Is getting an external mic for your iPhone or iPod worth it? -asks Chris Kennedy
Type: Mic for iPhone
Item: IK Multimedia iRig Mic – Microphone for iPhone/iPad/iPod
Price: US $59.95, UK £35
At a Glance: The iRig Mic is a handheld microphone that connects to an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It is primarily designed to be used in combination with IK’s VocaLive software, which enables you to make multi-track recordings and use vocal effects on your device; however, it can also be used with any other compatible App that requires a microphone.
High Notes: When used in conjunction with VocaLive, the iRig Mic can be used to produce real-time effects on your vocals that you can monitor through headphones or by connecting up to a speaker system. The mic can also be used to record other instruments, enabling you to record and mix entire demo tracks by using VocaLive’s multi-track recording function. Also included with the software is a metronome and vocal warm up tool, which singers might find useful.
Off Pitch: The iRig Mic does not come with the full version of VocaLive software –meaning you will need to purchase this if you want to have all the available vocal effects and recording functions. Also, although the sound quality of the iRig Mic is far from awful, it does not really compare to a decent studio microphone,
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The iRig Mic is an electret condenser microphone which, as such, requires no phantom power and has a wide enough frequency response to do a reasonable job mic-ing a wide range of sources. It is certainly a major upgrade when compared to the quality of the iPhone or iPad’s on-board microphone and, at around $60, represents good value for money. If making music on your ‘i-device’ is something that appeals, then the iRig Mic is certainly worth checking out.
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