IK Multimedia has announced the “iRig Mic HD 2”, a new version of its iRig Mic HD. It’s a handheld mic that plugs directly into Macs, PCs or iPhone-type devices via Lightning or USB so no audio mixer or pre-amp is required.
The capsule’s an electret condenser with a cardioid pickup and it’s being aimed at musicians, broadcasters and podcasters. The cardioid pickup should mean it captures less sound from behind the mic and more from in front.
The mic has built-in 24-bit audio converters with sampling up to 96kHz and a 3.5mm headphone output with volume control. Frequency range is said to be 20 Hz – 20 kHz (-3 dB) and it can capture quite loud noises too with a max SPL of 120dB.
It comes with a Lightning connector cable, a USB cable, a table tripod, a carrying pouch, a mic stand clip and a 5/8″ to 3/8″ thread adapter. There’s also software included for recording and editing audio.
The manufacturer tells me the iRig Mic HD 2 is also compatible with Android devices as long as they’re running Android 5 or later and have USB digital audio capabilities. A micro-USB-OTG to micro-USB cable (sold separately) is required as well.