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Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS review

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Over the years, video quality has gotten better on smartphones, but if there’s one area that hasn’t changed much, it is the audio recording side of things.  Have you ever wished your Lightning connector-equipped iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) had a better microphone?  The Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS gives you just that Read More…

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Blue Microphones announces new Snowball mics in assorted colors

on Sunday, October 6th, 2013

The popular, plug-and-play USB mic from Blue Microphones is now being offered in five new colors including Hot Pink, Wicked Purple, Bright Orange, Neon Green and Electric Blue. The new Snowball mics are available exclusively through Amazon US for a limited time and have an MSRP $99.99. They feature two condenser mic capsules that can capture Read More…

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Blue Microphones Nessie USB Microphone review

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013

At first glance, the Nessie by Blue Microphones  looks like an award one might receive at a music award ceremony because of its impressive stature. But it is named after the mythological Loch Ness monster and resembles it with its “S” curve and long neck silhouette. But it begs the question, does it stand up Read More…

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iXY is the world’s first on-board, HD-quality, stereo microphone for iOS

on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The iXY microphone from RØDE looks like no other add-on microphone for iPhone or iPad that I’ve seen.  It’s designed to connect directly into the charging port of the iOS device, but it unfortunately uses the 30-pin connector, so it’s limited to the iPhone 4/4S and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPads.  The iXY has “24-bit/96k Read More…

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Professional sound quality for iPhone HD video with Apogee MiC and Zacuto Zgrip iPhone Jr. handgrip kit

on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

If you’d like the sound on your iPhone videos to match the quality of the visuals, you will need to use an external microphone.  Then you’ll have two pieces of equipment to juggle while you film, unless you use the MiC and Zacuto Zgrip iPhone Jr. handgrip kit from Apogee.  The MiC is a studio-quality cardioid Read More…

The Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones is a simple, yet powerful little device.

Blue Mikey Digital Microphone Review

on Monday, October 8th, 2012

Everyone, except, of course, the tech “pundiots” (pundit idiots) of the world, knows that iPads and iPhones and even the lowly iPod Touch can be used for more than just playing music or games. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, as well as cases, speakers, holders, lens attachments, and tripod mounts for Read More…

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IK Multimedia’s iRig PRE Universal Microphone Interface for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

If you’re an amateur or professional musician, you’ve undoubtedly seen information about the variety of interfaces that allow you to record music on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.  IK Multimedia, who created the iRig guitar interface, has just announced that their new iRig PRE microphone interface is ready to ship.  The iRig PRE has Read More…

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BlueMic Tiki Knows What to Record and What not to Record

on Saturday, July 7th, 2012

The Tiki Microphone from Blue Microphone is a USB mic that offers two different recording modes. Intelligent Speech Mode has the ability to isolate desirable sounds like voices so that it can minimize background noises like typing, computer fans, etc. It can even mute the mic if needed. This feature improves vocal clarity for online communication Read More…

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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone Review

on Monday, April 9th, 2012

Most computers and mobile devices have built-in microphones now, and they are fine for phone calls and video calls.  They fall short when you need a higher-quality audio for podcasting or recording music.  There are a variety of microphones on the market, from cheap stalk microphones to studio-quality mics costing hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.  Read More…

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SpeechWare USB TableMike 3-in-1 Desktop Microphone Review

on Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Remember those “multimedia” upgrades for PCs years ago that consisted of a sound card, speakers and a desktop microphone?  That’s what the USB TableMike 3-in-1 Desktop Microphone from SpeechWare reminded me of at first, except it wasn’t beige and flimsy.  Why would I need a desktop microphone when my 27″ iMac desktop has everything built Read More…

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AntLion Audio ModMic Detachable Boom Microphone Review

on Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Can’t find a headset/mic combination you like?  Do you have a favorite pair of headphones but no mic?  Wouldn’t it be great to just add a microphone to your own headphones anytime you like?  You may remember my own attempts at using a hot glue gun to attach a microphone to my own comfy headphones… Read More…

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The Radius for Yeti Review

on Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Blue Microphone recently released the Radius shockmount for their Yeti and Yeti Pro microphones (both microphones have the same mount and form-factor). A shockmount is used to isolate your microphone from vibration while recording. The mount is specifically designed to work with the Yeti and Yeti Pro, but could be used with almost any microphone with Read More…

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Yeti Pro by Blue Microphone Review

on Friday, August 12th, 2011

Last year I reviewed the Yeti USB microphone. At the time, I really liked the microphone, and over the last year using it, my opinion of it has only improved. Honestly, when it comes to my needs, the Yeti was definitely a 10. When they released the Yeti Pro, I was intrigued to see what Read More…

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Blue Microphones Announces Radius Shockmount for Yeti, Yeti Pro

on Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Blue Microphones announced the Radius, a suspension shockmount for the Yeti and Yeti Pro. The Radius is designed to isolate the microphone body from ambient vibration when mounted on a mic stand. It is similar to the Ringer, which is designed for the Snowball USB mic. Radius allows the Yeti or Yeti Pro to sit upright on Read More…

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Improve Your Smartphone’s Recording Abilities with the i-Microphone

on Friday, April 22nd, 2011

CompuExpert, a division of Digital Interactive Systems Corp. extensively searches the globe for the most innovative and unique electronic gadgets and peripherals and brings them exclusively to the North American market.  They are introducing the i-Microphone, a convenient and affordable device to enhance the recording capabilities of your US smartphone and other US mobile devices.  Read More…

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Blue Microphone Mikey for iPhone and iPod Touch Review

on Friday, March 4th, 2011

Last year I reviewed Blue Microphone’s Yeti. It is a great microphone for using at home, and I have read of some folks hacking things so that it works with their iPad, but it is not really a portable solution. For that, Blue released the Mikey. The Mikey is designed to work with the iPhone and Read More…

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Samson to launch new USB Meteor Mic today at CES

on Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Samson Meteor Mic is a chrome plated USB microphone with an interesting fold-up design. It has a large 25mm condenser diaphragm, a cardioid pickup pattern, flat frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz and records in CD quality, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution. It can function as a Skype microphone and is great for all sorts of Read More…

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Scosche Wants to Boost your Flip Video Camera’s Audio Too

on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Not sure what’s going on, but all of a sudden it seems that everyone thinks that the Flip Video camera has crappy audio and needs to be fixed. Ok, not everyone… But just yesterday I posted a news item about the Mikey Mic from Blue Mic and now today we have news from Scosche with Read More…

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Improve the Flip Video Camera’s Audio Capability with Blue Mics Mikey Mic

on Monday, September 20th, 2010

Blue Microphones has announced the Mikey for Flip, a professional-quality external microphone that lets Flip Video camera users capture even better sound for their Flip videos. As part of their new Designed for Flip accessory line of products, Mikey for Flip connects to all FlipPort-enabled Flip video cameras and features Blue Microphone’s premium capsules for Read More…

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Yeti by Blue Microphone Review

on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, Music Gear, Reviews

Blue Microphone has extended their USB microphone line to include the Yeti. The Yeti is a retro-looking microphone that has the flexibility to use four different recording patterns to adjust to your recording needs. These include: Stereo Cardiod Omni Bidirectional

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Communicator Earphones Let You Listen to Your Music or Talk on Your Phone

on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The Communicator Earphones have a thick cord that resists tangles and come with 3 earbud tips – in latex or “deep-fit soft foam” – so you can find your best fit.  They minimize ambient noise, and their 10mm drivers reproduce 20-20,000 Hz for full, rich sound.  There’s a built-in microphone so you can use it Read More…

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Arctic Cooling E351-WM and E352 Earphones Review

on Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I recently did a review of the Arctic Cooling E361-WM earphones with microphone.  The E361 earphones worked flawlessly as a playback device for both my computer and my iPod touch.  The microphone worked great with my touch, but I had some problems recording with it on my laptop.  I felt that the problem was probably Read More…

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Arctic Cooling E361-WM Earphone Review

on Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I think there must be something unusual about the shape of my ears, because I have never been able to find a pair of ear buds that I can stand to wear for more than a couple of minutes.  The ear buds that come with iPods sound okay, but they hurt my ears so much Read More…

The Yeti is no longer just a big hairy missing link

on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Continuing their tradition of snow theme product names, Blue Microphones is announcing today the Yeti, the world’s first THX certified mic, USB for studio-quality recording at home. I still like and use the Blue Mic Snowflake microphone and can vouch for the fact that they make great quality gear. The Yeti will be priced at Read More…

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Flexible Mini Capsule microphone for the iPhone 3G S

on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod

The new iPhone 3G s has video recording capability, but the microphone faces the opposite direction when you’re capturing video, causing the audio quality to be weak. Brando’s Workshop has come to the rescue with their Flexible Mini Capsule microphone. It can rotate and bend to point at your subject, resulting in a much better Read More…