About the Mackie EM-USB
Simple sonic improvement
Simple sonic improvement
What a difference a good microphone makes. Mackie's EM-USB has a use for just about everyone. Musicians, podcasters, and YouTubers stepping up from built-in mics will love it. So will students and teachers engaged with remote learning, and anyone who uses Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype or the like for video-conferencing. Yup, I think that's almost everyone these days.
The EM-USB's large diaphragm is especially great for rendering clear, articulate vocals, whether you're recording or broadcasting. And the cardioid polar pattern picks up just what is close to and in front of the mic, reducing background noise to a minimum. It's a brilliant, cost-effective solution for vastly improved audio quality.
Preamp and headphone control built-in
Onboard microphone preamp gain control lets you adjust levels to capture the best possible signal — whether it's a whisper, or a guitar amp set to 11. And a built-in headphone output with level control allows you to dial yourself into the working mix with precision. Having it all in one unit makes your job easy, whether you're recording at home, or going mobile.
The EM-USB is a great introduction to studio-quality microphones. Onboard preamp circuitry delivers clear tone, low noise, and wide dynamic range. And the included Pro Tools® software bundle affordably opens up the world of the digital audio workstation (DAW) to burgeoning musicians and producers.
Mackie has been making professional audio gear since 1988. Their products are known for being practical and durable. The EM-USB is no exception — its burly construction will stand up to years of regular use.
- large diaphragm condenser microphone
- connects directly to computer via USB, no interface needed
- ideal for recording, video conferencing, and remote learning
- cardioid pattern for noise and feedback rejection
- onboard gain control
- 3.5mm headphone output with onboard level control
- supports Windows® and Mac® OS, no drivers needed
- Pro Tools® First and Waveform™ OEM
- The Musician Collection for Pro Tools® First
- The DAW Essentials™ Bundle for Waveform™ OEM
- frequency response: 30-18,000Hz
- recording resolution: 16-bit/48kHz
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 1-13/16"W x 7-1/8"H x 1-13/16"D
- weight: 0.87 pounds
- desktop microphone stand
- microphone clip
- USB Type-C cable
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # EM-USB
What's in the box:
- USB Condenser microphone
- Microphone stand adapter (5/8" thread)
- Adjustable tripod (5/8" thread)
- 78" USB cable (type-A to type-C/2.0)
- Owner's manual
- Pro Tools First registration card
- Waveform OEM & DAW Essentials registration card w/ license code
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More details on the Mackie EM-USB
Construction: The Mackie EM-USB is a condenser microphone with a cardioid pattern that helps reject peripheral noise. The mic features a durable metal housing and metal-mesh capsule screen, providing Mackie "Built-Like-A-Tank" reliability and performance.
Connections: The base of the EM-USB microphone includes a USB-C port, for connecting to a computer or laptop, and a 3.5mm stereo jack for plugging in headphones (not included).
- System Compatibility:
- PC: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 / USB 2.0/3.0
- MAC: OS 10.10 or higher / USB 2.0/3.0
Controls: The EM-USB includes a built-in Mute button. When pressed, it will mute the microphone, but still allow audio from your computer to pass through the headphone output. Two rotary controls, for Gain and Headphone Volume, let you adjust the input signal level and the volume for any connected headphones.
Stand: A table-top tripod and mic stand adapter are provided for securing the microphone during use. The tripod is adjustable, allowing the mic to be varied in height from 6" to 7-1/2" from the mounting surface. The tripod and included stand adapter feature a 5/8" thread, with the stand adapter including a locking tilt adjustment for the microphone.
Included Software Bundle: The Mackie EM-USB includes registration cards and a license code for free access to a powerful software bundle that provides everything you need to record, mix, and master your next project.
Pro Tools/First Software: Avid Pro Tools is the industry standard for audio recording and editing software. The Mackie Creator Bundle includes Pro Tools/First, Avid's entry-level version of their powerful software. Even as "entry-level" software, Pro Tools/First is packed with important features for recording and editing your music.
Up to 16 audio tracks
Session Templates: Various session templates are provided to help you get started quickly. Templates for rock, pop, electronica, hip-hop, and jazz can cover a wide range of music styles, each including preloaded virtual instruments. You can also build tracks from scratch and save your track settings as presets.
Editing: Featuring Pro Tool's world-class editing tools, the Pro Tools/First software lets you click-and-drag MIDI notes, change tempo, edit pitch and timing, correct mistakes, and much more.
UVI Workstation: This is a powerful sample player and multitimbral instrument that makes it easy and fun to create unique sounds. It also includes Xpand!2 virtual instrument pack, offering a wide range of sounds, from beats and loops to orchestral instruments, and more.
Soundbase: Includes over 3GB of high-quality loops, samples, and sound content created by leading producers.
Effects & Utility Plugins: Pro Tools/First comes with 23 effects and utility plugins to help shape sounds, warm up tones, and give tracks greater presence. Plugins range from EQ and Dynamics to Reverb and Delays. Additional plugins can be purchased through Avid.
Cloud Storage: Pro Tools/First includes Avid's free introductory cloud storage, letting you save, sync, and share up to three projects.
Windows: 10 (Build 1909 only)
MacOS: High Sierra (10.13.6), Mojave (10.14.5)
Waveform OEM: Waveform OEM is a multi-award winning DAW featuring powerful tools for modern musicians. Key features include unlimited track count, compatibility with all popular plug-ins, and efficient performance on Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems:
Windows: 8 & 10 (64-bit)
MacOS: 10.11 or later (64-bit)
Linux: Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit)
Raspberry Pi: 2, 3, & 4 (32-bit)
DAW Essentials Collection: Includes 16 contemporary FX plug-ins that can be used with any DAW. These effects plug-ins utilize the very latest algorithms and coding techniques, providing exceptional sound quality in an extremely efficient package. FX include: Equaliser, Compressor, Delays, Limiter, Gate/Expander, Crusher, and more.
Element: 14mm Condenser capsule
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 30Hz - 18kHz
Sensitivity: -32dB (0dB = 1V/Pa@1kHz)
Maximum SPL: 130dB (@1kHz 1% THD)
Dynamic Range: 89dB (ADC), 93dB (DAC)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 89dB (ADC), 96dB (DAC)
Sample Rate: 16-Bit/48kHz
Stereo Output Power: 400mW
Weight: 0.87 lbs.