Let me start off by saying that for the better or for the worse, I have been a HUGE fanboy of Creative and their Sound Blaster branded products for almost as long as I could remember. On that note, I do enjoy browsing through their online shop every so often, especially around sale-time. Whether I make a purchase or not, they seem to have not lost their decades-old trend of releasing some pretty cool and innovative products. One may agree with me or not, but I am a big fan of their headphones, but that’s getting off topic before even beginning.
I am curious, who out there has tried the Creative Sound Blaster K3+ USB-Powered Recording and Streaming Mixer with Sound Effects Processing and Soundboard (https://us.creative.com/p/sound-cards/sound-blaster-k3-plus)?
For the sale price of $99 USD, it really doesn’t seem like a bad little gadget, at least at first, before reading all of the details and fine print on the product.
First, for podcasting or voice, I can see the 24 bit, 48 kHz recording quality being justified. I really wouldn’t expect a whole hell of a lot more for a hundred bucks, however the features that Creative says that it brings to the table are downright phenomenal for the price. Built-in reverb and effects, auto-tune, basic mixing, 48v ghost power, the ability to daisy chain multiple units, the list seems to go on and on.
Now, the website (link above) states:
“PLUG-AND-PLAY CONNECTIVITY FOR PC, MAC, PHONES AND TABLETS
With no driver installation necessary, connectivity to PCs and Macs is incredibly simple via USB.
The Sound Blaster K3+ can also be connected using a 4-pole 3.5mm audio jack, giving users full control when using streaming and recording apps on their smartphones or tablets.”
So, from that I gather that it will connect just fine to a Mac or PC, even sans driver, but what the hell does the second-half of the above mean, you know the part that says it ”can also be connected using a 4-pole 3.5mm audio jack, giving users full control when using streaming and recording apps on their smartphones or tablets”??? Is it even a USB Class Compliant device?
From what I am gathering, the answer is NO. The Creative Sound Blaster K3+ will NOT simply work with an iOS or Android device via a simple USB connection, but rather needs to be hooked-up with an analog audio cable terminating in a 4-pole 3.5mm audio jack, or am I completely wrong here? The problem is that the more I delve into the nuances of this device, the more obscure this answer becomes.
So, I am turning to you, hoping that somebody has actually tried it, or has some knowledge on this device. These days, I am almost afraid to get a wrong answer from “Technical Support” at even the ‘most respected’ of companies as it’s being farmed-out even further-and-further away from civilization on a near daily basis. If you have tried this device, please share the following:
🎶 Is it USB Class Compliant? Can I simply plug it into the camera connector on an iOS device and be off?
🎶 Is it a solid piece of hardware?
🎶 Would you recommend it?
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help a brother out! 👍
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April 21, 2020 |
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