Samson G-Track Pro USB Microphone Review with Audio Interface

If you’re a video editor who needs a decent voiceover microphone to use with your favorite editing software – Resolve, Final Cut, etc. – but don’t want to break the bank, then the Samson G-Track Pro USB Mic, at just £179, might be the answer.

Being a USB mic means it has a built-in audio interface, so there’s no need to buy an additional Focusrite for example – simply plug-and-play, the G-Track Pro doesn’t even need a driver installation.

Manufacturing quality

The G-Track Pro replaces the old G-Track model. This new Pro model is much better built – like a WWII hand grenade: solid metal, solid/heavy metal base and a thick wire mesh cover to protect the double 1 inch capsule. The switches are also nicer. This new Pro model comes with a sturdy metal desktop stand, metal mic stand (for use with mic stands), and improved recording resolution up to 24-bit 96kHz. It sports multiple polar patterns: cardioid (unidirectional for picking up your voice from the front), bidirectional figure 8 (for placing the mic between two people so it picks up both parties equally) and omnidirectional for recording multiple people sitting around of a conference table.

The G-Track Pro is nice and heavy (3.52 lbs), which means it won’t slide around your desk. It doesn’t offer any serious shock absorption (a Samson shock mount can be purchased separately) other than rubber on the base of the metal stand, so don’t go slamming cups of coffee on the desk while recording. The polar pattern switch is nice and clicky and the dials for mic, instrument and volume are nice. The Mute button, however, doesn’t have enough tactile feedback for my personal taste, but there is a green/amber light for visual feedback.

Features

The ‘Mono/2 Track’ switch simply mixes the mic and instrument (when plugging in a guitar via the rear 6.35mm jack input) onto a single track when set to Mono. Switching it to the 2-track position sends the mic and instrument to two separate tracks for easier editing. On the back of the mic there is a “Monitor” on/off switch for zero-latency monitoring via 3.5mm headphone jack.

Micro USB Samson G-Track Pro

The frequency response of the G-Track Pro is 50 Hz to 20 kHz, 16 or 24 bit bit depth/sample rate, up to 96 kHz with a maximum SPL (sound pressure level) of 120 dB .

I used to own a Neumann U87 Ai, which cost £2000, and if you know anything about mics you’ll know the U87 is about as good as it gets for vocal work. I’m not going to pretend the G-Track Pro is in that ballpark, but boy, for the money it’s an impressive microphone.

Micro USB Samson G-Track Pro

Audio quality

Using the G-Track Pro in the cardioid polar pattern for voiceover work in DaVinci Resolve, I found my voice to be full with nice rounded bass, clear mids, and a crisp top end. Moving my mouth about an inch to six inches from the mic changed the characteristics, as it does with most mics. As I moved away from the mic, the bass decreased and the ambient tone of the room became more evident.

For me, I preferred the vocal quality when my mouth was about 3 or 4 inches from the mic in cardioid polar pattern, which gave nice DJ radio quality with good bass. 4-6 inches produced sound quality for my taste as well. However, when speaking very close to the microphone, you will benefit from a pop filter. The Samson PS04 or PS05 both cost under £20 and, being dual-coated, do a super job of eliminating pops and hiss. Samson also makes a dedicated pop filter for the G-Track Pro, but that clips just below the SAMSON logo on the mic, but for some reason this is just a single layer design, therefore it does not work as effectively as the PS04 and PS05 filters. The last two, however, can be a hassle to fit the included metal stand.

Micro USB Samson G-Track Pro

Using the figure 8 (bi-directional) mic worked very well when I placed the G-Track Pro on a table between me and an interviewee sitting directly opposite. With the mic positioned about 24 inches from both parties’ mouths, the G-Track Pro did an excellent job of picking up both at equal levels. Remember that the bi-directional pattern only picks up from the front and back of the mic, while rejecting sound from the sides, so make sure the mic is positioned squarely to both people.

The omnidirectional model is ideal for conferences with several people seated around a table because this model picks up from the front, the back and both sides of the microphone, i.e. all around. The omnidirectional model produces pretty decent results for conferencing, but you’ll need to turn up the mic gain and turn off that A/C if the table is large and people are more than a meter away.

Micro USB Samson G-Track Pro

conclusion

The G-Track Pro is an excellent quality mic with good overall performance. The only minor negative I’ve found is that the G-Track Pro isn’t the best at rejecting background noise, but it’s no worse than any other mic I’ve tried. in this price range. Also, most editing software (DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut for example) have good built-in background noise removal tools to get rid of unwanted room sound, fan noise, buzzing fridge , and it only requires a few mouse clicks. Additionally, the bi-directional and omni-directional polar patterns lose a bit of frequency response compared to the cardioid pattern. But since most other USB mics in this price range only come with a unidirectional cardioid pattern, you can view the other two as a bonus anyway and most of us won’t use them anyway. way than the cardioid pattern for most of our work.

With the G-Track Pro, you get an excellent quality mic, especially in a unidirectional cardioid pattern, which is ideal for voiceover work. At the price, I highly recommend it.