Feeds
75%
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

Pick-up trick

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Accessory of the Week IK Multimedia’s newest microphone is aimed squarely at podcasters. The package comes with a plastic stand which props up an iPhone at just the right angle for talking into the mic. You can use it with an iPod Touch too, though you’ll have to turn it upside down in order to plug the Mic Cast into its headphone jack.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

The mic has two gain settings: one to use when you’re within 30cm of it and the other when you’re further away. It’s uni-directional, so you need to be right on front of it.

Once plugged in, the Mic Cast becomes the default mic for all applications. But if you want to monitor your recordings through the Mic Cast’s own headphone jack, you’ll need an app that supports pass-through.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

IK, unsurprisingly, suggests the free versions of its voice recording apps, iRig Recorder and Vocal Live. The former allows you to edit and share recordings, while the the latter adds real-time reverb. More effects are available in the paid-for versions.

Audio quality from the Mic Cast was purer than that from the iPhone’s own mic. Where the iPhone mic had a tendency to be ‘boomy’, the Mic Cast delivered a more neutral recording. Noise-reduction wasn’t particularly successful, but it did separate the intended recording from a radio in the background. I found that, even at close quarters, the Hi setting delivered a better result.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

At £30, even with the extra £2.99 for the full version of iRig Recorder, this is an excellent addition to any mobile podcaster’s arsenal. ®

Reg Hardware chooses its Accessory of the Week every Friday. Got one in mind you want us to consider? Please let us know.

More Accessory of the Week Winners

Knomo Folio Teufel Air Arcam rPac iKlip Studio Pasce Minirig

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

75%
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

Turn your iPhone into a podcast recording studio.
Price: €30 (£24) RRP

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.