Blue Microphones has some good news and some good news for Apple iPad and iPhone owners. The good news is that they’ve announced their wonderful Spark Digital mcirophone now offers Lightning support for Apple’s latest round of iDevice upgrades. iPhone 5 and up and iPad 4 and up can now be connected directly to the Spark Digital without the use of a 30-pin dock / Lightning adapter.
The other good news is that if you bought the 30-pin version of the Spark Digital on or after August 1, 2013 (and can prove it), Blue will send you the Lightning connector free of charge. Everyone else can purchase a Lightning cable directly from Blue for $28.00
The Spark Digital Microphone, as Blue would tell you, is “…the first true studio microphone for iPad, iPhone and Mac/PC,” recording professional-quality audio to any iOS device or computer with USB input. You can read our Spark Digital review to learn more, or you can stay here and follow along with the press release.
Taking mobile recording to the professional level, Spark Digital features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-selected components as the original, analog Spark, for high-fidelity recording and consistent performance in any situation. Spark Digital also delivers the same detailed audio found in the original Spark, making it ideal for a wide range of situations: vocals, guitar, drums, podcasts, piano, location recording and more. Spark Digital also features studio controls directly on the microphone including volume and gain control, and instant mute. In addition, Spark Digital is the only iPad microphone to offer a zero-latency headphone out for direct monitoring, critical for eliminating distracting delay or for creating professional multi-track recordings where new tracks need to be synced with existing tracks.
Spark Digital also employs a feature found only on the original Spark: the Focus control, providing two different sonic options in one mic. ‘Focus Off’ captures crisp, powerful audio with enhanced low frequency sensitivity for recordings with greater impact and definition, and ‘Focus On’ captures greater clarity and detail for a tighter, more focused sound. For the recording novice, the Focus control provides the freedom to experiment with different sonic signatures in one mic, while providing the experienced recordist with versatile options.
Spark Digital comes with a custom angle-adjustable desk stand with built-in shockmount that protects against disruptive rumblings and vibrations from a desktop surface and allows users to quickly position the microphone. Traditional shockmount and custom pop filter sold separately. For each platform connection (USB and iOS), Spark Digital includes a y-cable with an attached, extended female headphone jack for zero-latency direct monitoring. Spark Digital is compatible with iPad, iPhone and is instantly recognized for use with any recording app, in addition to driverless connection via USB on both PC and Mac.
The Spark Digital microphone with Lightning connector is available for $199.99, and the Lightning connector, as mentioned, can be purchased separately for $28.00. For more information, visit bluemic.com.