Is this really all singers need to start recording songs on their computers?
Item: Samson G Track, USB Microphone & Recording Interface
Price: US $119.99, UK £89.99
At A Glance: Samson’s G-Track is designed to be a complete recording solution for taking you from inspiration to finished tracks. It connects to a computer via USB and combines a condenser microphone with a built-in audio interface and mixer. The microphone on the G-Track is a large diaphragm condenser with super-cardioid pickup pattern that is designed to work well on a range of sources including vocals. In addition to this, the interface allows for simultaneous stereo input and gain control of vocals and guitar, bass, or keyboard while also providing switchable stereo, mono, and computer monitoring through an on board headphone output.
High Notes: The G-Track is fully USB bus-powered and works with both Mac and Windows computers. The unit is designed to integrate with any DAW software program and even comes with Cakewalk’s Sonar LE digital audio workstation software to get you started. When recording vocals it can be attached to a standard mic stand and the integrated headphone out allows for zero-latency monitoring. The interface is capable of making recordings up to 16-bit 48kHz, which, although lower than some devices, is fine for most demo recordings.
Off Pitch: The G-Track comes with a desktop mic stand which might be fine for pod-casting, however it is not ideal for getting the best vocal recording (you’ll also probably need a pop filter, which is not included). It seems slightly unfair to criticise the sound quality considering the price, however, there are definitely better sounding vocal microphones on the market if you are willing to spend a bit more. One final issue for some users may be that you can’t simultaneously record using the stereo input and the microphone (you can use the mono instrument input as well as the microphone).
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Samson G-Track is a well thought out device that is well priced to appeal to singers wanting to start making their first recordings. Although it is unlikely you will be finding one in any professional studio; for home demos it works perfectly well and will particularly appeal singings that are travelling a lot. When used on vocals, recordings sound fairly neutral, albeit not particularly exciting or “forward”. There is a slight muddiness when used close up, but it is definitely capable of producing a reasonable sounding recording for a home demo. Overall there is a lot to like about the Samson G-Track, particularly the amount of functionally for the price.
Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.samsontech.com