While walking through the NAMM convention, one of the biggest standouts of the weekend for us was the fact that Apogee was releasing their new MiC+ USB microphone, an upgrade from one of our favorite USB mics of all time. We were given a MiC+ to provide a fair and honest review here today, and we wanted to give this a go when it comes to not only extensive use but to test its effectiveness in different recording environments as well. One of the best standouts of this USB mic (and including their previous model) is the overall sound quality, in particular the internal technology that helps provide its beautiful audio resolution. Coming in at a hefty and raw resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz with technology called ‘PureDIGITAL connection’ that combines internal converters and preamp, this is a lot higher-end and clearer sounding than most USB microphones in the world, especially in this price-point. Let’s get into the details.
As always, one of our favorite brands, Shure microphones has yet another attack to the dynamic mic market. If you’ve done any type of research concerning microphones as a whole, you’ll see Shure’s name pop up, specifically their SM models due to the outlasting stability as well as overall quality they’ve provided thousands of musicians. As with their other mics, I’ve heard of artists having 2-3 SM58 at a time — it’s a tool everybody has in their musical tool shed due to it’s low cost and practicality, both for recording as well as performing live. This one won our best microphone for performing live award, and for good reason at that.
Let’s check out the Shure SM58 dynamic microphone in detail.
Shure microphones are the real deal, having said by many to completely dominate the microphone market, particularly dynamic mics most often used for live performances. We’ve seen these SM models of microphones used in a very wide range of music, such as recording or performing multiple instruments. The SM57 is one of their best dynamic microphones as backed up by numerous years of use by ourselves and others around the net. There’s a reason you see those 4 or 5 star review all over music websites, including ours. This one made it’s ranks into our best microphone for performing live. Let’s take a look at the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone in detail.
The Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone is a perfect device for capturing high-quality recordings on computer. It is the younger sister of Samson’s Meteor studio microphone. It is a perfect mic accessory for both desktop and mobile recording situations. A modern, cutting edge look to computer setup can be created by its stylish chrome-plated.
The iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone by Zoom is a high-quality mid-side stereo condenser mic for iOS devices with lightning connectors. It is an add-on accessory for iPhones, iPods as well as iPads. It features a rotating mechanism, enabling audio and video recording with correct left to right stereo orientation vertically and horizontally respectively. A pretty nifty little gadget for about a hundred bucks. Let’s check it out.