic gold body with a big upper grill, gain knob, headphone jack, and multicolor LED lights. The small dimensions and weight make the USB mic nice and portable for recording directly to PC or iOS. But propping it up on the included mount gives it a surprising amount of presence. A pop filter and carrying case are included as well.Recording quality is what matters though. Why else are you buying a nice mic if not to make your podcasts and SoundCloud rap sound less amateurish? The Apogee HypeMiC impresses with its clean signal and sound clarity, which you modify with various compression presets. Just don’t use the gratuitous “Smash Mode.”The Apogee HypeMiC’s secret (and most technical weapon) is its analog compressor built into its signal chain. Most USB microphones like this use digital signal processing and let users adjust from there. So building in an analog compressor is quite the achievement. Let one of your music friends who buys vinyl records over MP3s explain why analog sound is superior to digital.So like I said, for more on the Apogee HypeMiC check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more cool audio tech check out the Marshall Stanmore II Voice and this Ikea/Sonic speaker/lamp.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img