Today, we’ll be reviewing the SSL Connex USB conferencing microphone.
Solid State Logic’s reputation is legendary, and the company is often at the forefront of innovation in the realm of audio. The Connex has specifically been marketed as a conference mic, aimed towards folks and businesses looking for a decent microphone for meetings and video conferences.
Let’s take a look to see if there’s anything else it can do.
Our verdict on the SSL Connex
We can understand the need for this microphone when it comes to individuals or businesses in need of a fairly affordable conference microphone. Its quad microphone array allows several people to have their voice captured and heard through a video conference.
Beyond that, there really is no further use for this microphone, other than maybe recording a quick, low-quality demo.Check availability here: SweetwaterAmazon
Polar pattern and frequency response
Unfortunately, Solid State Logic did not provide specific information about the polar pattern and frequency response of the Connex microphone, which is more than concerning. However, based on our experience with the microphone, we believe it has a cardioid polar pattern and a fairly wide frequency response.
While we wish SSL had provided more detailed specifications, we found the microphone’s performance to be adequate, at least in terms of capturing spoken word and low volume sound sources.
The Connex is definitely not the greatest choice for studio vocals, considering that it has less than stellar sound quality. Don’t expect to be capturing any sort of nuance in your performance.
Don’t bring this microphone with you on stage. This is not the intended function of this mic and the results will most likely be incredibly poor. Plus, it’s a USB microphone, so unless you have a 70 ft USB extension, don’t expect to be able to connect this to the mixer unless the venue is in a closet.
Guitars, amps, drums
We didn’t find the Connex suitable for really any of these applications. Maybe it could work to record a quick acoustic guitar demo if you’re in a pinch, but beyond that don’t expect too much.
The build quality is average with a sturdy metal casing, and its design is very compact. This microphone is ideal for office workers looking for a microphone that isn’t the built-in microphone on their computer.
Compared to other USB microphones
Here are a few microphones to consider in comparison to the SSL Connex.
SSL Connex vs. Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
As far as USB microphones are concerned, the AT2020USB+ is by far one of the best options available. Not only is it an easy-to use, plug and play microphone, but its performance is actually surprisingly usable for far more applications beyond capturing speech and vocals.
The AT2020USB+ is extremely versatile and can be used to capture high-quality vocals, guitars, and even drums in some instances. The choice is obvious.
SSL Connex vs. Beyerdynamic Fox
This is another solid choice for a USB microphone. It has a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, and a max SPL of 97.5 dB.
All that is to say that you can use it to record actual music. The Connex, on the other hand, is not really capable of this. Again, the Fox is the better option.
SSL Connex vs. Blue Yeti
The Blue Yeti is a bit of a classic in the world of USB microphones, and for a good reason. It has a solid frequency response, a high SPL, and is extremely affordable. Get the Blue Yeti if you care about sound quality.
For more options, check out our recommendations for the best USB microphones on the market right now.
Who is the Solid State Logic Connex best suited for?
The Connex is best suited for individuals or businesses looking for a cheap and rather easy-to-use conference microphone. If you’re a professional audio engineer or producer, this is not a microphone meant for recording music.
- Sturdy metal casing.
- Average sound quality.