Blue announces new Mikey iPhone/iPod mic

The new Mikey looks more 'rounded' than the first version.
The new Mikey looks more 'rounded' than the first version.

The 2010 Winter NAMM show - the music instrument industry's big annual shindig - may not be happening until next week, but gadget fans will have their eyes on the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from tomorrow.

It's not specifically a music event, but Blue Microphones has announced that it will be showing the second iteration of its Mikey iPhone/iPod microphone.

The company says that, like its predecessor, the new Mikey sports a pair of custom-tuned Blue capsules but adds that an improved acoustic circuit should allow for higher quality recordings of high-volume events (such as live gigs).

What's more, it has a 3.5mm line input that enables you to record your guitar (or other instrument), while the USB pass-thru connection means that you can charge and sync simultaneously.

An updated case design, meanwhile, means that the new Mikey should be compatible with the majority of iPod/iPhone cases while allowing a 230-degree range of adjustability.

To complement the new hardware, Blue has also revealed that it's released a free iPhone/iPod recording app, Blue FiRe, which is available now from the App Store.

Look out for the new Mikey in Spring 2010 at a price of $100.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.