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Field Report: Samson Q2U
In addition to its ease-of-use, the Q2U boasts a strikingly noticeable dynamic cardioid microphone element that is noise free and capable of handling high SPLs. Voice-over reproduction during our testing was stellar. With a frequency response between 50Hz and 15kHz, the Q2U performed superbly. Samson also specifies the unit for use in miking drums, guitar and piano. Based on the true reproduction during our voice tests, putting the Q2U in front of most instruments or any voice type would be well warranted. Of course as is the case with many dynamic handheld microphones, P-popping can be considerable. In the Q2U users manual, Samson prescribes the PS-01 pop filter to help eliminate plosives.
The only variable concerning the Q2U was its usage with the audio editing software. Every software brand is different and may require some trickery when assigning I/O devices. The user's manual takes great care to help the user understand the many possible settings when installing on a PC or Mac. However, in less than a minute the Q2U was working perfectly with no hiccups. All in all, connectivity is a breeze and quality is excellent. The Q2U greatly simplifies the non-linear audio recording process.
Wygal is the programmer, engineer and Web designer for Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
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