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This mike has been available as a low impedance 3 capsule boundary design with 180-degree coverage with an XLR balanced connector, however Marshall has integrated in their USB interface for recording small conference rooms, symposia, etc. In my case I'm hooking this mike up to a Mac laptop running Camtasia Studio so that I can record the speaker and the audience in sync with the power point presentation. The AC-404 is a screencaster's dream mike since I can place this mike at the end of a table and catch everyone in the 180 degree pickup pattern. Just for grins I recorded a meeting at a 20 foot conference table with about a dozen folks spread around it....crystal clear...all I can say is WOW...
Oh yeah, for grins and giggles I've also tried this mike on an HP DV9000 laptop running Windows 7 (yes it recognized the mike immediately, but a reboot before it actually worked. But that's a Windows 7 issue not a Marshall problem) and then an Acer Veriton desktop running Windows XP Pro SP2. So other than the reboot issue on Windows 7, this mike worked flawlessly.
Mike Descher of Marshall Electronics did a bit of testing, click on each link to hear what he recorded:
- AC-404 Guitar Recording up close (MP4 780k)
- AC-404 Guitar Recording with the mike 30 feet away (MP4 1.2meg)
These are real, not edited or changed in any way, recorded on a MacBook Pro using QuickTime Pro with no modifications. Recorded by Mike Descher of MXLMics at Normans Rare Guitars in Tarzana, CA.
I've been tinkering with various types of microphones since high school and these are by far some of the best area mikes I've ever used. My specific application for doing Camtasia Recordings of powerpoint slide shows being presented at symposia is actually a nightmare to mike. In the past I've had to carry in a small mixer and setup both audience and speaker microphones. I'm pretty confident after tinkering with this mike, that I'll now be able to mike up a symposia with just the AC-404 sitting on the table next to the speaker AND still be able to catch the audience questions.