In case you ever searched for a quality microphone which connects to your computer, you’ve must have come across a company called Blue. This company is known for its wide range of professional-grade microphones, but they are also creating microphones which could be used with Macs (desktops and notebooks), as well as an interesting iOS version.
There are a lot of creative iPhone users who are already capturing their voice so they can use it with videos on YouTube, as it seems to be most frequent use. After all, iPhone is able is capture 1080p video and it’s a shame that it captures mono audio with it. Thanks to Blue, you can now have an external microphone which is very easy to set-up and use, and which greatly improves voice recording on iOS devices.
This microphone is known as Mikey Digital, and as you can see from the pictures, it features interesting and modern design which complements iPhone’s aesthetics. It weighs only 2.9 ounces (82 grams), and you can connect it to an iPhone via its 30-pin connector. As you can know, iPhone 5 and the newest generations of iPad products, removed this type of connector and introduced a new technology. Blue doesn’t offer a new generation which supports Lightning port, but you can connect Mikey using Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which is sold for $29. So in case you’ve got an iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, or iPad mini, you will need to add $29 to Mikey’s price, which already costs $100. This will cost you total of $120, which isn’t a small investment.
In order to use Mikey, all you have to do is to connect it to an iPhone and it will automatically replace its native microphone. This means that you can use it with any voice recording application which comes preloaded with iOS, or any app that you purchased from iOS App Store. Mikey comes with three modes, which are signalized by a small green light on its front side. There are loud and quiet mode, which automatically prepares Mikey to capture a recording in that particular environment. There’s also Auto mode, which automatically changes settings according to any background noise.
In order to fully realize how Mikey brings improvements over iPhone’s microphone, you will to send recorded voice to your Mac. Sound will be stereo, and noticeably better, and just like you would expect from a mobile microphone of this size. For $120, I wanted to be impressed by its ability to record quality sound, which didn’t really happen. Still, sound was good and very usable.
One thing I didn’t like about this product is that you need to hold firmly your iPhone, or to keep it firmly in one place. It is very sensitive and in case you move it about it will record every movement, which produces odd sounds.