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Tech Squibs: Blue Microphones Go Smart with Mikey

The professional quality Mikey from Blue Microphones works for both the iPhone 4 and 5.

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib can turn any iPhone user into a professional sound engineer, in theory.

Blue Microphones specializes in professional quality microphones for computer use  – especially for home studio recording. The new Mikey Digital takes that act on the road  for mobile recording through your iPhone 4 or 5.

The Mikey includes two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a 230-degree rotating design. It helps if you know something about audio recording to make sense out of all those sound buzzwords, but all you need to know is that Mikey's three gain settings allow for more versatile recording on your smartphone for everything from whispers and ambient noise to concerts.

Compact in design and responsive in use, it's a fairly affordable option for anyone looking to beef up the iPhone's diminutive mike – which is good, because mike envy is a terrible thing.

MSRP: $80