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Does a good job against all odds,
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This review is from: Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 Recording Microphone for iPod and iPhone 3GS or earlier (Electronics)
Given the fact that Blue makes studio mics, I expected better. Of course the iPhone 4 and iTab incompatibility is not Blue's fault, and the people who harp on the fact Apple did the usual and changed the design, so nothing works as expected, should know better than to complain. It comes with the Apple territory. But. But where is good old industrial espionage when u need it? And beta programs? They just didn't CARE that the iPhone and iTab are selling more than iPods now? This 2.0 model Mikey just came out and it's already obsolete? I'm tired of making excuses for companies that miss the boat. If it's because they need more than 6 month's lead time to set their Chinese friends up to make the things, not to speak of shipping delays, it's their fault too. They should make them in the US, where any assembler would knock themselves out to get tooled up in a couple of weeks.
I got mine for sixty one bucks and it feels like it's worth that at most. It looks great, but feels like a Chinese toy. The silver metal trim is like the chrome bumpers on model cars. The connector with the AppleThing is always loose, the mic easily gets disconnected and falls on the floor, and if you have any kind of a condom on the AppleThing, the Mikey sits sort of crooked. Maybe the Apple connector cannot be different. But then the hinge that allows the mic to flop forward or back feels even worse, plastic on plastic, give it a few weeks to not hold at all. Press on the the black screen and it gives in places. The light weight feels too tacky, it has no feel of substance, the AppleThing feels like the crown jewels, and the Mikey feels like a plastic hat. But if it were heavier, it would drop off more easily, so maybe it's a reasonable choice.
The software is so so; in spite of the screen of instructions that greets you on opening, it's hard to use, you fumble and waste time because the cursor motion is counter-intuitive. And they suggest you get the "Pro" version? So what is this? The For Dummies version? The manual, for sure, is at the For Dummies level. There's nothing in there that a reasonably technical person might wonder about. Don't they have anybody in house that would like to share some field recording tips, tell us whether it's safe to hot-plug/unplug, maybe put up some cool graphs? A person at Blue told me there's a speaker in the Mikey. No idea if it's true, or how it's used.
What a sad way to present what is in fact a good stereo microphone! The level switch on the mic is essential as there is no way to set the input gain on the Apple circuitry. The -10 dB line-in and USB passthrough (albeit for power only) are very important if you intend to do serious recordings, as you can connect a little mixer and power adapter. Good idea. The stereo separation is hard to improve, given two capsules in a flat and small enclosure. The frequency response and noise floor so far seem very good. I'll have more results in a bit. Truth be told, there are such excellent audio programs for the iPhone, like the 24 stereo track DAW from HarmonicDog, that it's worth sixty bucks to have a good mic for it. And if you don't let anybody touch it, people will even ooh and ah at its appearance. If it drops out, tell 'em it's like the clip on a nine millimeter, it's SUPPOSED to drop out when it needs a rest.
My favorite thing about the Mikey on the iPhone (and it sort of tells the whole story), is how it throws up a message box when you plug it in. It says the accessory is not made for iPhone, and do you want to engage Airplane mode to reduce interference, and if you say YES, it does it for you (which is very useful), plus when you unplug it, it turns airplane mode back off without having to navigate into the settings menus, so you can transfer recordings using the WiFi. But what a typically unflattering way to present a very useful feature!
Since I refuse to install that intrusive presumptuous monstrosity called iTunes, I think it's great that a lot of apps, including the BlueWhatever recording app they let you download, let you transfer recordings using HTTP or FTP over WiFi.
If you have an AppleThing, other than a new iPhone4 or iTab, you just plan need a Mikey 2. On an iPhone, for the cost of that and one of the many excellent and cheap audio apps, you have a slick solid state 16 bit field recorder. They say: "Works with iPod touch 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod nano 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; iPod classic; iPod 5G. Can be used with iPhone versions 3GS and earlier."
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2010 1:34:41 PM PST
jim hintze says:
I'm no Apple fan, but i can't imagine using my touch 3 without itunes interfacing w it. You are (i think) missing a ton of functionality because of your distaste for their dictatorial ways and yes, they certainly dumb it all down and restrict your ability to edit, etc, but still, you have to accept that the ipod touch is a useful device in general. One question, how is a multi-track app useful if you can't plug in headphones at the same time as the mikey (as other reviews suggest) ? to record additional tracks without the ability to monitor the previous recordings seems useless.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2010 4:46:51 PM PST
Fernand Ray says:
On an iPhones there's no problem plugging in headphones. On some of the other devices where the phones jack gets partly covered, you might need to get clever, like get an adapter.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 8:39:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2011 8:39:45 AM PST
Martin Poole says:
well there isn't an adaptor that will fit! I can't imagine why apple wouldn't save money and just make an iTouch using the same case as the iPhone! DUH! it would certainly help with functionallity of this mic, but as to the previous editorial Blue uses the onboard microphones as speakers alsoBlue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 1:34:46 PM PST
jim hintze says:
I don't know if the iphone is different, but w/ my Touch 3, i have tried all 4 sets of earbuds/phones i own, and none will fit when the mikey is also plugged in. And yes, some have angled jacks....What sort of adaptor are your referring to?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2011 11:20:33 AM PST
Richard Bannister says:
If you do a search, you can get an ipod extension cable or ipod extender adapter for the mikey, and then get enough clearance to use earbuds/phones
Posted on Feb 11, 2011 6:59:01 PM PST
G. Nelson says:
Are you drunk? Or just hate yourself for buying an Apple product then bashing the company that makes the software that RUNS IT!
Posted on Jul 16, 2012 8:51:42 AM PDT
Thanks for a very entertaining review which made me LMAO!
The crown-jewels-and-the-plastic-hat is a priceless remark.
Posted on May 7, 2013 9:33:30 AM PDT
Austin Southern says:
does it work while your recording video's??
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