The mic itself is an “ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone” for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android. It has a 1″ diameter condenser capsule into an enclosure smaller than an iPhone, targeted at musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more.
According to IK Multimedia, iRig Mic Studio features a “large 1″ diameter back electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp.” The company says the iRig Mic can capture everything from the “subtle and nuanced dynamics of the human voice to the full-on bombast of an amplified electric guitar, and everything in between.”
iRig Mic Studio also sports a set of monitoring and level control features. It comes with a gain control knob and a multicolor LED level indicator and includes a headphone output with its own level control for monitoring directly from the mic itself. The iRig Mic Studio comes with a tabletop tripod stand for better positioning while recording.
It’s also matched with a suite of companion apps from IK Multimedia ranging from straightforward recording apps to an app that includes an effects processor, multi-track vocal effects and more.
iRig Mic Studio comes with a female micro-USB port and an assortment of cables: Micro-USB to Lightning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; micro-USB to micro-USB OTG for Android (requires either an Android 5 or Samsung Professional Audio device); and micro-USB to USB for Mac and PC.
iRig Mic Studio comes in silver or black. IK Multimedia says it will be available Q1, 2015 and will retail for $179.99.
IK Multimedia has a great track record for delivering on what it promises. The iRig Studio Mic looks like an incredibly handy tool for podcasters and musicians, and its portability should make it indispensable for field recording. I can’t wait to try it out.
More information is available on the iRig Mic Studio product page.