512 Audio Tempest Microphone

Specifications

Current Price: $159.99USD (Amazon)
Microphone
Capsules: 34mm Large-Diaphragm Gold Plated Capsule
Sample Rates: 48kHz
Bit Rate: 24 – bit
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Microphone Gain: 45dB max
Direct Monitoring: Zero Latency
Interface / Output Cable: USB-C to USB-A
Headphone Output
3.5mm Stereo Jack: Zer-latency monitoring
Bit Rate: 24-bit
Sample Rate: 48kHz

Built To Be Brilliant
Everything about the design and build of the Tempest projects brilliance. Professional to the core, the tempest all-metal case has a matte black finish with the 512 logo stamped in contrasting white paint just below the capsule housing. It’s sleek and professional looking. The onboard mic gain and monitoring volume control sit nestled inline with the mute switch and 3.55mm headphone jack creating a symmetrical sightline that draws you to the logo above.

The protective grill that covers the 34mm Large-Diaphragm Gold Plated Capsule tops off the design bringing it all together. A hidden LED light tucked inside the grill illuminates the capsule with 512’s signature blue hue when powered on. This adds an extra level of finesse to the microphone’s visual appeal. The Tempest also comes with a compact desktop stand, standard microphone mount, and a premium metal shock stand, for extra protection for the unit. The included USB-C cable measures 6ft, meaning you’ll have some room to feed the cable to your computer.

512 Audios’ promise of professional quality gear stands true. The Tempest is a well-designed and constructed piece of equipment and is functionally everything you need in a box to get started with a recording or streaming.

Setup for Success
I had mentioned previously that my ideal setup for capturing audio has been a nice XLR-powered Dynamic mic with a preamp for driving it. I stand by that. However, with this type of setup, you do run into a few issues when it comes to the actual setup.

For starters, there is the issue of finding the right mic and preamp. That alone can be a nightmare if you have never had to do it. There is also the process of getting proper drivers installed for your preamp of choice. In some cases, you’ll run into compatibility issues or OS issues. Then there is the reality that you’ll have to carry all of this tech around any time you need to move locations or reconfigure your setup.

The Tempest removes all of that. It doesn’t require any special drivers or setup instructions. It works on Mac and PC and it took me longer to unbox it all than it did to actually connect it to OBS and Reaper. It is the cleanest plug-and-play experience I’ve had with a microphone, ever. The built-in monitoring supports any standard 3.55 headphones. Being powered by USB-C the Tempest actually had enough power to support my Byerdynamic DT 990 Pros, which themselves need a fairly powerful preamp to work properly. Not to mention that there actually is zero-latency monitoring on the Tempest. It is such a nice experience to monitor in real-time without audio delay.

512 Audios’ promise of professional quality gear stands true. The Tempest is a well-designed and constructed piece of equipment and is functionally everything you need in a box to get started with a recording or streaming.

Setup for Success
I had mentioned previously that my ideal setup for capturing audio has been a nice XLR-powered Dynamic mic with a preamp for driving it. I stand by that. However, with this type of setup, you do run into a few issues when it comes to the actual setup.

For starters, there is the issue of finding the right mic and preamp. That alone can be a nightmare if you have never had to do it. There is also the process of getting proper drivers installed for your preamp of choice. In some cases, you’ll run into compatibility issues or OS issues. Then there is the reality that you’ll have to carry all of this tech around any time you need to move locations or reconfigure your setup.

The Tempest removes all of that. It doesn’t require any special drivers or setup instructions. It works on Mac and PC and it took me longer to unbox it all than it did to actually connect it to OBS and Reaper. It is the cleanest plug-and-play experience I’ve had with a microphone, ever. The built-in monitoring supports any standard 3.55 headphones. Being powered by USB-C the Tempest actually had enough power to support my Byerdynamic DT 990 Pros, which themselves need a fairly powerful preamp to work properly. Not to mention that there actually is zero-latency monitoring on the Tempest. It is such a nice experience to monitor in real-time without audio delay.

Now before you grab pitch forks and torches because I’m comparing apples and oranges, that’s actually what I wanted to test. I walked into these tests expecting my Rode PodMic to far outclass the Tempest. I assumed because I don’t have a recording studio and rely on the short pickup range of the Rode that it would have cleaner audio. The results though surprised me.

The Tempest did an exceptional job and filtering out background noise in the room while still managing to capture a clean presentation of my audio. When compared to the PodMic, The Tempest actually handled some of the sound and annunciation better, reducing some of the ‘pop’ sounds in my voice. It also gave a clean, full sound to the voice-over, all while isolating my voice from the sound of two computers running in the background. For these recordings, I didn’t apply any EQ or filtering either so what you heard is straight from the mic to your speakers.

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