IK Multimedia, the same dudes and dudettes responsible for the downright hilarious iKlip, seem to be on somewhat of a hot streak. This week, the company's hitting back with the iRig iMic, hailed as the first handheld condenser microphone for the iPhone. The image above truly explains it all — it's designed to plug directly into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and so long as you've got a recording app of choice, you'll be capturing your vocals in no time flat. The obvious next step is to run everything through the T-Pain app, but for those who'd rather roll more naturally, IK's VocaLive effects processor is tossed in gratis. Pricing details are being kept under wraps for reasons unknown, but let's be honest — you're buying one even if it means losing two arms and a leg.
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IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic: the first handheld microphone for iPhone.
Quality vocal and audio recordings anywhere for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
January 2011, Modena, Italy – IK Multimedia is proud to announce iRig™ Mic: the first handheld quality condenser microphone for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad® - designed for all vocal and mobile sound needs.
iRig Mic is ideal for the singer, vocalist and songwriter on the move, but also perfect for recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field.
The iRig Mic features a highly unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule that provides quality recording, in both close mic and long distance mic conditions, and real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector.
A three-level gain switch makes it instantly adjustable for any sound pressure condition - from soft speaking to loud playing. Its familiar form is perfect for handheld performance, plus it can be mounted on any mic stand leaving the iOS device free for app operation. Its rugged metal body is road-ready for the mobile musician.
iRig Mic also comes* with VocaLive free, IK's new real time effects processor app suite for the singer and vocalist, iRig Recorder, the new IK free audio recording app and AmpliTube Free, the best selling app for guitar players and songwriters. iRig Mic also works with a multitude of other vocal and audio recording or processing apps for the iOS platform.
iRig Mic features:
· Ideal for all vocal applications from singing to speech
· Great for all types of sound recording or processing in music or any other audio application
· Quality electret-condenser unidirectional capsule
· Dual mini-jack connector allows real-time monitoring on headphones, speakers, mixers and PAs
· Rugged, durable metal housing
· Easy to set-up for any sound source
· Can be handheld or placed on a standard mic stand
· Comes with apps for singers, speakers and songwriters
· Can be used with a multitude of other apps
· Compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch (with mic input) and iPad
• Ideal for singers and vocalists
Singers and vocalists will find the iRig Mic to be their ideal companion for capturing their voice in high fidelity for real-time audio processing during live performances or recording sessions. The iRig Mic electret-condenser capsule with accurate unidirectional pattern and excellent ability to handle high audio pressure levels ensures high-quality, crisp, clean vocal reproduction - even in noisy environments - with no distortion, even with the widest range of volume dynamics.
• Suitable for all types of sound recording
Musicians will love the versatility of iRig Mic for recording and accurately reproducing their acoustic instruments, amplified instruments or even their band performances and concerts. Non-musicians will have an indispensable tool for recording high quality podcasts, speeches, lessons, interviews, video soundtracks or any other source that can be recorded on the go with their mobile device.
• Real time monitoring
The iRig Mic dual in/out mini-jack connector allows you to monitor your recordings in real time without disconnecting the mic from your from your iPhone/iPod or iPad. Its stereo mini-jack output can be easily connected to traditional headphones and ear buds or line input to mixers, powered speakers, amplifiers and PA systems.
• Easy to set-up and operate
The three level gain switch (for low, medium and high sound pressure sources) make setting up iRig Mic a breeze, while its familiar shape allows to comfortably hold it with one hand or position it on any standard microphone stand. Its mini-jack connector and 2m/6.5 ft. cable make it easy to record any sound source while keeping the iPhone or iPad at a convenient distance for app operation.
• Includes apps for singers, songwriters, speakers
For singers and vocalists, the new VocaLive free app included* with iRig Mic offers for the first time a mobile suite of real-time effects dedicated to live vocal processing. Vocalists can add effects like choir harmonizer, pitch correction, vocal doubler, de-esser and more, together with advanced sing-along and recording features. The included* AmpliTube free app is the perfect companion for songwriters and features real-time guitar and bass effects, recording and mastering capabilities. The included* iRig Recorder is IK's new app for quick audio recording and processing - so easy to operate that it can be used by everybody, including non-musicians.
• Can be used with a multitude of apps
iRig Mic can be used with any other app that uses the microphone input of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for audio input.
These include a wide range of music apps for audio recording, processing, and sing-along for both professional music creation and for personal entertainment - video, multimedia and gaming apps, plus thousands more.