Blue Microphones has long been one of our favorite designers of Mac and iOS device microphones, thanks to products such as the Mikey for iPod and Yeti Pro USB and XLR microphone. Their latest release, the Tiki, is the first USB microphone to combine Blue’s proprietary noise-cancelling technology, voice isolation and intelligent mute.
The Tiki offers direct connection to a USB port for simple MacBook use, but comes with a docking cable so it can also be used with an iMac, for example.
All processing is performed on the device, so the Tiki requires no drivers and is plug-and-play with both PC and Mac.
Tiki delivers exceptional clarity for online conversations by focusing on desired sounds and reducing background noise to dramatically improve the intelligibility of conversations in any situation. Tiki allows users to switch between two modes: Intelligent Speech Mode for communication and Natural Recording Mode for CD-quality recording of podcasts, vocals or instruments. Similar in size to a standard USB flash drive, Tiki’s cable-free design allows it to plug directly into your laptop’s USB port for instantaneous setup.
The Tiki is engineered to “listen with the intelligence of human hearing,” using iZotope’s Adaptive Noise Reduction (ANR) to analyze the incoming audio stream to detect and suppress undesired background noise. Key Click Reduction (KCR) is specially developed to reduce typing noises by “grabbing” rapid rise sounds such as keyboard clicks.
The Tiki audio technology:
- Brings your voice to the forefront using voice isolation and noise-cancelling technology
- Improves vocal clarity for online communication like Skype and iChat, and voice recognition software
- Reduces computer fan and typing noise by intelligently auto-muting
- Is optimized for podcasts and music recording
Tiki is available now at BestBuy.com for $59.99, and will be available at Apple and other consumer electronics retailers worldwide beginning July 15.
Product [Tiki USB microphone]