Product Review (August 2015)
Blue Microphone - Mikey Digital

By Bruce Ioki


Blue Microphone Mikey DigitalBlue Microphone's new Mikey Digital is an ultra-compact stereo condenser microphone designed to turn your iPhone or iPad into a high quality mobile recording device. Users can now capture recordings of live music, audio for video, pod casts, interviews, guitar and vocals using their favorite mobile device with superior audio quality. The Mikey Digital is based on the same technology as the award-winning Yeti and Snowball microphones. The design features twin custom-tuned condenser microphones for high quality sound sound, plus discrete microphone pre-amplification and CD-quality (44.1kHz/16-bit) front-end A/D conversion. The Mikey Digital is Lightning and iOS 7 compatible, so you can just plug it in and you are ready to go. The design has a unique 230-degree swivel head and reversible Lightning connector that lets you capture sound from any direction.


Blue Microphone Mikey DigitalThe Auto Level Sensing technology and multiple gain settings featured in the Mikey Digital protects your recordings from distortion even at levels as high as 130dB. The built-in clipping indicator (LED) allows users to optimally adjust the sensitivity for maximum dynamic range. In addition, the Mikey Digital has shielding that drastically reduces environment noise for the best possible sound. Built-in microphones can typically only go as high as ~100dB before distortion occurs. If you rather use your analog source and benefit from the high quality front-end of the Mikey Digital A/D converter, you can simply plug your audio source into the 1/8" stereo input on the top. This allows you to record instruments such as guitar or bass, or line-level signals like a keyboard or DJ mixer with the same pristine audio quality right on your iPhone or iPad. The mini USB connector on the side can be used to charge the device if needed since the microphone uses the one and only charging port.


Performance
We ran GarageBand on our iPhone 5 to test the recording performance of the Mikey Digital. Since the unit plugs directly into the Lightning jack with no space between the phone and the microphone, users will need to remove their case to allow for a proper mate.

Breedlove Revival D/ERe GuitarSound Quality
Our test instrument was a Breedlove Revival D/ERe, Ab Acoustic-Electric Guitar with the Mikey Digital set to the highest sensitivity. We didn't take advantage of the electronics built into this guitar, but instead relied on all of the electronics in the microphone. We took a short sample of the guitar and the results were excellent with a natural and transparent sound that only a good microphone and front-end electronics could provide. Here is a sample clip of me playing something on my guitar. The high sensitivity of this setting was prone to clipping (indicated with all three lights rapidly flashing red) when playing too loudly. Users can simply select one of the other two setting to accommodate higher audio levels.


Conclusion
The Mikey Digital is a cool little device that is very portable and is designed to interface on the large number of iPhones and iPads with Lightning connectors currently in use. The high performance and versatility of this design makes it ideal for on-the-fly recording sessions. The small package with the carry case can easily fit in a shirt pocket. Blue also includes a 1/4" to 1/8" stereo adapter allowing standard analog signals to be plugged into the top of the unit. The Mikey Digital retails for $99.99, which is a steal given its performance.



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Review - At a Glance


Blue Microphone - Mikey Digital


Specifications

  • Microphone Type: Stereo pressure gradient condenser
  • Sampling: 44.1kHz/16-bit
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Weight: 0.18lbs
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz
  • Dimensions: 2.5” (L) x 2.5” (W) x .5” (D)

Features at a Glance

  • Stereo custom-tuned condenser microphones
  • USB connector for device charging
  • Auto level sensing, low gain, and high gain settings
  • Lightning connector
  • 230 degree swivel mount
  • Plug and play
  • 1/8" instrument, external mic, line level input
  • Compatible with most popular audio and video recording apps
Mikey Digital Manual

Company Information
Blue Microphones
5706 Corsa Avenue, #102
Westlake Village, CA
91362-4057

Phone: 818-879-5200
Fax: 818-879-7258

Hours: 9am - 5pm PST
Monday through Friday

Source: Manufacture supplied
MSRP: $99.99

URL: http://www.bluemic.com/mikey_digital/



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