Characteristics and technical specifications
|Sound pressure||130 dB|
|Rank||30 Hz – 18 kHz|
|Dimensions||250mm x 200mm x 150mm|
The Trust Velica microphone is a high-quality microphone from condenser type and with a cardioid pattern (one-way). Thanks to its nature, this mic has a -36 dB sensitivity and is able to capture a maximum sound pressure of 130 dB. Regarding the response frequency, we are facing a microphone capable of capturing frequencies ranging from 30 Hz to 18 kHz. The sound sampling is 16-bit and 48 kHz, and the signal-to-noise ratio of this model is 79 dB.
Both the chassis of the mic and the support tripod are made of metal, which gives it a high quality. It also has a pop filter (grid type) included that helps us reduce annoying blows without losing quality. In addition, the microphone is not anchored to the tripod or the chassis, but is “hung” between rubbers, which helps to avoid noise and friction.
The connection of this micro with the PC is through a 180 cm USB cable. In the part of the micro we can find a USB-C port, while in the part of the computer it is a conventional USB port. The mounted mic has dimensions of 250mm x 200mm x 150mm, and a total weight of 360 grams.
As drawbacks, it should be noted that it does not have noise reduction or cancellation, and it only has a control button that allows us to mute it, nothing more.
External analysis of Trust Velica
The micro Trust Velica comes in a cardboard box, in the same dark colors typical of the manufacturer. On the front we can find an image of the microphone mounted on its support, while on the back we will find the technical specifications of the product and a photo of it from behind.
When we open the box, the first thing we will come across is the product’s legal information leaflet, and a typical sticker for Trust’s GXT range of products. All components of this product are properly packed and protected so that there is no problem during transport or distribution.
The first accessory that we will find will be the cable. This, as we have said, is a USB-A to USB-C cable. Its length is 1.8 meters, and it has a rubber finish, with reinforced pegs.
Unlike other mics, which have an articulated arm, this mic has a chassis to mount it in the form of a tripod. The tripod legs can be collected without problems to store it when we are not going to use it, and open them again when we want to mount it. They have a correct angle so that it can hold the chassis and the mic without problems.
The chassis is also metal, with some plastic parts. In it we can see the compartment to place the mic between rubbers, so that there are no frictions or unwanted noises. And in the upper part the arm that holds the mesh filter just in front of the mouth of the mic. Also the plastic piece where we will hold the tripod legs.
The anti-pop filter can be adjusted in distance according to what we want it to be more or less far from the mouth of the mic thanks to the metal arm it has, and it has the GXT logo.
The micro is highly protected inside the product box, since it is the most sensitive element. This one is shaped like a black cylinder, and has nothing but the Trust logo worthy of review. In the front we will have the mouth, the sound input, while in the back we will find a USB-C port, the mute button and a LED that will indicate when it is connected.
Micro mounting is very simple. All we have to do is place the microphone between the rubber bands on the chassis so that it is “hanging”, and place the tripod legs.
Also, if we want, we can regulate the distance between the filter and the mouth of the mic. Its assembly does not have any complication since, in the end, there are only 3 pieces.
Now you just need to connect the USB cable, connect it to the computer and start working with it.
Testing: how does it work?
Trust’s micro Velica has no mystery. The manufacturer has bet on ease and simplicity so that we will not even have to download or install anything, not a driver or configuration software. The mike is totally plug & play, although it is true that, if we want to make the most of it, we will have to review the configuration in Windows 10 itself.
To do this, what we will do is open the Windows Settings menu, and go to the System> Sound section. Here we will find the option to change the audio input source of the PC. As we can see, Windows itself detects it as a Trust USB microphone, without the need to install anything.
From here we can test the capture of the micro in real time, and solve problems, if we have them. In addition, we can open the “Device Properties” section to adjust the volume, and start a test for Windows itself to adjust it depending on the sound it captures.
We can also open the advanced options of the device. Generally, we will not have to play much from here since it is a very simple mic, without additional effects or functions. To highlight, in this panel we will find the volume of the microphone, and with the possibility of configuring the sampling of the captured voice (which, by default, comes at maximum quality).
Here’s a sample of how the mic captures voice at various distances, and how the pop filter responds to unwanted blows from recordings.
As we can see in the previous sound test, the truth is that it offers a very natural voice capture. Of course, it is a microphone to use at a relatively close distance, since, as we move away, it loses a lot of volume. We have also missed some sound amplification option within Windows, so to amplify the volume, it is necessary to resort to other external programs, with the risk of getting distortion.
Just as Windows detects this mic without problems, the recording programs most used by streamers (such as OBS Studio) or podcasters programs (like Audacity) will also recognize it without any problem. In the case of OBS, for example, simply connect the microphone to the computer via the USB cable and open the program. When adding a new audio input, we will be able to directly choose this mic.
If we want to configure something of its operation, we must do it from the program itself (either OBS, Audacity, or whatever we want). The most common will be to regulate the audio gain from these programs depending on the rest of the audio channels that we have in recording or streaming.
Conclusion: is Trust Velica worth it?
Short answer: yes. Long answer, yes, but with buts. Of course we are facing a micro of excellent quality, especially considering the price range where we operate. Trust has opted for a very simple, condenser-type mic, capable of capturing our voice at very high quality. A micro that has no complications and that just by connecting to the PC we can have it up and running. But it is true that we have missed some features.
One of the features that we have missed the most has been noise cancellation. This mic does not have any reduction or cancellation system, two functions that some users may miss a lot, especially when they have to record in quite noisy environments. In addition, we have also missed some more button that allows us to control its operation. We do not have an on or off button (for example), and the only button we have, the “mute” button, is not exactly accessible. We also did not like, for example, the absence of different recording modes, something that other similar mics do offer.
Despite this, we are facing a very high quality product, discreet as well as elegant, which can undoubtedly earn a place on our desk.
For all this, we have decided to give the Trust Velica our gold award, highlighting, especially, its price quality, which is excellent.