Elgato Wave 3 USB Microphone | Microphone tests and reviews | wave project


Today I am going to talk about a brandElgato’s new USB microphone – Wave 3. This thing is absolutely amazing, it’s built specifically for creators and if you’re looking to start streaming, if you’re gaming, doing a podcast, or if you need a voiceover microphone for YouTube videos or tutorials, Wave 3 is a great choice. What’s exciting here is that Elgato combined this mic release with a new piece of mixing software called Wave Link which, again, is designed for the kind of work many of us do, versus what you might need in a studio. recording. So it’s really the combination of the microphone and the software that together create a simple yet very powerful workflow for creators.

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I’ll walk you through all the features, and then run a number of different microphone tests and comparisons so you can give this microphone a listen before picking one for yourself. I’ll also cover most of the specs, but I’m more focused on the actual sound because the specs are a bit useless without the actual performance.

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If you’re into gaming or streaming, you probably already know Elgato for their capture cards, the streamdeck, and more recent additions to their lineup like the Key light and Multi mount. I was pretty excited when they announced the Wave – and I can tell you that I am happy with the results – So let’s start with what’s in the box.



Very good, to start with the box that is consistent with the Elgato brand in terms of appearance. I have the Wave:3 – and there’s also Wave:1, so I’ll discuss the differences later in the video to help you choose. The Wave looks really neat – It’s all matte black so it should fit in with any setup and has a bit of an old school look to it. It comes attached to a desktop stand that raises the mic a couple of inches off the desk surface and also allows you to rotate the mic to position it at the correct angle.

elgato wave 3 usb microphone front

This is what is called a side-address microphone, which means you don’t want the top of the microphone pointing at your mouth, but rather have the side – in this case the front – pointed to your mouth And again, that’s because the capsule is pointing this way and not up. One last thing, for best results, place the microphone about 8 inches from your mouth.

This mic has a cardioid pattern, which means it will pick up sounds coming from the front and then start rejecting distracting sounds and noises coming from the sides, and definitely from behind. Simply put, if you have the microphone side facing your mount, it will focus on what you’re saying and try to block out all other sounds coming from other directions.

One feature that I was really excited about that you should really care about is Clipguard. Essentially,this works as a hard limiter so your audio doesn’t cut out – and let me explain what this is and why it is important. If you’ve ever seen audio waveforms or an audio meter, you know that they move up and down based on the volume of your recording. And if the volume is too loud, based on the gain level you selected, you’ll start to hear this horrible distortion in the audio – that’s called clipping. You can easily replicate this by turning up the volume beyond what a pair of headphones or a speaker is supposed to put out. Now, with a speaker or headphones, it’s not a big deal, because you can turn the volume down and still listen. But when you’re recording, if you record audio that’s distorted, because you got really emotional during a part of a game, or when you’re talking about something in your video, that’s it, your source is now screwed.

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So Elgato, who designed the Wave in collaboration with the audio experts at Lewitt, integrated what they call their proprietary Clipguard technology into the analog-to-digital converter. This means that Wave will automatically compress those super loud sounds before they clip and then deliver the appropriate levels to your computer. Essentially, you can bookmark your levels once and completely forget about them.

Another cool feature that I’m glad Elgato added to the Wave 3 is capacitive, or tap to mute on top. I have this feature on another of my USB microphones and it’s very convenient to quickly tap it if you need to quickly mute or unmute the mic. When you press it, you’ll see the LED around the multi-function dial turn red, then back to white when you touch the top of the microphone again.

Moving on, there’s also an internal multi-layered pop filter that will help remove some of those plosives and make your audio easier to hear. If you want to go the next step, Elgato sells an external pop filter for $29.99 that fits on the front of the microphone.

The bottom of the microphone and the frame appear to be made of plastic, and the grill is metal. There is a control panel at the front with a multifunctional dial. This dial allows you to adjust the input gain, output volume, and crossfade between your microphone and the PC audio mix. And I really like what they did with this design, because instead of adding a separate dial for each function, you can press this dial and then toggle through all three options.

The first option is microphone gain, which adjusts the volume of your voice. The second option, so the volume of the monitor. So, on the back of the microphone, we’ve got a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can put on a pair of headphones and monitor your audio while you’re recording. This second position will adjust the volume of your headphones. The third option then adjusts the mix between the real-time monitoring and the audio coming from your computer as it plays through the headphones. And with all three options, you’ll use this knob to make adjustments and you’ll see the LEDs light up to indicate the levels.

The stand is made of metal and it’s nice and heavy, toon there’s this rubbery material on the bottom that’s going to keep the mic from moving around and provide some cushioning so less sounds are transferred when you bump your desk or move your mouse around. to the microphone. Ideally, we’d want a damper for best results, and if that’s something you’re interested in, Elgato sells an optional damper for $39.99 that you can attach to a boom or mic boom. Whether you use a shock or not, the Wave comes with an adapter so you can attach it to an existing boom arm, attach this Compass from Blue. This gets the mic off the desk so it’s out of my way and allows me to position it at whatever angle works for me.

The last thing we have in the box is an 8 foot USB to USB-C cable that will plug into the back of the Wave and connect it to your computer – and i like the fact that we have a long cord so we can reach it easily without needing an extension cord.


Alright, now let’s move on to some sound checks. First we’ll just hear the raw sound coming from the microphone at different gain levels. Then we’ll do some testing with the mouse and keyboards. We’ll compare it to what we get from the camera’s built-in microphone. And then I’ll add some post processing so we can compare the RAW audio to the post processed version.

Microphone audio at different gain levels

Mouse and keyboard (with and without speaking)

Canon C100mkii Audio vs. Wave 3



Next I want to talk about the Wave Link software. As I mentioned before, it is tailor-made for content creators with the goal of streamlined workflow, great audio quality, and simple control for Twitch streams, YouTube videos, or podcasts.

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Here are a couple of important features. You can create two independent output mixes, one for listening and one for your audience, and monitor them on the fly. An example where this would come into play is, say, you want to play while listening to your favorite playlist – but you don’t want that included in your broadcast mix, due to copyright issues. You can still listen to your music in your mix, and then use royalty-free music in your actual stream.

You can incorporate up to eight channels, so you can have multiple microphones, game audio, voice chat, music, alerts, and samples. Then, in real time, mix your voice with those eight other sources, which is incredibly powerful. Once you’ve got everything set up and mastered, you can bring in Wave Link as a master audio source in OBS – And it’s these types of workflow enhancements that take the friction out of the creative process.

You can also set up audio profiles, so you can instantly mute your mic and turn on music during a break, or mute your mic but turn up game audio during a cutscene. Essentially, you can create multiple profiles and then quickly and easily switch between them whenever you want. And since Wave Link works with the Stream Deck,you can access your audio features at the touch of a button. Finally, Elgato says the Wave Link will use less than 1% of your CPU, and of course there’s no need for any audio processing hardware.


Alright, overall I think this is a very powerful combo and let me know in the comments section if you have any questions. We get excellent audio quality, a very user-friendly interface with very intuitive controls, protection against sound distortion with Clipguard, and a powerful yet easy-to-use digital mixer. I mentioned that there are two versions, Wave 1 and Wave 3 and there are only a couple of differences between them. The Wave 1 doesn’t have a play-to-mute button, the control dial only controls headphone volume and mute, rather than input gain, and mic/PC monitor crossfade, and input frequency. maximum sampling is 48 kHz versus 96 kHz in Wave 3.

The Wave 3 sells for $159.99 and the Wave 1 sells for $129.99, so you can decide if those extra features are worth it for your particular setup, or if you’d rather spend that money elsewhere. If you would like me to create more content on the Wave Project or if you would like to see comparisons to any other microphone, please let me know in the comments section. I’ll put links in the description where you can pick up these two mics. There are always special offers and discounts and the links will automatically update with the lowest price.

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I really hope I can give you a good overview of this new microphone from Elgato if I did, please let me know by liking this video, tweeting it, sharing it, and if you haven’t already, join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons. . You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @techgeartalk. You know what I always say, buy it nice or buy it twice! Good luck and see you soon.

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