The Elgato Wave:1 is a sleek, compact condenser microphone that boasts excellent sound quality and a novel approach to audio mixing. It’s also extremely beginner-friendly.
Ease of use in a small package is the name of the game for the Elgato Wave:1 ($130 MSRP as of writing), and for the most part, it succeeds. The Wave:1, the more budget-oriented sibling of the Elgato Wave:3 ($160 MSRP), has a high-quality, Lewitt Audio-designed condenser that makes its presence felt in crisp audio reproduction. The mic opts for a cardioid pattern, making it a difficult task to make anything sound truly awful.
The Wave Link software is intuitive enough to get nearly any rank amateur mixing a broadcast like a semi-pro within minutes. All of these factors make the Wave:1 a powerful tool for beginners, who will likely be so thrilled with how easy it is to get up and running that the product’s more serious flaws will be glossed over. Those with experience in professional audio or seeking the best gaming microphone however, will find the Wave:1’s issues impossible to ignore.