iRig Mic Review
An important thing to consider with your podcaster microphone is how well it records your voice and I found that I am very pleased with the way that this iRig microphone picks up sounds. Of course one of the part of the equation is the fact that you need to have good software to use with a microphone. The iRig microphone has some software available on the iTunes App Store called Vokalive. There is a free version and there is a paid version. With the free version you get one single track to record in and you get a couple of effects. The effects that you get are the reverb effects and the double effect. There is a bar at the top of the application where you can apply the effects there is FX1 through to FX4. So if you want to, you can put the reverb effects into the FX1 and then you can put the double effect into the other channel FX2. Then all you have to do is to press the record button and it will start recording what you say into the microphone. There is a section in the top left-hand corner where it shows you the sound level of the recording and it tells you how long you are recording. Over on the right hand side there is an image which looks like where you would put in a tape. This seems a little strange in these days of digital recording, especially so because this image has no function, it is just a silly little image that doesn’t do anything.
A neat little trick that you can do with this software is to import a song and you can tell it to play, and remove the voice from that song. So if singing is your thing, then you can do some karaoke using Vocalive. With this application you have to pay extra if you want to get the effects and you also have to pay extra if you want to turn it into an eight track recorder. For podcasting you may not need to use any of the paid for extras.
Another application that you can use with the IK Multimedia iRig Mic Handheld Mic for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is called the iRig recorder. This is available as a free application on iTunes although you can through the in App purchases add extra ways to export the sound files out. I would recommend that you do get the extra facilities, so that you can export out in the highest quality of sound file. This iRig recorder application is quite basic, it is an iPhone application, but for what it does it doesn’t really matter that you have to use the 2X view on the iPad. All you have to do is to hit the record button and you get a big red button in the screen to say that you are recording and a counter to say for how long. Tap the record button once more to end the recording. When you use the little disclosure marker to the right of your recording in the list, you can go to a simple editor that will allow you to either chop parts out from the middle of the recording or for you to be able to trim from the front and end of the recording. From the screen you can press play to listen to the recording and also to make it a loop.
The iRig microphone is an excellent piece of kit and well worth having if you are a podcaster, or a singer. Well made and will help you get a good quality recording of your voice for your podcast or your song. Not only can it be used in the applications that are mentioned in this iRig microphone review, but also other applications which let you record sound, including for iRig Garageband iPad version.
iRig iPhone or iRig iPod Touch recording
In terms of how useful this way of working is in comparison to using the Zoom H2 recorder, I would say that the iRig for iPad microphone and the variety of applications available to use with it is much better. You get a nice big screen that you can use to do all the setup that you need to do. In terms of price the IK Multimedia iRig Mic Handheld Mic for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is brilliant value. If you have an iPad already or an iPhone or even an iPod Touch you can use this to do your podcasting out in the field. In all, I would say that the iRig microphone is good quality in terms of recorded sound and the build of the microphone and well worth having. Certainly you can’t go too far wrong if you buy iRig Mic to use for podcasting. Have a look at the irig reviews and I think you will agree with me.