Here is a quick rundown of the Samson Go Mic USB Mic, along with our video review and an original unedited audio recording made with the Go Mic. You can quickly see what it looks like and hear what it sounds like.
[This content may contain affiliate links. For more information, read our disclosure policy here.]
Samson Go Mic Features
Mic: Samson Go Mic USB Studio Microphone
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid, Cardioid with -10 dB Pad, Omni
Dual Format: No
Headphone Port: Yes
Accessories: Zip case, built in stand
Recording Resolution: 16-bit, 44.1kHz
Frequency Response: Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz–18kHz
Additional Features: -10dB pad
Pros: Superb range of options for budget mic; Extremely portable; Multi-Platform.
Cons: Hiss on recording (would need editing out for a real pro result).
Buy: Samson Go Mic on Amazon
Samson Go Mic Video Review – See What It Looks Like
Samson Go Mic Original Uncompressed Audio Recording – Hear What It Sounds Like
The Samson Go Mic In More Detail
Value For Money: Samson have been making this little microphone for a number of years, and it has been a perennial bestseller. Firstly, it is amazingly good value for money with a host of features that you don’t find much on mics at this pricepoint.
Recording Music: The most useful one is the headphone socket. This may seem like an insignificant feature, but if you try to record voiceovers without headphones you will soon discover that being able to direct-monitor is almost essential. This makes the Go Mic probably the best entry-level microphone for singing and recording music. It also means it works very well for gaming and skype, where you want to interact with others.
Podasting: The Samson Go Mic is also excellent for podcasting. It has a switchable pickup pattern, so you can choose to make the mic quite directional if you are just recording your own voice, but if you want to record a group of people then you can switch it into omni mode and pick up voices surrounding the mic, front, side and rear.
How To Use And Install: The Samson Go USB Mic is a condenser microphone, so it will make a very fair job of recording guitar and other acoustic instruments. If you download the manual for the Go Mic then you will find sections on how to use it to record: piano; acoustic guitar; vocals; and overhead drum kit. You will also find details on how to install the mic and set it up. It is basically very simple, as the microphone just plugs and plays.
Platform: We have tested the Go Mic on iPad, Mac and PC, it works well on all of them. On PC and Mac you simply connect to an existing USB port. On iPad you will need a USB adapter and then you will find it is automatically recognised. In fact, it is the ultimate portable microphone that you can just zip up into its little case and slip in your pocket so is a perfect companion to an iPad.
On The Road: Even if you plan to go on and set up a complete, professional home recording studio, the Go Mic is one of those items that you can always find a use for, especially on the road.
Buy: Follow this link to buy the Go Mic at Amazon.
Your Views On Our Reviews
The following are just a couple of your comments on our video reviews on YouTube … Thanks for your positive feedback
Caleb R2: Awesome review! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you very much.
Stuart Black3: Very simple and straightforward review. Helped me out a lot thanks!!