The Elgato Wave:3 is a compelling microphone. It feels better constructed than the Yeti X’s, so take another shot if you’re playing the Yeti X drinking game while reading this review. As such, the mic’s intended as a master of the vocal streamer mic game rather than a jack-of-all-trades. Both mics offer great tone, but for capturing a bit more of those bass frequencies, the Yeti X is better. And although the Wave:3 is very much intended for things like Twitch or YouTube compression, it’s also capable of high-res audio recording in up to 24-bit / 96 KHz. The Wave Link app, which works for the Wave:3 and the lower-priced Wave:1 Is essentially a mixing station. In truth, the Wave:3 doesn’t look as convincing as a piece of studio kit as the marginally pricier Blue Yeti X, its nearest competition in both price and features. This would have been better as a physical button on the mic, but hey -- it’s still there. Elgato Wave:3 – USB Condenser Microphone and Digital Mixer for Streaming, Recording, Podcasting - Clipguard, Capacitive Mute, Plug & Play for PC/Mac Brand: Elgato 4.7 out of 5 stars 903 ratings However, the mic mute button located on the very top is a touch-sensitive inlay rather than a mechanical button. 1.9k. You also get a USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack in the back. The gain may need to be turned up. That’s nice to have in your back pocket in case you ever want to start podcasting at higher quality than livestreams allow. The Wave:3’s mic capsule is just 6 inches tall and weighs 0.6 pounds (280g). It’s also here that the low-cut filter feature lives, removing deeper tones and ambient room sounds from the background of your audio. Of course, this is very intentional since the Elgato Wave 3 was designed with gaming and streaming in mind, where extra microphone patterns really don’t serve any purpose. This gives the mic points in the categories of ease of use and mobility. I’ve genuinely taken bigger dictaphones to press events than this mic. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. The Elgato Wave 3 enters an already crowded marketplace with models like the HyperX Quadcast and Razer Seiren X occupying the same space as the Wave 3 - USB, by a company known for gaming products - but also one that has a lot of hardcore audio companies too. At least there’s no pop sound when you do, thanks to the mic’s internal pop filter. You can improve the Elgato Wave:3’s sound quality through some tweaking in the software (more on that below), but the streaming mic performs properly right out of the box. And that didn’t come with the baggage of sounding tinny or cheap. If you want to stream on Twitch or chat with friends while you play and record YouTube voiceover, the Wave:3’s software and hardware place it at the forefront. This polar pattern focuses on sound in front of the mic’s diaphragm. Elgato released their first audio department products: the Wave:1 and Wave:3, USB microphones for content creators. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Elgato Wave:3. The Elgato Wave:3 is an amazing audio tool, but it doesn't quite nail the software side of things. Elgato Wave:3 Premium Microphone and Digital Mixing Solution. The Wave:3 is full-bodied, sounds professional and will ensure your streams remain very listenable no matter how loudly you shriek as you open FUT packs or win in Fortnite. Thank you for signing up to Tom's Hardware. Pushing the dial in cycles between gain, monitoring volume and PC-mic mix, indicated by the lights above the dial. This item Elgato Wave:3, Premium USB Condenser Microphone and Digital Mixing Solution, Anti-Clipping Technology, Capacitive Mute, Streaming and Podcasting, 10MAB9901 Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone for Podcasting, Recording, Live Streaming & Gaming, Built-In Headphone Output, All Metal USB/XLR Dynamic Mic, Voice-Isolating Technology, TeamSpeak Certified - Black To be clear, this doesn’t confuse the formation of vowel sounds; it just minimizes the harshness of P, K, T and B sounds. Elgato HD60 Pro1080p60 Capture and Passthrough, PCIe Capture Card, Low-Latency Technology, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One with Wave:3 – USB Condenser Microphone and … Elgato Wave:3 with pop filter. Like the aforementioned Yeti X, Elgato’s debutante streamer mic manages to place a lot of control into one dial at the front. Get instant access to breaking news, in-depth reviews and helpful tips. Perfect for the Wave:3. Both microphones are now available for purchase and feature some pretty impressive hardware and software. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices, Best Holiday Raspberry Pi Deals: Cases, HATs, Kits, More, 6 x 2.6 x 1.6 inches (15.3 x 6.6 x 4.0cm), USB-C to USB Type-A cable, removable stand, boom arm adapter. RELATED: The State of Live Streaming in 2020 The Elgato Wave:3 comes with an adapter for connecting the mic to a boom arm, (which isn’t included, sadly). On top of that, studio mic specialist Lewitt actually manufactures the product. It’s not a versatile quasi-studio model with a variety of polar patterns, which explains the directions from which a mic picks up sound. The differences between the Wave:1 and 3 aren’t immediately apparent, as they’re largely identical. This item Elgato Wave:3, Premium USB Condenser Microphone and Digital Mixing Solution, Anti-Clipping Technology, Capacitive Mute, Streaming and Podcasting , 10MAB9901 Rode NT-USB Microphone, Black Blue Microphones Yeti - USB Microphone for Recording and streaming on PC and Mac, 3 Condenser capsules, 4 Pick-Up Patterns, Headphone Output and Volume Control, Black (Blackout) Its Clipguard feature and frequency response makes it as close to an idiot-proof recording device as possible, given how much they mitigate the problems of getting too close to a microphone. It's heavy and sturdy. Elgato has just launched a line of streaming-focused desktop microphones in the form of the Wave series, and I’ve been spending some time with the Wave:3. © We tested the more advanced Wave:3, which comes equipped with a high-quality condenser capsule, a digital mixer, and many other useful features.