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Uhuru UCM 11PL Shotgun Microphone Kit

This is the second Microphone we have made a video on from Uhuru, another reasonably priced Microphone on Amazon. The Uhuru UMC 11PL is a kit of quite a few tools, in fact, most of the things you need to get started as a Youtuber or Vlogger. It hosts:

  • Shotgun Microphone
  • LED Light
  • Phone Holder
  • Tripod/Gimbal

The shotgun microphone is impressive, especially when using something decent to record with, in the video I made sure not to do any post-processing to the audio recorded on my phone to give you the out of the box sound, but in dubbing, you can really hear this can be an excellent microphone with a little tweaking If you want to know what settings I used for this its the same as I used in the UM910 video.

LED Light is bright, to say the least! You would never need this at 100% for face shots but it may be very useful if you’re trying to picture or video objects to flood the area with light. requires 2x AA batteries.

The phone holder is nothing special, but it serves the purpose. It opens to about 10cm I can’t think of a phone that’s bigger than that.

Tripod/Gimbal is made of plastic but is actually very robust as an engineer I can see they have added strengthening bars in the legs to make it stronger. Gimbal has a lot of motion and all can be locked in place with thumbscrews.

Probably the best part is that it all uses standard fixings, so as you upgrade you can swap out the phone bracket for your camera. As you can see the microphone plugs in via standard means for most cameras (check yours has an input!), the H mounts for the Light and mic are standard for cameras and so is the tripod mount!

Uhuru UM910 microphone review – unbox, setup and demo

The Uhuru UM-910 is another reasonably priced microphone like the Tonor video we did recently, however, this one is USB. The benefits of USB vs XLR is that you don’t need to worry about fancy audio set up to power it, it just runs straight out of the box.

The mic has a decent build quality, its heavy which is always a good sign. It has a nice matt black exterior and all the parts seem to be strong and robust. The base plate is particularly heavy, you’re unlikely to knock this over by accident. The Upright has 2 threads so will fit most standard microphone holders:

The sound of the microphone is very good for the price, it captures a lot of the bass in my voice that most microphones miss. I did have to put the volume up quite high to get a good sound but that’s common for USB condenser mics and I still had room to put it higher to past the cutting point. All in all a great mic for the money!

If you have any question, would like to see more tests or perhaps a comparison to other microphones please leave a comment.

Tonor BM-700 microphone review – unbox, setup and demo

It’s become apparent in our video’s that the sound quality wasn’t great, definitely the lowest point of our productions to date, and here’s why:

Makeshift Microphone

Up until recently, this was my microphone! My VR headset mounted atop a camera to get it closer to my mouth, this was the best I had. Definitely wasn’t giving the professional sound we wanted for the YouTube Channel.

So, I began to look around online and also began to educate myself on the best type of microphone to go for. My spec for a microphone was something that sounds good out of the box but at a later date, I can possibly upgrade or improve. So I started looking at USB Mic’s and soon found although they are ok out of the box your very limited, and I felt that one day I will want to upgrade from that to a condenser microphone and full setup I thought why not skip the USB step and did straight in for a condenser.

So I found this very entry-level microphone, the Tonor BM-700 and although the documentation states you need a Phantom 48V to run it I had read elsewhere you could get away without one if you have a decent onboard sound card in your motherboard. This seemed perfect for me, if I could get the microphone running out the box with my motherboard, later I could upgrade it by adding a Phantom 48V and perhaps get a bit more out of it, or maybe even something with adjustable levels like this.

So I ordered the Mic and the next day it came, it came with everything you could need for a beginners setup and I was even surprised it came with a USB sound card but ill talk about that more later. Build quality is OK, very good for the price. I’d be surprised if you didn’t get a few years out of the arm and the microphone and holder feel very well made, so if later I upgrade the arm I’m happy the holder and mic will withstand it.

First things first I tested the Mic direct to the USB sound card, I’ll remind you again I’m not using a Phantom 48V (as recommended) so the results were unsurprising, I ramped all the gains to 100% and as you will see in the video you can bearly hear me. Now I could improve this in post by adding more gain again but this will affect the sound quality a bit and plus if I decide to do any live streaming i’m stuck sounding like I’m whispering! If I had a Phantom im sure this card would work fine.

Next, I plugged into my motherboard. Once again put all the gains to 100% and was pleasantly surprised, I even dropped it down a little to stop it cutting. Sound quality is great much better than my VR headset and I believe better than a lot of the USB mic’s I’d seen people using! It’s defiantly not perfect, I really do need a Phantom 48V to bring up the sound and I still need to really play with the EQ to fine-tune it but I’m more than happy with what I’ve got straight out the box, this shall me for a while and help me learn how to best use the equipment.

In the video I go into some of the extra little tweaks I’ve added to improve the sound quality but I will be continuing to work on this and may do additional videos on my tweakings and findings if you’d be interested in that let me know in the comments.