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20 April, 2015

What story do you want to tell? These new pro mics can help tell it better.

At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, I was lucky enough to meet up with several newsletter subscribers who told me (in person!) how much they enjoyed last week’s gear tip. 

That tip was how to find and order a low cost tempered glass screen protector to protect your smartphone’s display.

This week’s tip is pointed at the other end of the budget spectrum. What story do you want to tell, and what quality level does your audience expect?

If you do professional audio and video, you know that the one thing never to skimp on when making video, podcasts and multimedia reports is a great-sounding microphone.

There really is a huge difference in quality between a budget mic and a professional one. 

When you need to record truly broadcast quality audio from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to gear up. Pro microphones last for years, much longer than the smartphone you have in your pocket today. 

Sennheiser and Apogee digital have partnered to produce what appears to be a dream piece of pro gear.

A broadcast quality lapel mic paired with a world class pre-amp/converter. These are very tiny, but powerful news gathering packages. 

Their launch is a strong signal from the industry that there is an emerging pro market for people using iOS devices in the field.

They are available for pre-order in the USA.

Pre-order the new Sennheiser Clip Mic for professional iOS audio: Sennheiser_clip_mic_clip_mic_digital.html

This is the serious-minded model featuring a world-class mic capsule.

Both of these kits include an Apogee 24-bit/96 kHz Converter.