Hands On: Mikey Digital microphone with Lightning

Hands On: Mikey Digital microphone with Lightning

Blue Microphones got its start creating high-end studio microphones. But the company has been gradually expanding into a growing line of iOS-compatible mics that go anywhere you do. From the Sparks Digital to the Yeti, Blue’s plug-and-play mics are rapidly positioning the company as a premiere name in the burgeoning world of mobile recording. Blue’s Mikey Digital with Lightning is the latest member of the family, offering a simple user interface in an incredibly compact frame to match up with your iPhone or iPad.

With three gain settings, the Mikey is designed to create foolproof field recordings, whether you’re tracking a full blown live rock show or a crick in a forest. But the easiest way to go is to the middle gain setting, which offers Blue’s Auto Level Sensing technology to protect your recordings from running into the red and distorting. The Mikey also has a visible LED configuration to let you know when the levels are too high.

Our first impressions are a big improvement over the iPhone’s on-board microphone, though we’re not fully convinced it’s worth the $100 upgrade. Luckily, the older Mikey Digital has dropped to around $40 online for those looking for a bargain. Check back with us for our forthcoming full written review for a final verdict on whether the Mikey is worth its salt as a field recording tool.