The September 2013 issue of MacUser magazine is now on sale, and one of its super high-quality, glossy pages contains my review of the Blue Spark Digital USB microphone. This clever piece of kit can be connected either to a computer via a standard USB cable or to an iOS device using a 30-pin connector, so you can use it to record to a desktop, laptop, iPhone or iPad.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve had issues with Blue in the past, so this was an interesting one. You can find out exactly what I thought of the mic on page 98.
After my recent disappointing experiences with faulty Blue Snowball iCE and M-Audio Producer USB mics, I found myself in a bit of a tight spot the other week, when I needed to make some audio examples to accompany a vocal recording article. Having returned both the faulty mics to the retailers on the Friday and with the copy deadline for the article on the following Tuesday, I needed a replacement mic, and fast!
A quick Google search for ‘best USB mic under £150’ returned a swathe of glowing reports and reviews about a mic I’d never heard of before – the Editors Keys SL300 Studio Series USB Condenser Mic. Looking exactly like a scaled-down Neumann U87, it came with shockmount, carrying case and USB cable for £98 inc VAT. Suitably impressed, I rang the UK distributor, Inta Audio of Coventry, at 4.30pm to see Continue reading →