RØDE Intros iXY With Lighting Connector For iPhone 5, 5s & 5c

rode-ixy-microphone2014 Summer NAMM Show: Australian pro-audio manufacturer RØDE Microphones has introduced the iXY with Lightning connector microphone for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.

The new mic is designed to allow high-quality recording at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. Accrding to RØDE, this ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings. Continue reading

The Music Thing Modular Contact Mic – Mikrophonie

music-thing-modular-contact-mic-eurorack-synthesizerMusic Thing Modular has announced a new module – Mikrophonie.

Mikrophonie is a very simple contact mic module. There is a small piezo disk mounted behind the 4hp panel, or you can plug in an external mic (they’re easy to make).

The panel is PCB with no soldermask. The raw PCB fibreglass has a rough texture – rubbing it with a finger or a plectrum creates quite a wide range of sounds. The back of the panel is plated and grounded for shielding.

The mic will also pick up all the physical sounds in your modular – patching, cables rustling, switches, fingers on knobs – without picking up airborne sounds i.e. the sound your modular is making. At very high sound levels will pick up vibrations from the speaker output and start to feedback. Continue reading

Basic Recording Techniques

This video playlist, via AudioTechnicaUSA, collects a series of videos that cover Basic Recording Techniques.

While not directly synth-related, the videos cover topics that a lot of electronic musicians have to deal with when it comes to recording live parts or content for sampling.

Topics covered in the Basic Recording Techniques series include: Continue reading

MiC 96k Combines Mic, Preamp & Audio Interface Into One Compact Device

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2014 NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics has released the MiC 96k - a multiplatform digital microphone.

The MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one device. According to Apogee, they have ‘designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone.’ Continue reading

Home Recording Handbook

Writer-musician Dave Hunter has published a new book, The Home Recording Handbook, ($29.99), through publisher Backbeat Press and distributed through Hal Leonard Books.

With a microphone, some headphones and monitors, says Hunter, “anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release.” Hunter’s book aims to help the reader “harness all that vast potential” for putting the prosumer recording gear to good use.

Hunter details how to make “pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets” or off-site studios, stepping readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering processes, and showing how to do it with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.

See the Hal Leonard site for details.

 

MXL Announces Trio USB Condenser Mic for iPad

2012 NAMM Show: Recording microphone manufacturer MXL has announced the upcoming release of the Trio, the latest in the iPad-compatible USB condenser microphones. The Trio, which also works with PC and Apple computers, is specially designed to also work with both versions of the iPad (1 and 2).

Made with a rugged all metal design, the Trio is designed with the traveling recording artist in mind, as well as podcasters and consumers who want web chat using services like Skype, with high quality voice reproduction.

The Trio allows users to record on-the-go into their iPad using the Camera Connector Kit. A zero latency headphone jack is built into the body of the microphone. The user plugs their headphone directly into the mic to monitor their recording, a feature not all USB mics have.

Features:

  • iPad® compatible
  • PC and Mac® OS compatible
  • Ideal for vocals & podcasts, web & video chats
  • Built-in high fidelity headphone jack

The MXL Trio will be available in late January 2012, with an MSRP of $99.95.

2012 NAMM Show News – The iRig MIC Cast Mobile Microphone

iRig Mic Cast2012 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has introduced iRig Mic Cast, a mobile voice recording microphone.

iRig MIC Cast features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern that minimizes background noise, making it ideal for single-source audio recording.

Features:

  • Stereo mini-jack headphone output which enables real-time monitoring of what is being recorded using headphones or speakers.
  • Offers a mini-switch that provides two different sensitivity settings to record closeup or distant sources.
  • Includes an adjustable desktop stand for convenient iPhone/iPod touch positioning during recording.
  • Has a bumper-friendly mini-jack connector that fits the majority of iPhone/iPod touch cases.
  • Has an compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
  • Like other IK Multimedia microphones, it includes 2 free apps: iRig Recorder, an easy-to-use voice recording/editing app, and VocaLive, a multi-effects processing app for singers.
  • Works with all regular phone calls and any Voice-Over-IP app.
  • Is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

iRig MIC Cast is priced at €29.99 (ex. VAT) and will be available in Q1 2012.