updated 10:49 pm EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
Aimed at journalists, podcasters, online radio announcers, home recording buffs
A new version of IK Multimedia's previous iRig Mic is now available beginning today for the iRig Mic HD, an all-in-one digital condenser mic that features its own A/D converters to eliminate any requirement for pricey audio interfaces. By providing both a 1.5 meter (59-inch) Lightning and USB cable, the mic is one of the few that works natively with both mobile and desktop/notebook systems (a 30-pin connector is sold separately for older iOS devices). The unit is capable of 24-bit, 48kHz recording.
iOS software that comes with the iRig Mic HD
The mic, available in black or silver (the latter exclusively from Apple Stores), contains a "low-noise, high-definition" pre-amp along with the A/D converter, potentially saving buyers hundreds of dollars compared to buying an additional interface such as the Apogee or Focusrite Forte to adapt high-quality microphones and control gain. The iRig Mic HD already has a gain control included, with a multi-color LED indicator and a standard design that is compatible with mic stands. The company claims that by virtue of its included technology, it is comparable in quality to units costing three times as much.
IK Multimedia first announced the iRig Mic HD in January, but has taken some additional time to beef up the quality of the product. In the interim, the price has risen from the original $100 pre-order price to $130.
The unit also comes with a carrying case, a mic clip and software for both Mac/Windows and iOS (such as Amplitube, VocalLive and iRig Recorder), but works with most other audio programs as well. Early commentary on the product indicates the unit is well-regarded in terms of sound quality, but full reviews will likely appear soon. The separate 30-pin cable for older iOS devices available for $30.