BEACN Microphone Review | MMORPG.com

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The BEACN USB dynamic microphone is, without a doubt, one of the best microphones I have ever used on my PC. Full stop.

I could end the review there, but I guess we can explain simply Why that is, and why it’s the mic that I don’t see myself swapping anytime soon.

What makes the BEACN Mic unique is that it’s a dynamic capsule (which is usually, but not always, reserved for XLR mics) powered by USB-C, bringing the clarity and sound quality that many search through their records. However, the BEACN Mic is not just for those sitting in a vocal booth recording line, but also for content creators and streamers looking for a crisp mic that brings sound quality to their videos.

BEACN is a relatively new company, with leaders hailing from GOXLR maker TC Helicon. It’s no surprise, then, that the company brings real audio here that’s reflected in the quality of the products with an understanding of what streamers and creators are looking for in their kit. The BEACN Mic is a product that understands and does both, much like the BEACN Mix and Mix Create products we reviewed earlier.

But first, the specs:

Features

Microphone:

  • Capsule type: Dynamic
  • Frequency response: 50Hz to 20kHz
  • Polar pattern: unidirectional (cardioid)
  • Sensitivity: -27dBFS @ minimum gain
  • Adjustable gain: 0 to +20dB
  • Dynamic range: 94dB
  • Interface: USB-C
  • Case: zinc alloy
  • Weight: 751g

Headphone:

  • Headset interface: 3.5mm
  • Output power (RMS): 84 mW at 33 Ω (
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% (42 mW at 33 Ω)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/- 0.1dB)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 102 dB (A-weighted)

Microphone modules:

  • Limiter
  • Compressor
  • Real-time noise cancellation
  • Equalizer
  • Expander/Gate
  • Improvement Suite

Price: $279 on the BEACN website

First Thoughts

At first glance, the BEACN Mic isn’t huge, flashy or garish like other “gaming” peripherals can tend to lean towards. The microphone is shaped like a long pill with the dynamic capsule at one end covered with an amazing quality pop filter, an RGB ring in the middle and the aluminum housing at the bottom housing all the electronics inside. inside the microphone. The BEACN Mic also comes with its own assembly stand and should be compatible with most boom arms, like the Blue Compass arm I’ve been using for years now.

Visually, the BEACN Mic doesn’t look flashy, but it definitely shines in the room. As I’ve been using this mic for a few weeks everyone who came into my office immediately had their eyes drawn, especially my audio tech brother who spent quite a bit of time figuring out if he could get this mic to work on the Las Vegas strip where he works (spoiler: yes).

The microphone comes with an incredibly long USB-C cable to connect to your PC. At the bottom of the mic capsule is also the 3.5mm headphone jack in order to monitor your voice, as well as use it as an audio connection in place of other headphones or speakers.

What the microphone gains in style, it lacks in-line controls. There’s no analog mute button or even a gain dial – everything will have to be controlled by the audio software (such as BEACN) or app you’re using. While I appreciate the sleek design of the mic, I really wish there was a gain dial for quick on-the-fly adjustments, instead of having to open an app to adjust my mic sensitivity.

Fortunately, the BEACN Mic makes up for that with what it can do under the hood. The BEACN mic is powerful, delivering crisp, clear vocals through its dynamic capsule, but it doesn’t stop there. The built-in mic handles real-time noise cancellation, which is great for streamers and gamers because the last thing you want is for your surroundings – especially keyboard clicks – to impact your recording or your audience.

The microphone, like the Mix Create, is available in a light (white) and dark (black) finish, allowing you to match your aesthetic.

BEACN mic software and sound test

The BEACN Mic, being a USB powered microphone, is literally plug and play. You can use this microphone without much of the software that comes with it, but doing so leaves so much on the table. What makes the BEACN Mic so powerful and exceptional is software supplied with the device.

BEACN Microphone Review Software

BEACN Mic software gives users a metric ton of control over their audio, providing everything from de-essers, exciters, and compressors to fine-tuning the EQ of specific frequencies in your voice. Being able to easily tune using waveforms and more gravity to my tone, as well as dampen the popping “S” sounds that I usually make on the fly is extremely important to me.

This is where you’ll adjust everything from your microphone gain to headphone volume output, with everything in between. Finding the right compression balance, figuring out the right gate to use on a specific frequency in your voice, and more is going to involve a ton of trial and error, but once it’s settled you can pretty much almost forget it. And if you don’t want to mess up too much, BEACN has two preset equalizers that you can just set and go.

However, I will admit that at first glance the software seemed incredibly intimidating. BEACN kind of expects you to know a bit about the audio technology going into this mic I think, and while it’s pretty well laid out, the software might be overwhelming for some. BEACN has an “advanced equalizer” toggle that you can turn on and off if you don’t want to choose from so many options when looking for your sound. They’ve also released a pretty handy YouTube video showing exactly how to use the software for anyone who wants to get the most out of their investment.

In the clip above, you can hear the microphone in action. I love the round, radio quality the dynamic capsule gives my voice here, and the noise cancellation works as advertised. During this recording, I asked my daughter to make cereal nearby, a fan right next to me blowing in the path of the microphone, and mouse clicks and keystrokes. Virtually none of this is heard in the recording. The great thing also about all of this is that the software settings aren’t handled by your PC’s CPU, but rather managed onboard on the microphone itself, so all that EQ is done without draining resources system.

The BEACN Mic is also enhanced with the BEACN Mix Create. Remember when I said I missed that gain and volume knob? Well, luckily I can set this up in the Mix Create software, again adjusting the volume on the fly. Although I would still prefer the button on the mic itself, the work around…well…works.

The RGB light ring on the mic itself is also adjustable, and it’s a great indicator when your mic is muted, as it will change color if Windows mutes the mic (not if you mute it using Mix Create, in Discord and what not). It’s a good idea to also have adjustable RGB on the mic itself, and because it’s just a single strip, it doesn’t detract from the sleek look – just does improve it in my opinion.

Beacn Mic Dark

BEACN Micro Review Conclusion

Ultimately, as I said up top, the BEACN Mic is the best microphone I’ve used for streams and recordings, hands down. Its studio-grade quality rivals even XLR microphones on the market, and the amount of control you have over your sound through BEACN software is insane. Honestly, the software suite that BEACN has for the mic should serve as a starting point for other manufacturers pushing their mics to this level of quality.

However, in the end, the price might be what puts some people off. However, when you think about it, $279 for an outrageously good dynamic microphone isn’t outrageous, especially when so many streamers and creators opt for more expensive mics like the Shure SM7B. Also with these you will need to get other items such as an XLR mixing amplifier and many more to use with your setup. The advantage of a USB-powered dynamic mic is then clear in comparison.

The BEACN Mic is truly something special, and it’s a microphone I can’t see myself putting away in favor of my Rode Podmic or even a USB condenser mic like the HyperX Quadcast, which I also love. With crisp, clear voice quality out of the box that can be further enhanced using onboard software, the BEACN mic is a compelling buy if you’re looking for the best possible mic to upgrade your streams. And when you consider that the software will, in theory, only get better over time as the BEACN team iterates, that’s a given to me.

The BEACN Mic is the best USB-powered dynamic mic, hands down. The BEACN team has truly created something special here, and I can only hope their next microphone exceeds the incredibly high bar they already set with their initial offering.

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