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iRig Mic: condenser microphone made for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

iRig Mic: condenser microphone...
iRig at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
iRig at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
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The iRig Mic could be used for video podcasts as well as vocal audio performances
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The iRig Mic could be used for video podcasts as well as vocal audio performances
The microphone could be used in a band setting for rehearsals or recording
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The microphone could be used in a band setting for rehearsals or recording
The familiar-shaped metal body of the iRig Mic
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The familiar-shaped metal body of the iRig Mic
The dual mini-jack connector caters for real-time monitoring of recordings
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The dual mini-jack connector caters for real-time monitoring of recordings
The iRig Mic: a handheld condenser microphone specifically designed for use with iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
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The iRig Mic: a handheld condenser microphone specifically designed for use with iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
The iRig Mic can be used with a standard microphone stand
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The iRig Mic can be used with a standard microphone stand
The 6.5ft cable should make connection to the iOS device a relatively straightforward matter
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The 6.5ft cable should make connection to the iOS device a relatively straightforward matter
IK Multimedia is about to release a condenser microphone specifially designed for use with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and a couple of new apps to go with it
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IK Multimedia is about to release a condenser microphone specifially designed for use with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and a couple of new apps to go with it
IK Multimedia is about to release a condenser microphone specifially designed for use with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and a couple of new apps to go with it
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IK Multimedia is about to release a condenser microphone specifially designed for use with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and a couple of new apps to go with it
The iRig Recorder audio recording app
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The iRig Recorder audio recording app
The AmpliTube Free amp and effects simulator and recording app
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The AmpliTube Free amp and effects simulator and recording app
The VocaLive app which includes pitch correction, vocal doubler and choir harmonizer
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The VocaLive app which includes pitch correction, vocal doubler and choir harmonizer
The iRig on the show floor in Vegas
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The iRig on the show floor in Vegas
iRig at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
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iRig at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
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Vocalists and acoustic performers need no longer hide their painful envy of guitarists able to plug an electric instrument into an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. IK Multimedia has announced the forthcoming availability of a handheld condenser microphone specifically designed for use with those very Apple devices. The iRig Mic caters for real-time monitoring of recordings and comes shipped with a new vocal processing and recording app, the company's excellent AmpliTube app and a quick audio recording app.

Said to be the first of its kind, the iRig Mic benefits from a unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule for recording of both near and far audio. It has a built-in windscreen, a frequency response of 100Hz to 15kHz, -3dB and 3 percent total harmonic distortion at the highest of the three-level gain settings. The dual mini-jack connector allows for simultaneous connection to the iOS device and headphones, speakers, amplifiers and the like, for real-time monitoring of recordings.

The familiar-shaped metal body of the iRig Mic
The familiar-shaped metal body of the iRig Mic

IK Multimedia says that the iRig Mic's "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."

The microphone comes shipped with VocaLive free (the company's new vocal effects processor suite that includes pitch correction, vocal doubler and choir harmonizer), an iRig Recorder audio recording app and the AmpliTube Free amp and effects simulator and recording app. It's also compatible with many other vocal processing and recording apps for the iOS platform.

The familiar-shaped metal body can be gripped in the hand or placed in a standard microphone stand (with iKlip as appropriate), the latter being helped by the provision of a 6.5ft (2m) cable.

Use of the iRig Mic is not restricted to vocal performances or recordings of acoustic instruments, it is also likely to find its way to the hands of reporters, podcasters and students too.

The iRig Mic could be used for video podcasts as well as vocal audio performances
The iRig Mic could be used for video podcasts as well as vocal audio performances

The iRig Mic will cost US$59.99 and shipping is expected to start in the first quarter of 2011.

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I got my iRig Mic today.
I sound like a pro now in the VocaLive app.
(I found it here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/vocalive/id410619243?mt=8 )