Wireless mic Mikme brings high-end sound to mobile videos

There are plenty of portable audio recorders and microphones on the market, but MikMe goes a step beyond all of them. It’s a compact wireless microphone that synchronizes with an iPhone app, allowing you to make quick mobile videos with high-quality sound. The only problem: It costs $ 500. That puts it out of reach for normal consumers, but it might be worth it for vloggers and people who need to make professional-sounding videos on the fly. And if you really care about audio quality, you’re probably used to paying a premium for specialized gear.

MikMe certainly feels premium, with its sturdy metal case and light weight. Inside its mesh housing, you can see its heart and soul: a 1-inch, gold-plated condenser capsule. That’s in the same territory as expensive large diaphragm microphones, which are typically well suited to recording vocals and instruments. MikMe’s capsule is also contained in spider suspension, which minimizes extra noise while you hold and walk around with it.

Naturally, it also works as a standalone recorder. It can capture up to 24-bit 96Khz audio on its own, but that quality gets bumped down to 44.1Khz when you’re sending it to your phone. That’s still CD quality, though, which makes it ideal for web video. Inside, it houses 16GB of storage and a battery that lets you record for three and a half hours.

MikMe’s interface is relatively simple: Along the back, it has buttons for power and Bluetooth, a micro-USB charging port, a headphone jack for monitoring your recordings, and two buttons to control headphone volume and the microphone’s gain. The big button on the top lets you start and stop recordings, as you’ve probably guessed.

To use MikMe with your iPhone, you first have to connect it as a Bluetooth device. After that, the company’s app will automatically recognize it. From there, you can trigger remote audio recordings on your MikMe or synchronize recordings that’ll go to both your phone and the device. Then there’s the most important feature: You can shoot a video using the MikMe as your source microphone. That’s pretty straightforward. Just hit record and your phone will start capturing a video as usual, and the MikMe will also start recording.

At that point, you’re free to walk around with the microphone, and away from your phone. As long as you’re in Bluetooth range, everything will stay in sync. Once you’re done recording, the app also takes another pass to make sure the video and audio are paired together properly. From there, you can export it to your phone and upload it to your social media platform of choice. In our noisy office kitchen, the MikMe managed to record incredibly clear audio as I walked about, something that my iPhone X could barely manage when I was standing right in front of it.

That, in a nutshell, is MikMe’s main selling point. It allows for more freedom when shooting mobile videos, and sound quality unlike anything you’ll ever get with your phone. Is it really worth $ 500, though? For a certain type of user, one who spends a lot of time shooting mobile videos, it’s a more convenient option than carrying around an external recorder. Using that method you have to wait until you edit the video on a computer before you upload it. With MikMe, you can get the superior audio track applied instantly.

If you’re more concerned with creating a truly professional video, and you don’t mind waiting a bit, then a more traditional audio recording setup might make more sense. Realistically, though, MikMe was never meant to replace something like that. It’s more focused on giving you quick results without much work. To give us a sense of what’s possible, the company also produced several music videos recorded entirely with MikMe. Most viewers would have a hard time telling that the sound came from a tiny wireless microphone.

While MikMe is certainly expensive, its usefulness could be priceless to some. And if it ever comes down in price, it could be essential for aspiring YouTube stars.

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The LG G6 promises superior sound with an upgraded quad-DAC

Details continue to emerge about LG’s upcoming G6 smartphone, and today the company revealed that the device will feature a 32-bit quad-DAC system promising improved sound quality.

The technology gives superior control over each earbud independently, resulting in a clearer, more balanced sound, LG claimed in a press release. The analog output means that while devices like the iPhone are going aux-free, it’s likely the G6 will include a headphone jack, according to GSM Arena. High-performance audio chipset specialist ESS is producing the DAC. All told, the technology is being touted as an improvement over the similar quad-DAC featured in last year’s LG V20 phone, which we praised as being “great for audiophiles.”

The G6 will be unveiled at a press event on February 26th, and will feature an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio screen, according to LG. The device is also water-resistant G6 and reportedly uses Google Assistant, which we expect to become a standard feature on Android flagships this year. Meanwhile, Android Central reports that LG is promising to address the shatter-prone screens and bootloops that plagued previous devices.

Source: The Verge, LG

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