Blue Microphones Mikey
Amber Technology, www.amber.com.au
Hard to overdrive; line input and USB charging jacks
Gain levels a little low
If you occasionally need a pocketable recorder for an iPod or iPhone you’re carrying, the Mikey is a reasonable choice. It’s a cardioid condenser microphone that records
44.1kHz/16-bit audio at a frequency response of 35Hz to 20kHz and can be angled to seven different positions.
It includes a line-in port that allows you to easily record audio from an external source, and a USB port for charging the iOS device while the Mikey is connected.
Although the three gain settings on the current models are the same as they were on the first one, they have been tweaked so that they’re less sensitive – making it very difficult to overdrive the gain on any of the Mikey’s settings.
It’s compatible with any iOS voice recording application – including Apple’s Voice Memos – but the company recommends its free Blue FiRe recording app as it adds the ability to record over Mikey’s threshold level as well as record for a user-specified period of time (an hour, for example) or until a time you specify (5pm, for instance).
The Mikey doesn’t support the iPhone 4.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
The Mikey turns your iPod or iPhone into a serviceable recorder (although quiet on the low and medium settings). It’s good value for those who need a mic for occasional use; those who need a field recorder on a routine basis should look at a dedicated and more flexible device such as the Zoom H1.