MXL Microphones has introduced the MicMate Universal USB Microphone Interface (Mac/Win; $79.95), which enables any dynamic or condenser microphone to be connected to a personal computer.
As a plug and play device, the MicMate requires no special drivers. To get started, just connect the MicMate''s USB cable to a computer''s USB port. The MicMate is a USB 2.0 high-speed device that is backward compatible with USB 1.1.
According to the manufacturer, the MicMate adds no coloration to the sound of the attached microphone. The analog section features a 20 Hz–20 kHz frequency response and a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB). The digital section features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. For use with condenser microphones, the MicMate supplies 48V Phantom power.
The MXL MicMate Universal USB Microphone Interface will be available in the third quarter of 2007. For more information, visit www.mxlmics.com.