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Tonor sent me their newest microphone to try out, the Orca 001. I warned them that I do honest reviews, and it may not pan out the way they’d like and they agreed anyway. So here it is. The Tonor Orca 001.

Tonor Orca USB Microphone Review

Who is This Microphone for?

It’s a USB Microphone aimed at the midrange. I would say it’s above the casual Zoom/Skype mic and not quite the professional voice-over mic (usually XLR). It’s designed for:

  • Online Meetings
  • Streaming
  • YouTube videos
  • Podcasting

So it’s perfect if you want to start any of these things but want to spend less than $600 on a Shure Mic and all the accessories. It’s far better, in my experience, than most USB Microphones. It’s a way to get an “edge” above the mic in your laptop or cheaper cut-rate USB Mics.

Tonor Orca USB Microphone Review

This thing has some surprising quality. Here’s my experience.

My Experience with the Tonor Orca 001

Tonor Orca USB Microphone Review

For most of the work I do, I use an RE20 Microphone going into a DBX-286s and Focusrite Solo. I decided to get great equipment for building my courses, and use it for other stuff too. I used it on the All Hands on Tech Podcast as well. It’s been great. My standards are high.

If you want to see the video I made with it, check it out here:

I did no editing to the audio in this video. This is exactly how the microphone sounds.

I plugged in the Tonor Orca 001 and was pleasantly surprised. This microphone sounds good. It sounds far better than I’d usually expect for a USB Microphone.

I did the following:

  • Read Harvard Sentences
  • On axis test
  • Off axis
  • Over modulated
  • Whisper
  • Exaggerated plosives.
  • Turned on background noise

It did well in all of these areas. One small thing I noticed, and you’ll notice it in the video once I point it out: it picks up my breathing quite a bit. This can easily be removed in post-production, but I did notice it.

That’s the only complaint I have with the microphone, and it’s an insignificant one. Even expensive microphones pick up breathing.

What I Like About the Microphone

I like this microphone, and I want to plug it into my stack for streaming, Zoom calls, and the like. Here’s what I like:

  • Sturdy construction. Not “cheap” feeling at all.
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Noise reduction works GREAT. Does not distort my voice
  • Tap to mute is pretty cool.

So yeah, I can’t think of any reasons not to pick this microphone up.

Verdict: buy it

Conclusion

Tonor Orca USB Microphone Review

I have used Tonor microphones in the past, and they’ve been…ok. I bought an XLR one about five or six years ago that was pretty terrible and low-priced. Tonor is trying to “step up their game” and attack the microphone harder.

I have a Tonor Microphone Stand I’ve been using for over three years now that is excellent. I mean, you can pick this up for $29.59 USD and it works as good as a Rode PSA1 that’s $129. Tonor is clearly trying to make a name for itself in this industry.

Tonor sent me this mic, but they aren’t paying me. If it was a turd, I could have told you so without repercussions. However, I am impressed with the Microphone and endorse it. It’s awesome.

If you’re looking for a great USB mic, pick one up today.

Questions? Comments? Yell at me!






Published: Dec 8, 2022 by Jeremy Morgan. Contact me before republishing this content.