IK Multimedia’s latest release makes many of the features found in their popular iRig Stream Mic Pro available at a lower price point. The new iRig Stream Mic USB combines a high-quality capacitor mic with a 16-bit/48kHz USB audio interface, offering a compact all-in-one solution for content creators on the go.
The design employs a half-inch gold-sputtered capsule and features a cardioid pickup pattern, and includes a built-in switchable high-pass filter to help tackle unwanted low-frequency rumble and noise. In addition to the mic signal, the iRig Stream Mic USB is capable of accepting a stereo line-level input via a 3.5mm mini-jack, and will combine both signals into a single stereo track which is made available to the host device via a USB-C connector. Helpfully, it also boasts a loopback feature to allow audio sources from a computer to be mixed in with the mix output. A second 3.5mm mini-jack socket then provides a headphone output for monitoring purposes.
Despite its compact design, there’s plenty of hands-on control provided. A large central encoder on the front of the device offers a main level control, and is surrounded by an LED level meter, as well as a microphone mute button. The right-hand side panel then houses a trio of dials that control headphone level, mic gain and a balance between the mic and incoming audio signals for the headphone output. Over on the left side, a pair of switches make it possible to toggle the high-pass filter and loopback functions.
iRig Stream Mic USB will work with any application that records or streams audio or video, and comes supplied with the company’s iRig Recorder 3 LE, an easy-to-use audio and video recording application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Users will also benefit from MixBox CS for iPad and MixBox SE for Mac and PC, which offer a suite of processing tools including dynamics, reverb, EQ and more.
Pricing & Availability
The iRig Stream Mic USB is available now, priced at $€99.99.