January 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

CES 2011: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Is ‘First’ Handheld iPhone Microphone

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — There’s no shortage of recording apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, but when it comes to singing into those devices or miking acoustic instruments, iOS recording artists generally rely on the iPhone’s microphone, which works fine for phonecalls but lacks the nuance necessary for great-sounding musical recordings.

Enter the iRig Mic from IK Multimedia (makers of the popular Amplitude and other recording-oriented iOS apps), which appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, and is currently available for pre-order for the moderate price of $60.’

For that amount of money, there’s simply no way this thing is studio-grade, but then again, most people who are using an iOS device to record music (Damon Albarn excepted) probably aren’t aiming for perfect fidelity anyway. However, the iRig Mic is a “highly unidirectional” condenser mic with two gain settings, and the company says it’s designed to pick up vocals specifically, from close range or at a distance.

Plug the iRig Mic into your iPhone or other iOS device, and then plug in headphones into the pass-through jack, and you’ll be able to monitor your performance in real time, just like a real studio musician. Bonus: this mic comes with two free IK Multimedia apps — Amplitude (guitar recording and effects) and VocaLive (real-time vocal effects) — and can be used with third-party iOS recording software.

  • sean walker

    “most people who are using an iOS device to record music probably aren’t aiming for perfect fidelity anyway.” … Or maybe they’re just looking to get some ideas down on the go…

    I’m sure that’s what was ment, but I’d just like to repeat it.