Reviewed: Apogee HypeMiC USB Microphone
If you’re a bedroom producer, beatmaker or podcaster you should know what compression is and how to use it to make your tracks pop. For those whose knowledge remains on the fretboard, compression is simply the process of lessening the dynamic range between the loudest and quietest parts of an audio signal, giving it a professional sheen. Apogee’s latest USB microphone HypeMiC is marketed as a studio-quality introduction, though it might be underselling itself.
Reviewed: Shure Microphones MV88+ Video Kit
As smartphone camera technology has continued to add more megapixels by the minute, it has replaced handheld cameras. Using an iPhone is now commonplace for interviews, home demos, field recording and most things apart from cinema. Arguably, sound quality has fallen by the wayside, as picture quality blinds us to the comparatively low fidelity sound the miniature microphone provides. If there was to be any brand to save us from this audio muck, it would have to be Shure. The Motiv MV88+ Video Kit is a professional companion to your iPhone recording, providing an excellent digital stereo condenser microphone with accessories to make you a pro out of the box.
Reviewed: Audio-Technica AT-BP40 Dynamic Microphone
Audio-Technica's AT-BP40 is a large diaphragm dynamic microphone that has the natural characteristics of a dynamic microphone mixed with the clarity of a condenser microphone. This is a really clever design and one that is sure to make its way into more and more recordings in the future as engineers and artists alike discover what it has to offer sonically.
REVIEWED: SAMSON GO MIC MOBILE
It wasn’t so long ago that if you told someone they could record broadcast-quality video on their telephone, they would laugh at you and promptly call the police. But those days are now a reality. Of course, the mere fact that smartphones can record in HD doesn’t mean everyone is suddenly a world-class director of photography – things like lighting, framing and focus still matter – but it does mean that the tech-savvy content creator can do some pretty great things with gear that fits neatly in their pocket. The Samson Go Mic Mobile is all about making sure that your talking-head videos sound great.
Shure MOTIV Digital Microphone & Recording Range
There are few that can say they know microphones quite like Shure do. This is a company that has made itself known for its microphones in studios and on stages the world over. There is a Shure microphone for every application; it goes far beyond the SM58 for vocals and the SM57 for instruments, although most of us will have used these two time and time again. Now Shure have gone that extra step to tackle every possible recording option in the modern digital era where the mobile phone, tablet and laptop are now taking place of the studio in many circumstances. To meet this demand, Shure has released the MOTIV range of digital microphones and recording solutions for the mobile generation.
Audio-Technica AT9934USB Condenser Microphone
Audio-Technica has delivered microphones for all sorts of applications, ranging from high-end studio recording microphones, to live performance microphones and a range of budget USB microphones created with the home user in mind. The AT9934USB is just one such microphone designed for gaming, podcasts and home recording. This fairly unassuming little number is an exercise in simplicity but meets the needs of the task at hand. The all in one microphone and interface that doesn’t take over your desk space or get in the way when recording video too.
Samson Go Mic Connect
Just when I had thought I’d seen it all in compact microphones for use with iPods, iPads and other ‘smart’ devices, Samson sent me the Go Mic Connect, which puts all of that aside and goes back to addressing the computer user once again. Thank you Samson, let’s get back to recording on our laptop with as little trouble as possible, if it is not too much to ask. That is exactly what the Go Mic Connect is all about. For those of you not wanting to use an iOS or Android device to record your song writing and podcast ventures, then here is an add-on microphone specifically designed for you.
Sennheiser MKE2 Clipmic Digital
There are certainly plenty of options on the market these days for recording into your iPhone or iPad. With such a mass of products, it is hard to know where to start and if some of them actually offer a better quality of audio capture to the actual in-built microphones on the device itself. This is where Sennheiser did it right. They took the time and effort to ensure that when they entered to iOS market, they were prepared with a product that was indeed of the quality we all expect from them. So, the Sennheiser ClipMic Digital is now here and ready to be heard.