HyperX QuadCast Microphone Overview
The first thing we noticed about the QuadCast once it was out of its protective styrofoam shell, was just how heavy and sturdy it felt in our hands. The attached metal stand adds quite a bit of weight to the overall product, and provides a solid and steady base for desktop installations. The plastic body of the microphone itself has a matte black finish, as does the anti-vibration shock mount.
Starting at the top of the QuadCast, we find one of the microphone’s most unique features, the mute sensor. Yes, this is a sensor, and not a button. That is because the center portion of the top of the QuadCast is touch-sensitive, providing tap-to-mute functionality.
Moving down a bit, we come to the 360-degree perforated grille, complete with a red foam pop filter behind it.
This red portion of the microphone glows red when the microphone is unmuted, and is dark when muted. This gives you a great visual indicator with regards to the status of the microphone, helping to alleviate those unwanted “hot mic” situations, or sometimes worse, those long periods of talking before realizing you were muted.
Just below the microphone grille is where the anti-vibration shock mount is attached to the microphone body via a plastic attachment and red elastic suspension cabling. This versatile anti-vibration shock mount is designed to work with both the factory-attached stand, as well as the included dual-threaded adapter for microphone arms. No longer will accidental table bumps add an unwanted thump to your recordings, as the shock mount does a good job cutting them out.
Nestled on the backs side of the QuadCast, in-between the upper portion of the shock mount attachment, is a four-position dial that is used to determine the polar pattern of the internal condenser microphone. Four settings are available from left to right, and offer their own advantages for different recording situations. The left-most Stereo setting is utilized when the left and right audio channels need to be distinguishable from each other which can be good for a bit of spatial positioning. The next setting is Omnidirectional, which removes any spatial positioning, and provides an equal audio pickup no matter your relation to the microphone. The next pattern is Cardioid, and is probably the most common use for the QuadCast. This pattern picks up audio in front of the microphone very well, and ignores audio coming from the sides and rear of the microphone. The last setting is Bidirectional, which is great for a face-to-face conversation like an interview-style podcast. This pattern picks up audio in front of and behind the microphone, ignoring audio to the left and to the right.
Towards the bottom on the rear of the QuadCast is the 3.5mm headphone monitoring jack, as well as the Mini-B USB jack. The headphone jack allows you to monitor the microphone’s output live, while the USB jack allows for connectivity between the QuadCast and a compatible device.
At the bottom of the QuadCast is a control dial that is used to adjust the gain of the microphone. Though there are five gain indicators shown on the QuadCast’s body, the dial actually moves quite a ways past these indicators in both directions, leaving you without a precise setting for consistency.
The QuadCast’s desk stand is quite plain, but does a great job of keeping the microphone in place, thanks to its all-metal design and thick base plate. All one piece, the desk stand has an arm that reaches up from the back and allows the microphone body to go from standing straight up vertically to about 45 degrees back.
This adjustment can be made quite easily, and the included tightening knob helps keep the microphone right where you want it.