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Jan 25, 2023

MAONOCASTER AME2 Integrated Audio Production Studio Review

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5 Incredible
Retails for: $129.99
We Recommend: $129.99
  • Developer: MAONO
  • Publisher: MAONO
  • Genre: Hardware, Mixer
  • Released: Mar 04, 2022
  • Platform: Windows
  • Reviewed: Windows

The Maonocaster AME2 is an integrated audio production studio designed specifically for podcasters and streamers. It offers a comprehensive set of features that make it an ideal choice for those looking to produce high-quality audio content for their streams or gameplay footage.

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One of the most important aspects of any audio production studio is its inputs and outputs, and the Maonocaster AME2 does not disappoint in this regard. It has two mic inputs (one XLR and one 3.5mm jack), allowing users to connect various microphones and switch between them easily. This is particularly useful for streamers who may need to switch between a condenser and dynamic mic, depending on their situation. If you have to change, a mic setting toggle on the unit enables users to switch between a condenser or dynamic mic inputs. The aux-in allows users to play music through the unit, and the 1/4-inch jack lets users record musical instruments directly. The Bluetooth connectivity also allows for easy music playback from your phone. The unit does not support USB mics, but I found a workaround; only if your USB mic has a built-in monitor port. dotEXE cohost Eric Acosta uses a HyperX mic, and to connect that to the Maonocaster, I ran one of the included 3.5mm cables from the monitor connection on his mic into the Mic 2 port on the unit. I then ran his monitor headphones through one of the output jacks on the front. It worked splendidly and opened up the possibility of using even more mic options.

The live output 1 and 2 ports are designed for connecting phones to streaming apps, making it easy for users to broadcast their audio through their smartphones. The unit has many additional outputs, including a monitor SPK for headphones or speakers and two 3.5mm headphone jacks on the front panel, allowing users to monitor their audio easily and listen back to the recordings. Audio-level displays on the unit help you fine-tune the sound you want and ensure you’re not peaking at any point.

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The Maonocaster AME2 has many onboard effects that allow users to fine-tune their sound and create professional-quality recordings. The Wet/Dry mode for onboard effects is handy for those who want to add some live processing to their audio without using external effects processors. The reverb effect has adjustable depth and decay, allowing users to tailor it to their specific needs. The built-in simplified EQ (Lo, Med, and Hi knobs) and pitch knob give users further control over their sound. Eight sound pads will allow for the easy triggering of audio clips or sound effects for your stream or podcast, making it convenient to incorporate these elements into your recordings, especially if you’re looking for that morning radio show atmosphere.

The board has a built-in 2000 mAh battery with 8 hours of working time, so you can record on the go, away from a power supply. You can use the USB C charging port on the back to connect a USB cable to a charging brick to replenish the battery or run off an outlet. I used an older iPad charger, and it worked fine. Connection to a PC is also a breeze by using the USB C port dedicated for a PC or tablet connection. Once connected OBS and Audacity found the unit right away with no additional driver downloads needed.

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The Maonocaster AME2 is a highly versatile and user-friendly audio production studio well-suited for gaming and streaming. I’ve recorded a few gameplay videos with Eric Acosta utilizing its tools, which can be found on Saving Content’s YouTube channel. The audio sounds great, and all for minimal effort to set up. It’s simple to set up, and with its wide range of inputs, it’s a powerful tool for producing high-quality audio content. Whether you’re a seasoned audio pro or starting, the Maonocaster AME2 has something to offer everyone. The vocal tuning and built-in effects make it easy for streamers to improve their audio quality without spending a lot of money on expensive equipment. The live ports, mic setting toggle, and Bluetooth connectivity make it easy and flexible for users to switch between devices. The Maonocaster AME2 is an excellent investment for anyone looking to start recording their voice for the world to hear.

The MAONOCASTER AME2 was provided by MAONO for review purposes