If you want to increase the production quality
of your YouTube videos, make that Skype call sound a little bit better, or just don’t
want to get made fun of by your friends on Discord, you might want to invest in a USB
microphone. Luckily, thanks to companies like Fifine, Fifine-ding (finding) a decent microphone
isn’t hard, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
This is the “USB Microphone,Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone For Laptop
MAC Or Windows Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals, Voice Overs,Streaming Broadcast And YouTube
Videos.(669B)” (yeah, might want to work on that one). But at a price tag of less than
30 bucks, and an average of 4.4 stars with over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, in the words
of the Onceler, “how bad could it possibly be”? Let’s start with design. The Fifine Mic
has a sleek, minimal, matte black look. Quite the opposite of something like the Blue Snowball for example, and I prefer it this way. It’s compact, at roughly five
inches tall and an inch and ¾ in diameter. It’s all metal, as far as I can tell, and
feels very sturdy and premium, especially for the price. The only things interrupting
the smooth black surface are a small Fifine logo and a physical volume dial on the front
of the device. Turn that dial clockwise to increase your gain, or volume, and turn it
counterclockwise to decrease it. Turn it all the way counterclockwise to mute the mic completely
(there is no dedicated mute button). The microphone comes with a simple mount that
screws onto the bottom and has a 5/8 inch screw hole in it. That allows the mic to attach
to the included stand: a simple metal tripod that folds flat but has little to no customizability
in terms of angle. That 5/8 inch hole also allows the mic to be mounted to a microphone
arm, like this one, which I picked up for 10 bucks on Amazon (link in the description).
This allows the mic to get up close to your mouth, allowing you to turn down the gain,
minimize background noise, and record the best possible audio.
When it comes to connecting the microphone to your computer, it couldn’t be much easier.
It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux (I know you Linux fanboys are out there somewhere),
and it’s simple plug and play; just plug in the included USB cable and you’re good
to go. That included cable is plenty long, at just
about six feet, but unfortunately, it’s attached to the underside of the mic, so it
can’t be removed for easy storage or swapped out for a longer one.
So enough of all that. Let’s get to the important part: how does the thing sound? Well, you
tell me! You’ve been listening to it during this entire video. Here, I’ll mute the music
and turn off the filters so you get a good listen at how the audio sounds right out of
the device. In all honesty, I’m no audio connoisseur and I don’t have anything but
my crappy webcam to compare it to, but I think it sounds pretty good, and it’s definitely
a lot better than my webcam’s mic. The Fifine 669 is a cardioid polar pattern condenser
microphone, by the way, and according to some reviewers on Amazon, it sounds just as good
as one four times the price: the Blue Yeti. I don’t have one of those to compare it
to, so I’ll let you guys be the judge of that one. Let me know in the comments below,
does this thing actually sound like a Yeti? Whether it’s quite as good as a Yeti or
not, I still think it sounds pretty darn good. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the price.
If you’re anything like me; you’re not an audiophile and you’re trying to increase
your audio recording and video production quality on a budget, you certainly won’t
be disappointed with the Fifine 669 (nice). So that is my review of the Fifine 669B, thank
you for watching. If you liked the video and wanna support the channel, I’d really appreciate
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For the record, the voiceover for this video was recorded entirely using the Fifine Microphone
at 48000 hertz stereo in Adobe Audition in a WAV format and has been lightly edited.
For sake of transparency, I purchased this microphone from eBay and have not been compensated
in any way to make this video. The opinions here are my own, and I’d love to hear yours
in the comments below. Also, it comes in hot pink if you’re into
that. Also, for all two of you who are still listening,
my channel’s at nearly 125 thousand views, so thank you all so much for that, and keep
them coming, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in the next one!