Shure Intros MOTIV Microphone Line


2015 NAMM Show: Shure has introduced the MOTIV microphone line, a new range of microphones that is designed to be easy to use with Mac, PC or Apple iOS devices.

All four members of the new MOTIV range are Apple MFi (made for iPhone, iPod, or iPad) certified devices, including three condenser models (the MV5, MV88 stereo model, and MV51 large-diaphragm model) and a digital audio interface (MVi) that can connect directly to any iOS device without additional adapters or connection kits.  Continue reading

Rode Intros iXY Stereo Microphone For iPhone, iPad


RØDE has announced the iXY, a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad with 30-pin connector. It’s designed to allow high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The mic is intended for recording live music, meetings, lectures, reporting, dictation and sound design, and also is ideal for use on-camera as a dual-system recorder for DSLR.

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Brooklyn’s Vaudeville Park Offers Electronic Music Classes

Electronics in Music Classes

Brooklyn’s Vaudeville Park has announced a series of workshops on Electronics In Music. Attendees can learn about making their own electronic instruments and devices.

Vaudeville Park is a Brooklyn, NY non-profit, whose mission is showcasing unique and affordable community arts programming.

Here’s an outline of the courses:

Course A in February

  • Week 1- “Money-Saving Skills for Musicians”: Build your own contact mics for acoustic instruments, and save $$$ by making your own instrument cables.
  • Week 2- “Hands-On Synthesis Workshop”: This workshop includes synthesis history, theory, and most importantly, hands on sound design using rare analog keyboards from our collection.
  • Week 3- “Instant Circuit Bending”: Bring our own electronic toy to take apart and make music with!! A favorite. You’ll learn the basic skills of circuit bending in minutes and begin making warped sounds with ease. All tools provided.

Course B in March

  • Week 1- “The Two-Hour Theremin”: build your own light-sensitive Theremin in just one class. Then, pimp your new instrument with custom colors and containers.
  • Week 2- “Hands-On Synthesis Workshop”: Version B.
  • Week 3- “Instant Circuit Bending”: Version B.


  • $50 per Workshop
  • $140 for a 3 week Course

See the Vaudeville Park site for details on the classes.

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.


  • 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!

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