Elgato announced that it’s expanding its hardware to microphones with the release of Wave:1 and Wave:3 Premium Microphones.
The two microphones combine with the Wave Link app for Windows and macOS for users to round off their digital mixing solution. The microphones have been manufactured in partnership with Lewitt have been tested in both ultra-modern acoustic testing chambers and real-world streaming scenarios.
Elgato Wave:1 and Wave:3 feature broadcast-quality audio capture powered by a cardioid condenser capsule and 24-bit Analog-Digital converter. Proprietary Clipguard anti-distortion technology – developed with Lewitt specifically for Elgato Wave microphones – analyzes input in real-time. When sudden peaking occurs, the sound is rerouted through a secondary signal path that runs at a lower volume. The entire process is autonomous, allowing content creators to produce clear audio that never clips, without having to constantly watch and adjust input levels.
The microphones also feature a low-cut filter that helps remove low-frequency interference and an internal pop filter that reduces distracting plosive breath and loud P’s. A 3.5mm headphone jack with 24-bit output enables high-resolution, zero-latency audio monitoring, while the adjustable desktop stand can be mounted to most boom arms using the included adapter.
Wave:1 features a headphone volume dial that doubles as a press-to-mute button, with an LED ring to indicate mute status at a glance. By contrast, Wave:3 sports a capacitive sensor that mutes the mic feed when lightly touched, and a multifunction dial that controls volume, input gain, and crossfade between the microphone and PC audio. In terms of signal processing, Wave:1 offers the industry-standard sample rate of 48 kHz, while Wave:3 delivers up to 96kHz for extremely detailed sound capture.
“We know audio is at the very core of our users’ setups. It starts with the microphone but extends to so many other sources,” said Julian Fest, VP and GM of Elgato. “When we started working on Project Wave, we wanted to build a complete solution that would make professional sound and powerful mixing more accessible than ever. With the cutting-edge tech that we and our partner LEWITT have incorporated into Elgato Wave mics and the Wave Link app, we think we’ve succeeded, and we couldn’t be more excited to enter this market.”
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