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Hands On: Røde SuperLav+

11/03, 7:27am

Great iOS microphone, terrible app

Apparently, you shouldn't call them clip-on or lapel mics, that's passé. Instead, they are lavelier microphones. Get it right: lavelier. No matter how much your Mac or iPhone tries to change that word to "lovelier," "love liar," or (once) "Cavalier," it is a jewellery term and it accounts for a key part of the name Røde SuperLav+ Microphone. Still, it's really a lapel mic. You clip it to your shirt or blouse and you look like you're a professional broadcaster -- plus, the sound recorded is very good, even though it is just plugged directly into your iPhone. So there you go: we're recommending that you buy the Røde SuperLav+ microphone.


Review: Blue Yeti Studio recording microphone and software

08/31, 6:59pm

Studio-in-a-box offers hi-quality, affordable start for podcasters, musicians

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics for beginning podcasters or vocalists, and we were very impressed with Blue's Mo-Fi headphones -- we wanted to thoroughly test each component of the Blue Yeti Studio, which features a Yeti-class desk microphone bundled with software to enhance different types of recordings. It's a slightly pricier package than a basic starter mic for a first podcast, so is it worth it? Find out in our review.


Living With: Blue Snowball USB microphones

04/10, 7:00pm

An affordable, high-quality digital mic for podcasts, VOIP, more

We've been writing a lot lately about some of the aspects involved in podcasting -- see this Pointers column as an example -- as well as moving our own site example of the form, The MacNN Podcast, to Soundcloud and now (finally) iTunes for better distribution. For some of our staff that contribute to the broadcast, its meant getting a decent microphone for the first time. As a veteran podcaster, currently a regular on no less than three very different podcasts, I generally recommend the Blue Snowball USB.


Pointers: voice recording on a Mac or iOS device

04/01, 5:00pm

Beyond FaceTime calls, there are handy reasons to record

Most Macs (with the exception of the Mac mini and the Mac Pro) -- and all iOS devices -- come with a built-in microphone that is above-average in quality for that sort of device. A typical user might employ it for all kinds of purposes beyond the normal phone calling: dictating emails, voice memos, FaceTime calls. There are times, however, where you need much higher quality, and this Pointers column will talk about some of those situations, and how to create recordings you can be proud of.


Briefly: Blue Hummingbird launches, Yamaha AG03, AG06 mixers revealed

01/23, 9:03pm

Blue reveals Hummingbird microphone at NAMM

Blue unveiled its Hummingbird Class A small-diaphragm microphone at NAMM. Based on the Blue B1's cardioid capsule, the Hummingbird has a head that rotates 180 degrees, measures just 70mm (6.7 inches) tall, and offers a signal-to-noise ratio of 85.5dB-A and a maximum sound pressure level of 130dB. Shipping later this spring, the Hummingbird will cost $300.


Review: Blue Mikey Digital add-on microphone

09/08, 7:41am

Small, handy mic add-on enhances iOS recordings

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model -- the Mikey Digital -- designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording. Is it right for you? Check out our review for samples and insight on this little wonder.


IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field microphone, iKlip Xpand Stand

09/04, 8:19pm

Field recording through Lightning devices, stand gives tablet users positioning options

Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording, like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures.


Blue introduces Mikey Digital for Lightning-based iOS devices

07/17, 8:15am

Based on popular 30-pin version, includes line-in and USB passthrough charging

A little less than two years after it introduced its first digital 30-pin attachable microphone for the iPhone and other iOS devices, Blue Microphones is finally bringing out a Lightning-based version that works natively with the iPhone 5 and later models such as the iPhone 5s and Retina iPad mini. The new Mikey Digital includes two condenser microphones -- identical to the ones used in its popular Yeti and Snowball microphones -- and thanks to its reversible Lightning connector is now able to pointed either forwards or backwards.


Briefly: Zoom's iQ5 mic for iPhone and iPad, DevonTechnologies update

01/23, 10:10pm

Lightning-connected audio recording accessory for iPhone, iPad as well as iPod touch

Audio accessory maker Zoom has launched its iQ5 microphone for iOS devices this week, offering the ability to capture high-quality audio in 90- or 120-degree fields, adjustable by a switch on the device. Including two microphone elements in a mid-size configuration,the iQ5 records 16-bit/44.1kHz audio with an analog-type mic gain wheel. Fitted with a Lightning connector, the microphone has three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack to avoid any latency in monitoring.


HTC clarifies Nokia injunction as against mic, not HTC One

04/25, 8:12am

New microphone source will be used once mic stocks dry up

HTC is planning to change its source of microphones for the HTC One once its existing inventory has run out, following Nokia's recent court action in the Netherlands. A statement from the manufacturer seeking to clarify the injunction filed by Nokia explains that the injunction isn't against HTC itself, but is against a component supplier in the Netherlands called STM.


Blue Microphones releases Spark Digital condenser microphone

11/07, 9:30pm

Microphone features USB, 30-pin dock connector

Blue Microphones has unveiled the first studio microphone for both Apple's 30-pin iOS dock connector and USB -- the Spark Digital. The new digital version of the microphone features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-selected components as the original, delivering high-fidelity recording and consistent performance.


Cases for 'iPad mini' indicate camera, second mic on back

08/24, 12:28pm

Accessories built based on rumors, may be inaccurate

Despite the lack of any formal announcement from Apple, a handful of overseas manufacturers have once again jumped the gun and developed accessory cases designed to fit the so-called "iPad mini" said to be announced sometime next month. The case designs indicate the presence of a rear-facing camera, but also have a "mystery" opening that could be for a second microphone.


MXL Tempo USB mic is iPad-compatible

12/13, 8:00pm

Uses Camera Connector Kit USB adapter

Marshall Electronics' MXL Microphones has launched a vocally-oriented USB-powered condenser mic called the MXL Tempo that can also be attached to an iPad via Apple's Camera Connector Kit, which includes a limited-use USB connector for the iPad. Aimed at podcasters and chat users, the mic includes a no-latency headphone jack for monitoring and works out-of-the-box with a wide variety of recording and chat programs.


Samson unveils gold-plated Meteor Mic at Best Buy

02/28, 7:20pm

Chrome model of USB mic also available

Samson, a long-time player in the microphone industry, is debuting a limited gold-plated edition of their new USB studio condenser microphone, dubbed the Meteor Mic, exclusively at Best Buy -- which is taking pre-orders starting today for the release on April 15th. The Meteor Mic, in either the gold or regular chrome-plated editions, features a remarkably flat frequency response and a zero-latency headphone jack built into it.


First Look: Blue's upgraded Yeti Pro condenser mic

01/28, 12:10am

Mic brings higher recording resolution

MacNN had a chance to check out Blue Microphones' latest offering, an upgraded version of the Yeti. The updated design, named the Yeti Pro, brings the same form factor as its predecessor, but with several features that may prove appealing to musicians. Both mics share the same arrangement of three condenser capsules, but the Pro variant adds stereo XLR outputs alongside the existing USB option.


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

11/16, 7:40pm

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.


Samson intros Q2U mic package with headphones, Cakewalk

12/02, 10:00pm

Mic offers XLR and USB connections

Samson on Wednesday introduced the Q2U Recording Pack which includes a microphone, HP20 headphones, and other accessories. The Q2U dynamic mic features both XLR and USB outputs, allowing users to simultaneously connect with a computer and other gear for live performances and recording. The mic offers a cardioid pickup pattern and an integrated A/D converter for 16-bit, 48kHz sampling.


New THX-certified Yeti USB condenser mic

11/10, 5:55pm

Mic offers four patterns for recording flexibility

Blue Microphones has expanded its line of consumer products with the Yeti, a USB-attached condenser mic with THX certification. The mic features three of the company's 14mm condenser capsules arranged in a triple array, with support for omni, cardioid, stereo or bidirectional polar patterns. Users can attach headphones directly to the 16 ohm, 130mW amp for direct zero-latency monitoring.


Samson Go Mic utilizes multidirectional hinge

08/05, 7:15pm

Samson Go Mic released

Samson has released its newest microphone, the Go Mic. The device utilizes a USB connection for direct input, while a laptop mount that doubles as a tabletop stand. The microphone is compact in size, measuring 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches, and utilizes a multidirectional hinge to help ensure users record the intended audio. The device integrates a condenser microphone with a frequency response of 20Hz to 18kHz with 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution.


Audio-Technica debuts new ATR series microphones

08/05, 6:10pm

Audio Technica new mics

Audio-Technica on Wednesday debuted 11 new ATR series microphones designed for home recordings, live performances, computers or camcorders. Products include the ATR1500, ATR1300, ATR1200 and ATR1100 vocal/instrument mics; the ATR6550, ATR6250, ATR4697 and ATR2250 specialty mics; the ATR4700 and ATR4600 computer mics; and the ATR5200 headset mic.


ThumbTacks mini-microphone ships for iPod touch, Nano

03/18, 11:25pm

ThumbTacks now shipping

Switcheasy has launched ThumbTacks, an ultra-small microphone for the iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G. The microphone attaches to the iPods's 3.5mm headphone jack and allows the media player to be used as a voice recorder. The ThumbTacks microphone is shaped like a thumbtack and measures 1.21 inches by .46 inches, using gold plating on the plug.


App turns iPhone into sound level meter

08/12, 8:00pm

SoundMeter 1.0 for iPhone

FaberAcoustical is making use of the iPhone's built-in and handset microphones with an app that measures sound levels. SoundMeter 1.0 levels in a variety of ways. Although not up to professional standards, the company says its app is "an excellent alternative to other inexpensive handheld meters for home or hobbyist use."


Briefly: Steinberg Sequel review

07/01, 6:05pm

Vue 3D contest

In brief: We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel, the Vue 3D Environment Competition 2008 has been announced, fmDataGuard has announced its "First Anniverary Sale," and there is a newly announced DEVONthink 2.0 upgrade grace period ... We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel. The tool allows you to record using a MIDI controller or through an external microphone, which is very similar to GarageBand. We recorded live audio from a microphone and it worked well. The intuitive design worked as we thought it would. Cutting and arranging segments of recorded material is also similar to GarageBand. You can move segments freely or snap them to a metronomic grid.



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