IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.
C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.
VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.
Blue Microphones has announced the US $99.99 second generation Mikey Portable Recorder for iPod and iPhone.
Mikey still features two Blue mic capsules for pro-quality stereo recording, but now has improved acoustic circuitry for better recordings of loud events such as concerts. The new Mikey also has a 3.5mm line input for plugging in a sound source like a guitar or mixer.
There’s also a USB pass-through connection for charging and syncing. A newly designed case makes Mikey usable with most iPhone cases, and the mic can be adjusted to seven fixed positions within a 230-degree range for optimum positioning.
Blue is also throwing in a soft carrying pouch for Mikey, along with a headphone extension cable for playback monitoring with the iPod touch and nano.
The Blue Mikey can be used with Blue FiRe, a free iPhone recording application.
Blue Microphones has introducedYeti, the first THX Certified microphone and, according to the company, the “ultimate USB microphone for professional recording.”
The first USB mic to offer Blue’s condenser capsules in a triple capsule array for the highest quality, most versatile audio recording capability
Four patterns (Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional) for versatility and superior results
Studio quality performance and features, with zero latency, amplified headphone monitoring, microphone mute, and hardware-based gain adjustment
Driverless installation and works with both PC and Mac.
The Yeti’s angle can be adjusted on its custom-designed desk stand.
The Yeti microphone is designed to offer quality recordings in a wide range of situations, including podcasts, vocals, live or event recording, interviews, broadcasts, instruments, bands and more.
“THX testing and certification ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source” according to Matthew Chrispen, director of certification at THX, “allowing artists to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence.”
The Yeti, MSRP $149.99, will be available beginning December 2009.
If you’ve used the Yeti microphone, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!
NAMM Show Update:MXL Microphones introduced a new USB mic – the USB.009-24 cardioid condenser microphone.
The MXL USB.009-24 features 24-bit A/D and D/A converters with up to 96 kHz recording capability. They recommend the mic for home recording, podcasting, as well as adding dialog to business presentations and other multimedia projects. They also recommend the mic for re-recording voice tracks to accompany video shot in the field.
Compatible with both USB 2.0 high speed and USB 1.1 protocols, the MXL USB.009-24 is a plug and play device.
The MXL USB.009-24 ships with a desktop microphone stand, a mounting clip, a flight case, cleaning cloth, one USB cable, an owner’s manual and an applications guide.
The MXL USB.009-24 carries a MAP of $399.95. The product is expected to be available Spring of 2008. Continue reading →
Audio-Technica has introduced a couple of stereo shotgun microphones aimed at the high-end broadcast and production environment.
The new BP4027 and BP4029 Stereo Shotgun models are based on models that A-T originally developed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed for broadcasters, sound recordists and videographers, these phantom-powered models feature independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight elements configured in an M-S (Mid-Side) arrangement. Each provides a switch-selectable internal matrixing system offering a selection of wide and narrow stereo (L/R) output or M-S output. A switchable low frequency roll-off filter helps minimize the pickup of unwanted low frequency noise. The models differ from one another primarily in length (BP4027 15″ long and BP4029 9″ long); they both feature a lightweight rugged design, ideal for on-camera use. Continue reading →
The Brauner product family was extended by another top-class microphone at this year’s Prolight+Sound trade show, with the Phanthera mic.
Not only the name Phanthera relates to the big wild cats. It appears dynamic, powerful, ductile and charming. It is hard to put its sonic character into simple words. Therefore Brauner emphatically recommends prospective buyers give the Phanthera a serious try within their well-known studio environment.
All microphones are entirely manufactured in Germany.