Blue Microphones have updated their ‘Mikey’ bolt on microphone for iPods and iPhones, and it should prove a handy tool for sound recordists, interviewers, musicians and shifty bootleggers.
The first version arrived in 2008, and the new and improved version boasts “improved circuitry for superior recording and enhanced new features,” plus a pair of custom-tuned Blue capsules with settings for recording high-volume concerts.
The retro-styled Mikey also packs a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sources, with the USB pass-through connections conveniently allowing simultaneous charging and syncing.
The updated body design lets the microphone work with most protective cases and offers a 230-degree range of adjustability with seven detent positions for grabbing the best position.
“The second generation Mikey is a natural next step for Blue as we continue to expand our consumer audio line to provide the highest-quality portable audio on the market,” table-thumped John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “With the new Mikey and the Yeti, the world’s first THX-Certified mic, Blue brings portable and USB recording to the next level.”
To complement the microphone, Blue recently announced Blue FiRe, a free, high-fidelity field recording app for iPhone and iPod which is optimised for the second generation Mikey.
For iPhone users looking for a complete, high-quality mobile recording experience, the Mikey could prove a good investment at $99.99 from Apple Stores and Amazon.com.
For more details, throughst your browser in this direction: www.bluemic.com.
Here’s the full press release:
(Westlake Village, California – January 7, 2010) – Blue Microphones (www.bluemic.com), a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, announces the second generation Mikey Portable Recorder for iPod and iPhone at CES 2010. Building upon the award-winning audio technology developed for the original Mikey, the second generation is certified for iPod and undergoing iPhone certification, featuring improved circuitry for superior recording and enhanced new features. The latest Mikey, available Spring 2010, along with Blue’s recently-released Yeti THX®-Certified USB mic, are being showcased at CES from January 7 – 9 in South Hall 1 at Blue’s booth #21836.
“The second generation Mikey is a natural next step for Blue as we continue to expand our consumer audio line to provide the highest-quality portable audio on the market,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “With the new Mikey and the Yeti, the world’s first THX®-Certified mic, Blue brings portable and USB recording to the next level.”
Like the original, Mikey features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for professional-quality stereo recording capabilities. To accompany its sleek new design, Mikey features an improved acoustic circuit that allows for higher quality recordings of high-volume events, like concerts. This next generation Mikey is pending iPhone certification to accompany the already-achieved iPod certification.
The second generation Mikey also boasts a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sound sources such as a guitar or mixer along with a USB pass-thru connection to allow for simultaneous charging and syncing. The updated case design makes Mikey compatible with most protective cases and now features a 230-degree range of adjustability with seven detent positions for perfect positioning. Additionally, the new Mikey comes with a soft carrying pouch for convenient protection and portability. Blue also provides a headphone extension cable for instant playback monitoring when using iPod Touch and iPod Nano.
To complete the mobile audio experience, Blue recently announced Blue FiRe, a free, high-fidelity field recording app for iPhone and iPod touch that is now available from the App Store. Developed in partnership with Audiofile Engineering, the Blue FiRe App is optimized for the second generation Mikey – enabling users to have a complete, high-quality mobile recording experience.
Blue will also be showcasing its recently-released Yeti, the first THX®-Certified microphone. The latest addition to Blue’s new consumer line, the Yeti is the ultimate USB microphone for professional recording. The Yeti is first USB mic to offer Blue’s premium condenser capsules in a proprietary triple capsule array for the highest quality, most versatile audio recording capability. With four patterns (Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional), Yeti offers studio-quality performance and superior results in any situation.
The new Mikey, MSRP $99.99, will be available Spring 2010, while the Yeti, MSRP $149.99, is currently available at flagship retail partners such as The Apple Retail Store, Guitar Center, Amazon.com and other fine pro-audio and consumer electronics retailers worldwide. For complete details, visit www.bluemic.com.