Connectivity: USB | Compatibility: Windows, Mac | Pickup pattern: Cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional, stereo | Pickup array: Condenser capsule | Mic monitoring: Yes
A USB microphone is an affordable, beginner-friendly way to get started on Twitch or YouTube Gaming, and the HyperX QuadCast is one of the best available. It connects to your Windows or Mac computer with a regular USB cable, which means you don't have to be an audio expert to set up your new mic. It also gets both power and audio transfer data through the USB connection, so you don't have to invest in expensive preamps, phantom power units, or mixing boards.
It features a built-in shock mount to protect against bumps and vibrations as well as four pickup patterns to suit your streaming or recording setup. The QuadCast has a headphone jack for live monitoring, so you can catch issues before they ruin your broadcast; the intuitive gain control also makes it easy to change mic sensitivity on-the-fly. And if you want to add a bit more personal flair to your setup, you can always opt for the RGB-enabled QuadCast S to configure custom color schemes and lighting effects.
- Intuitive pattern and gain controls
- One-touch mute
- Boom arm mounting requires special adapter