If you are a streamer or content creator you’ll know that having high-quality audio is even more important than high-quality video. After all as soon as you upload to most social channels your video is compressed so much it loses a lot of the original look. People will forgive you for the video, but if your audio distorts or pops with a noisy background, they’ll just turn it off.
The best and most affordable solution for most creators is to get a USB microphone, mainly for the ease of connection to just about any device. Allowing you to record a podcast, your own music, or a gaming or streaming session. Some of those mics can take up a lot of deskspace which is why the solution is to either get a mic boom arm to drop in your device from above or a much smaller model that is unobtrusive on your workspace.
There are a few options available like the Kmart Microphone which is only $39, but it sounds like $39, it will do a job but is not a professional setup. It’s limited with settings and can pick up some external sounds.
When you compare it to something like the Thronmax M8 Pulse it’s easy to see why spending the extra dollars is going to benefit you in the long run.
At around $93 Aussie dollars this small studio-quality device has more features than some of its larger cousins. Out of the box, you notice that the device is not going to take up much desk space and even comes with a great quality built-in 360-degree tripod to keep it steady in your recording session.
The compact foldable design means you can easily pack it in your laptop case to take out and record podcasts on location. It also takes no time at all to set up which gets you into the conversation even quicker with no drivers needed for your devices.
The lightweight design still feels strong and of quality even down to the USB cable that is USB-C to USB and has a strong nylon braided cord to protect it from being damaged and adds to the over aesthetic.
The connections on the device are plentiful and all located on the bottom/back of the device. Included is a 3.5mm headphone port for monitoring which is a surprise and welcome addition to this smaller model (something the K-Mart model does not have). This is a proper monitor as well, where you can actually hear yourself back with zero latency. Some USB mics only give you sound from your computer or people you are interviewing so you need to talk with one headphone cup off of your ear.
There is also the USB connection (DC-5V Type C) a button in the middle that on long-press mutes the mic and a short press changes the mode. The volume control is the most disappointing inclusion on the design as they opted for a “wheel” rather than a knob like we’ve seen on other models. The wheel sits flush on the chassis of the mic so it does create a smooth overall look but I’ve always found volume wheels to be unsatisfying to use.
Once you plug in the device you’ll notice the blue ring of light at the back. It’s a really nice use of RGB that isn't too overpowering but still gives the mic presence. The way the mic sits in a “shotgun mic” position gives the RGB light even more purpose than on its larger brother device the M-Drill Pro.
At the end of the day, none of that matters, well some of it matters but the thing that matters most is the quality of sound and features around that. The Thronmax M8 Pulse delivers in that department.
Recording with a 96Khz Bit Rate in 24 bit gives you a crisp and quality studio recording sound and having the option to use Cardioid mode which records sound directly in front of the device cuts out the needless background noise so that only the focus of what you want to hear is there.
The other mode is Active Noise Cancelation, which cuts down that background noise even more.
When switching modes the RGB light (yes it actually has a purpose) will change. Solid blue is Cardioid mode, pulsing is Active Noise Cancelation, and a solid red means you have the mic muted. So no more jumping on a conference call and someone telling you that your mix is muted, it will be very visually obvious to you.
The Thronmax M8 Pulse is not only a perfect entry-level USB microphone, but it’s also a great portable solution for the professional. The features are strong for the device's size and the quality of the audio is comparable to even the more expensive larger models on the market. The sleek design will look the part on any desktop and the RGB is a really nice inclusion. A strong consideration for anyone wanting to Stream content on Youtube, Twitch or even just record a podcast or voice-over.
Doccy Darko is the official tech reviewer of the Random 30. This article is republished with permission.