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TASCAM has just released its new iM2 Stereo Microphone for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

With the various aftermarket lenses that have become available for the iPhone recently, it’s easy to forget that the smartphone is capable of recording not only video, but also audio. Should you not want to be limited by its single bottom-mounted condenser mic, however, what choices are there? Well, you can play reporter and get a handheld condenser, or as of this Monday, you can now pick up TASCAM’s iM2 Stereo Microphone for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  Read More

The Fostex AR-4i audio interface for iPhone 4 allows users to run dual mics into their pho...

People seem to just love accessorizing iPhones, in order to bring them closer to becoming prosumer-level camcorders that just happen to also be able to make phone calls. We've already seen aftermarket zoom, wide angle/macro, panoramic and microscope lenses for the iPhone camera, along with an adapter that lets people use their existing DSLR lenses. There are also handheld condenser microphones that can be run into the phone. Now, Fostex has taken things a step farther, with its triple-input AR-4i audio interface for the iPhone 4.  Read More

Zoom's H2n Handy Recorder

Since its launch in 2007, the Zoom H2 Handy recorder with its ability to record high quality digital audio has become popular for everything from recording personal memos and band demos to sticking in the faces of politicians. Zoom has now given its portable “studio on a stick” an update in the form of the H2n Handy Recorder that ups the number of microphones to five and, according to Zoom, is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side recording.  Read More

A new type of hydrophone, inspired by the ears of orcas, is reportedly much more sensitive...

Given how poorly light and radio signals are able to travel underwater, sound is still the best medium for wireless undersea communications. Conventional underwater microphones – or hydrophones – have their limitations, however. One of their main problems is that the deeper they go, the less sensitive they become. Scientists from California’s Stanford University have now found a solution to that problem, in the form of a hydrophone that is designed to perform like an orca’s ear.  Read More

Merging new technology with vintage audio - the world's first USB ribbon microphone from M...

The relentless march of technology has delivered much of the audio quality once available only in a professional recording studio into the hands of the home recorder. For those who desire a return to the classic mellow warmth of the golden age of terrestrial radio and broadcast television, MXL is about to introduce what is said to be the world's first USB ribbon microphone. Given a vintage look reminiscent of the classic RCA 77-DX model from the late 1950s, the MXL UR-1 cardoid pattern microphone offers CD-quality analog-to-digital conversion and comes bundled with Mixcraft LE recording software.  Read More

Samson Technologies has launched a new computer microphone at CES, featuring the company's...

Retro greasers - it's time to break out your Presley pout and your hot-rodded laptop soundcard for some songs from yesteryear. Blue Microphones wasn't the only manufacturer to reveal a stylish new USB microphone at this year's CES, the Meteor Mic from Samson Technologies also made a special appearance. Featuring the company's largest condenser mic capsule offering CD-quality recording resolution, the utterly gorgeous microphone also sports snazzy fold-up legs that can be adjusted to suit most recording situations.  Read More

iRig at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

Vocalists and acoustic performers need no longer hide their painful envy of guitarists able to plug an electric instrument into an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. IK Multimedia has announced the forthcoming availability of a handheld condenser microphone specifically designed for use with those very Apple devices. The iRig Mic caters for real-time monitoring of recordings and comes shipped with a new vocal processing and recording app, the company's excellent AmpliTube app and a quick audio recording app.  Read More

Mikey for Flip, a professional-quality external microphone for Flip Video

Blue Microphones has arrived at CES 2011 with two new additions to its high quality recording range. The company's latest desktop microphone, the Yeti Pro, is the first USB unit to combine 24 bit/192 kHz recording resolution with analog XLR output, while the US$69 Mikey external microphone for Flip – which includes a mic input jack – will likely be welcome news for fans of the popular pocket camcorder.  Read More

A new algorithmic system that automatically identifies underwater sounds in real time has ...

It’s always upsetting to hear about whales beaching themselves, and one of the leading theories on the phenomenon suggests that it may sometimes be due to noise pollution in the oceans. Whales navigate and communicate via sound, so it’s entirely possible that human-introduced noises (such as those produced by ships, oil rigs, or naval navigational beacons) could confuse them, and throw them off course – it has even been posited that noises such as military sonar could deafen or kill them. In an effort to better understand the link between ocean noises and whale well-being, researchers from Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have developed a first-ever system that identifies undersea sounds – both human and cetacean – in real time.  Read More

The AudioScope microphone dish

Imagine if you were watching television coverage of a football game, where none of the cameras could zoom in. It would be pretty frustrating, just having to go from one wide shot to another, never being able to get a close look at any of the players. That’s pretty much how things are with audio, however. Unless someone has their own microphone, or is within line of sight of a parabolic mic, you’re not going to be hearing them very well. In the near future, however, that may not be the case. Norway’s Squarehead Technology has developed AudioScope, a system that allows users to acoustically “zoom in” on individual people in a large area, and follow them as they move around.  Read More

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