512 Audio Skylight Studio Condenser Microphone / Accesories Review (Pt. 2)

This text is Half 2 to our nearer take a look at 512 Audio’s first entries into the microphone market. Learn Half 1 right here to learn in regards to the Limelight, 512’s dynamic broadcast microphone. Under, we’ll be diving into the Skylight Studio Condenser Microphone and the Growth Arm/Pop Filter equipment.

Specs

Skylight

  • Capsule Kind: Condenser
  • Capsule Measurement: 34mm Gold plated large-diaphragm
  • Polar Sample: Cardioid
  • Frequency Vary: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -42dB +3dB (0dB =1V/Pa at 1kHz)
  • Impedance: 200 ohm
  • Max SPL: 144dB
  • Weight: 2.20 lbs (1kg)
  • Dimensions: 7.87in x 2.18in (202mm x 55.5mm)
  • Included Equipment:
    • Shock Mount, Pop Filter, Carry Bag

Video Evaluation

See and listen to these microphones for your self within the video above!

Skylight Studio Condenser Microphone

The Skylight is the Yin to the Limelight’s Yang. It’s a condenser microphone that makes use of a large-diaphragm capsule to ship a wealthy, heat, and detailed sound signature. It’s a greater match for wider recording functions, resembling recording devices or voice-over the place you desire a extra pure tone to your voice. It includes a wider frequency response vary of 20Hz – 20kHz and can be utilized to file louder sources due to the next sound strain ranking of 144dB versus the Limelight’s 138dB. 

As a condenser, the Skylight is way more delicate than the Limelight. Which means you’ll should be way more thoughtful of exterior noise, together with typing on a keyboard, followers out of your gaming PC, and any sounds from roommates or kids. That additional sensitivity affords you a way more true-to-life sound, nonetheless, so for those who don’t just like the dynamic “crunch” that outcomes from their decreased frequency response vary, the Skylight shall be a greater match for you.

Regardless of costing the identical because the Limelight, the Skylight appears like a way more full and high-quality bundle. Just like the Limelight, it’s made totally of metallic however is way heavier at a full kilogram. It additionally comes with its personal shock mount and pop filter, so that you gained’t want to fret a lot about making changes mid-stream. I’ve to say, between these two microphones, I like 512 Audio’s sense of favor. The banded grille simply seems to be nice. 

Relating to sound high quality, the Skylight is sort of good — however don’t depend your chickens simply but. There’s a clean, virtually silky, high quality to the seize due to that enormous 34mm condenser capsule. It’s not impartial, although, and has a barely bass emphasis that offers it a heat tonality. For my voice, I appreciated this. I’m not naturally very bassy and the Skylight lent me that extra presence I crave when recording voiceover. When you’re in search of a flat microphone for instrument recording, although, the coloration right here could also be a adverse. It’s value taking it for a trial run if in any respect potential.

Nonetheless, for my functions recording VO on the PC, YouTube movies, and even my acoustic guitar, I really actually appreciated that sound signature. There’s nothing sharp about this microphone, so it you could have a supply with some tough edges, like an acoustic guitar that’s significantly shiny, the Skylight can successfully dial that again to seize stunning recordings. 

512 Growth Arm and Pop Filter

Together with the microphones, 512 Audio despatched over it’s Growth Arm and Pop Filter equipment for me to strive. The increase arm follows the design of the Rode PSA-1, so there’s no tensioning wanted on the base or mid joints. The tensioning system is an enchancment over the favored Rode, nonetheless, in that it’s not almost so delicate to light-weight gadgets. I used to be capable of mount a small webcam to it and it stayed the place I positioned it with out shifting. Such a light-weight gadget isn’t sufficient to carry the Rode in place, nonetheless, so there’s undoubtedly added versatility in mass.

On the similar time, I discovered it more durable to regulate. The bottom joint was very tight out of the field. Pushing it again torqued the desk clasp pretty laborious, forcing me to actually tighten it all the way down to preserve from shifting it. The stem which inserts into the clasp is thick and appears resilient, however I concern that over time it may bend, reducing its vary of clean rotation. Time will inform, however there’s clearly room for enchancment within the smoothness of its operation. 

Nonetheless, for the cash, it’s not dangerous. It’s clearly a lot greater high quality than nearly all of reasonably priced increase arms you’ll discover on Amazon (thicker metallic, higher adjustment above that joint, sturdy supplies). Even the tightness of the underside hinge is more likely to be much less of a difficulty for many customers solely recording with one microphone. When you’re not making drastic adjustments to place, as I did within the video going from end-address dynamic to side-address condenser, you’ll possible have far few situations of needing to make massive adjustments in place, limiting how noticeable it is going to even be. 

Lastly, we’ve got the pop filter. And, nicely, it’s a pop filter. 512 went with a metallic mesh for the filter materials and it will get the job achieved nicely. It’s additionally capable of be barely contoured to match your mic higher, which a cloth mesh filter can’t do (except it has a bendable metallic body). The gooseneck is nice and held its place nicely. It’s a easy accent and 512 Audio did nice with it. 

Closing Ideas (on Each Microphones)

The Skylight and Limelight are each stable first entries from 512 Audio. In each circumstances, there’s room for some criticism, however for those who get pleasure from that hotter tonality, I believe there’s fairly a bit to love right here. The Skylight winds up feeling just like the extra fully-featured packaged, however I nonetheless actually benefit from the pure character of the Limelight. Each microphones had been additionally very quiet, in order that they handed the “hiss” take a look at to ship clear ultimate merchandise.

As all the time, although, it comes all the way down to what’s going to work greatest to your voice or supply. When you like a bit extra heat and don’t end up making massive changes mid-recording, you’ll in all probability discover so much to get pleasure from right here for a fairly low value of entry.

The product described on this article was supplied by the producer for analysis functions.

This text is Half 2 to our nearer take a look at 512 Audio’s first entries into the microphone market. Click on right here to learn Half 1 the place we discover the Limelight, 512’s dynamic broadcast microphone for content material creators. 

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