I’m constantly on the hunt for new ways to grab better video and audio with my iPad mini. And while there have been a number of different external microphones that have come to market I have yet to find one that I wanted to use consistently. That may change with the release of the Blue Microphone Mikey Digital with Lightning.The new offering from Blue Microphones, a company whose products I use pretty much on a daily basis, takes the microphone to new heights by swapping the 30-PIN connector that was on previous models for a Lightning Connector. That means the microphone will now work with the current generation of iOS devices without the need for an adapter. I suspect it will quickly become an accessory I will want to keep in my gadget bag so it is always available.
The company describes the $99.99 microphone this way…
With Mikey Digital it has never been easier to capture pristine audio on your iOS device using any popular audio or video application. It features two, custom-tuned condenser microphones — the same used in the award-winning Yeti and Snowball microphones– along with built-in sensitivity control for capturing CD-quality audio.
Mikey Digital features Auto Level Sensing technology and multiple gain settings. Equipped with an LED clipping indicator that flashes whenever volume levels are producing distortion, the microphone serves up immediate feedback so you can adjust sensitivity for best recording results. And there’s more. It also rotates 230 degrees and, thanks to the reversible Lightning connection, lets you capture sound from any direction and align, as a result, use it with either the front or the rear camera. Mikey Digital also includes a 3.5mm stereo input so you can also use it with a lavalier mic, an instrument or external devices such as DJ mixers or MP3 players.