Sennheiser launches an accessible USB microphone for video meetings, streaming or podcasting

Sennheiser has just unveiled a new microphone for the general public. This Profile USB Microphone offers an easy-to-access solution to capture your voice without worrying.

The Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone // Source: Sennheiser

In recent years, solutions for capturing voice have become widely democratized. In addition to the rise of video streaming, the proliferation of videoconference meetings with teleworking has also gone through this.

Already present in the field of sound capture for professionals or for video, Sennheiser has decided to in turn enter the USB microphone market. The German manufacturer has launched a new microphone that is easy to use, without too many settings and which works on PC as well as on Mac, Android and iPad.

Called Profile USB Microphone, the Sennheiser microphone has, as its name suggests, the advantage of taking advantage of USB connectivity and not XLR. This choice of connectors will in particular allow easier use for consumers since it makes it possible to do without an audio interface.

In addition, Sennheiser has chosen to offer a long three-meter USB-C to USB-C cable to connect the microphone to a smartphone or computer. Enough to allow a simple connection to Android smartphones or iPads. On the other hand, for PCs that do not benefit from a USB-C socket, it will necessarily be necessary to go through another cable or buy a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

An easy-to-use microphone

No driver or specific software is needed to use the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone. Just plug it into the outlet. Subsequently, the mic can be controlled using a few buttons and sliders. What to put the microphone in silent mode, adjust its gain, increase the volume of the audio return via the headphone jack or modify the mix between the sound of your voice and that of your PC in the audio return.

For voice recording, Sennheiser used its own KE10 capsule, already used on the MKE 600 (shotgun microphone), MKE 400 (compact shotgun microphone) or TCC2 (ceiling microphone). It is therefore a cardioid microphone that will mainly capture close sounds. Sennheiser does not offer an omnidirectional mode to use, for example, a single microphone placed in the middle of a table for a podcast recording. Note also that the capsule is suspended to avoid shock noises and that the microphone incorporates a pop filter to reduce plosives.

The Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone is already available. It is available in two versions: a basic kit, with a fixed metal foot at 129 euros, and a kit with an articulated arm for 199 euros.

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