the Thronmax MDrill One Pro inaugurates Micro tests on KultureGeek. A good introduction to this device with a priori qualitative, cut for pro or semi-pro uses (YouTubers, Podcasters, and all the names in “eurs” of media 2.0). With its integrated pop filter, its four recording modes (which are not there for the gallery), and a sound quality that is a priori more than respectable (16-bit / 48,000 Hz sampling), the MDrill One Pro s’ announces like a nice microphone, all the more nice indeed that its design, at the same time compact and elegant, imposes some frankly. So let’s get down to business …
The Micro is beautiful
We’re not going to lie to each other, a nice Micro is important, especially when it is sometimes clearly visible to the public. YouTubers know a thing or two about it (some literally disappear behind a Mic King Size). Admittedly, if it is to do mainly podcasting or audio recording in the studio, this is a little less crucial criterion. But as the saying goes, it’s better to make you want to than pity. The Thronmax MDrill One Pro is therefore rather pretty to see, quite compact also compared to certain large microphones yet intended for the same uses.
In addition, its well-placed bright LEDs (on the volume / intensity signal and below the microphone) do not switch (too much) in the trend “PC tuned a bit geek-kékou gaming”. 7 LED colors can be chosen for the base, namely red, green, blue, orange, purple, cyan and light green. The volume is displayed in blue and the gain in green. So much for the design part.
In the background, the Audacity software, which directly recognizes the Micro MDrill One Pro without any special configuration
The Thronmax MDrill One Pro has a pop filter as standard. A Micro that you can use “as is” right out of the box!
Connectivity: the essentials, and USB-C
Connectivity level, we are fine, with a USB-C port (+ 3 meters of cables provided), a universal input for microphone support (for example to place the Thronmax MDrill on a stand) and a 3.5 mm jack port, all located under the base of the Micro. Strong point of this microphone, all the essential functions are directly placed on the device, whether it is the two control knobs for gain and volume, the Mute button allowing to cut the sound access to the microphone or else another choice of one of the 4 modes preset (Cardioid, Stereo, Omni-directional and Bi-directional).
A micro USB-C to rule them all
Note that the USB-C connection allows this microphone enormous versatility while keeping its “studio” qualities. The ThronMax can thus be used for podcasts, gaming, YouTube sessions, video conferencing, live streaming and even recording voice models for music. Since it connects to anything that has a USB port, almost nothing is off limits to it.
Sound: integrated anti-pop, and clear rendering of vocals
On the sound side, the 16-bit / 48,000 Hz limit probably does not intend this Micro to be the crème de la crème of the pro audio world, but it is clearly not the target of this Micro. plug and play extremely versatile. However, the integrated anti-pop filter (membrane that breaks air breaths during the pronunciation of certain consonants), VERTIGAIN® TECHNOLOGY, which improves clarity by 10% compared to other Micro USB (according to the manufacturer) , the noise reduction system and of course the 4 presets make it possible to record a clear and calibrated voice sound “to order”. And indeed, we notice the (almost) total absence of parasitic noises (breath, pop, etc.). The recorded voice sounds “clear”, almost embellished indeed. Not being myself a sound pro and not having professional audio / music software, I fell back on the simple (and austere) Audacity for my tests.
Very practical presets
Small description in passing concerning the 4 preset modes. Cardioid mode only records the sounds closest to the Microphone. Effective in driving out background parasitic noises, but it will be necessary to remember to stay IN FRONT of the microphone. The Stereo mode records with a right / left bi-channel spatial effect, the Omni-Directional mode records the sound of everything in the environment of the Microphone (360 ° in theory) while the Bi-Directional mode captures what is in front of and on the sides of the microphone (which may be of interest when singing with several people around the same microphone, simple example). All these presets are quite effective (small downside on Omni-Directional), but I admit my preference for the classic Cardioid mode, which really helps to clean up unwanted noise. Well, you should not be more than 20 cm away from the Micro (unless you have a dedicated acoustic chamber), but the results are there.
Conclusion: a real all-rounder … that does it well
Pretty, fairly compact, easy to use, ready to use right out of the box, very versatile and well supplied with connections, the Thronmax MDrill One Pro is a bit of the all-rounder … and which “makes” it. pro way. It is also the Micro that will undoubtedly appeal as much to pure beginners podcasters / YouTubers as to Pros (not very sensitive to the very latest technological advances). At the current price, the Thronmax MDrill One Pro is a real bargain.
The MDrill One Pro is available for € 125.99 on Amazon, Fnac and on LDLC