The Joby Wavo POD responds to a real and growing demand from content creators. Through social media apps and podcasting platforms, we can easily share our opinions or showcase our hobbies and interests in audio and video formats. We can stream directly from our Mac or PC thanks to its built-in microphone and camera. However, it can be difficult to capture good quality audio.
A podcast or YouTube video that suffers from a flat sound produced by a computer’s built-in mic or whose sound is diluted by a spacious echo wash will soon shift its audience to other content. Fortunately, Joby has released the Wav POD – a large diaphragm USB microphone that looks great, won’t blow your budget, and will boost your VLOG and podcast sound levels from amateur to professional.
The Wavo POD is JOBY is a cost-effective alternative to the similar but well-established Yeti range of plug and play USB microphones that are already popular with podcasters, voice-over artists and other content creators. The entry-level Yeti Blue will set you back £119 compared to the Wavo POD’s £89.95, but you get what you pay for. We’ll talk about some of the differences between these competing mics in the Construction and Handling section below.
Audio sampling rate: 24bit/48kHz
Reasons for registration: Omnidirectional and directional
Controls: Volume, mute and gain controls
Headphone jack: Yes
Pop filter: Yes
The Wavo POD comes with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a USB Type-A to Type-C cable so you can plug the mic directly into a PC, laptop or smartphone and start recording or broadcast your sound. It has two selectable polar patterns that alter its sensitivity to sound. The most useful cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern makes the mic sensitive to sound coming from the front of the mic. This minimizes unwanted background noise such as the whir of your computer’s fan, resulting in cleaner audio tracks. If you need to interview someone on the other side of the mic, you can press the Pattern button to switch to a 360º Omni polar pattern and make the mic sensitive to sound from all angles.
A pre-attached orange pop shield adds color to the black Wavo POD, which should help make the device an eye-catching co-star in your YouTube productions. The Pop Shield is designed to soften the harsh hits caused by plosive consonants in phrases such as “Peter Piper picked a pickled pepper spike!” In practice, we’ve found that if you place the mic a reasonable distance from your mouth (about a foot), it’s hard to get it to “pop” even without the pop shield – although the pop shield has reduced the wind noise when we blew on the microphone. The pop shield offers an additional feature to tell you which side of the mic to speak on with icon arrows that show the direction of the cardioid and omni polar patterns.
Build and manipulate
Compared to the Yeti Blue’s metal body and stand, the plastic Wavo POD looks and feels less expensive – which of course it is. The Wavo POD is much lighter and about two-thirds the size of the Yeti Blue, but that could be a bonus if you need to record audio on the go with a lightweight, compact device with a laptop and laptop. quality micro USB. The weighted stand is the only metal component of the Wavo POD, but this solid section gives the mic stability. The Wavo POD can be detached from its weighted metal stand and attached to a tripod (like the GorillaPod) or attached to an adjustable boom like the Legato Wave Mic Arm.
Although cheaper, smaller and lighter than the Yeti Blue, the Wavo POD captures relatively excellent sound quality thanks to its 24-bit/48kHz audio sample rates. We found the sound quality of the Wavo POD to be indistinguishable from that captured by a Yeti Blue.
The multi-function button/knob on the front allows you to adjust the volume if you decide to control the sound via the integrated headphone jack. A two-second press changes the blue light to purple, indicating you are in gain control mode. You can then turn the knob to capture louder or quieter sound levels on your USB-connected recording device. A short press of the button activates a red light, indicating the mic is muted (which is a handy option when your kids are initiating a live Zoom call!)
The Wavo POD is the ideal entry-level USB desktop microphone for those who want to improve the quality of their sound recordings. The combination of the pop shield and cardioid recording field lets you capture clear, broadcast-quality audio tracks that suffer less from room echo and other unwanted background noise (although, as with most mics, you will benefit by placing sound-absorbing tiles around your home studio).
However, compared to the Yeti Blue, the Wavo POD has a more limited collection of polar pattern settings. The Yeti has an additional hypercardioid setting. This “figure of 8” shaped recording field lets you capture sound from the front and back of the Yeti mic (but not unwanted sounds from the sides of the mic.) Wavo POD’s Omni pattern lets you will record an interviewer and interviewee seated opposite, but it will also add unwanted noise from the sides due to its 360º sensitivity.
Overall, though, it’s a great addition to any home recording studio and we highly recommend it.
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