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Tempo USB Condenser Microphone works with iPad, and Macs and PCs

The built in microphone for the iPad leaves a lot to be desired. It's not for professional audio recording, and unfortunately, most professional microphones are designed for desktop use only. So it was refreshing to learn about the products from MXL Microphones. They make high quality microphones that connect via USB. so how does that help ipad owners? well, take their Tempo USB Condenser Microphone and with the iPad's optional USB add-on, it will work with the iPad, too!


You can leverage apps like Skype to turn your iPad into a high end speakerphone for video calls or record audio for integration with iMovie or other apps.


Of course, because it's USB based, you can also use it with a Mac or PC, and your recording will be strictly digital. The Tempo has a built in headphone jack so you can plug in to the microphone instead of the iPad, which can be further away, thanks to the USB cable.


MXL Microphones (www.mxlmics.com) offers a wide selection of XLR, Web Conferencing (AC-400 and 40EXT), and USB microphones. MXL Microphones has mic products that are geared towards providing high quality audio reproduction and voice capture for the consumer, business, A/V, and broadcast markets, to name a few.


The microphone is great for dictation or legal depositions and is available in two different colors (silver and black or red and black.) I hope to post an in-depth hands-on review, soon.



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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.