Dynamic microphones can present a number of the greatest audio high quality for podcasts, streams and extra, so it is no shock to see Elgato get into the sport. The latest microphone from the corporate greatest identified for its streaming {hardware} goals to fit itself into the market proper alongside heavy hitters, such because the Rode Podmic. However how does the brand new Elgato Wave DX stack up, and is it well worth the $99 asking worth?


Capsule: Dynamic

Polar Sample: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 50 – 15000 Hz

Sensitivity: 2.5 mV/Pa, -52 dbV/Pa

Impedance: 600 Ohm

Connector: 3-pin XLR

Dimensions: 53 x 53 x 146 mm (2.1 x 2.1 x 5.7 in)

Weight: 440 g | 1 lb

Mounting: 1/4“, 3/8“, 5/8“

Worth: $99 from Elgato

First Ideas

At first look, the Wave DX seems to be fairly unassuming. It is rectangular form and matte black end make it look each enticing and unassuming. The highest of the microphone has the mesh cutout that jogs my memory of the Wave:3, housing the capsule inside.

There is no such thing as a foam cowl to adorn the talking a part of the Wave DX, neither is there an exterior pop filter – that is dealt with contained in the microphone housing itself. The Wave DX sports activities a Cardioid polar sample with its dynamic capsule, that means you will have to be positioned proper in entrance of the microphone to get the remainder outcomes (although in my testing it being off to the aspect did not appear to have an effect on it an excessive amount of). The Dynamic capsule goals to seize your voice with the kind of readability normally related to radio DJs whereas additionally decreasing the background noise.

The Wave DX takes {that a} step additional by rejecting background noise, which is additional helped with one of many new VSTs obtainable on the Wave XLR mixer, Elgato Noise Removing. The interior pop filter is marketed to guard your recording from the annoying plosives and hisses that may smash a take as effectively.

Clearly, with this being an XLR microphone, it does require a bit extra to make use of versus the Elgato Wave:3 USB microphone. You may want an XLR preamp or audio mixer, such because the aforementioned Wave XLR or the GoXLR, to call a couple of. This implies the arrange to make use of the Wave DX is a little more than it might be if you happen to had been simply plugging in a USB microphone to your PC, nonetheless if you happen to’re already taking a look at beefing up your audio combine, Elgato positioning the Wave DX at $99 makes it a compelling purchase instantly. Different XLR mics in that worth vary embrace the superb Rode Podmic or the Audio Technica AT2020 condenser microphone.

How Does The Wave DX Stack Up, Although?

So, what issues right here is the way it sounds. The Wave DX goals to carry the dulcet tones and tremendous, pure audio high quality with readability with out shedding any of the tone’s element. As such, the Elgato Wave DX was constructed at the side of the audio engineers over at LEWITT to make sure that each single microphone in manufacturing has the most effective capsules they’ll present. As such, the dynamic capsule on the core of the Wave DX is, in concept, going to shine.

And boy did it. The Wave DX made a noticeable impression on my audio high quality when on Discord calls with associates, work calls with corporations throughout interviews, and recordings. The response was that my voice sounded fuller, extra strong and clearer than ever earlier than.

Nonetheless, in my very own testing, I felt let down a bit by the inner pop filter, as I might nonetheless noticeably hear distracting hisses and a number of the pop from plosives in common speech.

MMORPGcom · Elgato Wave DX Preliminary Mic Check

Proper off the bat the cruel “s” in “capsule” and the start of the acronym “XLR” are grating on the ears, although apparently sufficient once I was on a name for work or throughout a gaming session, there wasn’t any point out of those.

Fortunately, the Wave XLR now helps VST plugins, that means that cleansing up the hisses was quite painless. The T-De-Esser from Techivation cleared it up and was put in and dealing inside a few minute. The hiss remains to be there in recordings, but it surely’s now not practically as whistle-y because it was out of the field.

MMORPGcom · Wave XLR De – Esser Demo

The Elgato Wave DX sounds nice out of the field, and if you happen to select to make use of it that means with simply an ordinary XLR enter machine, you are not going to be too upset. Critically, within the De-Esser demo, hear carefully: my daughter was across the nook watching TV, but it isn’t noticeable in any respect. That is with out Elgato’s further plugin to noise gate the mic enabled.

However with the power to combine and create your personal, distinctive voice utilizing the Wave XLR’s embedded options, in addition to VST plug-in help, you are going to have much more choices to play with.

One is Elgato’s personal Elgato EQ, permitting you to regulate the gates of practically each phase of your voice’s frequency, letting you actually decide the precise sound you are going for. You’ll be able to embolden the bassiness of your voice, or improve the heat with simply the drag of a mouse. Fortunately this all adjusts in real-time as effectively, so if you happen to’re monitoring your voice you are going to hear the change instantly.

MMORPGcom · Wave DX Elgato VST

Hear the variations? You’ll be able to create to your coronary heart’s content material right here, honing in precisely the way you need to be heard.

Elgato Wave DX Remaining Ideas

So what does this all imply? Does the Elgato Wave DX do the job, particularly for a microphone at its worth vary? By and huge, sure it does. Certain, I want the plosives and particularly the hissing in my voice was naturally taken away by the inner capsule and pop filter, but it surely’s not unmanageable. And it is no worse than different XLR mics I’ve used which might be much more cash.

It is also simple to arrange, although it requires a mic stand because it does not include its personal like many USB mics do (together with Elgato’s different Wave mics). Elgato sells a mic increase arm – two varieties by the best way must you need an arm that sits extra comfortably out of body when streaming. I truly desire the Elgato increase arm to the Blue Compass arm I have been utilizing for over two years now, and can see myself utilizing it shifting ahead, even when I go for a unique mic down the highway (reminiscent of Beacn’s glorious USB dynamic mic).

For me, Elgato actually needs you to pair this microphone with the Wave XLR. And it is sensible: the Wave XLR means that you can do what the corporate does greatest: use its extremely helpful software program to amplify its merchandise. And I do not essentially thoughts this, as I really like the Wave XLR, even when I discover the bodily merchandise considerably limiting in with the ability to combine on the fly.

One among my greatest gripes, although, is the truth that the VST help pops out a brand new window quite than being housed within the Wave XLR’s personal UI. It is a small gripe, however one which has already prompted some annoyance whereas utilizing it. I might like to have the microphone’s VST choices alongside the identical menu at the least that homes the Condenser, pattern price and achieve choices within the Wave Hyperlink software program already.

I get as a result of Elgato is relying so much on third-party software program it may be troublesome to do. However with Elgato’s personal plug-ins, I might like to see as a substitute of taking me away from the software program in a brand new window, I am nonetheless in a position to monitor mixes quantity and extra whereas additionally adjusting the VST settings from the identical place.

All that mentioned, although, the Wave DX greater than makes up a very good worth for the value. To me, it sounds about on par with the Rode Podmic, which is my private favourite XLR mic beneath $100, and I respect Elgato making certain that this XLR mic will work whatever the XLR interface. As a substitute of gating it behind the Elgato ecosystem right here, it’s going to appeal to way more eyeballs for these on the lookout for a fantastic dynamic mic to fill out their podcast tools or full a dream stream setup.

The Elgato Wave DX dynamic microphone sounds nice, bringing a number of the greatest, clearest vocals I’ve heard in a sub-$100 microphone shortly. Out of the field, the Wave DX sounds adequate to make use of proper then and there, however by diving into the Wave Hyperlink software program, it is made even higher. Elgato has efficiently continued the good legacy of the Wave mic model, and I can solely hope this spurs them into persevering with to iterate on each the microphone and their XLR interface sooner or later.