If you're looking to upgrade your live stream mic, you can't go wrong with the SteelSeries Alias Pro. At a cool S$499, this microphone isn't for everyone. But you will sound great with it. It features an XLR connector, similar to those found in professional audio gear. That means you can hook it up to other audio mixers, too.
- Cardioid condenser microphone
- 24bit/48KHz sample rate, 120db Max SPL (sound pressure level)
- Dual PC support
- +48V DC Phantom Power
The Alias Pro comes with a Stream Mixer, which connects the microphone to your PC. The mixer features glowy buttons and knobs for controlling the Alias Pro's gain or mute it. The lights will tell you when it's picking up audio or when it's muted. You can also attach headphones via the 3.5mm audio jack on the left, and control the volume for it. The mixer features a USB-C out, and comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable. The Stream Mixer also requires power from a socket, you can't run the microphone through just USB only.
While you can use the microphone, and the Stream Mixer just like that, it's best used with the SteelSeries Sonar app. The app comes with a bunch of preset EQs for the microphone that will make you sound good. It also has different settings for if you were using it on the Desk Stand or the Boom Arm. I really like how I sounded with the Broadcast Low Pitch setting, and turning on the Clearcast AI Noise Cancellation mode kept background noise to a minimum. You can also turn on streamer mode, which lets you juggle the audio channels so that you can decide what your audience hears. Do note that Sonar effectively takes over your audio management, but you can still use Windows to somewhat override this. If you're a beginner streamer, using Sonar is your best bet.
I also note you can also use other microphones, such as the Creative Live! Mic M3 with Sonar, though it doesn't sound quite as good. In terms of audio quality, the Alias Pro is pretty good. Vocals are clear. It's even better when you turn on Sonar's noise cancellation. I tested it with fans blowing at me, and it was quiet without sounding compressed. I placed the Alias Pro next to my keyboard, and noticed that the Clearcast noise cancellation helped with hiding clicky keyboard and mouse noise (though they are still slightly audible). Lastly, you can mount the microphone on a boom arm, too.
The SteelSeries Alias Pro and Stream Mixer isn't the cheapest microphone available, but it does impress with its build, quality, and audio performance. If you want to upgrade your streaming gear, give this a shot. You probably won't need this if you just want to sound better in Zoom meetings. But if you have the spare cash, pick it up from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by SteelSeries.
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