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Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Greg

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Nessie: Blue Microphone’s Cute USB Microphone

We don’t produce a regular podcast here at TrulyNet, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting (and using) a good microphone for everything from Skype calls to video voiceovers. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose microphone, you have plenty of options- but the best types of mics are condenser mics, with shockmounts to reduce the effect of vibrations.

The Blue Microphones Nessie takes professional features and brings them to a more affordable, sub-$100 price point, without too many compromises. The finish is still sleek, even if it’s plastic instead of metal, and the base is nicely weighted. Simply plug in via USB- no drivers required- and you’ll believe the myths: a good mic doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

There are a lot of automatic enhancements going on- adaptive processing “including EQ, de-esser and level control” that “automatically smoothes and refines your audio in real time”. Audio purists will likely frown at this, but those who simply want an easy, noise-free, well-balanced audio track primarily of them speaking will find the Nessie ideal. And even the purists will find an option for raw audio, via a switch on the back. You can connect your headphones via a rear port for zero latency direct monitoring, perfect for trying to match levels and keep them even while recording. And the head of the unit is adjustable for flexibility, though you might want to have a wrench handy to tighten it as it can come loose pretty easily.

It’s not as versatile as the Yeti, one of our favorite Blue Microphones products, or as sensitive as the beautiful Spark Digital and in our tests it didn’t remove all of the echo from a room, so you might need to do some post-processing still. But the Nessie was clever, functional, and a great entry-level microphone that offers much more than the basics. Add a professional touch to your podcasts or other audio with the Nessie, available now for around $90.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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