Sennheiser launch the Profile USB Microphone

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Sennheiser launch the Profile USB Microphone

Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone
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Sennheiser have announced the launch of the the Profile USB microphone, a cardioid condenser mic that presents an easy and stylish solution for streaming and podcasting.

Today, Sennheiser is launching the Profile USB microphone, a cardioid condenser microphone that presents an easy and stylish solution for streaming and podcasting. It combines professional sound with direct accessibility of all functions, allowing streamers, podcasters and gamers to fully focus on their content. The side-address microphone is available as a table stand version (AUD $239, NZD $269) and as the Profile Streaming Set with a 3-point self-locking boom arm (AUD $349, NZD $429). Both models are available to order from today.

In designing the Profile, product managers Benny Franke and Dennis Stegemerten put an emphasis on ease of use:

“When you are recording your podcast or doing a live stream, you already have to worry about the content, perhaps room treatment, the camera set-up, interaction with your audience – the last thing you need in this situation is a complex audio set-up”, explains Franke.

“So we tried to create tech that gets out of the way of your creative process.”

Stegemerten continues, “The design is simple and efficient and does not overwhelm you. Profile is simply plugged into the USB-C port of your computer or tablet – your device will automatically recognise the microphone, and it’s ready to capture your voice. There is no need for an interface or any software, no additional window to keep open so that you can control the mic settings. One intuitive touch of a control directly on the mic – that’s all that is needed.”

At its front, the Profile USB Mic features a soft-touch, no-noise mute button, a gain control for the microphone volume, a mix control to set the balance between your voice and the computer/tablet audio, plus a volume control for headphone monitoring. Headphones or earphones can be connected via a 3.5 mm socket at the back of the Profile USB microphone.

LED rings on the Profile conveniently signal the operating status. When the LED ring around the gain control is green, the mic is ready to go. When the same light ring turns yellow at times or all of the time, the mic is clipping and you need to reduce the mic volume. When the microphone has been muted, light rings around the mute button and the gain control light up red.

Must know features:

Microphone type: pre-polarised condenser microphone

Pick-up pattern: cardioid

Powering: via USB-C (MacOS/iPadOS/Windows/Android)

Power supply: 5 V, max. 200 mA

OS interoperability: Windows 10.0 or higher; macOS 10.15 or higher; Android 9.0 or higher, iPad OS 14 or higher (compatible with USB-C enabled Apple devices)

Cable length: Profile: 1.2 m, Profile Streaming Set: 3 m

Frequency range: 20 to 20,000 Hz

Sampling rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz

Sampling resolution: 16 Bit, 24 Bit

Max SPL: 125 dB SPL at min. gain, 85 dB SPL at max. gain

Sensitivity at max. gain: -10 dBFS at 80 dB SPL

Sensitivity at min. gain: -50 dBFS at 80 dB SPL

Connectors: USB type-C (USB 2.0 Full Speed); 3.5 mm TRS for headphone monitoring

Headphone output: frequency range 20 – 18,500 Hz, 16 ohms min. output impedance

For more information, head to Sennheiser.