Apogee MiC Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 18 customer reviews
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from Wildwood, MO
March 15, 2013Music Background:
Look Out Tube MicsThe first thing is the size. I thought it was a regular sized mic, but when I got it I literally laughed. I thought, "Is this a joke"?
I have been struggling for years over listening to my own voice on my recordings. I'd always get this stupid tinny sound from the mic.
This thing is a snub nose MAGNUM! Don't let the size fool you. Very powerful, clean and best of all its warm like the expensive tube mics. No tinny sound, and with just a little effects and EQ, this thing blew me away. Apple is starting to scare me!!!! It's well built, and it plugs right into your Mac. A gain adjustment on the side makes it easy to avoid peaking. This is a keeper!!!! I don't think you'll be unhappy with this bad little boy.
February 6, 2013Music Background:
Great professional sound!!Great Product!!! Clear Crisp sounds!! Love how high quality this mic is! Definatly a five star product! Delivery was fast and, I always love a little candy:)!!
January 12, 2013Music Background:
Great USB microphoneThis is the best microphone I have ever used, USB or not. The quality is so good you almost can't tell that you are listening to a recording. The computer recognized it immediately and I did not have to install a driver. I might even get a second one to record in stereo. I do not have an iPad or iPhone, but it works great on my desktop and laptop computers. I am using it with Linux, which is not officially supported by Apogee (Apogee only officially supports Macintosh and iPad / iPhone). It will work with Windows as well, but it requires a lot of setup and a special driver.
November 9, 2012Music Background:
Super Easy! Great Quality!Super portable and incredibly simple to set up. I used this on my very first garageband project and it couldn't have been easier. Recording live instruments can be tricky sometimes, but the adjustments required were made in seconds with this mic. Sound quality is VERY good and I'm very impressed. Would highly recommend this mic to anyone on a budget or looking for a compact quality mic.
from Northern MI
October 26, 2012Music Background:
30 years playing (20 professionally), Acoustic/vocals, Jazz, Fingerstyle
DeBoI've been searching and searching for something to make my acoustic ipad recording sound clear and warm .... I"VE FINALLY FOUND IT!!! All I need to do is find a quiet space (away from the kids:), get my guitar, ipad, and MiC (adjust the gain) - that's it! I've used the tascam mic, and IO Dock, but they didn't really do it for my. This is an incredible mic (I perform with a SHURE KSM9).
10 stars (period)
from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA
October 22, 2012Music Background:
Voiceover Artist and Singer
The Apogee MiCThe Apogee MiC is an excellent mic with good quality and clarity. It makes for a good travel mic and the stand is really sturdy. What I noticed right away was how very little mouth noise was picked up in the recordings. Don't be fooled by how small it is, it really is a good studio quality mic.
from Chapel Hill, NC
September 7, 2012Music Background:
Pro musician, hobby sound engineer
Best mic for iPad, hands downIf you are looking for an easy to use, great sounding microphone for the iPad, you cannot do better than this. Plug and play, no camera connection kit needed, made specially for GarageBand but works with everything I throw at it. Great sound (no noise!) and the latency is so low you don't really need an on board headphone jack. The direct digital signal makes a HUGE difference in quality (iOS sound card kinda sucks, sorry Apple). Worth it at twice the price.
from Brea CA
August 28, 2012Music Background:
Pro solo acoustic guitarist
Apogee MicPlug it in to your iPad and GarageBand and start recording. Great product and great sound quality.
July 24, 2012Music Background:
Great micI didn't have any problems with this mic. Don't let the size throw you, because it sounds perfect!
from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
June 21, 2012
Personal Recording for VoiceoverI was extremely happy with the ease of installation. Garageband was able to detect it and use its internal drivers for the Apogee MiC input. (input to Garageband, not my Macbook). No configuration issues with any part of my setup. I have been using this mic as a starter for voice-over and performing some vocals, as well as some narrative projects too. No complaints.. it delivers!
from San Francisco, CA USA
February 18, 2012Music Background:
Amazing$200? are you kidding? This Mic turns iPad/Garageband one step closer to a serious studio quality 8 track. It's teeny tiny but noise levels are so low they're off the charts and it's a rich condenser sound comparable to my Neumann TLM103. My old Martin sounded so rich recorded into the iPad! Very very pleased. This is a can't miss at the price.
from NC USA
February 3, 2012Music Background:
Apogee MiC is a must haveThis thing is really amazing. I've tried them all: Samson Meteor Mic, Tascam iM2, Alesis IO Dock, USB DualPre with a LDC mic, and so on. They are all great. But the Apogee MiC is in a new class. First its really easy to use. No Camera Connection kit is required, so it works on iPhone and iPad as well as Mac OS X. Second, and this is where Meteor falls down, it has an external gain control. So its easy to set the gain to avoid clipping or levels that are too low without having to adjust using sliders in iOS or Mac OS X (with finger picks and a guitar in your hands). Input gain for Meteor works properly in iOS GarageBand, but its wide open for all other apps, and easily clips no matter how you set the input volume. No problem with MiC. The noise levels are exceptional, as is the frequency range. And there's no odd colorization. Plosives aren't too bad for vocals either, but you'll need a pop filter of some sort. The only issues are 1) the included cables are a bit short and stiff, and 2) the gain before clipping in the mic seems a bit low. That's probably because of the power limitations for iPhone. Its no problem at all. By all means get this mic. You won't be sorry.
January 31, 2012Music Background:
Mic is AmazingI have been waiting for this to be released for over a year. Im am very glad that I did wait. I was able to see the pro-to type at this years AES and hear it. Well it arrived today and it was just easy to plug into the iPhone, iPad and Mac and get great results. Mark Magdichx 1265 thanks for getting the MIC to me. This mic is just a necessary tool if you have a iPhone or iPad or Touch or Mac. All you need is your device, cable plug in and run your app and you will get excellent results to record your music or voice. I used it to record my Flamenco guitar and it sounded great. If you have two pockets and a apple product and Mic you have a small mobile studio to capture sound. Amazingly small excellent set up. Go get one you will not be disappointed. I do hope they come out with a small case for this as well as the mic stand adapter. Great to capture ideas on the go. I can see this also being great for pod casts. Thanks Sweetwater and Apogee.
from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
January 30, 2013Music Background:
Apogee MIC a WinnerEasy, plug and play MIC comes with cool tripod stand; takes iPad recording quality to the next level. Great value, great little mic that performs exactly as it should.
from Solvang, CA
January 28, 2013Music Background:
Writer / Producer for TV & radio spots
Gee! This is a great mic!I've been very impressed with the sound and recording quality I'm getting with the Apogee Digital Microphone for Mac. It's compact size and plug & play technology is perfect for my home office where I record demos and scratch tracks for TV and radio spots.
from OC, CA
November 7, 2012Music Background:
Marketer; for Use for voice over video
Fab small MicSmall, portable, USB, works well. Sounds great after editing.
I have not had the opportunity to compare it to others.
from New York, NY
March 13, 2013Music Background:
A guy that can play and knows a thing or two about recording.
Small size and portability FTW!I bought this alongside the Blue Spark Digital, and while I have to say I liked the Blue a little better, the Apogee wins major points for size and portability.
It's not as transparent, and with no shock mount you have to be really careful not to bump the table or even tap your toe on the floor the table is sitting on, but it DOES sound really good. Has a bit more of its own character, but it's a good character. I'm guessing it would even sound good on an guitar amp, though I haven't tried yet. Also isn't nearly as sensitive to positioning as the Blue, which is an advantage in my book more often than it isn't.
Other drawbacks include very short cord lengths and lack of a latency-free monitoring port.
The Master Of Toronto
May 6, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician
Will Get You ByThis mic will get you by. I would not recommend using this mic as a professional studio mic but only if you can tweak it. Of course yes its good to get the best signal from the start of the signal, but you can do a little tweaking with the right software. I gave this only 3 stars because Really Good was under 3 stars. I think this is really good for a usb microphone. Apogee should make 2 Mics one usb and one with1/4 inch connection. Having just a usb mic is not professional unless they make the converters better. For me the converters are to average but overall this mic is very versatile. I would end with this this mic is the most versatile condenser mic out there right now!
The further I venture into the world of iOS, the more I am amazed at what we, as musicians, engineers, composers, DJs, and songwriters can do with our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads! This time around, I've got two items for you to check out, both of which will allow you to take your iOS device a big step forward in music-making power.
I use a number of different guitar and mic interfaces and docks for getting audio in and out of my iOS devices, but sometimes I just want a microphone that will let me plug in and instantly record, whether I'm tracking electric guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, or other instruments. Recently I've been relying on the Apogee MiC, and I've found it to be ideal, not only for its convenience and brain-dead, easy-to-use factor, but also because it captures great-sounding tracks.
The MiC is a compact but high-quality condenser microphone that features built-in Apogee conversion with 24-bit resolution. In my tests, I've found it to be a natural-sounding microphone that delivers excellent sonic detail with a rich, full sound. In fact, I've heard multitrack sessions that were captured solely using the MiC, then mixed down by a big-name mix engineer, and there's no way you could tell those tracks weren't captured in a commercial studio.
The cool thing about the MiC, aside from the great sound quality and compact size, is that it comes with two cables. One can be used to connect the MiC directly into your Mac computer via USB -- a super-easy and super-fast way to track to your DAW of choice. The second cable has an iOS dock connector on it for direct connection to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Using this connector, the MiC shows up as an audio input in whatever audio recording program you're using -- Garageband, 4-Track, Auria (we'll talk more about Auria later in this article), or your iOS audio app of choice. It also includes a tripod stand for easy placement in front of an amp or on a desk.
Using the MiC couldn't be simpler. When you plug it in, a status LED tells you when you're connected and ready to go. There's an input gain control on the side of the MiC for setting the level. That's it -- put it down in front of your source and start making music!
By the way, I highly recommend the upcoming Apogee MiC Accessories Kit to go along with your mic. It includes a mic stand adapter, longer cables, and a hardshell case that has room for both the MiC and its tripod stand. Perfect for recording on the go to your iPhone or iPad.
At Winter NAMM, back in January, I was completely blown away by an app that WaveMachine Labs (best known for their popular Drumagog drum-replacement software) had running on an iPad in their booth: Auria. I just got my hands on the official-release version of Auria, and I'm even more blown away now that I've used it!
So, what is Auria? It's a 48-track (mono or stereo) full-featured DAW that can record up to 24 inputs simultaneously at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution -- and it can do it on your iPad! Plus, the app runs a version of VST and comes with a selection of plug-ins, including vocal tuning and convolution reverb. It allows automation, audio editing, snap to grid, AAF import and export with DAW software on your computer, and optional video support. Each channel has a full-featured channel strip with EQ, dynamics, dual aux sends, assignments to one of eight subgroups, and more! Auria is compatible with any class-compliant USB audio interface, so getting mono or stereo signals in and out is easy, and with its Class 2-compliant USB audio interface, you can get up to 24 ins and outs at once!
Auria is an amazing accomplishment. Who'd have thought that you could use your iPad as a 24-input, 48-track recorder? Edit, process, and mix tracks, then export either the files or a finished stereo mix to a DAW on your computer or to SoundCloud.
Auria is on the expensive side for an app, but on the very inexpensive side for a DAW. In my opinion, this one is a must-have for your iPad, regardless of the price. Pair it up with a compliant audio interface (for grab-it-and-go ease, use the Apogee MiC) and a set of headphones or monitors -- and you're recording. Big kudos to WaveMachine Labs for this exciting accomplishment. Now, with the example of this amazing app to follow, I have a feeling this is going to inspire developers to unleash a flood of high-powered audio apps for iOS -- and that's great for all of us!