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Review: Cherry UM 3.0 USB Streaming Microphone


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Here is our review of the Cherry UM 3.0 USB Streaming Microphone.

The high-quality workmanship of the CHERRY UM 3.0 makes it visually striking and is extremely stable thanks to its robust three-legged metal stand. Whether for video calls, streaming sessions or when gaming online – good communication is an all-important element. If you value professional sound and don’t want to rely on the built-in microphone in your laptop, headset or webcam, the CHERRY UM 3.0 streaming microphone is the perfect choice. A sampling rate of 96 KHz and 24 bit guarantees clear and detailed voice recordings.

The CHERRY UM 3.0 is the perfect podcast microphone for beginners. With its appealing look in matte black as well as its three-legged design stand made of solid metal, it not only looks good, but is also absolutely robust and can be set up securely at any time. The UM 3.0 is ideal for capturing voice recordings of one single person as it is equipped with a cardioid polar pattern, making this USB microphone an excellent choice to use for a podcast, for streaming, gaming or voiceover applications or when making MS Teams calls while working from home. 

If the sound quality of the standard built-in microphone in your laptop, webcam or headset is not enough, the CHERRY UM 3.0 is the right choice. With the streaming microphone, you can professionally enhance the sound of your recordings and achieve clear and detailed audio. Furthermore, you don’t need any special prior knowledge to do this, nor do you need to have any extra software installed: The CHERRY UM 3.0 podcast microphone can be easily connected to a PC, Mac, PS4 or PS5 via Plug & Play using the USB cable included and is immediately ready for use.

Probably the most commonly used polar pattern in a microphone is cardioid, and this is also what is used in the UM 3.0. Sound is picked up from the front; any noises coming from behind and from the sides of the microphone are toned down accordingly or completely faded out. For this reason, you can achieve excellent results with the CHERRY UM 3.0 when recording the voice of a single person. This makes this microphone the perfect choice for participating in a video call, starting a streaming session or recording a podcast from your home office.

The CHERRY UM 3.0 delivers a high-quality podcast microphone with a USB-C port into your home and includes some very practical features. For one, there is the push-to-mute function, which allows the entry-level microphone to be muted with just a single touch when streaming, gaming, or in video calls. The red LED indicator on the top tells you that the mic has been muted. Furthermore, the headphone jack and the additional volume control (in the design of a CHERRY mouse wheel on the back of the mic) make sure that you can control the volume of your headphones at all times.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the microphone and stand, cable and instructions.

A Closer Look

Pop Filter

You can also buy a Pop Filter to use with the Cherry UM.

The CHERRY UM POP FILTER was designed to meet the exact requirements of the CHERRY UM MIC SERIES (CHERRY UM 3.0, CHERRY UM 6.0 ADVANCED, CHERRY UM 9.0 PRO RGB) and can therefore be attached without any problem to any of the three microphones: Simply attach it between the microphone and the stand and tighten with the help of a small knob – and you’re ready to start recording. The sleek design does not detract from the elegant look of the microphone.

The CHERRY UM POP FILTER ensures clean recordings in professional quality and reduces annoying plosive sounds. In addition, the pop filter protects the microphone, keeping it in good working order for longer.

Final Thoughts

The Cherry UM 3.0 USB Streaming Microphone is fairly lightweight and is very easy to position to whatever you need in order to be able to use it comfortably.

To set it up, you just place the microphone onto the stand and screw it in place. You can then position the microphone itself and tighten it so that it stays in place. If you have got the Pop Filter then you can also add that, and it certainly helps the quality of the audio, especially if you are doing streaming or podcast recording.

The cable connects between the microphone and your computer and there is enough cable to position the microphone where you need it.

There is a mute button on the top of the microphone that makes it really easy to mute, or un-mute simply with a touch, and it lights up showing you the status too!

There is also a headphone jack on the microphone so that you can use your headphones at the same time.

There is a volume wheel on the rear of the microphone that makes it really easy to adjust too.

The audio quality is excellent – the microphone itself is equipped with a cardioid polar pattern which only captures the sound of the person sitting directly in front of it, blocking out all other sounds around. A sampling rate of 96 KHz and 24 bit guarantees clear and detailed voice recordings.

If you are looking for a high quality microphone to use for streaming, podcasting or even just Teams calls, they take a look at the Cherry UM 3.0 USB Streaming Microphone, you wont be disappointed.

The Cherry UM 3.0 USB Streaming Microphone is available now priced around £69.99 and the Pop Filter is priced around £16.99.

You can learn more from the Cherry 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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