by Lory Gil
December 10, 2012
Welcome back to another episode of Musician’s Corner. Around here, we like to talk about apps and accessories related to musicians and music lovers. Last week, we offered a couple of copies of Drumtrainer for iOS. Thanks for all of your submissions. We love hearing from you rockers. This week, we are going hands-on with a microphone that will turn your iPhone into a mini recording studio, or a documentary maker, or a live footage capturer. It’s the Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones.
The auto sensitivity picks up perfect audio in mixed sound situations. For example, if you were interviewing a band for a podcast, you may come across situations where sound gets louder and quieter. Maybe the group all laughed at your clever joke at the same time, or maybe the singer just broke out his guitar for an impromptu jam session. The microphone will automatically adjust gain controls to keep from overloading when things get too loud. The loud sensitivity setting is great for recording live music. This is my favorite use for the Mikey Digital. I love recording bands that I play with so I can save them for future reference. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have terrible internal microphones for recording loud music, so my footage usually turns out inaudible. I have an iRig MIC that I sometimes use to record shows, but it is a bit cumbersome since you have to hold the mic in one hand and the iPhone in the other. Mikey Digital is perfect for quick plug-and-play type video recording. You can even leave it on the end of your iPhone and stick it in your pocket until you’re ready to record.
I have footage of a band I recorded with my iPhone 5’s internal microphone here. The next night, I used the Mikey Digital and my fourth-generation iPod touch to record this band. The difference between them is significant. Both are loud punk bands with screaming vocals. The first was recorded at a house show where the sound system is much quieter. The latter was recorded at a bar with a loud PA and all of the instruments (including drums) were miked. The Mikey Digital also includes an instrument jack so you can plug your guitar directly into the microphone. The quarter-inch to 3.5 mm adapter can be used if you want to record guitar tracks directly into your device. get it from Amazon with free shipping. Order today and get it in time for Christmas. Thanks for visiting Musician’s Corner. We love hearing from you about your favorite apps and accessories. Please feel free to send me an email with suggestions. Or, just leave a comment below. Speaking of leaving a comment, what is your favorite Christmas album? Mine is the Phil Spector Christmas Album. Rock around the Christmas Tree!