I’m a fan of SteelSeries generally. I default to the company’s keyboards and mice when I’m at my desk (and even play from time to time – one of the best built-in minigames ever!), and the headset offers some of the best audio quality for gaming situations. So I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that SteelSeries produces a mean microphone, too. The SteelSeries Alias is something you should to see under the Christmas tree.
By far thething about this microphone is that it is truly plug-and-play. It’s a USB mic that you don’t need to route through an interface or deal connections. You pull this thing out of the box, plug it in, and you’re instantly away and running.
Of course, the Alias is not the first microphone to offer that kind of functionality. It is, however, one of the first I’ve encountered where you’ll struggle to see the benefits of upgrading to that Rode-and-XLR setup unless you’re ready to go really professional and need a full-on studio.
Case-in-point: This month’s Digitally Uploaded podcast, versus previous months, where I had a Rode microphone hooked in via an interface. The recording space was the same, so you can and while the XLR interface-and-mic option is better (or, at least, I believe so), it’s only marginally so, and that’s after having spent a lot of time fine-tuning the interface to arrive at the settings I’m happy with and using the thing to record, month after month. The podcast recording where I used the Alias, meanwhile, day I pulled the mic out of the sounds incredible compared to every other ever tried to record on from sitting on my desk. A little more echo-y, yes (and that by my podcast co-hosts), but I think my voice comes across clearly enough.
Volume levels are easy to monitor from the LED lights that sit directly on the mic’sa simple and responsive tap-to-mute option, which is for on.
Once you want to delve into the features, SteelSeries has its Sonaris efficient and elegant, with a drag-and-drop interface and a suite of features that are easy to understand and manipulate, even for people who (like me) are not about to move into a sound production career. With that said, though it is definitely plug-and-play, there’s a depth to the feature set that is pitched perfectly at the prosumer space and if you do want to get into sound and Sonar offer the ideal introduction AND mid-level stages on your learning journey.
And then for those ready tothere is XRL version of the Alias, the Alias Pro. However, I would argue that that far is probably not necessary for 99% of the in the Alias. This is a microphone for gaming, as the many settings within the Sonar software For that specific application, through. As far as specs SteelSeries that the Alias has a condenser capsule that is “3x larger” than… well, one assumes some other no-brand microphone. However, while the substantiation might be lacking in that claim, what it means is that the Alias is good at picking up a range of that in the heat of a stream or conference or other such session, you can set-and-forget, knowing that the optimal range for picking your voice up is broad.
The mic is also omnidirectional, meaningout ambient noises to focus on your voice (and whatever might be directly behind you). The mic comes with a suspension stand which is not as as a boom for blocking out physical rattling noises (such as touching a desk), but it’s more than sufficient, again, for gaming applications.
Essentially, with this mic, you’ll be able tohaving a large enough audience on Twitch or YouTube that you’ll attract a manager. That manager will tell you to invest in an even better mic, the fact that the SteelSeries Alias will get you from zero subscribers to the first million is a pretty of its quality. It’s a not-inexpensive investment, but I can’t think of anything out there that’s better for someone that needs a microphone, but doesn’t want to how to be a sound engineer.
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