Is there any setting where the noise goes off or declines?
I would have liked a voice sample along with the noise. I can get many microphones to exhibit noise, but most of them are much quieter when you start speaking and have to turn them down. If you speak at a normal level and then stop and the hiss floor is right there, then yes, that’s a problem.
We used to tell people that USB microphones had to be designed that way because of overload, etc., etc., but I’m beginning to wonder about that. I own enough “cheap” audio equipment to know that they all top out at 60dB of microphone gain (multiply times a thousand), that being the highest stable gain you can do cheaply with a simple amplifier.
The instant you throw money and do better with amplifiers that have multiple stages and knobs, the “quiet performance” problem vanishes.
I wouldn’t be shocked to find that one company, two, tops, is making the little electronic chip that amplifies a condenser capsule high enough to drive a USB converter – itself also a one chip affair. That explains the rash of affordable condenser microphones all with the same shortcoming.
Professional “Condenser Microphones,” said with reverence and hushed voices cost multiple hundreds of dollars US, not $150. That and they have to be followed by a mixing desk which pushes the cost up to $800-$900 or more with no trouble.
I’m not entirely sure what she’s singing into. Still looking, but I think it’s an early Sennheiser.
Few of those have volume problems.
I wonder if anybody at work has an Affordable Condenser I can mess with…