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The lovely people at Moman sent me a couple of pieces of equipment to test out and review. In this post I’ll take you through my thoughts about the EM1 USB Mic and the RF30 Sound Shield. I’ve also done a fun little sound comparison which you’ll find below. Ok, let’s get into it!
Testing the Moman EM1 USB Mic and the RF30 Sound Shield
To give you my true opinion about these two pieces of equipment I sent about a week using them in different scenarios and formations. The RF30 Sound Shield can be manipulated into different shapes so I experimented with that. I tried the EM1 USB Mic with and without the wind muff indoors and outdoors. It was so much fun to see which combinations worked best. OK, no let’s get into the details.
About the Moman EM1 USB Mic
The Moman EM1 USB Mic retails for around €49.99 on Amazon France so it’s very reasonably priced. It comes with a wind muff, USB cable, USB to type C (android) cable, desktop mic holder and the mic itself. If you have an iPhone you will need a USB to Lightning Adapter to be able to use this mic with your iPhone.
The mic has a 3.5mm Monitoring Jack so that you can plug in earphones to monitor any recording in real time. There is also a mute button and a gain control knob. The desktop stand is angle adjustable and shockproof.
The set up was super simple. I’m not incredibly techy, I use a lot of tech while blogging and vlogging but I like it to be relatively simple. Luckily the EM1 USB Mic was easy to set up and I had it plugged into my phone and ready to record in less than a minute.
In terms of sound quality I definitely noticed a huge difference between using the EM1 USB Mic and just using the in-built mic on my phone. If you watch the comparison video below you’ll be able to hear the difference in sound quality for yourself.
Definitely a great piece of equipment for anyone who does live streams, podcasts, Youtube videos etc. The EM1 USB Mic will definitely be a permanent part of my equipment list from now on.
About the Moman RF30 Sound Shield
I have to be honest, when I first heard the term sound shield I had absolutely no idea what it was. So in case you’re like me, allow me to explain. A sound shield basically isolates your voice and prevents any echoing.
The RF30 Isolation Sound Shield absorbs audio waves, prevents sound reflection, and isolates ambient noise. When you combine it with the EM1 USB Mic it’s like a mini mobile recording studio. It comes with a small adjustable mic stand as well in case you don’t have one of your own.
The RF30 has 3 layer noise suppression. The absorbent layer absorbs audio waves and prevents sound reflection; the filter layer attenuates the sound which cannot be absorbed; and the reflective layer isolates ambient noise without affecting the clarity of the sound.
The RF30 is 260mm by 708mm and extremely customisable thanks to the 5 adjustable angle folding panels. It can be completely straight or wrapped around into a pentagon shape and pretty much anything in between. It’s also very light (around 1kg) and fairly portable as far as recording equipment goes.
I really like this piece of equipment and I’ll definitely be adding it to my blogging/vlogging equipment list. Incredibly easy to set up and use, which is a key priority for me and it definitely makes a difference in the sound quality.
Youtube Review With Sound Comparison
If you want to get a better idea of the sound quality I recorded a comparison video which you can check out! It’s a nice short video that I think you’ll enjoy. I had a lot of fun recording it. You can watch the video below and subscribe to my Youtube channel here.
To wrap it up, I love the EM1 USB Mic and the RF30 Sound Shield. They’re both reasonably priced, incredibly easy to use, portable and make a big different to the sound quality. Either item would be a great piece of equipment for some one who streams, sings, vlogs, blogs or anything in between.
In particular the RF30 Sound Shield would be a great gift as I think it’s something that not everyone would have in their essential equipment list but it’s a great additional item to have. I have plenty of mics in my collection but have never had a sound shield before, so I was delighted to add it to my collection.