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Mikey makes for a better microphone on your iOS device

The iPhone and iPad do a lot of things well, but if you agree that the built-in microphone could use some improvement, you should check out the Mikey Digital add-on from Blue Microphones.

Mikey

Blue is known for the very high quality microphones for Mac and other uses, so it's nice to see them bring their expertise to the iOS world. 

UPDATE: You can get a GREAT deal on the Mikey for just $12, using the coupon code PODC15 at http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=BLM4920MKYR&omid=200&ref=cj

Mikey Digital

Now, before you pooh pooh the Mikey because it uses the 30 pin port, consider the following.  First, there is an integrated USB charging port, so even though you're using the 30 pin port, you can still charge your iOS device using USB.  Second, the Apple 30 pin to Lightning adapter works, so you can use the Mikey with more modern devices.  Of course, you can use the Mikey with older 30 pin iOS devices and it makes a great, low-cost recording solution for classes, conference rooms, etc.  You can use your favorite app, or Apple's built-in one, to record audio notes, but now you'll do so with superior quality.

 

 

 

Blue makes their own app, called Blue FIRe, or they recommend a variety of higher end recording apps that work with the Mikey Digital.

Apps for Mikey Digital

I let a videographer friend of mine try out the Mikey and put it through its paces.  She liked the build-quality (the grill is a nice protective metal) and the multiple ratcheting positions.  This lets you get a good view of the app/screen while positioning the Mikey where needed for best audio pickup.  You can record just about anything... lectures, interviews, voice memos, etc., and then transfer them to another app or computer for further editing or use.

 

Blue Microphone Mikey Digital

Here are the specs for the Mikey Second Generation Microphone

-Proprietary stereo condenser capsules
-Three gain settings for optimal recording of a variety of sources
-3.5-millimeter stereo input (line-in) for direct recording of other sound sources
-Integrated USB port to charge iPod while microphone is connected
-Pivoting hinge adjusts 230 degrees with seven locking positions
-Blue FiRe application enhances recording capabilities on iPod touch
-Internal shockmount and dual-sided metal grill reduces handling noise
-Soft cloth carrying pouch
 
Compatibility
Second Generation Mikey features the "Made for iPod" certification. It works with most iPod models, including iPod touch (1G, 2G, and 3G), iPod nano (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G), iPod classic, and iPod 5G. It can also be used with the iPhone (versions 3GS and earlier).
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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.