IK Multimedia has been busy lately with a number of videotaping accessories and apps for iOS and Mac reaching the market. The most up to date, which we’re revealing prior to its official unveiling tomorrow, is the iRig Mic HD (US$ 129.99), a 24-bit digital microphone that is as comfortable linked to a Mac in your office as it is to an iPhone or iPad in the industry.
- Dimensions: 7.28 inches long x 1.89 inches max diameter (185 x 45 mm)
- Microphone Type: condenser, electret, cardioid polar design
- User interface Kind: USB Digital Microphone, integrated reduced sound hd pre-amp
- Regularity Response: 40 Hz – 18 kHz, -3 dB
- Max Audio Stress: 134 dB
- Distortion: 3 % THD at 134 dB, 1 kHz
- Windscreen: built-in
- Level of sensitivity: modifiable over a 40 dB variety
- Integrated low profile gain control
- Integrated multicolor LED for status and audio level sign
- Adapter Kind: common Micro-USB with Lightning or USB connector (30-pin Dock connector readily available individually for US$ 29.99)
- Power and Connection: collaborate with iOS and Mac/PC computer
The iRig Mic HD is a nice looking portable mic, with a black or silver (available only at the Apple Store) body and a blue stripe announcing that it’s an HD mic. There’s one LED on the mic reverse a sensitivity dial.
IK Multimedia consists of a great deal with the iRig Mic HD. There’s a place that affixes to a songs or microphone stand to hold the mic for you, a cord for use with either a Mac or a Lightning-equipped iOS gadget, and a carrying bag.
Probably the only negative I can see design-wise is that there isn’t a result jack on the iRig Mic HD that could be made use of for monitoring what is being recorded, something that is offered on various other mics like the Blue Microphones Glow Digital, which also consists of a shock place for reducing sound when made use of on a workdesk or table. That means you might encounter some latency concerns when checking recording as the sound will need to travel into your Mac, iPhone and iPad, via an application, then back to your headsets.
In my screening, I contrasted the iRig Mic HD to the Blue Microphones Spark Digital, which is more expensive at $ 199.99. I’ve made use of the Spark Digital for several years for podcasting and have been impressed with its capacity to accurately record voices, so it’s the specification whereby I contrast various other microphones.
My test was instead basic: I utilized Garage area Band to videotape my voice stating the very first two paragraphs of the Design Highlights section of this post. The environments stayed identical, and both mics were placed concerning the exact same proximity far from my mouth. Below’s the recording, first with the Spark Digital and next with the iRig Mic HD.
The Spark Digital seems a bit much more “open” and clear, although I personally were that the iRig Mic HD really gave a somewhat warmer tone. By chance, the iRig Mic HD seemed to choose up even more plosives (those “p” pops you listen to) compared to the Flicker Digital, so you may want to choose up a pop filter to assist lessen that noise. Remember, exactly what you hear in the test recording undergoes personal preference– some may locate the Flicker’s audio to be as well “cool”, while others might locate the iRig Mic HD to be “muddled”.
To examine for keeping track of latency, I made use of the Glow Digital with a set of headphones linked directly to the surveillance plug, while for the iRIg Mic HD I connected the earphones into my Mac. While the Spark Digital exhibited simply a small delay in between talking and hearing my voice (unlike the company’s claim of “absolutely no latency”), the hold-up was a lot more recognizable with the iRig Mic HD. That’s something you ‘d expect, and when again I consider this to be something that is an individual preference. Doing podcasting, I would certainly discover the hold-up to be entirely appropriate and not a concern. However, if your choice exists in the direction of having as small amount surveillance latency as possible, then you may desire to think about a digital mic with a built-in output port.
The iRig Mic HD is an excellent digital microphone for the price, providing good level of sensitivity and a cozy tone that might captivate it to singers. I do suggest utilizing a pop filter with the mic if you’re using it for vocals of any type, and the absence of a built-in result port on the mic will place a small monitoring latency that might be annoying if you’re utilizing earphones to monitor your recording.
Score: 3 superstars from 4 superstars possible
- IK Multimedia wants a TUAW viewers to be among the initial folks to check out the brand-new iRig Mic HD. Right here are the regulations for the free gift:
- Available to legal United States homeowners of the FIFTY United States, the Area of Columbia and Canada (omitting Quebec) who are 18 and older.
- To get in, complete the form below totally and click or touch the Submit button.
- The entry has to be made just before August 8, 2014 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
- You could enter into only when.
- One victor will be selected in a random illustration and will obtain a IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD valued at $ 129.99
- Click on this link for full Official Rules.
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