Elgato Wave XLR – Audio Mixer and 75 db Preamp for XLR Mic to USB-C, Control Interface with 48V Phantom Power, Tap-to-Mute,

(10 customer reviews)


Brand Elgato
Compatible Devices Personal Computer
Connectivity Technology USB
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 20 KHz

  • Microphone Interface: premium XLR to USB-C connection.
  • Wave Link App: mix multiple audio sources and create two independent mixes.
  • Proprietary Clipguard Technology: prevents microphone distortion.
  • Studio Grade Preamp: up to 75 dB of ultra-low-noise gain amplifies insensitive mics.
  • Phantom Power: 48 volts to drive condenser microphones.


A compact USB interface that gives your mic superpowers, Wave XLR packs features you won‘t find in conventional audio interfaces. Like proprietary Clipguard anti-distortion technology, a capacitive mute button, and direct integration with custom Wave Link mixing software. You can even swap out the faceplate and control dial.

From the manufacturer

Additional information

Dimensions 4.65 × 3.31 cm


Item model number


Hardware Platform


Operating System


Item Weight

‎10.6 ounces

Product Dimensions

‎3.46 x 4.65 x 3.31 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎3.46 x 4.65 x 3.31 inches



Power Source

Corded Electric


‎1 Unknown batteries required.



Country of Origin


Date First Available

‎July 16, 2021



10 reviews for Elgato Wave XLR – Audio Mixer and 75 db Preamp for XLR Mic to USB-C, Control Interface with 48V Phantom Power, Tap-to-Mute,

  1. Jennifer Jaquay

    Amazing InterfaceVery high quality. (Yet to be disappointed with Elgato.) The overall quality is perfect. I LOVE the tap to mute button on top. The software is easy to use, with an easy plugin install method. The dial was a perfect addition, it’s impossible to mess up your gain if you leave it on volume while gaming!

  2. Jayf

    A Great GoXLR Mini Alternative!The Elgato Wave XLR is a great piece of equipment for your sound setup.While deciding whether or not to get this, I had to look at the benefits and drawbacks this device had in comparison to the GoXLR Mini. A drawback of this device is that, compared to the GoXLR Mini, the Elgato Wave XLR isn’t as convenient because it lacks physical faders (the sliders for different sound sources). This could be a deal-breaker for some people, but it wasn’t enough for me to ditch the option.In my opinion, the Wave XLR has many more benefits than the GoXLR Mini. The compact design of the Wave XLR makes my setup nice and tidy compared to the size of the GoXLR Mini. It fits perfectly on top of my computer, and its cable management is perfectly fine since all its ports are coming off the back.The Elgato Wave Link software is incredibly intuitive. It separates the audio into two potentially identical tracks: the monitor track and the stream track. Because of this, you can adjust your sound levels for your stream track (what the stream may hear or what an audience might hear) separately from what you hear (the monitor track). You can also switch between what track is currently playing through your headphones right on the software so that you can properly adjust the sound levels.The Wave XLR has VSTs for all audio sources, so you can add limiters, equalizers, noise gates, etc. to your microphone or any other sound. It also allows you to use your microphone with the VSTs on any program, so you can speak to your friends through Discord for example with your VSTs.There is a knob on the front of the device that lets you adjust the gain for the microphone you have plugged in. Fortunately, the Wave XLR has enough gain to power power-hungry microphones such as the Shure SM7B, so there is no need to worry about whether your microphone will ever be too quiet. You can push the knob to switch it from adjusting your microphone to your headphone level, and you can push it again to adjust how much of your microphone you hear back and how much of your system you hear back. Keep in mind that monitoring your microphone directly through the Wave XLR and NOT through the Wave Link software will NOT have any of the VSTs you put on.Overall, this is an amazing device, and for $40 cheaper than the GoXLR Mini, you are definitely getting enough bank for your buck. It has everything the GoXLR Mini has except the physical faders (sliders), and more. I would recommend this to any streamer who is looking for an audio interface that is compact and powerful enough to power a microphone like the Shure SM7B.

  3. I love shopping!

    Best Preamp for many things… NOT so much for studio DAW recording…I’ve purchased this a little over a year ago and been hoping for an answer. Almost a year and a half now there is no solution to it.TLDR: If you’re looking for a preamp to do some home studio recording for vocals, look elsewhere. It will save you a lot of headaches. If you’re looking to use it for anything else OTHER THAN vocal recording in a daw, look no further!First off, I am speaking only in regards to studio recording daws. If you’re looking to find a great preamp (which this one is), know that this one will not work for daw recording BECAUSE you’re limited to using “Windows Audio” base drivers. What does this mean? This means you can’t set the block size samples, therefore you delays will be up the roof if you’re monitoring it at the same time when you’re vocal recording. However, if you don’t care about monitoring it and have someone else to do that work for you while you’re recording, that’s fine… OR if you don’t mind just singing without monitoring any effects at all, then it’s fine- just record and hear yourself as-is (which most cases you should be doing this anyways) and then playback the sound with the effects to your monitor… unless you’re a one man person who is doing vocal, mixing, and mastering, etc. which you do not have the time/effort to constantly go back and forth to do small redundant tasks…Overall, this preamp does a really good job, just missing features that shouts more dedicated physical channels to use in daws. 2 stars knocked off for lack of support over a years of asking/researching with barely any information online for studio recordings, and only able to use virtual channels via Windows Audio with poor latency when monitoring in DAWs.

  4. Kris

    Works amazingWorks amazingly easy to use

  5. Symptomz

    Great Choice for Creators!I decided to give this a go and have been using it for months at this point. It has replaced my GoXLR as I wanted something that sounded as good, but in a much better size for my desk. While I don’t have the ability to use a soundboard or voice changer, it does everything else I need it to do amazingly! It’s paired up amazingly with the Shure SM7B, which was my worry on whether or not it would be able to power it. Honestly even without being EQ’d it sounds better than it being EQ’d with the GoXLR. The downside for some may be the fact that it’s all software based instead of hardware based. However for the price and the savings compared to a GoXLR, I highly recommend it! It would be this or a Rode ProCaster 2 and that’s far to much money for someone who don’t make a living from using the device.

  6. Dr Lew

    Easy to use, Great Software.The Wave XLR is super easy to use, One big knob controls everything and has a clear indication of what everything does. There are 3 Controls in total on this, you can turn the knob, you can push the knob, and you can tap the top to mute. So don’t worry about figuring those out, pushing the knob once will change the setting it adjusts, holding it down will enable/disable the phantom power, and turning it will increase/decrease the selected setting, now that the controls are down that is pretty much all you need to know.Moving on to the software it has a ton of useful features, has a built in mixer to control the volume from all of your sources once you set it up right, “Clipguard” which lowers the gain automatically if your microphone starts to clip, and the standard lowcut filters and sample rate controls. It also allows for VSTs now. Which is a nice touch if your deep into audio, or want to learn.Overall this is an amazing audio interface, it is a little on the expensive side compared to the Scarlett Solo, but I think it is well worth it because of the ease of use, and the software.

  7. Rin

    Simple Easy to Use XLRThe functions are very simple, and paired with Wave Link, it’s the best you could use if you want control of your sound, whether that’s for streaming or personal use. My only gripe is when using the headphone jack, the volume doesn’t correspond or match to the level of sound. The color ring would be at 60% but my PC indicates only using 15% of sound. I ended up not using it and plugged right back into my monitor for monitoring sound. Other than that, it’s still a great buy for simple controls, and my favorite is definitely the tap mute button.

  8. Paul

    Software needs improvementSound quality I get from my mic (SM57) is clean, plenty of gain for the mic. Set up was a breeze and I do enjoy the fact that you can use VST [Virtual Studio Technology] plugins now. That is what was holding me back previously.I did not purchase this to use with headphones (I have a DAC/Amp I use), but I tested it as I’ve heard reviewers say it had an audible hiss. With my Senn 58X headphones I didn’t hear any hiss and it drove them fine.The software is the let down with this. I put my computer to sleep when I’m not using it and 90% of the time when I come back I have to close and re-open the software to get audio. Which is annoying to say the least.After doing some research, I heard a couple fixes. One said don’t use VST plugins, one said only use them on the mic in (I was using them on my mic and line in). Before I started my own testing, the software just decided to forget all my inputs. They just were gone one day.Since then, I haven’t added any VST at all to any input. This has not fixed my issues. So, this is clearly just a bug that needs to be addressed in the software.I will add that I enjoy that you can control pretty much everything via a Stream Deck. As a long time user of a stream deck, I love that Elgato has improved the user experience over the years. I can only hope they do the same with this.Overall, I’m conflicted. I came from a full sized GOXLR I purchased before the Wave XLR was a thing. I didn’t use all the features, wanted a little more room on my desk, and to clean up my cable situation. With native VSTs and sub-mixes, which are amazing and it’d be nice if we could add more, this seemed like the logical option. The software just lets it down. I just want to believe the bugs will be fixed. I gave up on the GOXLR being anything more than it is, basically a dead product at this point. I still have some faith in Elgato.This is my experience after 3 weeks of use, so I could return it. However, I don’t see a better option for a similar price. So I probably won’t return and just hope the software bugs get worked out.

  9. Alexander

    Perfect!Being able to have the ability to manage all my sound sources separately while also being an interface for my mic is awesome! I have heard that this can have an audibly higher noise floor, but with my unit, I have not experienced that. The build quality is nice, it does have a little weight to it so it won’t move around on you, and being able to change the face plate is awesome for people that like to stick to a color setup/design. It is more expensive than other interfaces, I was initially going to get a Focusrite Scarlett Solo. But for the $40 more, you are getting a GOXLR without sacrificing your wallet, desk real estate, and the software (to me) is better.

  10. Benjamin

    Weird and CoolThis is a easy install and setup but is limited and has some weird quirks as you get to use it. For instance, whenever either windows or the wave link software update the amp activated the hardware mute like when you tap the top to mute it. Idk why but it just has some quirks and they’re not very problematic but it’s definitely just something I’ve had to get used to with it. Overall worth the money compared other reputable preamps, but it’s still very limited in its capabilities and capacity compared to almost all other options for the price range. Where it makes up for it is it’s eases of use. Its incredibly easy to set and forget, mostly.

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