The Shure X2u takes any XLR mic and adapts it to USB. This is perfect for aspiring musicians who need to make professional-quality recordings on their notebooks.
You can plug a pair of headphones ino the X2u so you can hear exactly what you’re recording in real time.
The Shure X2u works on both Macs and PCs.
Here are some FAQ’s from Shure.com:
What is the X2u XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter and how does it work?
The Shure X2u is a modular accessory that connects any XLR microphone (standard electrical
connection) to a computer (Mac or PC) to create better-than-CD quality recordings. With the X2u,
beginning and advanced recording enthusiasts can simply Plug and Playâ€ to experience Shure-quality
digital recording with zero latency monitoring.
What is zero latency monitoring?
The word latencyâ€ is another way to say delay. In this case, latency refers to the amount of time it takes
a computer to process a signal. With the X2u, latency refers to the amount of time it takes to convert the
analog signal (your voice) to the digital signal and back again (for playback). When users plug
earphones or headphones into the Shure X2u, they will hear themselves as they sing or talk, rather than
experiencing a delay or echo.
What microphones are compatible with the X2u Adapter?
While it was designed to extend the sleek, beautiful design of Shure’s iconic SM57 and SM58
microphones to portable recording devices, the X2u is compatible with any XLR microphone, including
condenser microphones thanks to the phantom power feature.
Why did Shure decide to make a USB adapter?
For more than 80 years, Shure has been dedicated to developing professional quality audio; the
company recognizes that the rise in user-generated content brings more demand for low cost, digital
recording options. Shure decided to create a microphone adapter to allow users to connect any XLR
microphone to their computer to create better-than-CD quality recordings. The X2u redefines what
musicians and podcasters can do in their own homes and on the go, just as the tape recorder redefined
what artists could produce outside the studio