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Published on September 29th, 2011 | by James

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iRig Mic: Recording Solutions For Your iOS Device

The lat­est iDe­vice of­fer­ing from IK Mul­ti­me­dia is the bland­ly named iRig Mic. This add-on for the iPod/Pad/Phone does ex­act­ly what you would think it does: get au­dio in­to your de­vice. It plugs in through your de­vices 1/8″ jack and al­so has a pass-through jack for plug­ging in head­phones to mon­i­tor the mic in­put. The build qual­i­ty feels sur­pris­ing­ly stur­dy and has a switch on the front for 3 lev­els of loud­ness which in re­al­i­ty trans­lates to two weak lev­els and one loud one.

While the sound qual­i­ty it­self isn’t on par with your stan­dard SM58, it isn’t too ter­ri­ble. I could see it be­ing used as a field-recorder, some­thing used for au­dio note or for that im­promp­tu karaoke par­ty you’ve al­ways want­ed to throw on the BART. To uti­lize the mic, IK of­fers 3 apps avail­able for free on the app store: Vo­calive Free, Am­pli­tube Free (for those who want to record gui­tar through your de­vice), and iRig Recorder Free. As you can imag­ine, these are lightweight-but-func­tion­al ver­sions of the pro­grams and more fea­tures can be pur­chased through the apps.

The best thing this mic has go­ing for it is that it turns ubiq­ui­tous iDe­vices in­to full-fledged portable recorders, which can cost quite a bit of mon­ey. Avail­able on­line for about $59, It costs more than half that of your en­try-lev­el portable recorder and can do the job just fine with the added bonus of on-board au­dio pro­cess­ing through the mag­ic of iOS apps. For those in­ter­est­ed or need­ing portable au­dio, this kit will set you up much bet­ter than the on­board mic. It won’t of­fer near­ly the qual­i­ty of, say, the Yeti Pro but is a nice ad­di­tion for any­one with an iPhone or iPod Touch that is do­ing field record­ing.

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