Turtle Beach Stream Mic Review
Alongside the Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ headset I had in for review this month, I also managed to grab a Turtle Beach Stream Mic.
The latter is designed primarily for Twitch Streaming (in fact I believe Turtle Beach are one of the Official Partners), however you can use the device for YouTube Streaming or for general voice-over recording via your PC if the need arises. Additionally it’s aimed at Xbox One streamers, but it will also work on the aforementioned PC, PS4, MAC and Android devices! Albeit you need a USB On The Go (OTG) Adaptor for Android to work.
I have to be honest and say that for me streaming is extremely difficult to do, not from a technical point of view I must add, but rather I’m not that confident in speaking to complete strangers. Despite having done hundreds of YouTube videos the environment is completely different, as the latter is done in a more natural environment where as streaming is Live and is more akin to public speaking!
I’m also from a generation of gamers that never had this sort of thing. In that most of the gaming I did was with couch-co-op or in LAN environments. I never even thought about playing games with potentially thousands of strangers watching!
Of course having a decent microphone was also an issue for me and I have to admit I don’t sound particular great on my recordings and this is also due to confidence in speaking.
Granted its madness in some ways for me to test a streaming mic when I have these initial fears. Yet I wanted to try the microphone to see if it could improve my recordings from an audio quality point of view and perhaps inject a touch more confidence to continue with streaming in the future.
Thus this review is not from a professional Twitch streamers point of view, rather it’s from someone who is not confident in streaming from the get go but wants to better himself in the long run and I feel the Stream Mic is almost perfectly designed for this reason!
Design & Box Contents
In terms of the box contents this is split between the microphone and an accessories box.
Inside the accessories portion you get a Quick Setup guide, a 3m MiniUSB cable, which is somewhat surprising given that the standard is microUSB, and a series of parts that are used to build up the supplied microphone stand.
As for the microphone itself, well The Stream Mic certainly gets its inspiration from the 1930’s microphones and it looks great as a result!
To hold it's pretty light, but the plastic surround is well constructed and after squeezing the device it feels solidly built. There is also a metal grill at the front, back and side portions of the microphone so it can pickup your voice from a number of directions and there is a large microphone Mute button at the front with an led surround.
Additionally at the back you have a 3.5mm headphone socket and volume control rocker that will allow you to monitor your in-game audio during the stream.
To the side of this you have your Polar pattern Profile button which works in conjunction with the led at the front. Basically the led will light up to indicate what mode you are in when the latter Polar pattern profile button is pressed, something I’ll talk about in a moment.
Finally you will find a small switch at the far end which you use to set the correct source mode for the Microphone i.e. Xbox One, PC/PS4. My only qualm about this is it’s easy to forget what mode you selected and this can lead to the device not working properly if you switch between other devices you own.
Continuing the design for a moment, to the left and right of the microphone you will find a hole with a rubberised surround; these holes are used in conjunction with the stand.
In terms of the stand it does not take that long to assemble and the base is actually pretty heavy. The base also has 4 rubberised feat to help it sit on a desk without slipping and the two side thumbscrew attachments, that attach the metal bracket to the microphone, can also be adjusted to give the microphone some vertical freedom for positioning.
What’s also cool is that in the box you get an adaptor which basically allows you to connect the microphone to a compatible microphone boom, so there are plenty of options for mounting.
On the whole once the microphone is attached to the stand it completes an overall impressive looking device that would not look out of place on any of your videos!