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Blue Microphones Mikey Digital Lightning Recording Microphone for Apple iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch (5th Gen), iPad (4th Gen) and iPad Mini
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- Create pristine stereo recordings with clear, natural sound
- Automatically protects against distortion
- Quiet, Loud and Auto settings deliver ideal results
- Adjustable mic catpures audio from any direction and works with most popular audio and video recording apps
- Features an input jack for guitars, mics and line-in devices, plus, charge your device while recording
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Professional Recording—On the Go
Mikey Digital is an ultra-compact stereo condenser microphone that turns your iPhone or iPad into the sleekest mobile recording device around. Capture pristine recordings of live music, audio for video, interviews, guitar and vocals—and whatever else you can imagine—whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. And it’s Lightning and iOS 7 compatible, so you can just plug in and go. With Mikey Digital, it’s never been easier to capture pristine audio—anywhere, anytime.
Easily Record Studio-Quality Audio
Based on the same technology as our award-winning Yeti and Snowball microphones, Mikey Digital is a welcome addition to Blue’s cast of characters. It features twin custom-tuned condenser microphones for professional sound, plus discrete mic pre-amplification and CD-quality A/D conversion. With Mikey Digital, you can be sure that you’re capturing powerful, natural, and crystal-clear audio.
Get Perfect Levels Every Time—with No Distortion
Thanks to Auto Level Sensing technology and multiple gain settings, Mikey Digital protects your recordings from distortion. It can even handle input sources up to 130dB—that’s loud enough to turn the built-in mic on your phone to dust. Microphone shielding drastically reduces environment noise, and an onboard LED clipping indicator lets you know when to adjust the sensitivity so you can get flawless recording results. Whether you’re recording a piano recital from the back of an auditorium or a monster truck rally from the front row, Mikey Digital is always optimized for best-quality sound.
Capture Sound from Any Direction
Mikey Digital is a real head turner with a unique 230-degree swivel head and reversible Lightning connector that lets you capture sound from any direction. All you have to do is direct the logo side of Mikey toward the sound source you want to capture.
Use Popular Video and Audio Recording Apps
Mikey Digital works directly with most popular video and audio recording apps. It also features a mini USB connector so that you can charge your device while recording longer live events, lectures, or interviews. Believe us, you’ve never seen this much congeniality outside of a pageant. Mikey Digital is compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod Touch (5th Gen), iPad (4th Gen), and iPad Mini.
Record Instruments and Other Line-Level Sources
No recording idea can stump Mikey Digital. The high-performance 1/8” stereo input lets you record instruments such as guitar or bass, or line-level signals like a keyboard or DJ mixer. All with pristine audio quality, right on your iPhone or iPad. Whatever you need to record, Mikey Digital is your perfect companion.
Features at a Glance
- Stereo custom-tuned condenser microphones
- High-gain, low-gain and auto level sensing settings
- 230-degree swivel mount
- 1/8” instrument, external mic, line level input
- USB connector for device charging
- Lightning connector
- Plug and play
- Compatible with most popular audio and video recording apps
Top Customer Reviews
I've never owned a Blue microphone before and I'll admit that the reason was that I assumed they were just an importer of cheap junk. I have significant experience in studio and location recording, producing videos being a big part of my career. I am used to microphones that cost as much as a small car. I'm not going to say that this or any product from Blue is in that class, but I will say that they are surprisingly good and well made.
Mikey is a reiteration of a similar previous product that used the old-style Apple 30-pin connector. While that connector was big and clunky it was a good choice for accessories because they locked in and could withstand quite a physical knock. This Mikey, for obvious reasons, uses the newer Lightning connector which is nowhere near as solid of a connection as the old 30-pin connector. Fortunately, as large as it is, Mikey is ultra-light and does not cause undue strain on the Lightning connector.
Because the Lightning connector can be plugged in with the connector facing toward the front or back of the device, Mikey has been designed to swivel and adjust its pickup pattern in almost any way you can imagine. The stereo imaging is, in my opinion, more natural and lifelike than some other similar iPhone/iPad microphones I've used and the overall sound quality is as uncolored as one could expect from a $100 microphone.Read more ›
The first thing I did was try a regular selfie-style review video. I recorded it with Mikey plugged in and unplugged Mikey during the video. I was impressed there was no interruption as the iPad microphone picked up immediately. However, I found that the built-in iPad microphone was actually better! Looking a bit closer at the instructions, I found I had it set to "auto". There is another setting for quiet noise sources and another for loud. Moving the switch to quiet allowed it to pick up my voice a lot better. It has a ton of gain and far more than the iPad by itself.
But the switch has no markings on it! One end is for quiet sounds and the other end for loud, but I can't remember which was is which. There is absolutely no marking on the plastic to let me know. I need the user manual. I can easily see messing this up so I have to find a way to mark the black plastic myself. For the relatively high cost of this accessory, I expected more.Read more ›
The Mikey simply connects to the lightning port, and swivels so you can capture the sound from anywhere. Compatible iOS devices will recognize the Mikey automatically and use it as the microphone, except for phone calls and facetime. It is also small and light so you can carry it around with the included pouch.
According to Mikey, the following aps support CD-quality audio with 44.1kHz, 16-bit sample rates:
Music Studio Lite
Studio Mni Recording Studio
TwisterWave Audio Editor.
If you need clear and concise audio, and mainly use your iOS device to record, then this is a good buy. It won't replace a sound studio, nor will it replace sophisticated equipment, but it does make a slight difference.
Here's the issue with multi-track recording, new iPhone's & Mikey: Apple moved the headphone port on the latest iPhones (6 and above) to the bottom of the phone next to the lightning port where the Mikey plugs in. All good on track 1 but beyond that, the party's over. When it's time to lay down additional tracks and you want to monitor what you've just recorded as a reference, the iPhone headphone port is covered by the Mikey (nor does Mikey have a headphone port so no luck there). The only way to monitor is via the iPhone's speaker which is obviously unacceptable since you're gonna pickup what you've previously recorded in all subsequent tracks.
After a phone call to Blue, a very nice rep confirmed the design issue with the latest iPhones and suggested the older 30 pin Mikey version along with a lightning adapter as the best option. I get the fact that this became an issue because of an Apple design change. Apple has a way of pulling that stuff and it's unfortunate for Blue. It would certainly seem however that the cost for Blue to offer a lightning port stand-off or an angled headphone adapter to circumvent the issue would be negligible. It certainly would have kept me in the game as a customer. Instead I sent back the mic and bought a Line 6 Sonic Port VX Audio I/O and Stereo Microphone. Definitely more expensive but a lot more flexible as well. Very happy with the Sonic Port VX so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually kinda bummed. I'm an investigator and I use my iPhone (6 if that matters) and the FiRe app to make recordings of interviews. Read morePublished 24 days ago by scutchen
Good and cheap'ish. sound is a bit tinny, but fine so far... Piano and band in a living room.. (Playing funky jazz)
I wish they had a good app they supported... Read more
Used on my iPod Touch 5 with minimal success. Rather disappointed at how it picked up the handling of the iPod when recording. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Hofstetter
This microphone has been great. I am a professor and use this Blue Mikey to record the lectures I give in a large auditorium. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lori E.
Incredible. This Mickey Mic is very good. Order the cat-hair muff with it. Definitely helps in the wind. I would recommend!Published 1 month ago by Steve Lawrence
It is better than the built in mike. Be sensitive to your hand position as your hand can either muffle the sound if too close or reflect sound against the surface of the phone... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My son has used this microphone to make his own recordings for YouTube and a few songs. Very easy to use and works with different apps across the board.Published 2 months ago by Brandy R
Crystal clear recording. Perfect for recording things around you of the song you just wrote.Published 2 months ago by John Harvey
This microphone blocks the headphone jack on my iPhone. I tried using wireless headphones, but the built-in mic disables the Mikey. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kebublezuckia