VIENNA — Here’s a handy tool for broadcasters looking to add visual radio or up their remote game.
Austrian company Mikme introduced its boxy smartphone mic last year and also launched a companion recording app, according to CEO and founder Philipp Sonnleitner.
Users can record an iPhone video and then wirelessly sync the audio from the Mikme microphone — it’s Bluetooth 2.1-compatible and Apple MiFi certified. In addition to wireless connectivity, it has a MicroUSB port and a 3.5mm mini jack.
The built-in audio recorder stores up to 360 hours of MP4 audio or 34 hours of WAV (“studio-grade” at 24-bit/96 kHz analog to digital conversion) in its 16 GB onboard memory, the company says. It can work as a standalone device or in conjunction with the Mikme recording app.
Mikme is compatible with 64-bit devices running iOS 9 and newer with the installed Mikme app, Mac OS 10.8 and higher with USB 2.0 and Windows XP and higher with USB 2.0.
Using the Mikme app, users can playback the audio signal adjust mix balance (it has an adjustable gain from 0 to 30 dB) and performs basic editing.
The microphone section utilizes a one-inch gold-plated condenser capsule, using 48V phantom power and supported by an internal shockmount.
It features a rechargeable lithium polymer battery charged via Micro-USB port for up to 3.5 hours of continuous recording with Bluetooth.
By itself, the device weighs 0.35 pounds and measures 2.75 inches x 2.87 inches x 1.4 inches. It can stand on its own, on a DSRL tripod, mic stands, handle grips or selfie sticks.
U.S. distributor B&H sells the Mikme Microphone for $499. Find out more about Mikme’s specs online.