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Apogee reveals iOS and macOS-compatible Mic Plus, lands in Apple stores Wednesday

Audio electronics producer Apogee has revealed the Mic Plus, a compact studio-grade cardioid microphone that can connect to both iOS devices and Mac desktops, with the professional-quality microphone going on sale in Apple stores starting from Wednesday

The Apogee Mic Plus features an updated design compared to its predecessor, the Mic 96K, with improvements made to the sound quality and dynamic range. Using a sensitive cardioid capsule, it is claimed to produce a sound similar to a studio condenser microphone with a high-end mic preamp, using its built-in preamp and A/D converter.

Like the original, the Mic Plus is capable of recording 24-bit audio at up to 96kHz, with 46 decibels of digitally controlled mic preamp gain. New to this model is a stereo headphone output on the base which can be used to monitor the audio without latency, with its controllable Blend function allowing users to balance between the live feed from the Mic Plus and the audio playback.

The input gain control is now a digital encoder knob instead of an analog version, said to provide a more precise gain setting than in the previous model. The gain adjustment can also be used to silence the microphone completely, with its push-to-mute function.

Three cables are included with the Mic Plus, allowing it to be connected to a Mac or PC via USB Type-A and USB Type-C, as well as to a Lightning port on an iOS device. It is also claimed to be easy to set up with little in the way of configuration, with users needing only to connect the Mic Plus with a cable to the host device, followed by selecting it as the audio interface before recording.

Supplied with all necessary cables, a desktop tripod stand and a microphone stand adapter, the Apogee Mic Plus will be available to purchase from November 15, priced at $249. Alongside existing dealers for Apogee products, Apple will also be making the microphone available to purchase from its stores at launch.

According to Apogee's website, the Mic Plus is compatible with the iPhone 5, the fourth-generation iPad, the 5th-generation iPod touch, all iPad Pro models, and newer hardware, running iOS 9 or later. It will also work with Intel-based Mac desktops equipped with 2 gigabytes of RAM and running macOS 10.9 or later, as well as PCs running Windows 10 with 4 gigabytes of RAM.