Published on September 29th, 2011 | by James0
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.