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Blue Mic's "Mikey" for iPhone, iPod now shipping

updated 07:40 pm EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Turns iPhone or iPod Touch into high-quality mic

Blue Microphone -- a 15-year maker of professional analog and digital retro-styled microphones -- has announced that its long-awaited revamped Mikey iPhone/iPod stereo microphone is now shipping. The redesigned dock-port-connecting microphone is capable of recording CD-quality (44.1kHz/16-bit) sound on almost any model of iPhone or iPod Touch -- along with the second through current generations of the iPod Nano and the Classic and fifth-generation versions of the original iPod (the iPhone 4 and iPad are not yet officially supported). It includes both a 3.5mm stereo input jack and USB pass-through (mini-B type, intended for power transfer only), and a free app called Blue Fire, a licensed version of the professional Fire field recording app from Audiofile Engineering.

The mic itself features a pressure-gradient condenser-style transducer with a standard cardioid polar pattern. It can capture 35Hz to 20kHz range at various quality settings in either stereo or mono as desired. The mic features three hardware gain settings depending on the volume of the source, can swivel in a 230-degree radius and weighs just three ounces.

The Blue Fire software can control various settings for the mic, including setting times such as "Record for" (x minutes) or "Record until" (specified time), plus a "threshold" setting to eliminate silences. It has a rotatable screen so the user can always see the software "right side up" and supports recording in WAV, AIFF or Core Audio Format (CAF). It can export its sound files wirelessly either by FTP or through its own built-in local web server. The software is designed for the Mikey, but can also use the significantly lower-quality built-in mic on iPhone and iPod models that include them.

The Mikey microphone is now available directly from Blue Microphone or its resellers, and sells for $80.









by MacNN Staff

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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Oh man...

    Blue mics have always been eastern euro junk.

    Adding a blue LED to junk - it's still junk.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Um ...

    You may be confused. Blue is located in California, and their products are manufactured in China (at least the ones I have are).

    Same as Apple.

    I haven't tried the Mikey, but the sample sound files on the site sound good, and I'm happy with my Snowball.

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    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

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  1. Spheric Harlot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Strike the "not officially supported" bit

    The thing simply WILL NOT WORK with an iPhone 4 or an iPad or an iPod touch 4G.

    It uses the analogue input of the previous-generation devices, which has been deprecated and simply completely REMOVED from current devices.

    This Mikey is, unfortunately way too late to the market.

    I'd love to buy one that works.

  1. usbmicrophonepoint

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hmmm Nice one...

    Really nice mic.. From my point perfect for iPod podcasting.... carry on... http://goo.gl/oDPKr

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