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IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast podcasting mic for smartphones and tablets
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- Compact condenser microphone for podcasting and field recording with outstanding sound quality
- 1/8" headphone output for real-time monitoring with supported apps
- Unidirectional design rejects noise for clearer
- cleaner recording
- Hi/Low sensitivity setting for ideal sound quality in a range of environments
- Bumper-friendly design means you can keep your case on
- Works with all popular audio
- video and VOIP apps
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- Size (LWH): 1.25 inches, 0.2 inches, 1.25 inches
- Weight: 0.8 ounces
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The most compact way to capture high-quality audio on your mobile device
About IK Multimedia
IK Multimedia specializes in apps and accessories for mobile devices.
iRig Mic Cast compact vocal mic for smartphones and tablets
Create high-quality podcasts & voice recordings quickly and easily
iRig Mic Cast is an ultra-compact, portable voice recording microphone designed specifically for recording podcasts, interviews, lectures, voice memos, speeches and more.
iRig Mic Cast provides a pocket-sized voice recording solution with crystal-clear audio quality. It features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern that minimizes background noise, making it ideal for single-source audio recording.
With a flat frequency response and adjustable input sensitivity, iRig Mic Cast easily captures high-quality vocals in a range of situations, but is also sensitive enough for field recording for video and even recording musical instruments.
This also makes iRig Mic Cast great for business applications like recording meetings and enhancing the audio and voice quality of conference calls. It's easy to bring anywhere, and works with any app that accepts audio with no setup required
iRig Mic Cast is proof that great things come in small packages.
- Ultra-compact electret condenser microphone delivers surprisingly great sound
- Unidirectional design rejects background noise for clearer recordings
- Adjustable input sensitivity adapts to every recording environment
- Stereo headphone output enables real-time monitoring
- Bumper-friendly design lets you keep your case on
- Includes travel pouch and table-top stand
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and most Android devices
- Works with hundreds of apps with no drivers to install
Record on the go
iRig Mic Cast is the perfect upgrade to your device's built-in mic. It offers improved clarity and reduced background noise, and clips into almost any smartphone or tablet.
Capture audio for video
Flip iRig Mic Cast around to capture high-quality audio for video. iRig Mic Cast's design naturally rejects off-axis sounds, keeping out distracting background noise from your videos.
Whether you prefer Skype, FaceTime or other VOIP apps, iRig Mic Cast works perfectly. Set the input sensitivity to high and connect a speaker for conference calls.
Record instruments and more
With a flat frequency response and electret condenser design, iRig Mic Cast can capture even acoustic instruments clearly and cleanly, with almost any recording app.
Top Customer Reviews
Pros: GREAT audio quality, easy to use, very light, the headphone jack is a really nice touch.
Cons: The included app's sharing options do not include Dropbox, a *major* flaw in my opinion. Can't quite figure out how to make the app completely quit.
And the long version:
So, basically, the hardware is great. The software, not so much. I still haven't quite figured out how to make it work with GarageBand yet, but I'll keep trying. The included app (or rather, the free one from IK, called iRig Recorder) that you can download from the App Store to go along with it is, however, something of a mess. It records well enough - that isn't the problem. The export options, however, are clunky. Export by email requires you to register an account with IK, which is no fun. No Dropbox support is an almost unbelievable omission. In addition, there doesn't appear to be any way to actually completely quit this app short of restarting your iPhone - when you press the home button, it displays a big red banner under your menubar that shows that it's still active, and that won't go away. If there's any way to make this go away without restarting your iPhone, I haven't found it. Very annoying.
Anyhow, I still highly recommend this hardware. The sound quality is really first-rate - amazingly so for a microphone this size - and is incredibly feature-packed for a device this size. The extended neck of the device is very thoughtful for those who use cases, as I do. The styling is great. The smallness and lightness of the mic is amazing.
That said, it needs better software. I'll try getting GarageBand working with it. Or, IK, just release a better version of your own app.
EDIT: I've been trying the mic with a free iOS audio recording/editing app called Hokusai, with some good results. This may be the best app to use with the Mic Cast.
The Blue Mikey has a similarly good sound, but is bulkier. The Tascam IM2's app presented problems for 2 out of 3 iPhones (4 and 4S) that we tested on. The Edutige is more compact, but the sound quality - while okay for lectures - is not good enough for podcast interviews (our primary interest).
The headphone port is an excellent feature and allows direct monitoring.
Be aware that the pickup pattern on this mike is fairly directional (although not as isolated as a shotgun mike), so it's of limited use where you would want an omni mike.
Things that prevent this from getting a 5-star review from me:
1. Feels kind of delicate.
2. No pre-made windscreen/pop filter available (easy enough to make one from a foam filter for dynamic mike, but that's additional trouble)
3. Sits flush to the phone when attached, meaning that you can't keep an Otterbox-style case on your phone and use the iRig Cast at the same time.
However, I do find these to be reasonbly minor quibbles. The iRig Cast is an excellent product when used with its accompanying app, and I do recommend it for people who need to do field interviews.
I got mine today and attached it to my iPhone 5.
1. Input volume is about 30~40% of internal mic
This makes it useless because even at HIGH gain setting, you will need to put it close(as in REAL CLOSE) to your lips or you will barely hear your voice in the recording.
2. Audio quality isn't much different from the internal mic.
The background is apparently less but it could be because the input volume is so much reduced.
I am not sure if this is compatibility issue with iPhone 5 but it does not work as demonstrated in the youtube video.
After experiencing this, I registered at their website to submit a support ticket and found a post in their forum reporting the same issue.
Not worth the money. Internal mic is way much better even though you get the background noise.
The point is, you won't be able to use this for recording other people because the mic has to be at around 10 cm from your lips. People won't like you sticking the mic to their mouth like that.
The mic is still a crap. gathering dust in my drawer.
I would like to comment on the headphone jack on the mic as some might think it is really a by-pass but it is not.
Trying to put it in to a good use, to get my investment back, I thought plugging in my headphone which does not have mic on it.
So, now I have a mic and can use my preferred headphone.
When I receive a call while listening to music, I don't have to take off my headphone!!!
But later realized that the sound quality through the headphone jack on this mic is bad.
The audio quality of it makes it meaningless to connect the headphones to it.
So, forget about listening to music through that jack if you are considering it.
It is really for monitoring purpose(excluding the audio quality).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This didn't work on the Droid phone we were hoping it would have. Tested models would have been nice to see in the discriptionPublished 21 days ago by Damon Bewley
This was a surprise. I bought this last minute for an outdoor meditation retreat I was attending and wanted to record the talks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by citrein
Reviewed at the Staunton Media Lab. Great sound, easy to use. Only problem we found was that you can't hear from the built-in speaker when the microphone is plugged in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by STEVE OKEEFE
This microphone does what it says on the tin. I'm just not sure if the newer phones need it as the microphones have improved dramatically. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Rosenfeld
This is seriously the best mic for the money. It's extraordinarily easy to use. It fits right into your (standard-sized) headphone jack on your phone (I use an iPhone). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolyn J Weiss
I don't use it. Have to get too close to it, and I feel silly.Published 3 months ago by Peggy Duncan