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Briefly: Zoom's iQ5 mic for iPhone and iPad, DevonTechnologies update

01/23, 10:10pm

Lightning-connected audio recording accessory for iPhone, iPad as well as iPod touch

Audio accessory maker Zoom has launched its iQ5 microphone for iOS devices this week, offering the ability to capture high-quality audio in 90- or 120-degree fields, adjustable by a switch on the device. Including two microphone elements in a mid-size configuration,the iQ5 records 16-bit/44.1kHz audio with an analog-type mic gain wheel. Fitted with a Lightning connector, the microphone has three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack to avoid any latency in monitoring.

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HTC clarifies Nokia injunction as against mic, not HTC One

04/25, 8:12am

New microphone source will be used once mic stocks dry up

HTC is planning to change its source of microphones for the HTC One once its existing inventory has run out, following Nokia's recent court action in the Netherlands. A statement from the manufacturer seeking to clarify the injunction filed by Nokia explains that the injunction isn't against HTC itself, but is against a component supplier in the Netherlands called STM.

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Blue Microphones releases Spark Digital condenser microphone

11/07, 9:30pm

Microphone features USB, 30-pin dock connector

Blue Microphones has unveiled the first studio microphone for both Apple's 30-pin iOS dock connector and USB -- the Spark Digital. The new digital version of the microphone features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-selected components as the original, delivering high-fidelity recording and consistent performance.

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Cases for 'iPad mini' indicate camera, second mic on back

08/24, 12:28pm

Accessories built based on rumors, may be inaccurate

Despite the lack of any formal announcement from Apple, a handful of overseas manufacturers have once again jumped the gun and developed accessory cases designed to fit the so-called "iPad mini" said to be announced sometime next month. The case designs indicate the presence of a rear-facing camera, but also have a "mystery" opening that could be for a second microphone.

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MXL Tempo USB mic is iPad-compatible

12/13, 8:00pm

Uses Camera Connector Kit USB adapter

Marshall Electronics' MXL Microphones has launched a vocally-oriented USB-powered condenser mic called the MXL Tempo that can also be attached to an iPad via Apple's Camera Connector Kit, which includes a limited-use USB connector for the iPad. Aimed at podcasters and chat users, the mic includes a no-latency headphone jack for monitoring and works out-of-the-box with a wide variety of recording and chat programs.

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Samson unveils gold-plated Meteor Mic at Best Buy

02/28, 7:20pm

Chrome model of USB mic also available

Samson, a long-time player in the microphone industry, is debuting a limited gold-plated edition of their new USB studio condenser microphone, dubbed the Meteor Mic, exclusively at Best Buy -- which is taking pre-orders starting today for the release on April 15th. The Meteor Mic, in either the gold or regular chrome-plated editions, features a remarkably flat frequency response and a zero-latency headphone jack built into it.

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First Look: Blue's upgraded Yeti Pro condenser mic

01/28, 12:10am

Mic brings higher recording resolution

MacNN had a chance to check out Blue Microphones' latest offering, an upgraded version of the Yeti. The updated design, named the Yeti Pro, brings the same form factor as its predecessor, but with several features that may prove appealing to musicians. Both mics share the same arrangement of three condenser capsules, but the Pro variant adds stereo XLR outputs alongside the existing USB option.

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Blue Mic's "Mikey" for iPhone, iPod now shipping

11/16, 7:40pm

Turns iPhone or iPod Touch into high-quality mic

Blue Microphone -- a 15-year maker of professional analog and digital retro-styled microphones -- has announced that its long-awaited revamped Mikey iPhone/iPod stereo microphone is now shipping. The redesigned dock-port-connecting microphone is capable of recording CD-quality (44.1kHz/16-bit) sound on almost any model of iPhone or iPod Touch -- along with the second through current generations of the iPod Nano and the Classic and fifth-generation versions of the original iPod (the iPhone 4 and iPad are not yet officially supported). It includes both a 3.5mm stereo input jack and USB pass-through (mini-B type, intended for power transfer only), and a free app called Blue Fire, a licensed version of the professional Fire field recording app from Audiofile Engineering.

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Samson intros Q2U mic package with headphones, Cakewalk

12/02, 10:00pm

Mic offers XLR and USB connections

Samson on Wednesday introduced the Q2U Recording Pack which includes a microphone, HP20 headphones, and other accessories. The Q2U dynamic mic features both XLR and USB outputs, allowing users to simultaneously connect with a computer and other gear for live performances and recording. The mic offers a cardioid pickup pattern and an integrated A/D converter for 16-bit, 48kHz sampling.

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New THX-certified Yeti USB condenser mic

11/10, 5:55pm

Mic offers four patterns for recording flexibility

Blue Microphones has expanded its line of consumer products with the Yeti, a USB-attached condenser mic with THX certification. The mic features three of the company's 14mm condenser capsules arranged in a triple array, with support for omni, cardioid, stereo or bidirectional polar patterns. Users can attach headphones directly to the 16 ohm, 130mW amp for direct zero-latency monitoring.

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Samson Go Mic utilizes multidirectional hinge

08/05, 7:15pm

Samson Go Mic released

Samson has released its newest microphone, the Go Mic. The device utilizes a USB connection for direct input, while a laptop mount that doubles as a tabletop stand. The microphone is compact in size, measuring 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches, and utilizes a multidirectional hinge to help ensure users record the intended audio. The device integrates a condenser microphone with a frequency response of 20Hz to 18kHz with 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution.

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Audio-Technica debuts new ATR series microphones

08/05, 6:10pm

Audio Technica new mics

Audio-Technica on Wednesday debuted 11 new ATR series microphones designed for home recordings, live performances, computers or camcorders. Products include the ATR1500, ATR1300, ATR1200 and ATR1100 vocal/instrument mics; the ATR6550, ATR6250, ATR4697 and ATR2250 specialty mics; the ATR4700 and ATR4600 computer mics; and the ATR5200 headset mic.

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ThumbTacks mini-microphone ships for iPod touch, Nano

03/18, 11:25pm

ThumbTacks now shipping

Switcheasy has launched ThumbTacks, an ultra-small microphone for the iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G. The microphone attaches to the iPods's 3.5mm headphone jack and allows the media player to be used as a voice recorder. The ThumbTacks microphone is shaped like a thumbtack and measures 1.21 inches by .46 inches, using gold plating on the plug.

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App turns iPhone into sound level meter

08/12, 8:00pm

SoundMeter 1.0 for iPhone

FaberAcoustical is making use of the iPhone's built-in and handset microphones with an app that measures sound levels. SoundMeter 1.0 levels in a variety of ways. Although not up to professional standards, the company says its app is "an excellent alternative to other inexpensive handheld meters for home or hobbyist use."

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Briefly: Steinberg Sequel review

07/01, 6:05pm

Vue 3D contest

In brief: We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel, the Vue 3D Environment Competition 2008 has been announced, fmDataGuard has announced its "First Anniverary Sale," and there is a newly announced DEVONthink 2.0 upgrade grace period ... We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel. The tool allows you to record using a MIDI controller or through an external microphone, which is very similar to GarageBand. We recorded live audio from a microphone and it worked well. The intuitive design worked as we thought it would. Cutting and arranging segments of recorded material is also similar to GarageBand. You can move segments freely or snap them to a metronomic grid.

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