Mikey (2010) iPod microphone
Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:16 AM
As for the suggested alternative, it's a cheap mic and produces a cheap sound. So, you're comparing apples and oranges. Mikey is intended as a field recorder, not just an inexpensive way to record voice memos.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:24 AM
What you mean might be better described as "insufficient gain."
Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:35 AM
I think the target market here is the more casual user who doesn't think he or she needs a dedicated field recorder but rather a device they can shove in a pocket with their iPod when they're off to see a concert or want to quickly record a lecture.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:53 PM
Very pleased with the sound quality. However, important to get the sensitivity setting right as this is a very sensitive Mic that easily picks up/amplifies ambient vibration.
There ought to be a port on the Mikey for plugging in earphones, however, there's not. Have to remove the Mikey to listen to what has been recorded, or listen on the Touch's tinny speaker. That seems counter-intuitive.
No USB cable provided - you'll need to purchase a special USB mini B port version. - cable is used only for power transmission. Too bad no provision made for 2.0 data transmission as that would speed up upload time.
The Mic does not seat firmly to the iPod. It can easily become dislodged. Using an iPod case makes the connection even more flimsy. If the connection is disrupted, I have to restart the FIRe app to reestablish recording connection.
Specific upload info: Upload of recorded files is very easy either via iTunes synch or an upload to the computer via Wifi. In the latter instance, simply establish a link between the iPodTouch or iPhone and the same wifi channel used by your computer. Then, either manually or copy/paste the URL provided by the app (either Blue Fire, or Fire), or via Safari, access Bonjour in Safari's Bookmark Manager (set up in Safari Preferences>Bookmarks panel). Double click on Fire in the Bonjour collections. This opens the URL, Listed are all recorded files on the iPod with download file type options. Only 1 file at a time can be uploaded. Given the previously mentioned file size, this can take around 10 minutes or so be 1 hour sound recording.
Help instructions provided by Audio File for their FIRe app. are marginally adequate. Same is true for the Blue FIRe app (scaled down version of FIRe).