Creative Technology Ltd. (known as Creative Labs in the United States) is well-known for manufacturing and distributing audio units with high-quality audio playback & recording. In this review, we’ll talk about one of their products, the Creative Sound Blaster K3+. If you’re a streamer or a podcaster and you’re looking to improve your microphone audio, our Creative Sound Blaster K3+ Review will make sure you achieve your desired audio quality.
The Creative Sound Blaster K3+ allows you to plug in any microphone that has extra features in which you can adjust to your liking.
- External mixers are essential if you want to squeeze better audio, especially with your microphone.
- Professional singers adapt their tone to match the music so that it would sound like it’s from a studio.
- The Sound Blaster line of their products proved to be excellent ever since they first released.
- Throughout the decade, USB sound mixers are becoming more mainstream, and they’ve made one that would fit your budget just right.
- Let’s discuss more details with this Creative Sound Blaster K3+ review.
- In our Creative Sound Blaster K3+ Review, let’s talk about the packaging first.
- The packaging is simple, you get the nice-looking Sound Blaster logo on the upper-left portion of the front side, and the Creative Logo on the lower right.
- Ordering this product online is very safe; the package will arrive at you without any damages.
- Moving on to the next part of our Creative Sound Blaster K3+ Review, we’ll describe the product’s design and functions.
- The design is compact and easy to bring anywhere. It’s a simple black design with a brushed aluminium finish on top, and overall the product is made out of hard plastic and metal. The height and width are 160mm, and 50mm in depth. At the front side, you’ll find 2 XLR or TRS combo inputs, a ¼ inch Hi-Z guitar input, and two ¼ headphone outputs. At the backside, you’ll find an RCA Line Out with Left and Right Channels, an RCA Line In with Left and Right Channels, 4-pole mobile input and output, a grounding for lessening the noise, and a MicroUSB port.
Instead of using audio filters on their streaming software, they can use hardware like this to preserve CPU performance. If you’re just a laptop user and you’re looking forward to going live without many pieces of equipment, then this mixer will save your day. The Creative Sound Blaster K3+ will only output the microphone without FX in your computer by default. But if you hit the Monitor FX button, it will include the soundboard and EQ. If you’d also like to add the line in, you’ll also need to turn on the Mixing button. The Monitor buttons to the right determine which device you’d like to hear by yourself, and it’s excellent for closed-back headphones and in loud environments. It’s handy for commentary, so you’ll be able to hear everything you’re saying.
The Creative Sound Blaster K3+ is a 2-channel mixer with dual-support XLR. You can plug two microphones if you want to cast with someone else. Voice over feature is available and cancels out noise background, although you’ll find it useless when using a condenser mic. We recommend buying a dynamic microphone if you’re utilizing this feature. Mobile in jack’s volume is also adjustable, so you can avoid the hassle of decreasing it through your mobile phone.
Each output also has its separate volume control, which is very convenient. For effects or FX, there’s reverb, in which you can adjust with the Reverb Amount slider and reverb delay slider. The Reverb slider also utilizes the soundboard when you toggle the Soundboard button on. It has six different soundboards, and you can use them on-the-go just by sliding the slider and pressing it to play. Currently, there’s no way to put custom effects of your own. The Reverb Delay slider utilizes the auto-tune feature, with all sorts of settings you need. You can also switch between minor or major.
The performance overall when turning on all the effects is excellent, and it can be handy mostly for musicians. Finally, the most convenient feature of this sound mixer is the +48V Phantom Power. You can connect any microphone on this mixer with just the power of USB 5V. We recommend you to disable the phantom power before plugging any XLR microphones. We’re now going to dive deep into the specifications of our Creative Sound Blaster K3+ Review. We first got a look at the Sound Blaster K3+ at CES when we stopped by the Creative Suite. It was advertised as a USB Audio Interface designed with streamers in mind. To say that I was impressed with the concept of the K3+ would be a vast understatement. In fact, it was the thing I was most excited about seeing at CES 2018.
But too often, launch products are a shell of their prototype counterparts. I’ve learned my lesson with getting too excited over hype. But, the K3+ had such potential, it was hard to not get my hopes up that the K3+ would be everything they said at CES.
Well, after extensive testing with the Sound Blaster K3+, including comparing it to my previous interface, with a couple different microphones, I’m very happy to say, the K3+ not only lived up to my expectations, but may have exceeded them just a bit.
One of the best features is actually the lack of features.
These being drivers and software. The K3+ is plug and play and can be used without a computer. The K3+ offers a ton of options that my old interface, the Line6 UX2, just didn’t have. They both have dual XLR ports, with separate gain control, but that’s where the similarities end.
The K3+ has dual ¼ inch headphone jacks, each with separate volume control, and monitoring.
- If you have a friend plugged into the K3+ with you, you can hear each other through your headphones.
- This makes for a much better experience while on stream, or just recording.
- In addition, the K3+ has a third ¼ inch jack on the front for an instrument.
- However, you could also use a powered mic in this port.
The XLR mics are powered by the 48 volt phantom power on the K3+.
- The K3+ also has both reverb delay, and a knob to select one of nine different reverb settings.