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Mikey Review: Fine-Tuning the iPhone's Audio Recorder

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Mikey is an external microphone for the iPhone/iPod with three sensitivity settings that allow you to record everything from lectures to rock concerts.

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The Price

$80

The Verdict

Mikey is a nice, solid-feeling little mic for the iPod or iPhone. When used as a voice notes recorder, holding it up to your mouth, the standard setting of sensitivity doesn't offer much of a difference versus the built-in mic. The ability to set the sensitivity for other uses, however, makes a big difference.

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Setting it on a table to record an interview or conversation, for example, results in distant-sounding and quiet audio using the built-in mic. With the Mikey set to the most sensitive setting, however, the audio comes across clearly and loudly. For louder recordings, such as concerts, it'll do its best to keep things from getting overblown. If you use that low-sensitivity setting for normal use, of course, you won't be able to hear a thing.

At $80, it's tough to recommend for casual users, but for people who want to turn their iPod or iPhone into a more versatile portable audio recorder, it's pretty great.

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And a note: while the Mikey isn't certified for use with the iPhone, and will prompt you to put it into airplane mode if you plug it in to an iPhone, it works just fine. Blue Microphones tells me that the next version will be certified for iPhone and will lose the prompt. [Mikey]


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Sensitivity settings work great for various types of recordings

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Looks and feels really solid

Illustration for article titled Mikey Review: Fine-Tuning the iPhones Audio Recorder
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$80 is too expensive for an accessory like this

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DISCUSSION

PuckOTG22
Josh Barker

I have 2 blue Mic's - and both are great. However, this isn't the first venture into the consumer market. When I'm traveling and have to do commercial voice-overs - I use the blue "Snowball" microphone. At about 100 bucks - its a pretty nice little mic - with a tripod stand that the 'Snowball' screws into. However, it is large and bulky - but it IS a USB mic - which means I can plug it into my notebook and use it almost anywhere.

However, I think it would be interesting for me to see how this thing works and sounds. REALLY being able to record dry-voice for a commercial on something this portable would be a dream come true. And I have an iPhone...it might be worth a shot. At the very least - I have a nice little mic for my iPhone even if it doesn't give the quality I need...it still fills a niche that I know I and others would love to see filled.