Review: Sennheiser Clip Mic Digital
Firstly, a huge thank you to Sennheiser for sending me a ClipMic Digital to review.
In this age of YouTube it is so great to see that audio podcasts are still very popular and increasing in number. It was estimated that out of all the audio listened to in 2014 in America 2% came from Podcasts. With large proportions of podcast recording being made out of a studio setting many people are turning to mobile devices to record their audio.
Introducing the Sennheiser ClipMic Digital clip-on microphone.
- Designed for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
- 30 - 20,000 Hz
- Omnidirectional pickup
- 96 kHz sampling
- 24 Bit
In the box:
- ClipMic digital microphone
- Metal wind screen (which is washable)
- Carrying pouch
- 1.6m cable
- Connection and power: Lightning connector
The microphone features a Sennheiser ME 2 capsule connected via the Apogee PureDigital module. The module carries out pre-amp and analogue to digital conversion. The headphone / microphone port is not used on the phone and is available for headphones.
The package is really well designed and holds all the components securely in place.
Putting together the ClipMic is very simple and the whole assembly feels very secure and solid.
There are two apps available frog Apogee and both provide a different function:
The Apogee Maestro control app gives software control over the microphone and includes: preamp, rumble reducer, hiss reducer and overload eliminator. There is also control over input monitoring.
My first test recording recorded with the MetaRecorder app. This app both provides a clean interface for recording but also lets you save additional metadata for use in Final Cut Pro which I really look forward to trying out). The app has dropbox support for sharing files easily.
This file has been converted from a .wav to .mp3 in Audacity.
I am extremely impressed with the first audio recording made using the ClipMic Digital and the MetaRecorder App. I was stood by the bust A45 in Birmingham at rush hour on a windy afternoon. The audio pickup of my speech is very clear and whilst their is traffic noise in the background it does not dominate the recording. The recording was also made during windy conditions which has been effectively screened out.
I was very impressed with the quality of all three microphones but the AKG D5 stood out as the highest quality for both speech and singing.
If you are on a budget the PRO41 will more than do.