You don’t have to carry around a heavy bag full of equipment anymore to make recordings on-the-go. A smartphone, tablet or tiny laptop can be all you need nowadays. However, if you’re aiming to be a professional it’s important to have your incoming audio be of the highest quality possible. Luckily it’s perfectly possible to achieve a high-quality recording with the microphones and accessories available today. The Apogee MiC is such an accessory, a portable USB-microphone that can also connect to your iPhone and iPad. Is this little mic worthy of the Apogee brand and suitable for the ever demanding mobile musician?
Let me first say that this mic is small (but solid), it measures about the same as an iPhone which makes it easy to pop it into your pocket along with a connection cable. There are 2 x 2 types of these cables supplied, one regular USB for connecting to your Mac -just like the ONE, it’s plug-and-play for Mac only- and one cable for connecting to your iPhone or iPad. With both ways it’s a matter of connecting the MiC, measuring your input level with the colored led (make sure you stay under the red signal) and pressing record in either your DAW or iOS Recording App of choice. It records in a standard non-configurable 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit and makes use of PureDIGITAL technology which basically keeps the noise-level as low as possible when recording.
And boy can the Apogee MiC record! For its size it provides a clear sound, maybe lacking a bit in the lower-end, but overall a good and solid representation for both instruments -especially guitars- and vocals. When compared to full-sized condenser microphones in the same price range there isn’t much difference to be heard. The MiC also does a great job in keeping out the environmental noise which is vital in non-treated rooms that spawn a lot of background noise.
Listen to the sound clips below to hear the Apogee MiC in action:
Besides the MiC and the connection cables you’ll also get a handy tripod stand for setting up the microphone conveniently on your desk for podcasts and such, plus a standard mic stand adaptor which allows you to connect your MiC to any other regular mic stand in your studio.
For the amateur musician $199 might be a lot to spend on an iDevice microphone -it is a lot- but when you’re demanding studio quality audio recording in a portable way there isn’t much competition yet for the Apogee MiC. It’s easy to get going with and it saves you the hassle of trying to polish away that low-quality recording when mixing down your composition.