If you’re a journalist and you’re holding your phone up to people speaking at door-stops or press announcements – you’re doing it all wrong. If you’re someone who is recording lots of audio with your iOS device then you really need to consider an external microphone.
I’ve looked at the exceptional Rode iXY before, Australian made, and frankly aimed right at the audio purists.
The Mikey from Blue microphones is something close and has some excellent features which makes it a very useful option for anyone from families recording audio, or journo’s in Parliament House.
It has a range of sound settings for sensitivity to capture close or far audio, and importantly it has a line-in for those split feed events where you can get a line in from the podium microphone or event sound.
It’s hard to test a microphone to everyone’s liking, but without question this device offers a better sound that just the iPhone, with the added value of getting you extra sensitivity, a deeper sound recording and the line in really tops it off.
At $129.95 at the Apple Store, it’s an easy purchase if your job involves audio.
Here’s a little test of the audio quality.