the t.bone SC 420 USB Desktop-Set

USB Studio large diaphragm microphone set

  • With USB port for direct operation on the computer
  • No additional drivers necessary
  • Directivity: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 30 - 18,000 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 25 mV / Pa
  • Maximum sound pressure: 140dB (at 1 kHz = 1% T.H.D)
  • 16 Bits / 48 kHz
  • Headphone output with direct-monitoring
  • Mute button
  • Includes PVC case, shock-mount, USB cable, foam wind-screen, pop-killer and table tripod

Further Information

Tube No
Switchable Polar Pattern No
Omnidirectional No
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 No
Low Cut No
Pad No
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone Yes

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Good entry level microphone
Triodes, 07.12.2020
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I read a lot of comments about the headphone jack being to loud. This can be adjusted in the software on your computer!
On both windows and mac the mic registers itself as both an INPUT and OUTPUT device.

On windows the input device allows only the configuration of the mic volume going to the applications. But the output device allows you to set the level of PC sound going to the headphone jack AND the level of the mic going to the headphone jack. They can be set individually and the mic pass-through can even be muted altogether so you won't hear yourself anymore!

On mac you can adjust the mic through the MIDI application. I have not found a setting to adjust the pass-through volume of the mic to the headphone jack, but you can mute the pass-through using a checkbox.

Go try for yourself :P

On to THE REVIEW:

This microphone gives some absolute bang for the buck. The sound quality is good. It will pick up most sounds in the room though, so it won't be suitable in noisy environments. As soon as you move yourself away from the mic the sound will get more 'hollow' and will lose much of it's low end, but that is to be expected.

I have had the mic working on windows, mac and even android using a usb-c to usb-a otg adapter.

The build quality is not outstanding, but for this price I would rate it very good. The mic itself is lighter than I would have expected. The metal casing seems rather thin, but it is sturdy enough. The stand is perfect, it's heavy and has soft padding at the bottom. It can be easily moved but its weight makes sure it won't move by itself.

The mute button is very useful, but it's click when un-muting is picked up by the mic very badly to the point of clipping. They should have used a non-clicky button in my opinion.

I'm using this mic for discord/gaming and work conference calls. I'm not wearing headphones during these and I get no complaints about people hearing themselves, so the echo seems minimal. I would expect others to be able to hear my keyboard, but they haven't complained about it yet. I do often mute the mic using the button when I'm not speaking though.

One last thing to note is that the inside of the metal grating holding the diaphragm is lit up by a bright blue led. I don't really need this and it can be a tad annoying when the room is dark. I simply put the foam cover over it and now it is barely visible.

All things considered I would definitely recommend this microphone if you're on a budget.
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It's a saviour!
CayeMusic, 05.01.2021
As a pro, I own some great mics from Shure, AKG and Neumann.
Apart from the studio, I do Music Production lessons and seminars which turned out to be internet only (thanks Covid-19) and got really tired of having preamps or at least a soundcard open, get the mic out of the case, xlr cables etc....
I wanted something to help my voice get heard and super easy to work with, no matter if I'm with my laptop or the desktop, home or in the studio...
Well it does the job! And this is what counts the most!
Pros:
-plug n play
-well build
-great mini stand
-decent sound for internet calls and seminars

Cons:
-in that price range and for what it offers, I can't find any.

Conclusion:
DON't get it if you want to record for your next single or album.
GET IT if all you need is a mic to help you sound decent in the internet, podcasts and video tutorials.

I would happily spend 50€ ONLY for the great case, the mic foam, the popfilter and the mini mic stand. :)
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Blarney, 20.02.2021
This set has proven to be very sturdy and the sound quality is good. I did find the metal post on the stand to be slightly longer than I wanted, as it raised the Mic above the level of the acoustic shield I had bought to go with the kit, but I happened to have a shorter post handy.

The mic is identified without any issue by the Ubuntu or Pop!_OS flavours of Linux, although it is also detected as a speaker so I had to pop up the audio settings and swap that back to the built-in sound card when plugging the mic in. If this were a significant problem then a quick configuration hack would make it go away, but it's trivial to just click the correct option each time and I usually leave that window open during video calls anyway in case I need to tweak volume settings so it's no extra effort.
It would get 5 stars if it correctly registered as a mic only and not speakers.

The pop-filter is a little too elastic so it can be fiddly to get in the right orientation and place, but that's just how most pop filters are, it's not a specific problem here.
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Great USB microphone for voice
IngvarJackal, 07.10.2020
Works great for voice, has vocal-specific microphones distortion.
Had a defect Mute button, when arrived, but I fixed it with some precision tools.
Stand is good and solid.
Totally would recommend to any, who wants some nice recording of voice for cheap.
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