iRig Mic + VocaLive At Winter NAMM 2011

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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.

NAMM Show: Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Microphone

blue yeti pro microphone

2011 NAMM Show: Blue Microphones has introduced the Yeti Pro, the first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz recording resolution with analog XLR output.

Features:

  • Yeti Pro is designed to provide the highest performance possible in a digital microphone, with recording resolution of 24bit/192kHz,
  • Yeti Pro features an analog-digital converter chip that allows a range of recording resolutions, from 22kHz up to 192kHz and common sampling rates in-between.
  • Separate circuit boards maintain the integrity of the analog and digital signal paths.
  • For analog recording, Yeti Pro also includes an XLR stereo breakout cable for simple attachment to analog equipment.
  • Yeti Pro offers four recording patterns (cardioid, omni, stereo, bi-directional) for both digital and analog recording.
  • Yeti Pro maintains zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring, adjustable gain control and a digital mute button.
  • Yeti Pro is compatible with both Mac and PC.

The Blue Microphones Yeti Pro has a MSRP of $249.

Blue Microphones Mikey Mic Updated

Blue-Microphone-MikeyBlue 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.

New Blue Yeti Mic The “Ultimate USB Microphone”

blue-yeti-thx-usb-microphoneBlue Microphones has introduced Yeti, the first THX Certified microphone and, according to the company, the “ultimate USB microphone for professional recording.”

Yeti Features:

  • 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
  • THX certification
  • 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!

Shure Microphone Survives Insane, Sadistic Torture Tests

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Shure SM58 & SM57 mics have a reputation for being reliable to the point of being indestructible. 

Mats Stålbröst, editor of the Stockholm-based Studio, took that as a challenge and subjected a SM58 to a year of sadistic torture.

And here it is in all its awesome glory. 

He used the SM58 mic to hammer nails, dropped it from heights, submerged it in water, drove a car over it and nuked it.

And the thing still worked. 

So they buried it underground for a year. Continue reading

MXL USB.009-24 Condenser Mic

MXL USB.009-24 Condenser MicNAMM 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 Intros Stereo Shotgun Microphones

Audio-Technica Debuts Two New Stereo Shotgun Microphones

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

Brauner Debuts Phanthera Studio Microphone

Phantera MicThe Brauner product family was extended by another top-class microphone at this year’s Prolight+Sound trade show, with the Phanthera mic.

Description:

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.

Technical Data:

  • Acoustical Principle pressure gradient transducer
  • Equivalent Noise 11 dB A (IEC651)
  • Signal to Noise 83 dB (1Pa/1KHz-Cardioid)
  • Sensitivity 33mV/Pa-Cardioid
  • Polar Pattern Cardioid
  • Frequency Range 20 Hz-22 KHz
  • Circuit Design Solid State ( FET )
  • Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL @ 0.3 % THD
  • Power Supply 48V Phantom Power
  • Accessories Suspension, aluminium case, Vovox Sound Conductor