CEntrance MicPort Pro
I don't claim to be an audiophile or audio engineer, but I do know a thing or two about audio quality, and I like to think I have a good ear. Additionally, the MicPort Pro can be limited in audio quality depending on the microphone in question. I happen to be in possession of two rather pricey Shure microphones. The microphones I tested the MicPort Pro with were the the Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone and Sennheister e815S. Neither of these microphones required phantom power.
As I had several writers at my house while the MicPort Pro was in my possession, I decided to let one of our more vocally-endowed members take the microphone.
Aside from having the microphone a little close to his mouth, I found the audio to be rather crisp and clear. There should be little stopping artists from utilizing the MicPort Pro to record while on-the-go.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
I know several individuals who record podcasts and music on the go, whether from locales such as Panera and Borders Book Stores, friend's houses, or school. After bringing their attention to the MicPort Pro, I had them all intrigued by the device. CEntrance's own tagline for the unit, "No drivers. No batteries. No latency. No headaches!", highlights the MicPort Pro's ease-of-use.
The latest iteration of Ubuntu, 11.10, had detected the MicPort Pro without any issues. We easily were able to use the MicPort Pro with a variety of applications, from Banshee for music, to Audacity for recording. Audio recorded from the MicPort Pro on Ubuntu is crisp and full, while output is as clear as you'd expect from your onboard audio.
With phantom power as a major feature, as well as the ability to record in stereo using two of the units, the CEntrance MicPort Pro is a win-win product for the mobile artist, amateur, and professional that needs to make recordings. Who knows, maybe BIOSLEVEL will have a podcast in its future.
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