ROCCAT Torch USB Microphone Review

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ROCCAT, Turtle Beach’s brand of PC peripherals, continues to innovate and improve since its acquisition. It is now entering the live streaming hardware market for the first time and is launching its new USB Torch microphone. A studio-grade microphone designed to give content creators professional sound at an affordable price. The torch features a dual capacitor design, 24-bit audio quality, 3 sound modes, mixer-style controls, and quick contactless mute for $ 99.99.

When you look at the photos, the torch does not look the size it is in real life. This mic is actually huge… and that’s exactly what you want in radio style broadcasting. Unfortunately, the torch has a small diaphragm due to the presence of two microphones inside its shell. This helps capture multiple audio sources better, but won’t generate those deep radio voice sensations that larger diaphragm microphones create out of the box. I prefer a round barrel but that’s just a personal preference. Weighing 500 grams, you can feel the quality of the material and the craftsmanship in your hands when you pick it up. Like all ROCCAT products, you can expect the torch to have a handful of amazing extra bells and whistles. Out of the box it is attached to a small mixer at its base which can be easily detached at any time. You can adjust gain, volume, shooting pattern, quick contactless mute and LED brightness from this board. We tested the anti-vibration base next to the keyboard on our desk and it still picks up that bad base hit when you press a key. If you buy a microphone of this quality, you’ll want to hook it onto a boom anyway. It is also equipped with a 3.5mm jack in case your application needs it.

Sound quality is provided by two 24-bit audio capacitors with a sampling rate of up to 48 kHz. You can choose between cardioid, stereo, or the exclusive ROCCAT whisper mode. While USB sound could never replace the analog XLR in radio style broadcasting, the Torch is a more versatile microphone that works well with instruments and multiple speaker situations. ROCCAT’s exclusive Whisper Mode is marketed as a late night gaming feature when you need to be quiet and always be heard. I’m not a big fan of this setting, it picks up all the sounds in your space. I think this feature is just a bit of over-engineering. The Stereo setting does its job by opening the two capacitors allowing you to pick up multiple sound sources. Out of the box, it has all the tools to give a beginner great sound, but also provides a solid foundation for an expert to achieve the sound you want. Torch is controlled by the new ROCCAT Neon software which currently only offers one switch to activate your RGB lighting on the microphone. You will need to download third-party software like VoiceMeter to manually adjust your deep settings.

Team RGB lighting always wins when it comes to PC battle station hardware. ROCCAT delivers with a lit logo on the front, 2 RGB stripes on the sides and even a green indicator light in front of the mixer base. The next level engineering award goes to the person who created the quick mute feature that lets you mute the sound by simply waving your hand over the microphone. I think the torch offers everything you need for a live broadcast tuning. It’s really hard to believe we’re still talking about a microphone that only costs $ 99.99. ROCCAT’s new USB Torch Microphone is well worth the price.

Summary

Entering the live streaming hardware market for the first time, ROCCAT launches its new USB Torch microphone. The torch features a dual capacitor design, 24-bit audio quality, 3 sound modes, mixer-style controls, and quick contactless mute for $ 99.99. Weighing 500 grams, you can feel the quality of the material and the craftsmanship in your hands when you pick it up. Sound quality is provided by two 24-bit audio capacitors with a sampling rate of up to 48 kHz. Torch is a more versatile microphone that works well with instruments and multiple speaker situations. It’s really hard to believe we’re still talking about a microphone that only costs $ 99.99. ROCCAT’s new USB Torch Microphone is well worth the price.

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