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Overview

  • Plug-and-play USB connectivity allows the convenience of digital recording
  • anywhere your computer can go
  • Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later
Description & Specs
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    $161.00
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Now you can use any XLR mic for direct computer recording.

The Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter is a modular accessory that connects any XLR microphone to your computer to create better-than-CD quality recordings. As home recording flourishes, the Shure X2u adapter redefines what amateur musicians and podcasters can do in their homes and on the go. The X2u mimics the sleek, beautiful design of Shure's iconic SM57 and SM58 microphones and can be used unobtrusively for live and in-studio recording.

The X2u provides phantom power so you can use your favorite condenser mic for direct USB recording.

Features

Connect

  • Plug-and-play USB connectivity allows the convenience of digital recording
  • anywhere your computer can go
  • Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later
  • Provides +48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones
  • Includes padded, zippered pouch and USB cable (9.8ft)

Record

  • Monitor Mix Control for blending microphone and playback audio
  • 1/8" headphone jack with volume control for monitoring
  • Integrated pre-amp with microphone gain control allows control of input signal strength

Playback

  • Zero latency monitoring for real-time playback and multitracking without disorientation

This little mic adapter will make a big difference in your computer recording quality. Order now.

 

X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 20 to 20,000Hz +/- 1dB
  • Power requirements: USB-powered, 500mA, maximum
  • Digital noise floor (20Hz to 20kHz, A-weighted):
  • Minimum MIC GAIN setting: 81 dB FS, Maximum MIC GAIN setting: 78 dB FS
  • Sampling rate: Up to 48kHz
  • Bit depth: 16-bit
  • Peak Signal Indicator (Tri-color)
  • OFF: 30 dB FS
  • Green: 30 to 12 dB FS
  • Yellow: 12 to 0 dB FS
  • Red: >0 (digital converter clipped)
  • Adjustable gain range: 40dB
  • Headphone output: 1/8"
  • System Requirements
  • USB 1.1 or 2.0, powered
  • 64MB RAM (minimum)
  • Operating System:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Japanese/English Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional Japanese/English Edition (service pack 1.0 or later, or use the USB audio driver update from Microsoft)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business Japanese/English Edition
  • Apple Computer Mac OS X 10.0 or later English Edition
  • Apple Computer Mac OS X 10.1 or later Japanese Edition (For Mac OS X 10.0 Japanese Edition, plug-and-play does not work appropriately)
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ShureX2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

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      5.0

      A Shure Bet

      By JohnBJazz

      from New Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

        Shure lives up to its name in quality once more with the X2u. I get clear, clean sound in voiceover work and in recording my guitar to my Mac. It's pricey, but like with any quality product you get what you pay for.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Mobile recording

        By smellingcoffee

        from Seattle

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile recording

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          I've been testing various methods of doing voice work when traveling, and this is about as compact as I can get. The unit provides phantom power for condenser mics, clean mic preamp, and has a decent level for monitoring on my Sony MDR-7506 phones.

          Also trying out AT 2020 mic and these two make a pretty good team. Using an older version of Adobe Audition to apply some compression after recording, and that seems to work nicely. Ideally I like to hear voice processing as I record (I use a dbx 286), so this is a sacrifice for the sake of keeping equipment minimal for travel.

          My one issue which I have also read in other reviews online is the level out is very hot. I have to dial the input level through Windows 7 down to 2-3. That said, not hearing any distortion issues. Also the input attenuator makes a big db jump towards the high end which is too hot for the device. That's disappointing. My desire is to have sufficient headphone monitoring level while rerecording, so it's a balancing act finding the sweet spot before the level leaps into the stratosphere. LEDs a bit overly bright.

          So, for the time being I'm keeping it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          works great

          By zildjo

          from Florida keys

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Easy To Use

          Best Uses

          • Hand Drums
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          This works great for recording hand drum tracks right on to my mac. Quick and easy

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          5.0

          Good Deal, Works Well, Sounds Good

          By Marshall

          from Laguna Niguel, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          I just bought this along with a MicPort that has a higher sampling rate. I can hardly tell the difference. This is a good deal.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Shure X2u XLR-to-USB

          By James OQuinn

          from South Carolina USA

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          I bought a used Shure X2u and it works great! Love this little device and the service from this company was fantastic. The only thing wrong is very, very minor, the little locking clip does not lock to my Shure microphone the way it is supposed to, otherwise I would have given this a perfect score of 10.
          I bought the Shure X2u and it works great! I love the features it has and it sounds great!
          Locking clip does not work as it should.
          The item was used and it had a small problem with the locking clip but otherwise a great value!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          works great on my XP machine but...

          By PrimalRoots601

          from Jackson,MS

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          For vocals and recording acoustic instruments, this interface is top notch..if used on the right system. On my XP machine,using sonar 4 with MME drivers, I get 0% hiss/hum. However, on my Win7 64 bit machine using sonar 8.5, I get an unbearable amount of hiss with every driver option/setting.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Makes Recording Easy

          By philladakilla

          from San Luis Obispo, CA

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          I bought this product to record demos in my room and it has been extraordinary. I use a Shure SM58 mic to record guitar, vocals, harmonica, tenor banjo and mandolin and the sound quality is pristine. I started running the XLR through my amp and putting effects to the tracks and it yields a very impressive product. I don't listen to the recording while I'm recording so I don't know how well that works. All of the adjustments can be moved easily...I just find a setting that I want and keep it that way. This product is very convenient for recording and using the same mic to play shows. I highly recommend it for someone who wants to start amateur recording.

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          (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great, but....

          By Zeph-5qDec

          from Maryland

          Comments about Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter:

          ... it seems to only allow 'monitoring' through headphones. Just plugging it into your computer and microphone will record fine but you can't hear the sound while you're recording. That's why it only gets 4 stars instead of 5.

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