There's a reason that — on many people's devices — Apple's Voice Memos app lives in a folder called "Unused" way back on your last home screen. Despite its many talents, the reality is that the mono mic in your iPhone or iPad just isn't that great at capturing audio. Blue's Mikey Digital brings high-quality portable recording to your pocket, via a 2.9-ounce stereo microphone.
After two days of wandering Moscone West, in the end it didn't matter much that Macworld is a smaller show than it used to be: my feet are just as sore, my pockets as full of business cards, and my notepad just as full of cool products I'm looking forward to reviewing. Check out this gallery of the best things I saw.
Skype is great for communicating with friends and colleagues in other places, but let’s face it: that spacey, hollow sound you get from your Mac’s built-in mic could use some improvement. Blue Mics aims to fix that with Tiki, a USB microphone designed to improve your Skype calls. There’s no software required—Tiki uses onboard electronics to process the sound and enhance call quality.
Editor-in-Chief Paul Curthoys took some time out with Blue Microphones at CES 2011 to chat about the new Yeti Pro. It's got all of the same features as its predecessor, plus an added Analog XLR port so that professionals can plug it into an actual mixing board. And for singers looking for the highest quality sound for their next single, the Yeti does 24-bit/192kHz recording. Check out the video for a quick look at the mic.
Bigfoot may get the majority of the media’s attention, especially after his stint on The Six Million Dollar Man. But the real star in the half-man/half-bear/monkey/gorilla arena is the Yeti. While Bigfoot is out stomping his footprint into mud, the Blue Microphone Yeti (shown left at very close to its actual size) is doing a bang-up job recording your podcasts, band practices, and events. Pretty good for a mythical creature--er, an affordably priced USB mic.