REVIEW – For many years, audio has been a big part of my business and business ventures. Whether for my videography gigs, audio podcasts, or other audio recordings, I am very critical of the sound. I use mics like the Shure SM7B and some other Rode mics, and I am always on the prowl for anything really good in this category that can make my work process more convenient while still maintaining the audiophile quality I frequently seek. Enter the Tula Mic: USB microphone & Mobile Recorder.
What is it?
The Tula Mic: USB microphone & Mobile Recorder is a studio-quality USB-C microphone and mobile recorder featuring Uni and Omni capsules, Burr-Brown op-amps, and Klevgrand noise reduction. It is compatible with Mac/PC/iOS/Android and is available in three colors.
What’s in the box
1 x Tula Mic: USB microphone & Mobile Recorder with Stand
1 x USB-A to USB-C Cable
1 x 5/8″ Mounting Adapter
1 x User Guide
Design and features
This mic is relatively small and very sleek. The craftsmanship is excellent. There is a grill on the larger surface and the controls are on the opposite long sides. The photos below show all sides of the mic and the controls and indicators.
Photos below show the controls on each side and their functions.
The mic has a removable base/stand that allows it to be mounted to a standard mic stand via the included 5/8″ adapter.
Since this mic is plug-n-play, it is very easy to get started. When connected to a computer, it does show up as a drive which accounts for the built-in memory for the mobile recorder feature.
Below is what the LEDs look like when the mic is connected to the computer and a photo of what the LED indicators mean.
After using included base/stand for a while, I decided that I would prefer the mic on a short desktop mic stand, and I used the included 5/8″ adapter to accomplish that.
The following is a quick test of a recording when using the mobile recorder function:
Here is a video testing the mic connected via the USB-C cable for a recording in OBS:
This mic produces a very clean and professional sound. I can imagine it being used but many people in different roles and in various industries to accomplish a professional and polished end product. I even use it for my Microsoft Teams conference calls for work, and several of the attendees have voluntarily commented on how great my audio quality is and how much better it is than everyone else’s. (To be fair, I also have a 1GB/1GB internet connection). I think this will be a “must-have” for many musicians for creativity wherever and whenever. The ability to take that recording quality with you on the road is a fantastic feature.
I do wish that the ability to record to a high-end micro SD card would be a consideration should there but another model produced since that would support more on-the-fly creativity and versatility.
Click here to read the manual and to get more detailed information on this great mic.
What I like
- The build quality
- The sleek, lightweight, and compact design
- The easy to access well laid out controls
- The versatility as a mic and a mobile recorder
- The amazingly good and clean sound
- The mounting options
- The plug-n-play capability
What I’d change
- Since it is also a mobile recorder, add a micro SD port that would allow for increased memory that would be removable for some practical applications.
I have been playing around with the mic for about a month, and I am very impressed. The style and design are great and the sound via USB-C and when using it as a mobile recorder is really good. I can imagine musicians using this mic to record tracks and content creators using it for excellent audio even when live streaming. This is also a great mic to use for mobile interviews. IMHO, this mic gets a grade of very well done, and two thumbs up!!