iRig Mic Cast
iK MultiMedia
MRSP €39.99 – $39.99 / $23.44 (Amazon) / £24.00 (Amazon)


iRig Mic Cast Box Shot

Being on the road and trying to keep up a schedule of recording a semi daily podcast with above average sound quality was proving a challenge, until the iRig Mic Cast landed on the doormat. An ultra compact, lightweight and an incredibly affordable microphone for your travel bag, the Mic Cast is ideally suited to the challenge. 

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About Mark Chappell

Mark’s a guy who lives in a shack by the sea in far western England, binge watching Netflix series in between reviewing tech and Mac related goodies. The switch to Macintosh was easy when using dreaded WinVista and adding a printer proved nigh on impossible. That tipped him over the edge and since getting a Mac he’s never looked back, including the Hackintosh years. Wanna be guitar player, intermittent podcaster, and a Taylor Swift fan.

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro – User Report Review

On December 23, 2013, in Adapter, Audio, Features, iPad, Macintosh, Music, Review, by Karen Gasparick

iRig Pro — User Report Review
IK Multimedia

iRig Pro Device

IK Multimedia has introduced an excellent new product for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The iRig Pro is an accessory for both amateur musicians like myself or for the more seasoned musician.

The iRig Pro is a device that allows musicians to plug a guitar, bass, MIDI controller, or microphone into an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac computer and quickly play and record. The iRig Pro is smaller in height than a highlighter. Everything that is needed for great sounding recording, practicing, and playing can fit nearly anywhere. The iRig Pro uses a 24-bit conversion from analog to digital signal. That translates into a high quality digital recording that retains the integrity of the analog instrument.

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About Karen Gasparick

New Mac user with an eye on all things related to New Product Development, Art, and Design.

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SuperTooth HD

On September 6, 2011, in Audio, iPhone, Navigation, Review, Wireless, by Mike Breed

SuperTooth HD Review
Company: SuperTooth
Price: $129.00 USD

As a commuter with a fairly long drive to work each day, I often find myself in situations where I need to use my iPhone while driving. Aside from the fact that using a cell phone while driving can be dangerous, it is also illegal to do so in New York State. Utilizing a Bluetooth handset and going hands-free is the only safe and legal option for motorists needing to use their cellular devices in my area of the country.

I’m not a big fan of in-ear Bluetooth devices. I find them uncomfortable and distracting, and that’s not a situation I want myself in while driving. The SuperTooth HD speaker phone seems to fix that dilemma with its visor-mounted handsfree system.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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Arctic Cooling P531 headset, Arctic Cooling M571 mouse
Company: Arctic Cooling
Price: headphones $66.55, mouse $29.95

The Arctic Cooling P531 headset and M571 mouse are both designed for gamers, the aim being to support features common to modern games at a price only somewhat above that of generic headsets and mice. Starting with the Arctic Cooling P531 headset, this includes headphones, a microphone, and a controller that provides on-the-fly adjustment of 5.1-channel surround-sound output. The headphones have soft fabric ear cups and flexible connections to the headband, and the microphone is mounted on a flexible arm that can be folded out of the way when not in use.

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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Skullcandy 50/50 earbuds with microphone
Company: Skullcandy, Inc.

Price: $49.95

Skullcandy can make good earbuds, no doubt about that. We liked their older FMJ model.

But time marches on, and Skullcandy releases new products all the time. The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs spent time with the new 50/50 earbud/microphone combo.

How well do they do the job?

The 50/50 is very comfortable. Skullcandy ships it with several differently-sized rubber ear tips, so you’ll no doubt be able to find one that makes nice with your ear canal. I was able to wear them for hours at a time with no irritation or ear tiredness.

Skullcandy’s PR blurbs brag about the bass output, and the PR mavens don’t exaggerate. The 50/50s have no shortage of bass response, yet I did not find them overly bottom-end heavy. Given that most earbuds don’t have much bass punch, the 50/50s will satisfy most users looking for a fuller low end.

Unfortunately, the microphone audio quality doesn’t quite match up to the fine audio output of the earbuds. Most people on the other end of calls from my iPhone reported the audio quality to be "OK," nothing more but nothing less.

Skullcandy ships the 50/50s with a nice little round, zippered carrying case. Small is good for fitting into your pocket, but the cord is long enough that it’s a bit of a tight squeeze to jam the 50/50s into the case.

Speaking of the cord, there’s no lapel clip, so the generously long cord dangles to and fro, rubbing against your clothes. This causes the dreaded cable noise. Skullcandy needs to include a clip.

Conclusion. Skullcandy’s 50/50 are very comfortable, and have fine audio quality, but are hampered by a merely-average microphone, and no lapel clip.

MyMac review rating 6 out of 10

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