The Apogee MiC is a cardioid condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s a compact and easy to use solution for single-mic tasks like recording narration – but how does it sound?
What’s it for?
The Apogee MiC allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to make high quality recordings at home or on the go. Its small size and side-address design means it’s not ideally suited for field recordings, but rather a home/office/studio setting. For audio storytellers and podcasters, it would work well for recording narration, or one side of a Skype or phone call.
What’s in the box
- 0.5m cable for connection to iPad and iPhone
- 1m cable for connection to Mac
- Desktop tripod
- Broadcast-quality sound quality & low noise floor.
- Easily adjust gain with built-in dial.
- LED shows when your levels are too high.
- Connects easily to a Mac via USB, or iOS devices via lightning connector or 30-pin cable.
We don’t like
- No direct monitoring. Monitoring as you’re recording is possible on iOS and Mac, but there is a slight lag, which creates an annoying echo effect. This won’t show up in your recording, but it can be distracting as you record.Included tripod stand is very short. This makes it difficult to get the mic close enough to the user’s face.
- Threaded hole on back fits camera tripod but not standard mic stand (they sell an adapter separately).
- No numbering on gain dial. This makes it difficult to match levels from recording to recording.
- Despite the USB connection, don’t expect to get the MiC working with a Windows PC.
How does it sound?
I was very impressed with the Apogee MiC’s sound quality when I compared it head to head against my AT2020 condenser mic connected to a Zoom H6 recorder. But you can judge for yourself:
What others are saying
There’s no doubt that the Apogee MiC is a more than capable piece of recording equipment. Its sound quality is great for such a compact tracking peripheral and the ability to connect to an iPad / iPhone or firmly planted desktops are both great features. (Engadget)
If anything, the Apogee MiC is another tool in your arsenal. If you’re just starting out in recording music, it’s a great point of entry: an amazingly clear mic with a variety of uses. And if you’re a veteran looking for a way to capture sound and produce on the fly, the MiC represents one of the handiest iOS accessories on the market today allowing you to capture, mix and share audio right on location. (Wired)