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Record iPad Audio on the Move with the Samson Meteor Mic

Podcasters, Musicians, Journalists and anyone wanting to record quality audio on their iPad may be interested in the retro/alien-looking Meteor Mic from Samson. You may have seen the buzz around this mic at CES and NAMM earlier this year but it is now available to purchase for $99.

This little USB mic can be connected to your iPad via the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) and promises to give clean audio into GarageBand or other audio recording app. Samson is promoting the CCK and GarageBand iPad angle in their PR as you can see from the picture below.

We like the portability of the Meteor Mic and the desktop foldout stand which makes it look like a little alien or spaceship on your desk. Excluding the need for an additional stand is very handy, especially when away from home/office.

The audio sounds good too in the video review below by uniquesquared.com who got a pre-release version of the mic and demonstrate it recording both voice and guitar.

If you plan on getting a Meteor Mic or have any thoughts on it be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Reader Comments (6)

But does it really work with iPad... Remember the power on the camera kit was reduced

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDjbrian

@Djbrian - That's a good question, but there are a few reviews out there and this one at CrunchGear states that it 'works seamlessly with your iPad'. They comment on it using the Mic as an audio out too, so they seem to have tried it. A comparison audio sample is included there too.

April 19, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I am concerned about the constant clicking when you listen to the recording from the mic (as opposed to his lapel mic) - is that coming from the mic or the laptop? Is it interference form the hard drive spinning or is it an artifact of recording from USB mics? I use analogue mics and the analogue 3.5mm inputs and I've never heard this clicking.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterICT Tower

@ICT Tower - We hadn't noticed that until you mentioned it, but on listening back again through headphones it sounds like that rythmic clicking is actually the metronome in GarageBand. We know because it has messed up a few recordings we have done with external mics on GB! It is very easy to do in GB without realising it.

April 22, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

There appears to be no way to control the input gain of the mic on the iPad. Works great on Mac os x. Use sound preferences to turn down then input gain to stop the mic from clipping. No such control on iPad.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Amsden

@Jim Amsden That's true at an OS level but some apps have an input/output control, e.g. Amplitube, iRig Recorder and AmpKit, so it depends which app you are using.

May 15, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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