iRig Mic HD 2 REVIEW A user-friendly microphone for all content producers
Computer music technology company, IK Multimedia is proud to announce that their newest digital microphone is now available worldwide. The iRig Mic HD 2 is designed to put all of the power of high-resolution digital audio into the hands of singers, musicians, interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, podcasters, and vloggers who are looking to capture pristine mobile recordings anywhere with remarkable ease. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some hands-on time with the iRig Mic HD 2 and am excited to share my thoughts with you after I tell you a little more about the device itself.
iRig Mic HD 2 is the only handheld digital microphone featuring high definition audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz, a low noise preamp, a high-quality gold-sputtered electret condenser capsule for exceptional frequency and transient response and an onboard dedicated headphone output with volume control for monitoring. The microphone is able to withstand the sound pressure of 125dB and the cardioid pickup pattern will eliminate sounds from the back side of the device. iRig Mic HD 2 is perfect for studio use, in-field reporting, and even simple voiceovers.
The microphone comes packaged with a carrying pouch, Micro USB-to-Lightning cable, Micro USB-to-USB-A cable, and tripod with microphone mount. The packaging is branded with IK Multimedia/iRig’s classic red, black and white colors. One of the things I really like about this microphone is that there is no assembly required to use it and you don’t have to use a proprietary software in order to record with it. It’s compatible with iOS, Mac, and PC platforms and you have access to a full suite of software/applications from IK Multimedia with the purchase of the microphone. The microphone itself has a classic handheld design. It’s smooth and has rounded edges so it fits really well in your hand. It has a decent weight to it (approximately 11.5 ounces).
As far as audio equipment goes, this microphone is as simple as it comes. You plug your selected cable into the end of the microphone and then the other end of the cable into your computer or iOS device and you start recording using your program of choice. One of the things I love about this microphone is how the cable is designed. The Micro USB port on the microphone is recessed to the point where it would be difficult to use a standard Micro USB cable. You could spend tons of time just wiggling the cable around trying to get it to fit. The iRig cable is pre-formed to the port opening so you can’t miss. It’s a little touch, but something that saved me a LOT of frustration.
Since I plan on using the microphone with my iPhone, that it was I completed my testing with. I pulled up Voice Memos and started recording. I decided to read a poem by Robert Frost (Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening) as my test since it’s something I’m quite familiar with. I recorded my test inside an office with nearly bare walls. There was some ambient noise outside my office (people walking down the hall or jingling keys), but I didn’t notice them on my recording. One of the main features I wanted to test out with the microphone was how well it handles ambient noise while recording since this will likely be used for interviews in a convention hall. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the iRig Mic HD 2 does a really nice job of filtering out the background noise. To test this, I had a radio playing at a moderate volume in the background while I recorded. I have two samples included below. The first has the radio on and the second does not. You will have to excuse the quality of my voice as I’m getting over an illness.
Voice Memos does a good job of capturing audio in a pinch, but I’m not so sure it’s necessarily what you want to use for professional sampling. I also had the input gain turned up to the maximum level in order to capture as much ambient noise as possible. In subsequent testing, I found by dialing back the gain a bit, the quality is much smoother.
The iRig Mic HD 2 also features a built-in headphone out jack. You can monitor your recording as it happens (if you are using the proper software) or listen to music being broadcast from your phone. I happened to be listening to Pandora when I plugged the microphone in for the first time and naturally, the iPhone recognizes the Lightning connection as an audio output. So, when I plugged my headphones in, I could continue listening to music using the microphone as a passthrough device. It’s not really what it was intended for, but an interesting feature nonetheless.
CONCLUSION The iRig Mic HD 2 is a powerful audio recording accessory that is very user-friendly. It’s a professional recording option that even beginners can use. I can easily recommend this for all levels of video/audio producers.
Originally published at macsources.com on November 9, 2017.