What Microphone Does Ludwig Use? Here’s the Answer

Having a successful streaming career like Ludwig is a dream for many YouTubers. The guy is a great example for those who still underestimate the idea of making money through streams and podcasts. 

But since YouTube’s monetization has some essential prerequisites, sound quality is one of its main areas of focus after the video content. Although a bad microphone can still get you monetized, you might not be able to get views because of bad audio quality. 

So to save you from losing the audience, this article will tell you everything about Ludwig’s microphone setup. Reading this article will let you know about the microphone he uses, his audio interface, and the stand and headsets he keeps. 

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Who is Ludwig Ahgren?

Born on July 6, 1995, Ludwig Anders Ahgren, famously known as ‘Ludwig,’ is a US-based YouTuber, streamer, competitor, and esports commentator. With 1.3 billion views and 4.94 million subscribers, Ludwig is a YouTube star known for his gaming channel. However, he began his journey from Twitch in 2018 to 2021. Later he switched to YouTube and is still actively participating in producing new content. 

While Ludwig has various other non-gaming channels, he is mostly watched for gaming reviews and gameplay videos. His increased popularity has earned him several sponsorship and brand ambassador opportunities. The guy has inspired several young YouTubers, and his microphone setups are just amazing. 

Which Microphone Does Ludwig Use?

Ludwig use the Shure SM7B microphone. It has a flat, smooth, and wide-range frequency response best for speech and music. Moreover, it can be used in all professional audio recordings. One of the secrets to why Ludwig has the lowest ‘hum’ sound in his videos is because of the SM7B shielding.

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The microphone protects the electromagnetic hum sound generated through surrounding electrical devices, such as neon lights and computer monitors. Furthermore, the mic comes with an additional A7WS windscreen that is ideal for close-talk applications. The Shure SM7B also has an RPM602 switch cover plate and a 5/8 to 3/8 inch thread adapter.

Features of Shure SM7B Microphone

  • Classic cardioid polar pattern dialog microphone
  • Midrange emphasis and bass roll-off control for recording various voice ranges
  • Built-in air suspension with shock isolation to eliminate mechanical transmission noises
  • Yoke mounting with a captive stand nut for quick mounting and dismounting
  • Rugged construction for daily rough use

Specifications of Shure SM7B Microphone

Polar PatternCardioid
ColorDark grey
Net Weight1.69 lbs
Mic TypeMoving coil (Dynamic)
Frequency Response50 to 20,000 Hz
Hum Pickup11 dB
Output Impedance150 ohm
Mic Sensitivity-59 dBV
Build MaterialSteel case and enamel aluminum

The Rest of the Ludwig’s Microphone Setup

So you know the type of mic that Ludwig uses in his videos. Let’s overview his remaining audio setup, like the audio interface, microphone stand, and headset. 

1. The Audio Interface of Ludwig

An audio interface is necessary if you want your system to catch clean microphone signals. It converts your mic signals into a format your recording software and computer recognize. It provides better sound quality than your PC’s built-in sound card.

Ludwig uses Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface that makes him sound clear on the mic. It is one of the best USB audio interfaces with two upgraded microphone preamps, allowing you to connect two mics simultaneously. Both of them are 24-bit/192kHz DA/AD high-performance converters with dedicated gain structures.

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The mic preamps also feature Air mode that gives the desired air effect, resulting in brighter and crystal clear sound. Scarlett 2i2 is a suitable audio interface for YouTube projects where you can independently control monitor outputs and headsets. 

Features of Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

  • Extremely low latency 
  • Indicators for halo levels
  • 3rd-generation microphone preamps
  • Real-time monitoring of plug-in effects
  • Balanced and controlled L/R TRS monitor outputs
  • Software bundle included for Windows/MAC 
  • Also supports iPad Pro 

Specifications of Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Microphone Inputs
Impedance3000 ohms
Gain range56dB
Max input level9dBu
Noise EIN-128dBu
Total harmonic distortion + noise<0.0012%
Dynamic range111dB
Frequency Response20Hz to 20000kHz
Line Inputs
Impedance60000 ohms
Gain range56dB
Max input level22dBu
Total harmonic distortion + noise<0.002%
Dynamic range110.5dB
Frequency response20Hz to 20000kHz
Instrument Inputs
Impedance1.5M ohms
Gain range56dB
Max input level12.5dBu
Total harmonic distortion + noise<0.03%
Dynamic range110dB
Frequency response20Hz to 20000kHz
Headphone Outputs
Impedance<1 ohm
Max output level7dBu
Total harmonic distortion + noise<0.002%
Dynamic range104dB
Monitor/Line Outputs
Impedance430 ohms
Max output level15.5dBu
Total harmonic distortion + noise<0.002%
Dynamic range108dB
ConnectivityUSB port (900mA)
Supported Sample Rates192kHz, 176.4kHz, 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, and 44.1kHz

2. The Microphone Stand that Ludwig Uses

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Ludwig uses the RODE PSA1 microphone arm stand. It is a suitable and affordable option if you’re into broadcasting, podcasting, or YouTubing for fun. It is a complete professional studio boom mic arm with hassle-free microphone placement. It is easy to adjust its direction with around 3 feet of vertical and horizontal reach.

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The PSA1 has a state-of-the-art parallelogram design that keeps your mic stable once you have made the adjustments. Another great thing about it is the internal springs that hold the arm movement quieter. You can rotate it in any direction without making any mechanical noise. 

Features of RODE PSA1 Mic Arm

  • Supports up mic weight up to 1.1 kilograms
  • Full 360-degree rotation for easy mic positioning
  • Hook and loop wraps to keep microphone cables neatly
  • Desk mount clamp and threaded desk insert attachments included

Specifications of RODE PSA1 Mic Arm

Total product weight1.74 kilograms (1740 grams)
Min mic weight supported1.1 kilograms (1100 grams)
Max mic weight supported0.7 kilograms (700 grams)
Arm’s vertical reach33 inches (840 mm)
Arm’s horizontal reach32 inches (820 mm)
Arm’s materialSteel
Thread size3/8″

3. The Headset that Ludwig Uses 

Ludwig has been seen using different headphones over the years. Previously, he was wearing the Sennheiser hd599s and BOSE QuietComfort series. He also wore Phillips SHP9500s. Currently, Ludwig uses the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO headset in his videos.

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The DT 990 PRO is pure German-made and has some amazing qualities that make it an excellent choice. The headset is easy on your ears. It is comfy and doesn’t pressure your ear structure, even if you wear it for several hours. This headphone outputs detailed sounds of the actual audio with precise bass and boosted treble without making you sound sharp.

DT 990 PRO has a single-sided cable fitted to a gold-vaporized 3.5mm stereo jack and an adapter to ensure movement freedom. It has an open-back design offers great space and a wide tonal range. 

Features of Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Headset

  • Handmade
  • Replaceable parts
  • 3-dimensional sound 
  • High-frequency range
  • Soft, viscose earpads
  • Dynamic and open headset
  • Rugged headband for regular use

Specifications of Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Headset

Weight 250 grams (without cable)
SPL96 dB
Headphone TypeWired, circumaural, and open-back
Earpads colorSilver grey
Impedance250 ohms
Cable length3-meters coiled cable
Audio qualitySpatial, transparent, and analytical
Ideal usagePodcasters, streamers, musicians, and producers

Conclusion

You need the same equipment to get a perfect sound like Ludwig in your audio while streaming or podcasting. He uses the Shure SM7B microphone with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. He positions the mic on the RODE PSA1 arm stand and wears Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO on the ears.

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