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Elgato Wave:3 Review | Easy to use and powerful content creation package!

Remember when someone said they were going to get an Elgato it meant they were going to buy a little black box to record their PS3 or XBOX360? It’s quite amazing how far Elgato has come in the gaming and content creation industry. They have so many amazing new products that help content creators and streamers out on a daily basis. Even I use a Streamdeck to help streamline the writing process of these reviews! With all that out of the way, today I’ll be taking a look at their latest product, the Elgato Wave:3 Microphone.

Big thanks to Elgato for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

The box for the Wave:3 is a standard looking blue Elgato box with the product name and imaging on the box and features listed around the box

Included in the box is the Wave:3 itself, a really long USB-C to USB-A, desk stand, boom arm adapter and some documentation to help you get started.

Also available for separate purchase is the Elgato Pop Filter and Shock Mount which can be mounted to either the desk stand or a boom arm.

Design and Features

The Elgato Wave:3 is an all plastic constructed exterior with a metal grill and metal screws. Most people assume that when something is made out of plastic, it has a terrible build quality. Well for the Wave:3 they would be wrong as the body of the Wave is super premium and sturdy. The plastic is a soft touch matte black plastic so it should hold up to most wear and tear from the average user. Moving around the mic you find the Elgato logo on the front of the capsule, this acts as two things. One, just their branding but also as a sign to let you know which way to speak into the microphone so that the cardioid capsule will actually pick up your voice.

Controls

Down from here is the main control knob for the Wave:3. By clicking on the knob you will move the selection from mic monitoring, mic gain and mic/pc monitoring crossfade to let you tune how much of the system you want to hear compared to how loud you want the mic monitoring. The knob itself and the indicator lights are all lit up with nice soft white LEDs to give you a good indication of what’s going on with your microphone.

Elgato Wave:3 Capacitive Mute Button

Up the top is the capacitive mute button, if you aren’t aware of what capacitive means it basically means that it only requires a light touch to operate the button, kind of the same technology as today’s smartphone screens. Having this allows you to mute your microphone really quickly. You know, in case someone comes in without notice during your stream.

Going round the back of the Wave:3 is where you will find the main connectivity for the microphone. It’s not much, only a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack for mic monitoring. I’m a huge fan of USB-C and am really glad that Elgato chose to go with this for the Wave microphones as a lot of mic brands will still use the USB-MiniB for connecting their USB mics. It’s 2020 people, USB-C is the way to go!

Elgato Wave:3 Base

The base that comes with the Wave:3 is an extremely sturdy steel base. It’s basically a black chunk of metal with a screw on it. In addition to all that, it also has a big rubber pad on the bottom to stop it sliding around. It’s certainly rugged enough to hold up the Wave:3 and any added accessories!

Mounting the Elgato Wave:3

The mounting system for the Elgato Wave:3 is really intuitive. There are two screws, one located on each side of the mic. Taking these off releases the standard mount for the Wave:3 and allows you to add things like a shock mount and pop filter onto the microphone and for me as a mic arm user, this is great. Having a shock mount is great for any microphone as it helps remove any sounds that are generated by bumping the mic stand or your desk and the pop filter helps eliminate the popping sounds that come from saying things like the letter B and P.

I did find it a little tricky to get the shock mount onto the microphone as it’s quite a tight space to do the screws up and I don’t have small hands. But other than that, It’s a great system that Elgato has come up with. 

Features

CAPACITIVE MUTE

Silently disengage your mic feed with the lightest touch.

CONDENSER CAPSULE

Tuned for speech, with a tight cardioid pattern

to capture every vocal nuance with precision.

SUPERIOR CIRCUITRY

Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz analog to digital conversion

delivers lush detail.

INTERNAL POP FILTER

Multilayered noise shield keeps plosives at bay.

MULTIFUNCTIONAL DIAL

Tweak input gain, adjust output volume, and

crossfade between your mic and PC audio mix.

HEADPHONE OUTPUT

Connect for direct, zero-latency monitoring.

FLEXIBLE MOUNTING

Mount on any boom arm using the included adapter.

CUSTOM ACCESSORIES

Add an external pop filter and shock mount.

Specs

Software

The software that comes with Elgato Wave:3 is Elgato’s brand new ‘Wave Link’ software. This is by far the most impressive microphone software I have ever seen. Wave Link is a really robust digital mixer that lets you take multiple digital inputs and mixes them into one digital output in Windows or Mac. For example, if you were doing a stream where you had music in the background and a soundboard for sound effects. You can add both those as inputs in Wave Link and set their volume for the entire stream so that your music or sound effects don’t over power your voice. 

Setting up Wave Link is really easy, by going to the Elgato website you can download it. Once you go through the setup process you set things like Monitor Mix and Stream Mix. Wave Link also lets you set these at different volumes so that what your stream is hearing can be a different volume than you are hearing. This would come in handy for games like Overwatch where hearing footsteps is essential but you don’t want your viewers to be overwhelmed by the game sounds.

But the best feature of Wave Link overall is it’s ability to be controlled by the Elgato Streamdeck. By going into the Streamdeck software you can add Wave Link in the ‘More Actions’ section. Once installed it will prompt you with the default profile that comes with the Wave Link addon. I personally went with this as I found it easier than setting it up myself. This gives you all the settings that are found in the Wave Link software but on the Streamdeck for easy controls when streaming. This way you don’t have to switch over to the software if you want to turn something down.

Performance

The Elgato Wave:3 is by far the best microphone I have ever used. The microphone produces crystal clear audio and sounds great, even compared to the award winning Blue Yeti, it just can’t compare! I get no clipping even yelling at high volumes when I get destroyed in a game (Such a handy feature!). One issue. well not even really an issue is that this is only a cardioid microphone which means unless you have the microphone directly in front of you. It won’t pick up much audio. Which is fine because this is really marketed towards the streaming and content creation industry.

Just to show you a comparison. Here is a sample of the Wave:3 compared to the inbuilt mic on my Razer headset.

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Pricing

The Elgato Wave:3 can be found online for about $289 Aussie dollars and about $160 US dollars.

Conclusion

Where do I even start! The Elgato Wave:3 is an incredible looking and performing microphone with the most robust software suite i’ve ever seen. The ability to mix different audio sources in an intuitive piece of software is incredible! So If you’re in the market for a new microphone for your streaming or content creating needs or just want an upgrade. I would definitely recommend considering the Wave:3 for your purchase!

Available for pre order now at Mwave!

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Disclosure: The Elgato Wave:3 review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

Elgato Wave:3
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • User Friendly
  • Value for Money
5

Summary

Where do I even start! The Elgato Wave:3 is an incredible looking and performing microphone with the most robust software suite i’ve ever seen. The ability to mix different audio sources in an intuitive piece of software is incredible! So If you’re in the market for a new microphone for your streaming or content creating needs or just want an upgrade. I would definitely recommend considering the Wave:3 for your purchase!

Caleb Terawskyj
Cleb's Tech is completely owned and operated by me, Caleb Terawskyj. I have a huge passion for technology and love being able to play with the latest and coolest tech on an almost everyday basis. I started this website/blog to just share my opinion and it has turned into much more than that. I now work with some of the biggest tech brands in the market, I would have never in a million years thought that I would be when I started but with hard work and determination I was able to.
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