HyperX Quadcast S Evaluation: A Nice USB Microphone

For a time, should you had been in search of a USB mic to start out a podcast, stream on Twitch, and even simply have higher Zoom calls, the one identify anybody would utter was Blue Yeti. 

However over the previous couple of years, a challenger has appeared that is now all however taken over the market, at the least on Twitch. That mic? The HyperX Quadcast S. Similar to widespread on-line players, I have been loving it. 

Handy Design

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I had solely used the Quadcast S for an hour or two earlier than I had the distinct thought that whoever designed it should have spent a number of time with different USB mics. It isn’t that I used to be ever dissatisfied with my previous Blue Yeti, essentially. But when I would had this HyperX mic first, I’d’ve been.

For starters, on the highest of the microphone, there is a touch-sensitive pad that may mute the microphone. That is simply one of many handiest options, particularly if that you must shortly lower your audio whereas on a livestream. Muting the microphone additionally disables the colourful LEDs, so that you get on the spot suggestions that it is protected to speak.

On the (literal) flip facet, there is a acquire knob constructed into the underside of the microphone. This made it simple to regulate the enter degree on the fly. The one minor quibble I’ve with that is that there is no enter degree indicator on the microphone itself, or in HyperX’s software program, to assist place the acquire. 

This is not an enormous drawback, since apps like OBS often have them already, however come on HyperX: The LEDs are proper there. Simply flip the entire mic right into a degree meter whereas the acquire knob is in use. Or at the least blink purple after I begin peaking! No matter, it is effective. 

On the rear of the microphone, there is a dial to modify between 4 polar patterns: stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bidirectional. These are pretty customary, and also you most likely will not ever want to alter the sample should you use a constant setup and solely document your self, however it’s nonetheless good to have the flexibleness. The mic additionally connects through USB-C, a welcome improve over the mini USB of the earlier Quadcast mic (in addition to some competing mics, together with the Blue Yeti).

Constructed to Be Seen (and Heard)

The principle occasion on the Quadcast S is the LED lights. Usually, I would not give a gadget an excessive amount of credit score for having RGB lighting—particularly one thing geared toward players, the place that is all however legally required—however HyperX has nailed doing it tastefully. The lights contained in the core of the microphone mix into a pleasing gradient that feels extra like a delicate accent colour, and fewer like a frontal assault from Rainbow Highway.

Whereas the unique Quadcast solely had purple LEDs, the Quadcast S has the total spectrum of colours, which you’ll customise through HyperX’s Ngenuity software program. There are alternatives for strong colours, lightning results, or essentially the most pleasing (in my view): wave, which slowly transitions throughout a spectrum of colours you decide.

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