Samson Meteor Review

The Samson Meteor Microphone is a cute and affordable little All-In-One recording device. I’ve had it for two months now and used it on acoustic guitars, grand piano and vocals and I like it. It’s not a miracle machine, it has it’s sonic flaws but it also has a few striking features not found in any other microphones i’ve seen so far:

The superb

The little Meteor is super-small and adaptable. It comes with it’s own little stand so you can use any table, desk, ladder, rock or whatever as a makeshift music stand and adjust the three flexible legs to your convenience. For recording guitars I achieved good results by placing a pillow on a table top (against sonic reflections from the plain table top) and putting the Meteor on that pillow right in front of my guitar. Sounds odd, but works and who (or whose spouse) wants a mike stand in their living room?

The good

Like so many devices these days the Meteor features an in built USB-Audio interface. You can plug your headphones in and adjust the headphone level on the little dial. This will not only give you the PC signal but also latency-free monitoring, which works great. The built-in preamp can be adjusted in your PC’s level control which is a bit fiddly in windows 7 / windows 8. I can’t tell you about Mac. Recording level control works very well on Linux due to ALSA Mixer. The Meteor doesn’t come with an ASIO driver for windows but you can get decent results with ASIO4ALL (which is also great if you already have an audio interface because it let’s you add the Meteor as another channel to record simultaneously).

The bad

It’s affordable and you can hear that. The Diaphragm is large but there are better microphones on the market that don’t cost so much more. The noise floor is rather high and low as well as high frequencies lack definition. You can gain a lot with EQ and gating but you can’t do miracles here.

The verdict

This is not a pro mic but it can give you good results when recording tracks that are not too prominent: It will do fine an vocals for a heavy rock song, but will need some tweaking. You shoud probably look for a better Mike if you want to record romantic harp music or light folk vocals. The noise floor and 16bit resolution won’t give you extremely high-end results. However, if you want to record quickly and without having to wrestle with the technical aspects of recording it can’t get any more convenient. That’s why I like it.


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