Sennheiser and Apogee launch digital clip-on mic

Sennheiser and Apogee have teamed up to launch the MKE 2 digital clip-on mic which has been designed specifically for iOS devices.

The microphone features a Lightning connector to directly connect to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, to create a high-quality, portable product for recording speech.

Analog clip-on microphones require a mic pre-amp and audio interface to be able to record the signal. While all iOS devices are equipped with a built-in analog input and mic pre-amp, they are optimised for telephone calls and not for professional quality audio recording. Apogee’s mic pre-amp and A/D conversion circuitry are built into MKE 2 digital. The A/D converter provides a resolution of up to 24bit/96kHz.

As the Sennheiser/Apogee digital clip-on microphone plugs directly into the Lightning adaptor on the iOS device, the headset socket can be used to monitor the audio that is being recorded.

Apogee’s MetaRecorder app can be used to offer multi-take recording, tagging and file organization for any field recording scenario. MetaRecorder features 24 bit/96kHz recording quality plus software control of the mic input level and recording presets.

Users can apply metadata tags like Keywords, Favorites, Markers and to audio files while recording in the field, which can then be shared to Dropbox directly from MetaRecorder.

The free version of MetaRecorder is available immediately from the Apple App Store. Users are limited to 60 seconds of continuous recording until the full version is unlocked either by connecting a compatible Apogee or Sennheiser audio interface or by purchasing from within the app.

The MKE 2 digital will be available from mid-June.