iRig Mic Field from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic FieldI’ve reviewed products form IK Multimedia products before, and they usually have something to do with sound on mobile devices. This particular iRig Mic Field, which is a pocket-sized stereo microphone for Apple products, provided it comes with that Lightning port.

I’ve actually seen something like this before with Blue Microphones called the Mikey. It plugs right in the bottom and it backs a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 115 dB maximum SPL rating and a low-noise/high-definition pre-amp. Okay, here are the sepcs, so let’s talk about some other features.

First of all, it has a companion application for free, appropriately called the iRig Recorder Free app. Not only is it a good way to record, but it is possible to edit and process stereo audio in the field. It is also compatible with all Core iOS Audio and Video apps including the Voice Memo and Camera, not to mention GarageBand and iMovie.

As for the device itself, it has a lightweight design and has this cool ability to rotate ninety degrees for “optimal audio/video positioning and locks in place with comfortable to use controls”. That control is a “thumbwheel” gain control.

About the only information here that I couldn’t find is how much it drains the battery. You should be able to get it on the IK Multimedia site for about $79.99.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

iRig Mic StudioI have reviewed a lot of microphones in the past, like the Nessie from Blue Microphones, and I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products, and they just announced an iRig Mic Studio.

The iRig Mic is a portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone that is good for anyone who sings or like doing anything on their computer like Internet radio or video or something. It has a large one-inch diameter back electret condenser capsule, which has a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, which means that it is good for the best sound quality possible or any sound situation.

The release of the iRig Mic Studio comes with a new Mic Room microphone-modeling application for the iPhone and iPad. It is compatible with eery popular mobile and desktop platform. It has a lot of other great apps that work with it like VocaLive App, EZ Voice App, and iRig Recorder App.

If you want to get on the IK Multimedia train, head on over to the iRig Mic Studio site and pay $179.99 for it.

Life n Soul Mini Water Resistant Speaker

th This little gadget makes a big sound! If you want a portable bluetooth speaker to listen to your device’s music on the go, I think this would be a good investment! The bonus is that it is water resistant against splashing water from any angle! You can listen to your music while riding your bike in the rain!

Mark was introduced to Life n Soul before with other products like the MT 101 Bluetooth earbuds. They make other products, too, like other Bluetooth speakers, and headphones. I’ll be reviewing another product by them that will locate lost objects in a later post. I’ve enjoyed testing out this Bluetooth speaker they sent us to review.

The speaker is easy to set-up. There is a USB cable to charge it. Once charged, it paired up with my phone quickly and painlessly. There are no apps you have to download to get it to work. Once paired, my phone automatically brought up my music, and I was amazed at the sound quality that came out of it! It took me a minute to figure out after the volume controls on the speaker weren’t going any louder, that I just needed to adjust the volume on my phone. The bass is impressive for this tiny thing, and I like that that it glows and flashes when it is on. The BM101 comes in black, blue, pink, purple, or white. There’s a stretchable strap so you can attach it to your backpack, bike handles, or wear it on your wrist.

Life n Soul sells this product for $24.99 on their website, and can also be found on Amazon, or in stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Staples- to name a few.

The Loop- Earbud Anti-tangling Device

lime-loop-with-buds-300x300Have you ever thrown your earbuds into your backpack, only to pull them out later and find them a tangled mess? Would you like a fun, colorful solution to that problem?

The Loop is a little gadget that you simply insert the jack of your headphones in, and wind the cord in the direction of the blades. They will then place nicely into the blades when fully wound. Pretty simple and basic, but you can find a video of how it works on Youtube:

The Loop retails for $16.99 for a pack of 3, $48.99 for a pack of 10, and $350 if you need 100 of them(they can be stamped with your business logo for swag freebies!). Designed in the U.S., made in China, but they are good for the environment- as they are made from recycled content, and they are recyclable.

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Visit ipocketloop.com to find out more and purchase your own! They can also be found on Amazon.

iKlip Xpand Mini from IKMultimedia

iKlip Xpand Mini 2I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products before, and the last one was the iRig Voice, a microphone that is essentially made for a smartphone or tablet. This iKlip Xpand Mini is made for those who want to use their smartphone as a microphone.

The iKlip Xpand Mini is made for putting your smartphone on a pole. Yes, as long as you have a pole that is smaller than a half-inch, you can screw on your smartphone holder to it. The purpose is to hold your smartphone on a mic stand so you can presumably use it as a microphone or some other type of application. For example, if you have an IK Multimedia product like the iRig.

iKlip Xpand Mini 1You will notice that I have included two pictures with this article, instead of my usual one. Okay, I had 60 in my picture of PAXPrime 2014, but can you blame me? This is because I wanted to show you how it can be used vertically or horizontally, thanks to the ball joint. I also want to show you how it can mount it on this weird “Gorilla Grip”, so it can free up the ports.

You can see that it has an interesting aesthetic. This is because it was designed and made in Italy, and it has that aesthetic. If you want this, you can get it on the IK Multimedia site for about $39.99.

The VIZIO 2.1 Sound Stand

VIZIO Inc Sound StandVIZIO has certainly made a name for itself in the television business, and they are at home in whatever entertainment center they are in. They have recently announced the 2.1 Sound Stand, which will allow a virtual sound experience with some good bass.

I’m not certain how good the sound is, but it is made for places without too much space. It measures only 3 inches in height, and can support the weight of about 60 pounds or 55 inch TVs.

All the cables are included, so you can hook it up to an HDTV quite easily. It also has Bluetooth for wireless streaming, so you can have the cool sound from your tablet or smartphone.

It sounds like something that would fit in any home, and it is available for about $249.99 MSRP.

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iRig Voice from IK Multimedia

iRig VoiceI have reviewed plenty of IK Multimedia products before, like the iRig PRO and the iRig HD Guitar Interface. I will have to say that I wasn’t the audience for these products, but the iRig Voice is a microphone for a smartphone or tablet.

Who wouldn’t want an actual microphone for an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or other Android device? I believe that the iRig Voice is targeted to those who love to use their mobile device as some sort of portable vocal studio, or anyone who just likes to do karaoke. The microphone plugs into the regular 3mm jack, and you can even plug in another headphone into that.

So how good is the mic? Well, it is optimized for vocal frequency range reproduction, and utilizes a compact cardiod parttern for close voice pickup which minimizes feedback when use diwht speaker systems. Yes, I did pick that up from the company website, because I’m not a true audiophile and just know “sound sounds good”.

If you want to get the iRig Voice, it is available in 5 colors of Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink or White for a price of $39.99 on the IK Multimedia site. The EZ Voice compatible app is free, but the professional effects will cost extra.

Beyerdynamic A 200 p Headphone Sound Supercharger

beyerdynamic A200pI have reviewed products from Beyerdynamic before, and they put out some very cool headphones, like the T 51 p I reviewed a while ago.

According to the company, headphones like the T 51 p cannot be used to their full potential, due to digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog output levels of mobile audio devices rarely meet genuine hi-fi standards. This is where the A 200 p headphone sound supercharger comes in.

The A 200 p is a little box with dimensions of 55 x 55 x 13, and it connects to a smartphone or computer to really kick the sound into high gear. I had a chance to try it out, and this box charges via USB, and then you connect your headphones to it for some superior sound.

I can testify that it works really well, as I connected it to my smartphone, and then cranked it up all the way on an MP3. I have never been able to get any sound that was too loud, but this one hurt my ears. Mind you, this is a good thing, and which is why I recommend this.

You can get the A 200 p for about 299 euros. It comes with a leather case, USB cable, Lightning cable, and micro-USB cable. It also comes with a belt loop holster thing made for travel.

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Nessie from Blue Microphones

NessieI am no stranger to products from Blue Microphones, and I first noticed the Nessie at CES. Not this year’s CES, but last year’s. I finally got a chance to review the “first adaptive USB mic”.

In case you are not aware what an adaptive mic is, think of it like you would your camera. You know how it will often auto-focus and take out the redeye? Yeah, cameras have come a long way, and Blue Microphones have taken it to the next level with the Nessie.

I had a chance to try it out, and I can honestly say that if you wanted a mic for your computer that is better than the internal microphone, the Nessie is for you. This is what it did for my wife’s computer, and she can communicate very effectively now.

It really is set up for some good recording, and I can’t wait to make some really cool video podcasts. Yeah, I might be starting a career in that, and if that happens, I will be sure to be thanking Blue Microphones when that happens.

Other specs include three different modes including Voice mode used for voiceover work, which is probably what I’ll be using it for. Then there is Music Mode, made for the singers and players of instruments. Finally there is the Raw Mode for when you want to handle the audio processing yourself.

In short, the Nessie succeeds on so many levels. I forgot to mention the aesthetic value as well. I actually think it is called Nessie because it looks like the head of the Loch Ness Monster. It does have a lovely bit of nostalgia going for it, and I feel like I should be singing some oldies in it.

By the way, I wasn’t certain where to mention this, but it has an adjustable crane neck and a volume control on the bottom. If this is something that you want, you can get it on the Blue Microphones site, and expect to pay around $99 for it on sites like Amazon and Best Buy.