Blue Tiki Condenser Microphone, Cardioid
- Two custom condenser capsules with advanced DSP (400 MHz)
- Two Modes: Speech Mode-brings your voice to the forefront, cancelling background noise, Natural Recording Mode-captures a wide range of sources from vocals to instruments with clarity
- Compatible with PC and Mac with USB 2.0+
- Plug and play, no drivers or software needed
- CD-quality Audio: 16 bit 44.1 k, 40 Hz-20 kHz
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Tiki Portable USB Microphone at a Glance
- Intelligent ultra-compact USB microphone
- Brings your voice to the forefront using voice isolation and noise-canceling technology
- Improves vocal clarity for online communication like Skype and iChat, and voice recognition software
- Eliminates computer fan and typing noise by intelligently auto-muting
- Recording mode optimized for podcasts and music recording
TIKI Dual-Mode Compact USB Condenser Microphone
The new Tiki is the world's first USB microphone that mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimizing background noise and knowing when to mute altogether. Tiki's two modes give any Skype user, podcaster or musician the versatility to quickly choose the best option in any situation. First, Intelligent Speech Mode brings your voice to the forefront of a conference call or chat while noise-canceling technology simultaneously minimizes unwanted, competing background noise. Natural Recording Mode captures a wide range of sources from vocals to acoustic guitar, recording high-fidelity audio with exceptional clarity. Tiki sets a new standard for crystal clear audio for wherever you go.
Improves Vocal Clarity
The Tiki is an intelligent, ultra-compact USB microphone that improves vocal clarity for online communication like Skype and iChat, and other voice recognition software. It brings your voice to the forefront using voice isolation and noise-canceling technology, and eliminates computer fan and typing noise by intelligently auto-muting.
Intelligent Speech Mode applies noise reduction algorithms to reduce background noise, and softly mutes microphone when no speech is detected and quickly restores audio when you resume speaking, making you the clearest and least distracting participant in your chat or conference call.
What's in the Box
- Blue Tiki USB Microphone
- Extended docking cable
- Carrying case
Compatible with PC and Mac
The Tiki is compatible with any PC or Mac with an available USB 2.0+ port. Setup is plug-and-play, with no drivers or software to install.
Record Podcasts and Music
This mic can do more than just chat. Natural Recording Mode is a recording mode optimized for podcasts and music recording for quality demos and quick takes when you're on the road.
Natural Recording Mode applies subtle studio processing techniques to the recorded signal to maximize sound quality. It'll surprise you with great recordings from a small package.
Tiki features two custom condenser capsules with advanced DSP for enhanced recording clarity, with a multi-colored LED that indicates muting status and mode. Tiki is capable of recording CD-quality, 16-bit audio at a 44.1k sampling rate.
The new Tiki is the world's first USB microphone that mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimizing background noise and knowing when to mute altogether. Tiki's two modes give any Skype user, podcaster or musician the versatility to quickly choose the best option in any situation. First, Intelligent Speech Mode brings your voice to the forefront of a conference call or chat while noise-canceling technology simultaneously minimizes unwanted, competing background noise. Natural Recording Mode captures a wide range of sources from vocals to acoustic guitar, recording high-fidelity audio with exceptional clarity. Tiki sets a new standard for crystal clear audio for wherever you go. Includes extended docking cable and carrying case for portability.
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The Tiki blew it and basically is a weird looking USB dongle that doesn't record voices very well. In my experience. I got this thing to use in environments with moderate ambient noise. Fail. No one could hear me. I made some sample recordings and could barely hear myself. I suppose their might be some tweaking to do to get this to work, but at the same time....I really shouldn't need to do that, don't you think?
Anyways, pass on the Tiki, a strangely disappointing dud in the otherwise great Blue lineup
Turns out they were spot on! The second device worked right out of the box, and brought clear, high quality audio to my recordings. Kudos to the Blue support team for knowing their devices well! No wasted time, just a perfect resolution.
When I have it in the other mode that records everything, it does a good job of isolating out the background noises so its' pretty darn good. Not perfect but much better than headphone mic or internal laptop mic.
The mode for podcast is the only mode my situations surly need. Within a quiet room, the sound recorded really is more than satisfactory. I never used another condenser microphone. TIKI is my first condenser mic ever owned by me. I have many plans to use the microphone within a quiet room with two person podcasting.
My first mic is a good dynamic mic; and I will not trade that mic. However, my second mic (TIKI) is my little-buddy-mic. LOL! I recommend the TIKI for anyone now starting any podcasting in a quiet room and on a small budget.
- Loose USB connection (very loose on Macbook pro at least) related to the weird open plug design
- Starts in "Voice" mode, and the only way to switch to the "Natural" mode is to firmly press the button, and as the connection is loose you'll lose the USB connection most of the time. If you succeed in that step, and promise you won't move your computer at all, then you have a correct microphone.
Top international reviews
One of the features is auto-mute, which confuses Hangouts, because a hardware mute alert appears in a big red bar across the top of the hangout until you dismiss it.
The auto-mute works very well. It has, in my testing, stayed muted as sirens have gone by, while unmuting whenever I actually speak. It’s a remarkably intelligent microphone in a small and convenient package.
The audio quality is everything you would expect from a Blue microphone. In hangouts, it’s almost as good as my Rode Podcaster.
The Tiki is also better at picking up audio from all angles, being less directional than the Blue Snowball ice that I've used in the past.
If you frequently work outside on a laptop, or in noisy areas, the Blue Tiki is a fantastic addition to your travel pack.
Speech is clear and defined and it operates as soon as you speak and turns itself off when not in use. The added bonus for me is its additional function as a recording microphone. I record my clarinet and saxophone playing with accompanying tracks and the Tiki is far superior to the microphone I was previously using. Thoroughly recommended.
Abschließend kann man nur sagen, klare Kaufempfehlung! Für Unterwegs einfach perfekt, aber wer für zuhause ein gutes USB Mikrofon (ebenfalls von Blue) sucht, ist besser mit dem "Snowball" oder dem "Yeti" ODER dem bald kommendem "Nessie" bedient.