Turtle Beach - Stream Mic for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

The Turtle Beach Stream Mic is the first professional desktop microphone created for gamers streaming directly from their Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as from a PC or Mac. The Stream Mic features Adaptive Mic Patterns, customizable software, a dual-capsule mic array with advanced digital processing, and a zero-latency headphone output so anyone can stream like a pro.
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Overview

What's Included


  • 3m USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Turtle Beach Stream Mic for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
  • Universal Mounting Adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (107 out of 124)

Features


Universal Compatibility

Quickly and easily connect the Stream Mic to the Xbox one, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac via USB with universal plug-and-play compatibility.

All-in-one Recording Solution

Perfect for recording livestream commentary, vocals, podcasts, voiceovers, interviews and more, the Turtle Beach Stream Mic is all you need for professional quality recordings on any device.

Console Livestreaming Made Easy

The Turtle Beach Stream Mic is the first ever professional quality desktop microphone designed specifically for gamers livestreaming directly from their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Multiple Mounting Options

The Stream Mic features multiple mounting options so gamers can use standard 5.8 inch microphone stands and booms (available separately).

Professional Processing Performance

Studio-grade digital processing balances EQ, gain and compression to deliver superior voice performance so anyone can stream like a pro.


Overall customer rating

4.3
87%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Get the PC application first!

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    DavidJr
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    The Turtle Beach Stream Mic looks like a professional grade microphone. However, when you pull it out of the box, the microphone feels extremely light and cheap. The nice thing though, it includes a boom adapter and a weighted stand that does a great job at holding it steady. Though this Stream Mic is better than a standard headset microphone in clarity, I wasn't overly thrilled with it. Straight out of the box, hooking it up to a Windows 10 PC it was recognized and after selecting it as my microphone device it worked as intended. I then joined some chat with friends and the first thing they mentioned was that they heard a lot background noise and I sounded very distance. I tried going through the different Adaptive Mic Patterns and changed the sensitivity from high to low and the only thing they noticed is that I was now quieter. As for the background noise, you could hear my computer fans even through the microphone is nowhere near it and as for distance, though it was picking up my voice, the sweet spot seems to be within arms reach on high sensitivity while it needs to be near your face, like on a boom, in low. While I had it on the PC I decided to check out the Turtle Beach Audio Hub, which has a slight mention on the box for “additional Polar Patterns” and in the small manual about additional settings and firmware updates. Once installed you have to switch the microphone from PS4/PC to Xbox, which I found odd. You then may need to download drivers, which the link is provided at the bottom right corner of the application. Once loaded you find additional settings. Voice EQ, which has Natural Voice, Deep Voice, Deep and Bright Voice and Mid-Range Voice where each of these have a slight change to high/mid/low levels of input. There is also Mic Monitor Level and Mic Record Level. There are two optional polar patterns, Extreme Hyper-Cardioid or Super Cardioid. Once you select either of them, a new color, white, shows up on the ring on the front of the microphone. This now becomes a fifth option when you cycle through the patterns when pressing the button on the back. This setting did reduce a good bit of the fan noise that it was picking up in the first place, however it was not until I discovered the Automatic Noise Gate setting through this application that made it so much better. This option essentially removed all of the background noises when I wasn't talking. It didn't pick up my key clicking, like I had before and especially did not keep the sound of my computer fan running. There were times though that it sounded like it cut a word short here and there. A couple more options in the application include Clip Indicator, which turns the ring red if you get so loud that it clips the audio, and LED Blackout Mode, which turns the light ring off on the front. You can also updated the firmware, which mine was on the latest, see additional information and enable Live Test Mode, which is essential when testing the features as the PC does not see the microphone while it is in Xbox mode. Hooking it up to my Xbox One was recognized as a headset. It picked up audio just as it did on the PC, however, now that I used the PC to make the necessary changes it didn't pick up all of the noise like it did to start with. The problem I had at first though was that the Xbox treats this completely like a headset, so that meant it was sending chat audio to the headset and I wasn't hearing the party till I plugged in headphones. Then I realized I could hear myself, instantly, so it wasn't causing me to stutter from hearing myself delayed, but it was loud. This is where having the PC application came back into play and the Mic Monitor Level had to be reduced. The nice thing though, the changes are applied to the microphone, so they remain when switched between devices. This also allowed for game audio you be passed through to the headset. Plus, since the USB cord is 10 ft long it basically allowed me to use my wired headphones to my Xbox instead of through the controller. Though I have a PS4, I don't use it often and would assume that it would work the same as it did on the Xbox. The biggest issue with this microphone is that you have to have a PC if you want to get the best out of it. Just the ability to change the Mic Monitor Level and the Noise Gate literally changed my review from a 2 star to a 4 star. The fact that it is sensitive is great if you wanted to catch every sound in the room. However, for streaming or chat, you really don't need to hear the PC fans and keyboard clicking as it is a distraction. You also don't need to hear yourself louder than the other party members. As for the various Adaptive Mic Patterns, they do have slight variation, but even recording and switching between them, they weren't that noticeable. For a external started microphone that has a proffesional appearance, this one isn't bad, so long as you find your settings through a PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elevate your live streams with this compact mic

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    nickcal
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    With the advent of online gaming, technology and electronic devices took an interesting turn. At first, gaming was limited to the system you were playing on and its controller. Now there are a wide variety of products you can use to make your gaming experience customized and functional for you. One of the essential parts of a gaming setup these days is a microphone. You can easily connect with others online unless you can talk with them. So, you need a microphone. Many people use a headset with a built-in microphone but gamers who are heavy into live streaming take that piece of their gaming puzzle the next level with an external mic. This small but powerful microphone from Turtle Beach is perfect just this type of task. User Experience The microphone and its stand come disassembled inside a nicely designed box. A picture of the product is shown on the exterior of the box along with basic details of the device. When you unpackage the contents, you will find the main microphone and the parts to its stand. An extra long Mini USB cable is provided and so is a quick reference guide. In addition to the standard desktop stand, the Stream Mic also comes with a Mic Book Adapter in case you want to attach it to a boom arm. The microphone itself is very lightweight, but the stand is well-weighted and has silicone feet on its base to prevent the microphone from moving unnecessarily. Getting started with the Stream Mic was very easy. Turtle Beach designed this microphone so it could be easily used on many platforms so all I had to do was plug in a USB cable. For me, this also requires the use of a USB-C adapter since I was using my 2016 MacBook Pro for testing. As with most external audio sources, I had to visit my System Preferences in order to activate the Stream Mic as my external input audio source. Once I did, I was able to adjust the input volume on the mic from the System Preferences panel and then I could start using it. There is a Console Mode switch on the back of the microphone. You need to make sure it’s set to the correct mode before it will work with your system. I do love the design of this microphone. It has a very retro/classic radio microphone feel to it and it has an adjustable tilt when it’s mounted. If you are using the mic with an Xbox, you will flip the switch to the left. If you are using it with anything else, you will flip the switch to the right. With it sitting so low on my desk, I wondered how well it would record my voice if I were sitting naturally in my desk chair. So, I did a test recording of myself reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I read excerpts of the book various distances away from the microphone (6 inches, 12 inches, and approximately 4 feet). I tried my best to keep my voice at a steady, even level and just adjust my personal distance away from the microphone. I felt like the Stream Mic did a very good job filtering out background noise (air handling was on in my office at the time of recording) and keeping my voice at a balanced volume. You can hear a difference between 6 inches and 4 feet, but I am still audible from 4 feet away. It is important to note that when I was testing this out, I was in a fairly isolated environment with only some air handling noise in the background. Other noises, like keyboard clicks, might be picked up by the mic. Conclusions While I didn’t specifically use this for live streaming, I find it to be a very nice, lightweight microphone. It’s small enough to transport easily from place to place and it has a fool-proof setup method. I love that it has a mute button on the front and that it has a colored LED indicator that lights up green (if in use) or red (if muted). This is a very easy to use microphone that is competitively priced with other USB microphones. Because it’s made by Turtle Beach it’s been optimized to work specifically for gamers, but it can be used for a wide-variety of tasks. I am a big fan of this little microphone and plan on giving it a permanent spot in my minimalist desk setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Glitches in Function and Poor Support

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    RalphHenry
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    This is a tough one to review since the product did not perform as advertised, but part of the functions worked fine. I did contact Turtle Beach with a problem and got a problem assigned through their website; but did not get any reply - that's not so good. I’ve waited 5 days but that does include two weekend days – I don’t expect a reply and their support info says don’t enter a second problem case it just slows things down. The setup guide is not clear as to a key point when using the Turtle Beach Audio Hub. I wanted to use the product with a Windows 10 PC so naturally I set the little selector switch to PS4/PC. By the way, the Guide does not tell you about the Audio HUB which is needed to personalize some of the settings such as ‘Announcer Effect’ {which is just setting how much reverb (and was a requirement for me)}. Before you do anything it is best to go to this YouTube video to understand how to get your microphone configured: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3jPpinpD3Y In fairness the software of the Audio Hub does tell you to switch to XBOX but since you are using a PC, you wonder if there is a connection problem but in fact it’s just the way the design point was set, i.e. you always use the XBOX setting to change parameters for the mic (not good programming nor engineering). The aforementioned video is a good video and does mention that to setup via the Audio Hub regardless of platform you set the selector to XBOX. Once you setup the settings if you want to connect the Stream Mic to your Windows PC, you need to switch this same selector back from XBOX to PS4/PC. Okay who designed that? – not good thinking as I said before. But once you get past that you will also find that when you are in the Turtle Beach Audio Hub, and choose ‘Info’, none of the links work, seems the programming is incomplete. The setting tab stuff does work and that is the most important process. You’d also use this Audio Hub to update firmware. Now I can overcome all those things and I went to make a Podcast with a lot of reverb in my voice. By the way you can set other qualities of your voice and mic levels etc., via this Audio Hub utility – that’s nice. You can connect a headset to the mic and monitor what you are recording. I used a simple movie maker app and recorded a session. In my headset I could hear the reverb and it was nice and the effect I wanted. However, when I played back the recording there was no reverb. I carefully ensured that the recording and playback devices were set to the Turtle Beach Stream Mic for Windows (you can do this by right clicking your speaker icon on the bottom taskbar. I tried several recordings but no luck; I always heard the reverb in my headset, but it was not recorded – that’s not expected per the advertising. The reason I still gave 2 stars is because pricewise it is a solid little microphone – it is not a professional microphone but it is less costly. For podcasts, you may as well use the mic that’s on your laptop or desktop in my opinion. This mic does allow you to change the pickup direction from front only, to front and back (for an interview for example), and also 360 pickup as well (eg. a meeting), and also has noise cancelling. Most of the settings are intuitive except for the puzzling reason for the XBOX setting. It does have a sturdy base and also came with an adapter to attach it to a boom. I would look further for a better microphone if you can afford it that would function better since between it’s hardware and software – there appear to be too many glitches.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mic

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    OmieOne
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    The short of this is, if you need a MIC for a Boom or on your desk for streaming/podcasting or just chatting this is a great MIC. My family is loving it. Setup: For me the small details can show how great a product is overall and in the packaging I thought Turtle Beach did a wonderful job. Not only is each piece indvidually wrapped, but the parts where labeled with stickers to make assembly easy. Now this is not a difficult device to put together, but something small like that makes all the difference and I think says alot about how they feel about there product. Once all the pieces are out and the MIC assembled (very easy even without the directions) setup for a computer or XBOX (don't have a PS4) was easy. Plug it in and ensure the switch on the back is turned to PC/XBOX. Easy. No problems, nothing extra to download. Turtle Beach though does have a program to update and adjust the MIC on the PC, so I installed that. Very easy to install, only odd thing, but the program tells you, for it to see the MIC to update firmware etc, when plugged to the PC it needs to be set to XBOX Mode and drivers downloaded. Even that was more scratching my head then an issue and it did everything once it detected this. USE: This is a USB MIC. So you need an open USB port on your PC/XBOX/PS4. Luckily the XBOX One S has one right in the front, so easy access. I did like the fact the USB Cord included is long. Long enough to plug into my XBOX by the TV, and still allow me to sit a good distance away from the TV. If your using it with you PC it means if you have to use a USB port in the back no issues and should have plenty of slack to route it. Using was not an issue. My kids wanted to "stream" so I got Mixer working and it saw the MIC with no issues and they went to town playing there games for Grandma watching across the country. I used to play a few online FPS's with friends and it was nice to not have a Boom around my mouth and see at a glance if I was on a hot mic or not. Then I used it for a few calls I had and again no said anything about voice quaility, which to me, means it works great. It has a few modes too to adjust the sound and how it picks up and easy to tune based on the room and situation you are in, since at a glance the color on the front lets you know what mode your in. Again I had no issues with the use and I was loud and clear on the other side. Possible Downsides: If you want to have your headphones to let you listen to your voice that you are sending they better have a 3.5mm jack (that seems to be going away). Not a problem for me for me, but for some who want to go wireless note that won't work with this to hear what you sound like via the MIC. Only other issue is it rather large as you would expect for a MIC like this, so make sure you have real estate on your desk. It does have a nice heavy base, but not too heavy, really just right for me, so it keeps it from sliding. Again if you need a MIC for streaming etc. and have the space or a Boom this works great and couldn't be happier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great universally compatible mic

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    SimpleLiving
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    The Turtle Beach Stream MIc is very easy to set up and it sounds great. It is universally compatible with most devices via a USB cord. I use it a lot on my XBox One and it works perfectly; not all mics work with Xbox, it must be compatible. It focuses on your voice so it works well in noisy rooms. My fellow gamers can hear me loud and clear. Assembly is relatively easy and it offers the option for a stand-alone on a desktop mount or installs on a boom clamp holder arm with the provided adaptor. I find it very useful the feature to connect your headphones to the mic which makes it very simple so that your hand does tangle with your headphones. It is compact and lightweight which makes it easy to move it from one place to another. Very important, make sure the mic has the latest firmware and use the app designed for the Turtle Beach mic. Its digital voice processing tools give you a ton of options to play without the need to buy outside software or hardware (e.g. like a capture card). Properly setting up this mic you will get close to professional sounding product, you will sound like a pro. The Stream Mic works on a variety of room environment and uses. Simply press the button on the mic to switch from different modes/patterns. The LED color light on the mic indicates the selected mode. The main mode is green which is the cardioid mode, it captures the sound on the front of the mic. Each mode has a customisable mic pattern and sensitivity setting. It comes with 4 modes, (Cardioid, Bi-Directional, Hypercardiod, and Omnidirectional) and with the option to install more patterns. In conclusion, this is the perfect all-in-one solution for live-streaming video games and recording voice. My son and I love this mic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Yes, but sigh.

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    AverageConsumer
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    Simple Review: For what you get it's not a bad little guy if you are using it for it's very designed for purpose. Streaming. Extended Review: Starting off with the unboxing experience I was a little excited. The packaging and look of the device gave a quality feel but once you open it up you realize maybe not the best build quality. Don't get me wrong they put in one metal bracket which gives that old timey radio authentic feel but everything else is cheap feeling plastic. I do appreciate the adapter for the base incase I needed it even though I personally didn't. Last thing I didn't like in this category was the mini-usb charging cable.....REALLY! We are on USB-C or I would have given less fuss over micro-usb but mini-usb is just insulting and should be a dead cable. Performance to start this off I want to make sure your aware I tried this on my PC, laptop and PS4. PC and laptop handled it like a champ and it made since for the design of it. This is why I brought up earlier if your using it for it's intended purpose than it should do just fine. Once you hit the PS4 well I don't know many gamers, me including, that have a setup that could have this close enough or comfortable enough to me while I'm playing. That unfortunately wasn't my main issue. While the PC and laptop didn't need to learn anything and was very plug and play. The PS4 I plugged in and it said it was good but never worked. I ended up having to pull out the instructions to see if it was something I was doing and well I was unsuccessful. Besides that audio quality was good with nobody complaining about hearing me and I felt like I could be a comfortable distance from the mic. Wrapping this all up I think it's a good product for a very specific need and I know some might think yeah duh but to me why would I spend almost a $100 for something a headset for $150 could do too with more functionality. Enhancing the experience is the point and I feel like this one fell a bit short. I hope this review helped you and thank you for taking the time to read it. Thanks

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Perhaps a bad unit; simply so-so for a mic

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    PhilGA
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    I was provided a free unit in exchange for an unbiased review. Honestly, I was really looking forward to being blown away by what appeared to be a talk show-looking microphone that happened to have a number of decent sound fields depending on the location being recorded. However -- and I do stress that this could simply be the unit I received -- things were a significant let-down. After setting up the mic and loading the latest firmware via a gaming PC I happened to have, I hooked up a pre-Lightning-terminated set of Apple headphones to the mic (there's a 3.5mm jack that's supposed to let you hear exactly what your audience would hear), so we're not talking about using a bad set of headphones as a test. I also downloaded and used Open Broadcaster Software studio to perform some live-streaming, so again, we're not talking bad stuff off the shelf. The first thing was that the headphones reproduced sound in one channel -- mono -- on the left channel. I made sure that the plug was as far in as it goes, as sometimes that can cause a problem in any listening situation. To make sure the headphones weren't the issue, I plugged them into my PC and heard a number of test sounds in stereo. Next, because of the headphone issue, I could not tell if any of the sound fields (uni-directional, omni-directional, group/one-on-one interview, etc.) actually worked, as there was no reliable way for me to establish a baseline of sound that the mic would reproduce. And given the basic setup of the included instruction manual, it does not appear as if there's a terribly complicated multi-step process to get the mic set up; plug it into an available USB port, let the PC/Mac recognize and set it up, and then switch to the sound field (based on a front-facing LED) that you want, and go. As I mentioned, hopefully this was just a bad unit that I had to review, as it really has some promising features to it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ok mic for price

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    cad8099
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    well the price this mic is pretty good. however, for the same price I have a headset that although the mic is not as loud, it does not pick up all the background noise these do. i like that i can sit away from these and they pick my voice up great. but that is also the downside. they also pick up all the background noise as well. i have tried all the different modes that these use, including the software which also has a couple extra modes, and nothing seemed to get rid of the background noise. these also sit on the same table as my keyboard and they do not have a shock mount so it picks up keyboard or anything that hits the table. you can plug in a headset directly into these. however, then you hear yourself talk. great if you want to know how you sound, but this can easily be achieved going thru your sound, and recording devices and selecting these and then selecting properties, listen and listen to device. my issue is that, you cant turn that off if you go directly thru the device. packaging though was on great. each piece was labled with what the direction state. you put it together and directions say piece A and piece A is easily found. its heavy and seems to be a good quality built. have an option to mount this to a boom if you want as well. overall i don't recommend myself, unless you have a quiet room. my setup is in the same room kids game on there xbox and our TV is in. so lots go on. thought these would be great because they have different modes. one mode is hypercordioid. supposed to be a mode if you are in a loud area. and with software you can select to do optional polar and do super or extream hypercordioid as well as automatic noise gate. those are supposed to help with background noise but it does not. sadly my TV is at least 90 degrees from my mic. and no matter what mode i choose they all sound the same with the tv.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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