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iRig MIC Cast Microphone Review

iRig MIC Cast Microphone Review

The iRig MIC Cast Voice Recording Microphone is a microphone for android and Apple devices like smartphones that boosts your devices recording ability with an external microphone.

Ease of Use, Performance:  2/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  2/5

Recommendation:  2/5 Stars

iRig MIC Cast Microphone Review
iRig MIC Cast

The iRig MIC Cast is a handheld device microphone that is a simple plug and play microphone that can also work with computers as a regular microphone. The iRig MIC Cast comes with the microphone and a stand for your smartphone along with instructions for use.

The iRig MIC Cast is a simple microphone that has a passthrough for earphones and a 3.5 mm plug with four sections on the connection for the earphone and for the microphone. Your handheld device or computer needs to be compatible with this four section plug like my smartphone but tablets can be picky on this type of technology.

The first tablet I tried was a Nexus 7 tablet that does not even have a TRRS four section connection for using a microphone earphone combination cable. The Playbook worked with the iRig MIC Cast but the Blackberry tablet has some pretty good microphones and circuitry inside.

Whats in the Box
Whats in the Box

My testing showed that voice recorded with the Playbook’s internal microphone was actually better than the MIC Cast microphone. The Playbook has noise cancelling to get rid of background noise and uses its two microphones to record sound pretty well.

When using the iRig MIC Cast with the Playbook the single microphone does get rid of some of the background noise but not as much as the Playbook. The iRig MIC Cast works fairly well on my Samsung Galaxy Stellar with clearing out background noise but it does lower the sound level as well.

iRig MIC Cast Recording using Android Smartphone

iRig MIC Cast Recording using Windows PC & Adobe Soundbooth

I tried several tests and was just underwhelmed with the quality of the MIC Cast microphone with actually lower levels of sound both voice and recorded sound from speakers. The microphone worked fairly well for both my smartphone and my computer but I just did expect a little more quality when plugging in an extra microphone over my smartphone.

During my audio tests I did notice a cleaner sound with less noise but the level goes down enough that I would be concerned with loss of volume levels. The sound using the iRig MIC Cast was just not that good overall for me to consider a solid recommendation but if you have a less than adequate smartphone microphone this would surely be worth a try.

I also tested the iRig MIC Cast against a headset microphone recording directly into Adobe Soundbooth and was rather disappointed as well. The iRig MIC Cast does well at getting rid of some of the background noise and creating a cleaner audio file but it lowers the volume on the low setting.

The external MIC Cast microphone worked fairly well but not as well as I thought it should fr direct recording of voice and sound. You can also use and purchase an app form IK Multimedia called iRig Recorder that does well when paired with the iRig MIC Cast.

iRig iRecorder App
iRig iRecorder App

The iRig recorder saves audio files shows audio wave files and has a processor to clean up recordings for handy on android and apple devices. The Recorder can doa  good job of cleaning up files but the main iRig MIC Cast just did not perform for me in the way that I thought it should.

I was just not that impressed with the audio recordings delivered by the iRig MIC Cast and really would prefer to look elsewhere for a better microphone for recording.

iRig MIC Cast @ IK Multimedia

iRig Recorder @ Google Play

Pros
Compact size
Passthrough for earphones
Hi & Lo for distant and close recording

Cons
Not impressed with sound quality

iRig Voice Handheld Microphone Review

iRig Voice Handheld Microphone Review

The iRig Voice Handheld Microphone from IK Multimedia is an affordable handheld microphone for android and Apple devices as well as computers.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  3.5/5 Stars

iRig Voice Microphone
iRig Voice Microphone

The IK Multimedia iRig Voice is a handheld microphone for lighter music and recording like karaoke or simple fun while using an android or apple smartphone, tablet or computer. The iRig Voice has a unique connection with a four segment 3.5 mm connection and a pass through for an earphone so you can use the microphone in combination with a headset.

Some devices of course will not allow you to use this type of connection but my Galaxy Stellar had no problem using the Voice microphone and the IK Multimedia app EZ Voice. The EZ Voice app for android and iOS works well for my android phone but my nexus 7 tablet does not allow the microphone to work at all.

The app is free while special effects cost about $1 for each one listed but you can buy a bundle with all them costing $5 for 8 effects. The main features of the EZ Voice is recording voice or recording singing while a soundtrack plays in the background but this is not a karaoke type app.

Whats in the Box
Whats in the Box

Once you have installed the app and sign in with an account if you want to simply record audio or voice you just click on the record button and start recording by pressing the red dot. The app automatically records the audio and when you stop recording will give you the options to discard the recording or save it.

The app can record as many minutes as your phones storage space allows but the more fun aspect is the singing to your favorite tunes. The EZ Voice allows you to pick a song from your smartphone and sing along to it karaoke style but without the lyrics.

You will hear the song playing depending on how loud you have the volume so after a few practice runs you can try your luck at keeping the song barely heard while you belt out your best voice. The main problem with this is you don’t get lyrics to your songs which kind of makes it hard to use as a karaoke machine type app.

EZ Voice App w/ Voice Microphone
EZ Voice App w/ Voice Microphone

I also tried the voice microphone with a free karaoke app that plays the background music and no vocals so the only thing you get for voice is your singing, I suck by the way. The microphone did a good job at recording in another app as well as the general voice recorder app used for taking notes that came on my phone.

The iRig Voice works well and can make a fun microphone and the EZ Voice app also works well but it is more for fun or for use with an actual karaoke app. The iRig Voice microphone does cost about $40 so it does come at a low enough price for a gift but is not really good enough for note taking or serious use.

I highly recommend the iRig Voice for a fun and good quality microphone that only costs about $40 and can be used with a variety of apps including the EZ Voice.

iRig Voice @ IK Multimedia

iRig Voice @ Amazon

EZ Voice @ Play

EZ Voice @ iTunes

Pros
Good quality and affordable
EZ Voice app is free
works on android and apple device
May not work with all tablets depending on design

Cons
EZ Voice app does not give lyrics