updated 05:06 pm EST, Sun January 26, 2014
Digital handheld microphone iRig Mic HD released
IK Multimedia is now shipping its CES-premiered digital handheld microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and Mac, the iRig Mic HD. Offering users clear 24-bit digital audio quality, the iRig Mic HD adds many enhancements to the original iRig Mic, with expanded compatibility for all generations of iOS devices and Mac computers. The iRig Mic HD is comprised of a metal-body construction and handheld form factor that can be mounted on a standard mic stand with its included clip.
The iRig Mic HD is accompanied by a selection of free apps and software that encompasses the microphone's utilities, such as vocal processing, filed recording, guitar and bass multi-effects and more. Sound recorded with the iRig Mc HD enters through a high-definition preamplifier, and then is converted to a digital with a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter. Its detachable cables allow for the microphone to be used with Lightning connector-compatible devices, as well as other units that require a USB connection. Older 30-pin cables, for iOS devices that require it, can be ordered from IK's online store. Priced at $100, the iRig Mic HD will be available for purchase online soon.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Palantir companion app enables audio-syncing, game walkthroughs
An iOS companion app for console game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released this week, offering users exclusive content and contextual game info by way of its audio-syncing technology. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Palantir works similarly to well known apps such as Shazam and Zeebox, which "listen" to songs and TV shows and identify what is playing. The Palantir iOS app uses the same audio-sync technology to provide relevant additional content to game play as the user advances. Content is curated from Wikia, which hosts crowd-sourced, detailed gaming and pop culture information. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Palantir is available for free download through iTunes.