Bad Aax UM-600 Condenser Mic Review

Today I am testing out another USB microphone that comes with absolutely everything you will need to start recording. It is the Bad Aax UM-600 USB Microphone Kit.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $50 on Amazon.

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. USB Cable
  3. Shock Mount Mount
  4. 5/8 to 3/8” microphone stand mount
  5. Pop Filter
  6. Padded Mic Pouch

Performance / Features

The build quality of this microphone is nice. It has an all metal body and metal grill and has some nice weight to it. The mic stand is a sturdy metal, the shock mount is metal, and the microphone storage pouch is only decently padded. 

The frequency response is 20Hz-18kHz, which is a pretty nice frequency response. Vocals sounded pretty nice on this microphone. Electric guitar sounded a bit muddy. Acoustic guitar sounded slightly muddy as well. This can be easily resolved by adding a quick low cut on your EQ to control the boomy sound.

The microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, which is fairly directional. When testing it out, it seems like the pick up pattern is about 180-degrees. So anything in front of the mic it will pick up, and anything behind it, it should cancel out. When testing this out on the keyboard test, we heard a LOT more of my voice versus the keyboard, but you could still hear a bit of clicking in the background. During the distance test, we heard a bit of a drop off in volume as the distance increased, but it was not as drastic as a dynamic microphone. 

Pros

  • Nice sound
  • Good build quality
  • Provides EVERYTHING you need to record

Cons

  • Not great with sound isolation
  • A bit boomy in low end
  • Lacks documentation
  • USB Microphone

Conclusion

So all around, I think that this is a good mic. If you know me, you know I am not a big fan of USB microphones because of the lack of customization options. But, if you are looking for a decent sounding starting microphone, this is a great option. It's only $50 and you can start recording for that amount and get pretty decent audio quality and then run a quick low cut in your DAW to clean up the low end and you'll be good to go. All around a nice microphone. 

If you have any additional questions about this headset, leave them in the comments on this site or on the youtube channel, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

Buy it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/20PAsUQ