Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Review
And speaking of collections… One of the favorite collections that we have in our audio production department is the already extensive army of USB microphones that continue to give water to drink.
An artifact that has become almost a necessity both in the life of content creation and in everyday life.
From those enthusiasts who communicate what is on their minds through a Podcast or YouTube channel, to those who do not stop the productive cycle and attend meetings and trainings online and remotely.
We have an interesting copy that seeks to adapt to the needs of the inexperienced user
The Sennheiser Profile reaches our hands and shows us a microphone that, although it meets all the standards and comparisons of what a high-calibre USB microphone must have; it moves away from the standardized and seeks to make things easier for the user.
At the end of the day, audio engineering and those who make mixing, mastering, and editing their livelihoods exist for a reason.
On many occasions and as a result of inexperience, home recordings may not be to your liking or not up to the task.
After all, large-diaphragm microphones, especially condensers, are highly sensitive sonic capture devices whose desEsports Extraswas initially suited for recording studios with acoustic treatments and isolation from external noise.
Even within favorable capture circumstances, the factor persists that all voices are different and are captured at different resolutions across different frequency ranges; and some have particularities that can play for better or for worse in a finished product.
This is where the process of editing and mixing a voice track comes in. Whether it is a singer, streamer or the host of a radio, television or online program.
The process consists of altering volume and saturation movements in a methodical and meticulous manner by frequency ranges.
Processes that in a more earthly way are known as equalization and compression.
What we have between us is a microphone with all the standardized features in place and a few additional ones that seek to save the inexperienced user a certain number of steps to achieve a competent final product.
The Sennheiser profile brings with it subtleties that set it apart from other similar microphones
A healthy and sonically educated pair of human ears can perceive from 30 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
However, this does not mean that the entire frequency spectrum is necessarily for simultaneous consumption.
Sound sources such as drum cymbals seek to focus high frequencies, while others such as a guitar or a standardized voice seek prominence in the middle frequencies.
This is a phenomenon that does not remain consistent and it is unrealistic to expect it to continue.
However, cardioid condenser microphones are among the tools that have the sensitivity to capture the full spectrum of frequencies that a source can offer.
However, in the case of vocal editing, there are processes that happen almost 100% of the time during the preparation process for final distribution, in which the Sennheiser Profile takes the lead.
The “Profile” from the time of capture shows a spectrum that filters out low frequencies below 100 Hz, for good reason.
Frequencies below 100 Hz are reflected in the form of deep puffs of air that aggressively stimulate membrane movements.
In other words, they make a vocal capture unnecessarily loud and, at low volumes, difficult to understand.
It is a particularity that a server, as an audio engineer, knows in depth; but that, however, most content creators are innocently unaware of.
For the same tone, our new Sennheiser has a warm tonality focused on the mids to optimize for vocal capture use.
It can be triangulated from a high-frequency rolloff above 12,000 Hz, which likewise eliminates unwanted hiss, static, and resonances that can find their way into the captured track.
The result is a more controlled, almost compressed capture that heals in health with potential poor results and is exceptionally preventative for beginning and intermediate content creators.
However, it is the same characteristic that makes the Sennheiser Profile not the best choice as a versatile musical tool.
In this case, we always recommend less restricted microphones in XLR format and connected to dedicated audio drivers.
On the other hand, we have quality of life.
One of the common complaints we make when reviewing USB microphones for content creation is around the physical controls on board.
The Sennheiser Profile brings with it what is necessary.
A mute button with a non-touch rubberized surface, which nevertheless feels responsive and pleasant to the touch.
Followed by an integrated volume control that allows us to adjust the decibel level of the capture without the need to modify any parameters in our recording software or in the control panel of choice.
Similarly, it brings behind a stereo output for 3.5mm headphone monitoring next to the USB-C port. It comes backed with a USB-C to USB-C cable that allows recording from our cell phones or tablets.
Given the presence of monitoring from the same device, it is supported by two additional front controls for monitoring volume and mixing between what is captured in real time and the computer or device to which the microphone is connected.
The physical construction of the Sennheiser Profile alone justifies the retail price and speaks volumes.
Sennheiser is not a new brand on the market…
Sennheiser studio microphones and headphones have been around for over 75 years, being part of the recording process for many of our favorite songs.
The Profile, as the innovative product that seeks to keep up with the technological advances of the time, shows itself as a device of robust and durable construction.
The base with thick rubber padding to reduce noise from impact to the desk in which it is used is one of the characteristics that all similar copies should have as a rule.
Similarly, a heavy steel body and high-quality insulation grill testify that the brand has never let its levels of quality and desEsports Extrasstandards drop.
The Sennheiser Profile earns a high place in our ranking of the best microphones for standardized content creation.
Far from being at the level of granularity of a studio counterpart with similar features, we fully understand that it is a device designed for those who are not necessarily versed in audio science.
However, we maintain as constructive criticism that devices such as the one under review could bring their proprietary software pieces that make it possible to make the features that separate it from a conventional microphone optional.
The decision to take a letter in the first steps of an audio mix on behalf of the user can be divisive for a certain percentage of potential clients, and limits the amount of results that can be obtained.
The only thing keeping the Sennheiser Profile from being a solid 10/10 is that a device that seeks to accommodate the everyday user in a relatively painstaking way remains inside our computers as a generic audio capture device.
This review was made possible thanks to the copy supplied by Sennheiser.