Joby Wavo POD Review

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If you’re a content creator, whether that be streaming, video or even plain old audio podcasts, there’s one fairly critical piece of gear that you need as part of your recording set up to be able to deliver your particular brand of whimsical banter to your audience – the humble microphone. We live in an age where pretty much any piece of tech you can get your hands on has some form of microphone input to help you capture your thoughtful musings and bang them on an internet channel somewhere, helping those starting out in content get a leg up in creation. But for those looking to take their recordings to the next level, there’s nothing more critical than a dedicated microphone to be able to grab crystal clear audio.

We’ve taken a look at a number of mid-range consumer level microphones at NGB in the past and the latest addition to this list is the Wavo POD from Joby, a nifty little mic with an RRP of £90 that can be bought quite handily from high street retailers such as Argos and Jessops. Coming in conveniently minimalist packaging with foam to prevent the mic from being damaged in transit, the Wavo POD is a nicely lightweight affair with a striking black and red colour scheme. One of the things that immediately stands out once it’s free from its box is the large red pop filter that comes pre-installed, something not so frequently found on these devices, but certainly something that will be welcome for those looking for a nice clean vocal recording.

Setting up and using the mic is pretty straightforward with both USB A to C and USB C to C cables being included to ensure the maximum amount of connectivity with devices. Plugging the Wavo POD straight into my MacBook resulted in it being made available in my recording software immediately, with the only real issue being when I tried to connect it via my USB hub – in this instance I had to make sure the hub was powered for my Mac to see the mic. Plugging it directly into my iPad was also a doddle, with GarageBand picking it up straight away.

The mic is pretty simple in use with just one button and a dial on its body. The button switches the mic between cardioid and omnidirectional modes – most recordings will be best done using the former which only allows the front of the mic to pick up audio, but those looking to use the Wavo POD for interviews will find omnidirectional to be a great addition; you may want to pick up an optional second pop filter, however, to ensure the audio on the reverse of the mic remains clear.

The dial is multipurpose with its initial setting being used to control the volume when monitoring the microphone input. This is achieved by plugging a pair of headphones into the jack on the bottom of the mic and the dial lights up with a blue ring, allowing you to turn it to increase or decrease the output volume. Pressing the dial in will turn the light red, muting the input while pressing and holding will turn the light purple, allowing you to tweak the gain of the input. Out of the box I found this to be way too high, resulting in blown out sound on recordings, so a little bit of playing around here was needed to find the sweet spot. Thankfully this was pretty easy to achieve and I was up and running, recording in no time.

Quality wise I’ve found it hard to fault the Wavo POD with the mic providing a clean audio input in pretty much all circumstances I’ve thrown at it, be it recording audio from a single person, recording my acoustic guitar into GarageBand or setting it up as part of a multi-mic recording session for our YouTube channel. If anything I’ve noticed that the mic is quite sensitive when monitoring input, picking up many creaks, knocks and background noises that aren’t present in recordings. The pop filter is also a great addition, reducing air-flow over the microphone so that harsh sounds don’t blow out the top end of the recording.

On top of all this, the mic is really easy to mount on stands, with mounting threads present on both the mic itself as well as the removable stand, in addition to a 3/8 to 5/8 adapter, allowing it to screw onto wider mic stand mounts. This handily screws into the bottom of the mic itself, meaning it’s easy to store until you need it.

Overall I’ve been incredibly impressed with the Joby Wavo POD, from its high build quality to its easy set up and the quality of its sound. It’s been a fantastic addition to our recording set up over the last few weeks and its compact size has meant it’s been easy to transport around to sessions. Its price point, while not perhaps entry level, is very affordable for those wanting to up their content creation game and you’re bound to find it a little bit cheaper than RRP if you shop around. A highly recommended microphone at a great price.

Writes and produces films at independent outfit Shortorme Productions. Records music under the guise of Stage of History. Gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum. Always on the lookout for something new and fresh.

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