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Review: 512 Audio Limelight Microphone


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Here is our review of the 512 Audio Limelight Microphone.

A dynamic vocal XLR mic that delivers exceptional clarity for close-range, talk-focused podcasts, broadcasts or live streams. The combination of a modern circuit and professional dynamic capsule produces smooth, crystal clear audio. Limelight’s hypercardioid pattern creates a hyper-focused pickup field to capture your voice and cut out unwanted ambient noise. The built-in pop shield and switchable, low-frequency filter remove intrusive plosives and low-end rumble for a clean, uncompromised sound. Bring the clear, natural audio of a professional broadcast studio to your home setup.


Capsule Type:Dynamic

Capsule Size:28mm

Polar Pattern:Hypercardioid

Frequency Range:50Hz – 15Hz

High Pass Filter:100Hz (12dB per octave)

Sensitivity:-54dB 13dB (0dB =1V/Pa at 1kHz)

Impedance:600 ohm

Max SPL:138dB

Weight:0.84 lbs (379g)

Dimensions:6.59in x 2.39in (167.5mm x 60.8mm)

Included Accessories:Adjustable Swivel Mount & Protective Carry Bag

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the Limelight microphone and clip, manual and a carry case.

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

Setting up the Limelight was easy – just plug in your XLR cable and you are ready to go. The 360 degree swivel mount included in the box is really useful for getting the Limlight in just the right position.

The design of the Limelight means that it creates a narrow pickup field meaning that your voice is captured but a lot of unwanted noise isn’t, which really makes a difference. And unlike other microphones, the Limelight has a built-in pop shield (so that’s one less thing to buy) meaning the captured sound is better.

The Limelight features a tailor-made frequency response of 50Hz – 20kHz, sculpted for close-range vocal frequencies and designed to reduce the noise – and it really works well – you can hear the difference compared to other microphones.

There is also a user-switchable low-frequency filter prevents unwanted noise and low-end rumble, for more control over your sound. Just set the switch to the setting you want.

The carry case was a welcome addition which meant that the Limelight could be carried around safely – it’s just something extra in the box but it makes a difference.

If you are in the market for a high quality microphone for podcasting, streaming or anything else, then take a look, and listen, to the 512 Audio Limelight Microphone, you wont be disappointed.

The 512 Audio Limelight Microphone is available now priced around £189.99.

You can learn more from the 512 Audio website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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