GoXLR Mini promises excellent audio which is one of the most important aspects when it comes to content creation. Whether you’re streaming or creating podcasts, your audience will notice a high quality microphone. The GOXLR is marketed at content creators and promises to be the ultimate all in one mixer, audio interface and sound card.
First impressions of the GoXLR Mini
Unboxing the GOXLR Mini was a very pleasant experience, with a minimalistic box and great packaging the mixer arrived without any damages. Underneath the plastic foil from the front of the device reveals a high quality glossy black finish with silver faders.
Taking a look closer we can see the 4 pre-set mixer faders: Mic, Chat, Music, System. Each of those channels are assignable in your system and can control any application of your liking. I set my Spotify to Music, and TeamSpeak to Chat. I left system sounds as default, so I can easily adjust sounds from Chrome, etc for instance.
GoXLR Mini setup and usage
In this section I want to get into setting the mixer up: Firstly, in my setup I use a Shure SM7-B Dynamic Microphone and secondly, a FetHead Preamp to provide additional 20db gain in case the Preamps in the GoXLR are not powerful enough.
My first test was connecting the Shure SM7-B directly to the GoXLR. In addition, going into the app and selecting the dynamic mic option. This allowed me to preview the audio and see the gain required. I had to set mine to around 50db to get a good signal. In other words, this made a lot of noise.
Second test connecting the FetHead inline with the SM7-B. Going to the mic setup and choosing “Condenser Mic +48v”. This is required as the FetHead needs phantom power to provide additional gain. Therefore this setup I was able to set the gain slider to about 25db, resulting in a much better audio signal.
In addition, connecting headphones to the GoXLR Mini has been great. I’ve successfully tested my power hungry Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro 250 Ohm. Furthermore, you can connect a wireless gaming headset, but make sure to read the previous guide, as it requires a bit more setup.
Conclusion and recommendations
In conclusion, the GoXLR Mini by TC-Helicon is an excellent, audio interface and mixer. It’s perfectly suited for content creators that are looking for an all in one device.
However, it does still have some downsides. For example, the application still feels like it is at a very early development stage. For instance, you can not specify the app to open on start-up minimised, meaning you will always need to close the app manually when you turn on your PC.
Another small downside is that the GoXLR doesn’t turn off the LEDs when your computer goes to sleep. This was already requested by users, and TC-Helicon promised an update.
However, one user has found a workaround to get the GoXLR into sleep mode when turning off their computer together with the Elgato StreamDeck:
With a few software improvements, the GoXLR Mini still gets my solid recommendation. It’s ease of use and unique features make it an excellent choice for content creators.
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