Whether you’re a journalist looking for an easy audio solution for field interviews, a lecturer that wants to record a talk or even a parent recording their child reciting a poem – the new digital clip-on microphones from Sennheiser and Apogee help you to capture sound professionally. ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital combine Apogee’s A/D conversion expertise with Sennheiser’s microphone design knowledge to give users optimum sound quality for their recordings. Especially designed for iOS devices, both microphones feature a Lightning connector to directly connect to iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch, thus creating high-quality, ultra-portable solutions for recording speech.
“We are proud to launch the first digital clip-on microphones designed to connect directly to your iPhone,” says Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics. “Simply clip on the mic, connect it to the Lightning port on your iPhone and begin recording. Apogee’s award-winning pre-amp and A/D conversion technology paired with Sennheiser’s superior clip-on microphones ensures the highest quality digital audio recording on a mobile device.”
Adds Wolfgang Fraissinet, Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser: “Capturing audio with a high-quality microphone directly at the source will add a new dimension to your videos. Speech intelligibility will increase tremendously – and will retain this quality when the speaker is moving. The fact that we feed the mobile device with a professionally converted digital signal results in the best possible sound quality.”
Digital Conversion and Mic Preamp by Apogee
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 optimized for telephone calls and not for professional quality audio recording. Apogee’s award-winning mic pre-amp and A/D conversion circuitry are built into ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital. This special circuitry gives you maximum gain with minimal noise. The A/D converter provides a resolution of up to 24bit/96kHz.
As the Sennheiser/Apogee digital clip-on microphones plug 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
The perfect companion to ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital, Apogee’s MetaRecorder is the first audio recording app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to offer intuitive 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.
Transform Your Final Cut Pro X workflow
Apply metadata tags like Keywords, Favorites, Markers and more to your audio files while recording in the field, then share the recorded audio and Final Cut Pro XML files to Dropbox directly from MetaRecorder. When imported into Final Cut Pro on a Mac, the captured metadata greatly simplifies the process of organizing and parsing your media, substantially accelerating your post-production workflow.
Control with Apple Watch
Essential features of MetaRecorder can be controlled from Apple Watch – start and stop recording, add a take to Favorites, add Markers or set your microphone input level.
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.
Take it one step further with the fully professional MKE 2 digital
The MKE 2 digital was designed with the professional in mind who wants to record speech in the field and demands the ultimate in audio performance: a wide, natural frequency response, extended dynamic range and excellent transient response.
The industry-standard MKE 2 is at the heart of this package. Featuring a high maximum sound pressure level and superior signal-to-noise ratio, this clip-on microphone is fitted with Sennheiser’s Umbrella diaphragm. In this proven design, an acoustically inactive membrane stretches across the active acoustical diaphragm, impeding moisture ingress into the high-performing acoustics of the capsule, thus creating a rugged construction for years of reliable service.
All-in one audio for video solutions
“The Apogee/Sennheiser digital lavaliers cover a wide range of applications,” Wolfgang Fraissinet explains. “They can be used for recording audio only, for example for producing audio podcasts, recording seminars and lectures or as a sort of modern dictaphone. They also enhance your videos with great sound, be it for YouTube, or for journalistic or ENG purposes. And last, but not least, the mics can be used for audio for video purposes, by anyone producing a separate audio track for their videos, such as budding film makers or reporters.”
ClipMic digital will be available from mid-May, its pro counterpart, the MKE 2 digital will follow a month later.