Whether you're buying a microphone for voice-overs, vlogging, podcasts or gaming, there's a high number of options depending on your price point. For the ST900, it sits somewhere in the middle - offering a high 'professional' set-up, for a very reasonable asking price of £62.99.
Read on to see if the ST900 delivers on it's all-in-one package.
*The ST900 Cardioid Condenser Mic was reviewed using hardware provided and sent to us by SudoTack, but in no way influenced the review.
SudoTack have a good track record with us, last year they sent us their ST810 microphone to review, and we had very good things to say about it, so we were more than happy to test out their new ST900.
At first glance, the packaging on the ST900 is very good, with two foam inlay protectors holding the many individual items that are included in the package, and it's very aesthetically pleasing when you open the box - the outside is a little more bland, however, a mostly brown cardboard box with contents etc printed on, but it gets the job done.
With the £62.99 asking price, the contents of the ST900 makes a compelling argument for someone starting up as a content creator, as you get everything you will need in one package:
The ST900 Cardioid Condenser Mic
Boom Arm and table clamp
Pop Filter Shield
Foam Wind Sock
Velcro cable tie
USB B to A cable
I've used and own many microphones, and I've yet to find a company that supplies so generously as SudoTack - as not only do you get a great sounding microphone, but you get everything you'll need in order to be up and running without ordering additional items.
The microphone itself is very sturdy, with an all black metal body, and a large three-piece grille and a side-address setup. One criticism I had with last years ST810, was there was no LED indicator or controls of any kind on the device - and I'm happy to say that this time around that's not the case. Up front with the SudoTack logo is an LED light, a one-touch mute button and a zero latency headphone output for vocal monitoring. For the price, contents and quality, you'd be hard pressed to find another microphone that offers vocal monitoring.
The ST900 provides sample resolutions up to 192kHz/24Bit and as such you get a reasonably warm and rich sound, although it does pick up any sounds that are around the mic, so preferably you'll want to be recording in a quiet room (which you should be anyway really!). Luckily, the included boom arm allows the ST900 to be elevated away from noisy PC fans and keyboard clicks.
Onto how the ST900 works, well, you just plug it in. That's it.
It's a plug and play device, and my PC picked it up instantly, and it's simply a matter of selecting the mic input on the software of your choosing. For the review, I tested the ST900 on both Audacity and Adobe Audition, and an audio sample is below.
The ST900 delivers a nice rich sound, and with a little bit of editing, it sounds even better - with some Equalization, Amplify and Compressor changes, which if you're recording audio, you should be looking at what I like to call EACA (Equalization, Amplify, Compressor, Amplify) no matter what microphone you're using.
*On a side note, as part of a new series called One Shot, the first episode will actually cover EACA, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
The ST900 sounds good, and if you're starting a podcast, vlog or anything of the like, it's a great investment - similarly, if you've been creating content for a while, but yet to invest in a good microphone, the ST900 is an excellent choice, both in audio quality and value for money.
The ST900 is a great value and good sounding microphone. If you're thinking of starting a podcast, vlog or anything of the like, it's a great investment - similarly, if you've been creating content for a while, but yet to invest in a good microphone, the ST900 is an excellent choice, both in audio quality and value for money.