New iPhone Multi-track Recording, iPod Mic, More, but No Love for Original iPod touch?

Mobile Apple users, I’ve got a couple of recording solutions for you – a hardware mic for the iPod (not the touch), and a multitrack audio app for the iPhone and second-generation iPod touch. I’m sure they’ll be a godsend to some people out there. But this time, I’m not waiting for commenters to say “I’m sick of iPhone apps.” I have to offer some healthy skepticism of my own this time around – and a bit of regret that the first-generation iPod touch is getting left out in the cold. But don’t let that stop you if this happens …

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Recording@NAMM: sE’s USB2200A Mic Does USB, XLR, and Headphones, Too

Photos: Josh Jancourtz for CDM Have you ever plugged your headphones into your microphone? Well now you can! Besides winning a nomination for longest alphanumeric name, the USB2200A microphone from sE Electronics features a 1/8” headphone output and volume control on its body. This allows zero latency monitoring from the Class A 1” cardioid condenser mic while recording via USB. The mix/monitor level can be adjusted with audio software. But wait! This mic also has a simultaneous XLR output. The capsule can be powered either through USB or XLR phantom power. Add a 100Hz roll off filter and 10dB pad …

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Balloons as Speakers and Microphones

Here in the blogosphere, we only care about up-to-the-minute technology, right? On the contrary. We still find these talking balloons pretty damn cool. (via a huge post on the MIT Media Lab from Make:blog — go ahead, waste the rest of the afternoon) State-of-the-art 1995 technology, so get cracking: a piezo sensor mounted to the front face of the balloon lets the ballon's aluminized mylar body act as both microphone and speaker. In layman's terms: the balloons can talk to each other. (Don't say "I invented talking baloons" and expect to get far in academia, though. The proper term, as …

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Mics for DJs and the Closet Trick

There's nothing I hate more than wading through industry hype, so what a pleasant surprise that Shure microphones has some of the most useful mic info anywhere — minimal marketing included. This week, Shure brings us "What DJs should know about microphones," a textbook-classic but friendly look at mics annotated by the Needelz Brothers. Nice to see this geared at DJs, though there's good advice for anyone (particularly doing electronic music in clubs). Best moment: the Needelz share their favorite home vocal recording trick, singing into a messy closet and using blankets to cover the doors. Think they're nuts? Try …

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See and Hear Vintage Microphones

All this talk of VSTs and Oasys keyboards making you wistful? Why not honor Presidents' Day (and St. Expeditus, patron saint of procrastination — no, really) by journeying back to the golden age of radio and recording. Coutant.org is an absurdly huge repository of vintage microphones (with pictures and even comparative recordings), photographs, and links chronicling audio's golden years. If you love big, clunky mics with the NBC radio letters on the side, you'll feel right at home — and even non-techies may find a tear in their eye surveying the long list of celebrities intoning and crooning into the …

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Ask CDM: Microphone Advice

Carl writes us: Looking for a cheap, side-address, large-diaphragm, cardiod condenser mic for vocals.  Wondering if CDM readers/authors might have some advice.  Currently considering… $200 Audio Technica AT3035 Blue 8-Ball Rode NT1-A Studio Projects C1 $100 Audio Technica AT2020 Kel HM-1 Studio Projects B1 …I'm leaning toward the Studio Projects pieces, or perhaps the Kel. Anyone want to sound in? A number of good choices here. -PK

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