Apogee has rolled out an update to its MiC professional microphone, a mobile-centric device for those who needed professional-level audio recording on their tablet or smartphone. The MiC 96k is likewise a professional-grade microphone aimed at Apple products: the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. With this latest model comes the ability to make higher-fidelity recordings straight from one's gadget.
The microphone can be used for a variety of purposes: to record interview subjects for the professional, to record music recordings for the budding artist, or to record tracks for a video project -- anything that requires higher grade recordings than come from a cheap consumer-level microphone. As mentioned, the MiC 96k allows for higher fidelity recordings, this particular model offering up to 24-bit 96kHz, depending on need.
The microphone uses a PureDIGITAL connection, and ships with an iOS 30-pin cable, as well as a standard USB cable for Mac users and a handy table-top tripod stand, which you can see in the image above. The MiC 96k comes with a preamp up to 40dB of gain, as well as a control knob to adjust the level and a multi-colored LCD that advises on both status and the level input. The microphone itself is made entirely of metal, and does not require a power cable or batteries.
The microphone itself is of the cardioid condenser variety, and can be used within minutes, according to Apogee, which also assures that it is compatible with iOS 7. The device is shipping now from Apogee globally, and is priced at $229 USD. You can hit up the company's page to listen to some sample studio recordings uploaded to SoundCloud, as well as some videos.