There was a time, not very long ago that only those that were able to drop thousands of dollars on equipment were able to capture an audience in areas such YouTube. These days anybody with a PS4, smartphone or even the most basic laptop can be a social media superstar but having the right equipment is still very important. Today I am looking at the Live Streamer MIC 133 from AVerMedia as an effort to get a hold of the best audio video equipment for my upcoming transition from behind the scenes to in front of the camera.
Live Streamer MIC 133 Details
- Type: Condenser microphone
- Directivity: Unidirectional
- Output: 3.5 mm jack
- Impedance: 1.5 KΩ
- Sensitivity: -37 dB ±3 dB at 1 kHz (0 dB = 1V/P)
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz — 16 kHz
- S/N Ratio: 60 dB
- Maximum SPL: 110 dB
- Dimensions with Stand (W x D x H): 70 x 83.3 x 132.25 mm (2.75 x 3.28 x 5.2 in)
- Weight: 80 g (2.82 oz) with stand | 30 g (1.06 oz) without stand
- System Requirements: Compatible with smartphones, camera, and computer devices with a 3.5mm audio-in jack
I tested out the mic in three different ways. First I used it with my DSLR to shoot a little behind the scenes action during a couple of photoshoots I worked on recently. Paired with the 4-Pole to 3-Pole 3.5 mm audio adapter cable I attached the mic to my camera and was pleased with the results. The first shoot was in a studio environment and I was able to not only record audio from my direct subject but also the conversation she was having with a friend of ours came through nice and clear. I typically use a Takstar shotgun mic with my DSLR and I noticed that the Live Streamer mic achieved extremely good results and even better in some ways than the Takstar. In fact I haven’t gone back to the Takstar yet and I am currently using the Live Stream mic for my studio shoots.
The second half of this shoot was done at the beach* and once again the results were crystal clear with audio from my subject coming through perfectly and ambient beach sounds coming through just enough to be heard but not compete with the main focus. I used the included wind screen with the mic when the wind picked up and it worked like a charm
*Stay tuned for video from this shoot soon.
The second way I tested the new mic is with my iPhone. I tested it on my older iPhone 6s but it works with newer models as well with an adapter that is not included. With the mic connected I did a series of IG Live streams, YouTube voiceovers (check out the DOA6 video below) and a variety of random videos. The results were noticeably better than anything I have done with just the phone alone with the exception of the video voiceovers which aren’t all that crisp but still great considering I did not edit the audio in anyway.
last but not least was on my laptop. I stream using my PS4 with the PS4 Camera but as I also do video production for the Luc and Cammie Show in Long Beach, CA, I thought I would test it out during an episode. The results were virtually the same as my first test as it was in the exact same studio and you can check out some audio from it on the interview with G Funk Supreme https://radiowestone.com.
Overall I am very satisfied with the results from the Live Streamer MIC 133. The audio is achieved in various scenarios and environments is fantastic. It is also extremely easy to set up and use. It comes with a stand you can use to have it mounted next to you ( for example when using it with your laptop) and comes at a great price point of $69.99. I can see veteran streamers/vloggers making great use of this mic but I really see this as a very cool entry level microphone for newcomers to the world of content creation.
Final Score 8.75/10
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