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.
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.