Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review

Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review

Software and Accessories

The Elgato ecosystem is so complete that it’s possible to have nothing but their products and stream like a boss. One area where the Wave 3 really stands out from the competition is its integration with their Stream Deck. There is nothing worse if you’re broadcasting your screen to have to either hide it all to make an adjustment or fill up a second screen with a ton of applications. Why not just bang all the controls onto your Stream Deck and then you can make on the fly tweaks based upon your feedback without needing to faff about with your streaming setup. Because of the ability of the Stream Deck to have screens behind a single icon you don’t even need to compromise your ability to play samples or pop up whatever meme is your weapon of choice. Lots of control, little mucking about.

Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review 

Naturally with a USB microphone, like all USB products, you need some control and the Elgato Wave 3 comes with the Wave Link software to help you set up your mix. You don’t want the background game to be inaudible as much as you don’t want yourself to be too quiet either. Getting the right mix is vital and the Wave Link does a good job of making that process easy. On the understanding you’re using OBS. Otherwise you’ll need some external filtering plugins, or perhaps use the ASUS AI or Nvidia RTX noise reduction solutions which do require you to own that specific hardware.  

Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review  
Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review  

Now a couple of details that made us scratch our heads. Firstly, don’t metaphorically eat the microphone. That should be pretty obvious and anyone who has watched poor quality Youtube channels, or just people screaming for ‘reaction’ videos, will know how terrible that is. Keep it a fair distance from your mouth. You’re not a singer and this isn’t a three grand pro mic. Although the ‘hang loose’ sign is a weird way of expressing the distance necessary. What if you’ve got giant hands, or tiny ones?

Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review  

This is where things get a bit sticky. Apparently it has an internal pop filter, but you can buy an external one. That doesn’t speak volumes about their confidence in the internal one. Equally a shock mount is always good, but it also necessitates an extra stand. £160 for the mic, £70 for the pop filter and anti-vibration mount, plus another bit of cash on a stand of your choice, puts the Wave 3 into competition with some very serious products. We’ll get to that in our wrap up.

Elgato Wave 3 Microphone Review