Pro-audio manufacturer AKG are looking to the podcasting crowd with their latest microphone, the Perception 120 USB, and hoping that the promise of studio-quality sound will lure them in. The Perception 120 USB hooks up - as you'd expect - via a single USB connection and contains a 24-bit, 128x oversampling analog to digital converter.
It seldom fails to impress me how quickly accessory manufacturers can knock together third-party gadgets for new devices, and Brando is certainly at the top of their game for flooding the market with "do I really need this?" trinkets. Their latest addition is a so-called "Flexible Mini Capsule Microphone" for the iPhone 3GS, intended to take advantage of the thousands of people now recording dreary YouTube videos on their new smartphone.
Microsoftrevealed a brand new wireless microphone today meant for use with the Xbox 360. Designed to be used with music games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Lips, this mic sports specific features that make gameplay just a tad easier.
You won't need any wires or adapters, since this mic takes full advantage of the wireless console and it even has motion sensors built in for add functionality. Additionally, there's lights on the base.
Available in black, this Xbox 360 wireless microphone will be available for purchase sometime in the fall. At that time, you can expect a price tag around $50.
What the world needs are more concept devices, and thankfully here come Pilotfish with their Ondo to fill that gap. Best known for their work on the Synaptics Onyx interface, Pilotfish have now turned their attention to more media-centric mobile devices with the Ondo cellphone concept, a twistable, touch-sensitive and modular music experience.
If you like to play the video game, Lips, but enjoy some of the other music-oriented games as well, you'll be pleased to learn Microsoft is now making the Lips wireless microphones compatible with other games. Fans rejoice!
Okay, so I have an iPhone and use the earbuds that came with it. The problem is that first, the earbuds constantly fall out of my ears and second, people I'm talking to often have trouble hearing me through the built-in mic. But you might just be able to remedy that problem with the Sanwa Throat Microphone.
This microphone wraps around your neck like some weird futuristic necklace. But it doesn't work by picking up the sound from your mouth. Rather, it works by picking up the vibrations as you speak at your throat. This transmits very clearly through the mic, making it easy for those you're talking with to hear you.
So, you might look a little weird, but at least it works pretty good. There's no information on when the Sanwa Throat Microphone will be available or how much it will cost yet, but we'll keep you posted.
If all this time you've thought the one thing missing from your iPod is a small and convenient microphone, you're in luck. The ThumbTack Mic from SwitchEasy is small, useable and affordable. And those are three things we here at SlashGear can get behind.
While Bluetooth headsets have become practically mainstream these days, there's still a decent amount of users who want both handsfree functionality as well as stereo sound. Sometimes Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo just doesn't cut it, and that's why we're still seeing new wired headsets developed. iharmonix sent us their Platinum i-Series headphones, with a regular 3.5mm plug ideal for the iPhone 3G and BlackBerry smartphones; SlashGear slapped them in our ears to test them out.
Techno-guitarmaker Ovation has just announced another breakthrough in the music world. The Ovation iDea is the first ever acoustic guitar to be equipped with a built-in MP3 recorder for laying down tracks at the touch of a button. Not only can the iDea record tracks, but it can also replay the song so you can play along.
Accessory manufacturer Incipio have announced a microphone attachment for the iPod nano 4G. Bizarrely named Lloyd, the microphone snaps onto the base of the iPod and allows you to access its onboard sound recorder. There's also a pass-through headphone connector.