IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio Review / Test

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio Review / Test

greetings Earthlings I'm back with another iPhone mic review for you guys so today we're looking at this guy the I came multimedia iRig mic studio and if you do want to pick this guy up it will set you back around 150 bucks on Amazon like always I'll throw some links down below now for the majority of this review the mic is connected directly to my Mac with the input gain set on the microphone at around 10 o'clock while the input gain on the computer here is completely irrelevant it doesn't adjust the levels but I won't do any post-processing like compression or EQ or noise removal for that matter but I will likely boost it in post so check the doobly-doo to see what I did now let's talk about what comes in the box first off you're gonna get the storage bag which offers absolutely zero padding to protect the microphone you're obviously going to get the microphone you get a microphone mount as well as a 5/8 to 3/8 inch microphone stand adapter you get a desktop tripod stand then you're gonna get three cables the first one being a USB a cable to connect it to your computer you're gonna get a lightning cable to connect it to your iOS device and then you'll get a micro USB cable to connect it to I'm guessing a micro USB phone that's my guess I don't know what else that would be for and lastly you're gonna get some documentation now as far as the build quality I have no real complaints here it does have a metal body as well as a fairly sturdy metal grille which is good that's what you're gonna want if you're throwing this in your bag while you're traveling it is also a little bit light but given the size of the microphone and the fact that it is meant for travel I think that's a benefit here on the front of the microphone you're gonna find a gain dial which will obviously control the microphones gain just beneath that you'll find a multicolor LED indicator light to let you know what your signal is or if you're clipping and lastly you'll find a headphone volume control and then on the back of the microphone you're gonna find a three-and-a-half millimeter headphone port which unfortunately does not offer latency free monitoring when I was using it on my computer I was forced to run it through something like Logic Pro which has a monitoring feature but that is not actually latency free monitoring and then as far as latency frame monitoring on the I phone I'll go ahead and talk about that when I test the audio on the iPhone then as far as specs this thing has a cardioid polar pattern a frequency response of 20 Hertz to 20 kilohertz a max SPL of 133 decibels but the last I came multimedia mic that I reviewed actually measured this spec at 3 percent total harmonic distortion as opposed to 0.5 or 1 percent so I'm not 100% certain that I trust this spec but anyways it has a sensitivity of negative 42 decibels of self noise of 11 DB a a bit depth of 24-bit and a sampling rate of up to 48 kilohertz now I'm spinning around the microphone to determine what the off-axis coloration is as well as what the rear rejection is and seeing how we sound from the back we're gonna go ahead and continue to spin it around to 90 degrees and now we are moving back to the front of the microphone and now we're back on axis now I'm typing on a keyboard with cherry MX blues to see how much of my voice for Sandwich of the keyboard it picks up now I'm right on top of the microphone to test out the proximity effect about three inches away from the microphone with the steadman Pro screen 101 about one foot away from the microphone about two feet away from the microphone from the microphone so now I have the mic connected directly to my iPhone 10x and I am recording at 24-bit 48 kilohertz and this is how the audio is sounding now I do want to note that when you plug it in you will be getting a latency free monitoring but it is not actually true latency free it's not zero latency there is a very small latency so if you're thrown off by hearing a slight delay on your voice or if you're recording very technical music and you need to be precise it could be an issue so just keep that in mind if you're recording on your iPhone or your computer you're not getting latency free monitoring now I have the mic connected directly to a Windows 10 PC I did not download any drivers this is just plug and play the gain on the computer is set at 100 and the gain on the microphone is still set at around 10 o'clock and this is how the audio is sounding so right now you can see that my gain is set at around 10 o'clock I'll drop this to zero go and slowly increase it so you can hear the noise generated by this Mike sprees nine o'clock about 12 o'clock about three o'clock and about five o'clock what will I sing about whena got nothing to say I've got no thoughts in my mind so uh just slowly back away so although this microphone sounds fine I'm just not terribly impressed with it for the price so when we get to the pros just like the last I came multimedia mic I reviewed this thing is insanely convenient because it works on iOS devices it works on Mac computers and it works on Windows computers I also really like the fact that this records in 24-bit 48 kilohertz and I think it did surprisingly well at rejecting plosives especially when we just reviewed the I came multimedia iRig mic HD thing which did a really bad job at plosives this is a huge improvement over that and then when it comes to cons I was just really disappointed that this thing did not offer true latency free monitoring it has the headphone port so it's halfway there at least but there's still a delay between putting something into the microphone and hearing it in your headphones which is a really big letdown I also think that they just over boosted the treble frequencies on this microphone which I'm not a fan of and they didn't include any decent specs in the documentation they provided now when it comes to my overall thoughts of the microphone on the electric guitar I thought it had too much of a scooped mid sound and that's because they over boosted the treble frequency and then if you place the microphone close to the guitar cab it's going to accentuate the bass frequencies using the proximity effect ultimately giving you that scooped amid sound which I'm not a big fan of on the acoustic guitar it was just insanely bright and it lacked any kind of full mid body due to that scooped mid sound and then on vocals in my opinion it is just too sharp due to that over boost in the treble frequencies it almost sounds like it has too much clarity like it's too clear and that makes it sound very unnatural to my ear now what I recommend this microphone probably not I personally wouldn't buy this microphone even though I already have so I guess I should say I wouldn't buy this microphone again I wouldn't buy this microphone again and that's because I am personally not a fan of the sharper tone and I don't personally record on iOS devices very often and if I were to record on iOS devices I think I would get a much better quality product if I were to buy an iOS compatible interface and run an XLR microphone that way so that's the route I would go I would not recommend this microphone but with that being said I'd love to hear from you guys so did you enjoy the microphone did you hate it are you planning on picking it up or avoiding it do you already own it and love it I just want to know what you think of this microphone in the comments down below and that's gonna wrap up today if you enjoy the video go ahead and give me a thumbs up if you hated it thumbs down if you want to influence what I review go to geeks rising dot-com slash podcasters and cast a vote there you want more videos click the logo beneath me and click the bell if you want I've never said that before but click the bell people aren't seeing these videos and I think that's it that's all I'm supposed to say I'll see you next time bye

32 thoughts on “IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio Review / Test”

  1. Excellent review as always. I’m also a fan of using an interface like the Steinberg range so you can use any XLR microphone. Once you have a lightning to USB adapter you can use pretty much any USB interface or device too.

  2. Which mic would you recommend for a android Samsung s8 to record electric guitar? Of would be nice if the mic has a gain knob. So i can plug it straight in my phone.

  3. I bought it today as the MF Stupid Deal of the Day. I sorta expected it wouldn’t keep pace with a decent XLR condenser mic, but I bought this for the ability to drop demo tracks from the road with just the mic and my iPad. I wouldn’t have paid reg price for it ($160 on MF) but at $90; I took a chance. As for the reviewer’s high end complaint, I’m hoping IKM’s Mic Room will compensate for that.

  4. This is the first time I have ever watched one of your videos… it seems like you’re irritated that you had to review this product.. Your tone of voice suggests that you hated it before you even took it out of the box…..
    That being said, thanks for the review and for sharing!

  5. I would say you are the honest person.. I personally say that you are my favorite..
    Thank you so much
    Shailendra Singh

  6. Wouldn’t the latency issue be an issue if you plugged your headphones directly into the headphone jack on an iPad?

  7. Bandrew, I think you should have a weekly or no schedule. You seem very tired and you might need some rest.

  8. I hope you're okay, a little unenthusiastic about this one. Still love how you've almost made an entire standardized review guide that is easy to follow and is consistent.

  9. I like your videos because it's very hard for me to really hear the nuances you talk about, and listening to what you say, and comparing that to what I hear, makes me feel like I'm learning more about sound, and mics in general. I have a bunch of guitars (I barely know how to use them) and a couple amps, and moving around the treble, and bass sliders on the amps always mesmerized me. Obviously I could hear a difference, but I couldn't really understand what the difference was. Of course scientifically I know it all has to do with sound wave manipulation, and changing frequencies etc, but actually understanding it with my ears is something else; if you were to play the same note twice with different settings on the amp I wouldn't be able to tell you what was changed. Listening to your descriptions of how mics sound, and then comparing that to how I hear them on my headphones (which are supposed to be fairly neutral in sound), it has helped me to more readily be able to hear that difference. Anyways, Ik teaching people about how sound works isn't really the point of your channel, it's certainly not why I originally started watching, nor is it the only reason I continue to watch (I also just find microphones to be fascinating in general), it's just something I thought was cool about how your channel has affected me and I figured I'd share 🙂

  10. I would much prefer to buy the Shure Motiv, I believe it's called, and use a 58 or something. Much more control over the recording that way…

  11. Can you do a review of Razer seiren X I really want to buy it but no one did a good review of it. Can you do one. Thank you!

  12. Another suggestion for your poll: Sennheiser MK4. Large diaphragm (real) condenser, $300 (+100 w/ shockmount), seems to sound pretty great.
    Maybe once the budget has recovered from the Neumann attack… 😉

  13. a little off topic… does anyone know what happened to podcastmic? The channel and website seem are gone…

  14. the Micro-usb cable is for connecting to Android devices that still use Micro-USB, but it will work for newer android devices that use Type C, you just have to find a Micro-usb to type c converter, which are dirt cheap on Amazon

  15. Can you review the
    EARAMBLE Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone Recording Microphone with Shock Mount, it is $12 on amazon

  16. The background of the thumbnail is really cool! It change of all of the thumbnails of your videos (I’m French, sorry for my English)

  17. Can you do a comparison of the Rode-NT Usb Mic VS At2020 Usb Mic? I'm sure that many people would like to see this as well 😀

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