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The HyperX Quadcast S Is Our Go-To Streaming Mic

For a time, if you were looking for a USB mic to start a podcast, stream on Twitch, or even just have better Zoom calls, the only name anyone would utter was Blue Yeti. But over the past couple of years, a challenger has appeared that’s now all but taken over the market, at least on…

For a time, if you were looking for a USB mic to start a podcast, stream on Twitch, or even just have better Zoom calls, the only name anyone would utter was Blue Yeti.

But, over the last couple of years, there has been a challenger that’s almost taken over the market on Twitch. Is that your mic? I love the HyperX QuadcastS.

Convenient Design

Photograph: HyperX

I had only used the Quadcast S for an hour or two before I had the distinct thought that whoever designed it must have spent a lot of time with other USB mics. My old Blue Yeti , was not the only thing I had problems with. If I had the HyperX microphone first, it might have been.

For starters, on the top of the microphone, there’s a touch-sensitive pad that can mute the microphone. This feature is extremely useful, especially when you have to cut audio quickly while streaming live. Muting the microphone will also disable the LEDs that are brightly colored, giving you instant feedback that the microphone is safe to use.

The microphone’s bottom has a gain knob. It was easy to adjust the input level as needed. This is my only complaint. There’s no indicator for input level on the microphone or in HyperX’s software to help position the gain.

This isn’t a huge problem, since apps like OBS usually have them already, but come on HyperX: The LEDs are right there. Turn the entire mic into a level meter, while the gain knob’s in use. You can blink red if I start peaking. Whatever, it’s fine.

On the rear of the microphone, there’s a dial to switch between four polar patterns: stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, and bidirectional. These settings are quite standard and you won’t need to change them if you have a consistent setup. However, it’s nice to have that flexibility. You can also connect via USB-C to the mic, which is a nice upgrade from the micro USB on the Quadcast mic.

Built to Be Seen (and Heard)

The main event on the Quadcast S is the LED lights. Normally, I wouldn’t give a gadget too much credi

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