QuadCast - Sounds Real

    It was about to happen: HyperX released its first HyperX QuadCast microphone, designed for ... for those who have something to say. A high-quality microphone is necessary for blogging on YouTube or conducting high-quality gaming streams, with a good microphone you can record podcasts, read audio books, voice TV shows, and so on and so on. Of course, there are microphones in gaming headsets, laptops, and even in the headphones that come with smartphones, but their quality cannot be compared with a full-fledged condenser microphone, which is HyperX QuadCast .

    If you are thinking about your video channel, you can start with a smartphone with a built-in microphone, but you can’t do without good equipment to reach an adequate level of quality and build an audience. And if with a proper game with lighting from a smartphone you can achieve a good picture, then do not expect good sound - you can not do without an external microphone. It is unpleasant to listen to a booming recording with an echo in the background, no matter how cool your content may be. Take any popular channel on YouTube, find the oldest videos and compare them with what’s coming out now - all bloggers start at the “knee-high” level, but soon raise the quality level by buying a normal light, camera and microphone.

    Do you really think that you do not need QuadCast? Welcome to the comments, but first listen (in the literal sense) about the microphone, different radiation patterns, as well as how to install and work with the microphone in various scenarios. If you ever thought about trying yourself in recordings of podcasts, video tutorials, audio books, dubbing or even vocals, then this review is for you.

    Meet QuadCast

    How is HyperX QuadCast different from most microphones of the same price level? Let's take the advantages: three capacitors and as many as four radiation patterns, a spectacular backlight indicator, microphone volume control, a convenient stand with a spider, and an integrated pop filter. Take any other microphone, and any of these features in it will certainly not be. That is, QuadCast combines the maximum set of useful features.

    Thanks to the bundled QuadCast adapter, it can be mounted on a suspended or floor stand

    In a large box, in addition to the microphone, there is a three-meter cable and an adapter with 3 / 8- and 5/8 inch threads for installing the microphone on stands. For most scenarios, you will hardly need anything other than a complete desktop stand. However, if you want to record while standing, for example, doing voiceovers, or moving the microphone in space, like in studios on the radio, then Quadcast can be easily mounted on any standard desk or pantograph.

    Please note that the microphone is connected via USB to computers with Windows, Mac or PS4 - a sound card is already built into QuadCast, therefore the microphone works on the principle of “turned on and works”. Neither drivers, nor digging in the sound card settings, nor thoughts about phantom power, any worries have been removed from the user. At this point, professional musicians can snort - they say, a real studio microphone must be connected with a 6.3 mm jack to work with ASIO, and require phantom power. We respect the opinion of professional musicians, but let's not forget that HyperX Quadcast is the most versatile microphone for a wide range of users, and not a narrow-profile device. With it, you can’t do field shooting on the go or connect to a smartphone, but any room with Quadcast easily turns into an entry-level studio.

    The USB cable is protected by a braid, which means it is more durable than wires in conventional insulation. At the same time, it is made removable. If you need an even longer cable or the original one will become unusable over the years, the new Mini-USB cable is extremely cheap. And thanks to the digital data transfer, you can not think about interference, shielding and audio cables for several thousand rubles or more.

    HyperX QuadCast impresses with its appearance: a black case with red accents, a metal stand, a metal case of the microphone itself. The bottom of the heavy stable stand is rubberized to dampen part of the vibrations, and at the same time the microphone stands firmly in place. Thanks to the hinge, the microphone can be more precisely tuned for itself.

    The stand stands well on the table and even dampens some knocks

    Additional damping of vibrations occurs due to the spider - the microphone is suspended on an elastic grid, compensating for micro-blows on the table, for example, loud mouse clicks or the sound of a keyboard.

    Damping grid - not every microphone boasts it

    At the bottom of the microphone there is a large ring for adjusting the recording volume - this is a hardware control in the QuadCast itself, which does not affect the program volume level in the operating system. With it, you can quickly and easily adjust the sound gain without tinkering with the volume slider in the OS. During a game stream, it will be very inappropriate to switch from a game in OBS Studio to make the microphone louder.

    A very convenient microphone volume wheel eliminates the need to control software sliders in the OS.

    After turning on the microphone in USB, its body glows a steady red light. What for? Firstly, it is beautiful. But in fact, the backlight signals that the microphone is active. To mute the microphone without removing it from the USB, just tap on its top - under the corresponding icon is a touch pad that responds even to a light touch. To turn off the recording, just touch it, and the turned off backlight clearly signals that no one is hearing you now. This is a very cool decision, because a small glowing light bulb may not be noticed.

    Light touch and microphone muted

    Next to the Mini-USB connector for connecting QuadCast to a computer, there is a 3.5-mm audio output for headphones. Since QuadCast has an audio card in it, you can get all the game sound through it, and at the same time monitor your speech - if the microphone is activated, everything you say goes to the connected headphones.

    The audio output to the headphones is useful during games or to control the volume of your own voice. You can

    switch the microphone modes directly during recording.

    Apartment or studio: choose a radiation pattern

    A good microphone is a very insidious device. On the record, he can reveal all the flaws of the environment, which in ordinary life do not seem noticeable. During the game, we do not pay attention to the noise of the computer fans, and the buzz of cars outside the window has long been a natural background. In the next room they can talk, make noise, a TV, a refrigerator, and in minimalistically furnished houses with bare walls and a minimum of furniture, an echo walks echoing. But HyperX Quadcast is ready to work in adverse acoustic conditions!

    Let's talk about the directional modes of QuadCast, the strong side of the microphone. It has three 14-mm capacitors, including or disabling which you can choose the direction from which the microphone will record sound.

    Stereo.The only mode in which stereo is conducted, rather than mono recording. The microphone picks up the sound left and right, greatly enriching the sound of the broadcast. If you are in a quiet room without an echo, you can achieve very good sound when shooting video blogs - stereo video sounds more natural than mono on video. But if a window is open in the room or a computer is buzzing to the side, then there will always be extraneous noise on the left or right channel, more noticeable and annoying than in mono.

    OmnidirectionalIn this mode, QuadCast equally perceives sound coming from all directions. This is a great radiation pattern to set the microphone in the center of the table and record the conversation of several people. But for home use, this mode is only suitable if there is night on the street, the carpets are on the walls, and recording is done on a quiet laptop, otherwise you will hear echo and all extraneous noises from all directions, which QuadCast will also honestly record along with your voice.

    Cardiac.The best mode for recording one person - the microphone will focus on the voice speaking from the HyperX logo. In cardio mode, computer fan noise, other people's conversations, and even echo are filtered. In this case, the microphone must be placed directly in front of you, and not from the edge of the table, otherwise the recording will be quiet and deaf. For most non-adapted rooms, streams and podcasts, it is the cardiod chart that suits it.

    Bidirectional. An unusual mode in which QuadCast catches sound in front and behind, that is, as if in a dialogue between two people. In bidirectional mode, the microphone can be used to record an interview by placing it between the interlocutors. Thanks to clipping sounds from other directions, QuadCast can be used in noisy rooms.

    How to mount a microphone

    Quadcast is the case when the answer to the above question can be answered: “Anywhere!” Most often, microphones are simply placed on the table, and Quadcast is well prepared for this situation. Firstly, it has a heavy metal base to stand firmly on the surface. Secondly, a damping polymer pad is glued to this base, which reduces the transmission of vibrations and knocks to the microphone body. Thirdly, the most interesting thing is that Quadcast has a spider - a shock filter that perfectly dampens vibrations that can occur from touching the table with your hands, knocking on the keyboard, and other necessary movements.

    A microphone without a spider should not be kept on the table, if you are an emotional streamer or like to chat in a text chat during recording - a very loud unpleasant knock will be heard on the recording, which is designed to compensate for the spider. Even a simple touch with the hands of the table will respond to the recording with a boom.

    On the table, the microphone looks better in the frame, but if you only record audio, you can think of a pendant mount - a pantograph, which, for example, is used on radio stations. This design of rods connected by hinges is more like a table lamp, to the end of which a microphone is mounted instead of a ceiling. To connect the Quadcast to the pantograph, you need to remove the microphone from the spider of the standard stand, attach the complete adapter to it and gracefully screw it onto the new mount. The pantograph will allow you to easily and conveniently change the position of the microphone along all three axes, bringing it closer to your mouth.

    How to speak into the microphone

    The choice of microphone position relative to the speaker greatly affects the nature of the sound. You need to decide not only on the content that you are going to record, but also on your own speech features.

    For those who want to record their podcasts or audiobooks , they need a clear, detailed, rich sound of the voice, with the widest possible coverage of the frequency range - both with bass and with elaborate tops. To do this, you need to move the microphone closer to yourself, about a distance of 15-20 cm, and speak directly into it. Thus, it will be possible to record the low-frequency part of the spectrum, which in post-processing can be processed by the compressor, adding the voice of "warm lamp".

    For a true ASMRjust one microphone is not enough, you need a complex design that emulates human ears, but with Quadcast you can record quiet, invisible and deep speech, creating a light ASMR effect. To achieve the effect of being in the listener's head, the microphone must be moved literally a few centimeters from the mouth. In this case, you need to speak carefully, quietly, clearly, avoiding noisy sighs.

    For a stream or interview, just turn on the desired mode (cardio, bidirectional), check the volume level when recording, and don’t think about anything - these are not the most demanding formats for sound detailing, Quadcast can handle them without any special installation on the table and even post-processing.

    Finally, if you understand that even a pop filter does not cope with breathing noise and sharp consonants, just lower or raise the microphone relative to your mouth and speak a little past - the recording quality will hardly suffer, but the air flow will pass by.

    Sound character

    Using test recordings, you can already get some idea of ​​the nature of the sound of the voice recorded by the microphone. But if you are interested in the details, then delve into the details.

    The frequency response of the microphone has a peak in the range of 3-8 kHz, which indicates sensitivity to sibilants (s, tss, w), so at the mastering stage it is worth lowering the volume range from 3 to 8 kHz a bit to make the sound more close to a live voice. Or just do not move close to the microphone. Otherwise, the schedule is very smooth - with QuadCast, first of all, you will have to take care not about fine mastering, but about the right choice of chart.

    This frequency response is ideal for recording voice on streams or podcasts, but QuadCast, of course, is not very suitable for recording vocals. However, the microphone is not positioned as a musical one.

    Briefly about the main thing:

    More functions for the same price

    QuadCast is not done at all - it is an impressive microphone with its appearance and functionality. Do you think that for the same money you can order five microphones at once from a well-known Internet site? It is possible, but they will not be an equivalent replacement for QuadCast, as the Chinese budget compact car will not replace the German premium car.

    HyperX QuadCast is quality materials and high ergonomics. Find the same quality and functionality for less money

    Microphones with a single radiation pattern - most often omnidirectional - will not be able to filter extraneous noise as well as a cardiod microphone does, and you can never dream of stereo recordings. Simple condenser microphones will be deprived of a pop filter, a rubberized stand and a web that protects against keyboard knocking and mouse clicks. When choosing a cheap microphone on the principle of "and so it will" you will have to make many compromises, and the result will be very far from what you can get with HyperX QuadCast.

    Not only streams

    Every time we hear a recording of our voice, I want to apologize to others - the result is discouraging. You, but not those around you - they don’t know how your voice sounds in your head. Try your hand at reading audio books or podcasts, this will help you gain confidence in your speeches, and at the same time will tighten the diction. Almost any content has its own listener. Conducting a podcast reading a theorybook in cardiode microphone mode? Esthete students will definitely subscribe to you. Translate the show from Indian? No one except you will surely be able to. Are you making a video blog of an interview with your interesting friends? In the comments to the video, a discussion will surely flare up.

    You can remove the microphone from the mount and, for example, sing, picture-wandering around the room

    Even if the attempt is unsuccessful, you will get valuable experience that will certainly come in handy in the future. But then every idea will receive a high-quality implementation thanks to the HyperX QuadCast microphone - you will never be scolded for sound.

    The difference is enormous

    If you think that the difference between microphones for 1000 rubles and 12000 rubles is ephemeral, then either the bear once trampled on your ears, or you just never heard the comparative test. On YouTube, you can easily find comparisons of microphones that instantly dispel the myth that the “copy” from the Chinese marketplace is no different from the expensive original. It differs, and also how: if the sound in cheap microphones is “flat”, booming, devoid of volume and generally not charismatic, then QuadCast in cardio and stereo modes provides a tight, deep sounding voice, with the transmission of subtle sounds. With proper configuration with HyperX QuadCast, you can even conduct a semblance of ASMR broadcasts.


    HyperX expands the range of gaming equipment, taking a new height - professional streams. Games are serious, and we take the development of our products as seriously as possible. QuadCast will compete with popular streamer microphones due to its amazing combination of functionality and quality. HyperX QuadCast is a tool, a good tool that will help realize any fantasies and creative ideas. Just give it a try.

    The HyperX QuadCast microphone is available from official HyperX partners: Citilink.ru, 4FRAG.ru, DNS-shop.ru and HyperPC.ru. At the time of writing, the cost is 12,490 rubles.

    For more information about HyperX products, visit the company's website.

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