Summary: Great pickup with minimal noise at cardioid setting. Super cardioide setting does produce noise, therefore, you need to reduce the input gain to reduce noise. Internal plastic casing is weak. Weakness causes issues to fully insert XLR plug cable.
Good mic for the price. Great first shotgun mic if you're curious.
5 March 2013
Summary: For what I paid for this mic it does the job pretty well. I generally never use the super-cardioid pattern on the switch as it's extremely noisy... but the normal cardioid is fine. I do get some 50-60hz hum which, I believe, is just a bad ground in the outlet I've got my mixer plugged into... but I'm able to remove it with my audio editing software. Aside from those two flaws, it's a pretty good mic. Good sound, nice range to pick up from. I'm very happy with it...
Summary: These units pick up no better than any standard microphone. Their description said they would be good for thearter use, thats why i bought them. They got packed back up, and returned after two very frustrating days of trying every trick i could think of to get them to work for my applications. I have used nady for years, and solidly trust them.
Summary: I purchased this mic to use as a talkback mic in my VO studio. The main mic is in an iso-booth so a talkback mic is needed when I'm the producer on a session and need to talk to talent in the booth or on the other end of an ISDN or Source Connect hookup. The SGM-12 is cheap...and sounds it. Lifeless and boxy in the cardioid position, hissy and boxy sounding when switched to super-cardioid. I would never record anything with it. The good news? It's fine for my purposes.
Summary: I paln to use this with shy children afarid to get to close to a micriophone. Unit needs a little work, but I think it will be great for the little Brownie Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Summary: in my original review i said this mic was good for the money. it did its job for one use, the next time we went to use it it didn't work. tried new batteries, different cables, could not get sound out of it. contacted music 123 and they sent a new one, this one showed up and straight out of the box it didn't work. again tried batteries, cables, and no sound. my guess is its poor made in china quality control, you would do well to avoid this mic.
Summary: I purchased the SGM-12 just to experiment iin th field. So far, this has been an impressive ENG microphone where capturing Nat sounds are important. Outstanding in "Super Cardioid" pattern. Perhaps a bit light in construction for full time ENG use, it has lived up to its potential and I'm looking to add a couple of more of these units to our "arsenal". Overall, well worth the investment.....
Summary: got this mic and used it as an overhead for micing a drum set. it did a good job picking up the snare and cymbals. if you are on a budget or need a spare mic to carry around this is a good deal.
Summary: We bought 4 of these mics to use with our children's music ministry at the church. With a limited budget, we expected a limited performance. However, these inexpensive mics have been pretty impressive! They do exactly what we want, and we aren't concerned if they get damaged by the kids. A great low cost option!