Gear: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD Review
This review is for all you budding producers, journalists, podcasters, students and creative types. Finding a really good external mic for your iOS device is not easy and many devices out there fall flat.
Whether you are using it to record vocals or sounds for your next epic tune or simply using it to interview one of your favorite DJs, IK Multimedia’s new iRig Mic HD just might the one you have been searching for.
MSRP is $130
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The iRig HD connects to your iOS devices via Apple's Lightning connector and works with everything from Garage Band to IK Multimedia’s own suite of apps thanks to it’s Standard Core Audio compatibility. It also can connect to your Mac / PC with it’s Micro USB to USB cable, which is nice when you want to use it with your desktop/laptop.
It also comes with a mic stand mount and carrying case, which is nice when you are porting it around. For powering up you don’t need to worry about batteries, the mic uses juice from your iOS device via lighting cable. To avoid device blackouts make sure your battery is charged up prior to starting a session.
The mic has an LED indicator to let you know that it is on and also monitors your levels with yellow and red indicators when it’s starting to clip. On the opposite side of the mic there is a small gain knob to help you adjust noise level input to your environment/subject
How Does It Sound?
We used the iRig HD to sing some vocals into (not good ones mind you), a mock interview and even strumming a Ukulele for a couple bars. Where the mic really performed well was in the vocals and mock interviews portion of the try out. Both of these tests sounded incredibly crisp and produced a full bright audio that didn’t need to be tweaked too much (at least for the mock interview portion of the test). The Ukulele also sounded good but if you really wanted something high end for recording instruments this might not be the best choice.
For the price the IK iRig HD comes in strong across the board and is a great solution for students or budding producers who want a pro-grade digital mic with a more reasonable price tag. The iRig is made well and probably can take some drops and dings along the way if you are moving it around a lot, which you probably are... It was easy to use right off the box and will be something we will use in the field for interviews and for vocals on our podcasts.