I’ve recently shared that I’ve jumped on the video bandwagon. Friends and colleagues have said for years I need to produce more video for the blog and my social channels. Now that I’ve committed to creating more video I realise that I need to increase the production quality. I identified three tools that would help me with that and the most important one is sound equipment. I need high-quality IK Multimedia iRig mic’s to enable me to capture the best sound possible when I’m shooting my videos. Whether it is on an epic hike in the mountains, kayaking on the Ocean or wandering a crowded Christmas Market. With my new iRig Mic HD and iRig Mic Lav I will have the best sound possible and best of all they will fit easily into my carry-on luggage and backpack.
Product Review: watch the video below to see the two mic’s in action
First up is the IRIG MIC HD. Compact and easy to use this mic is plug and play ready. All you need to do is plug it into your phone and it is ready to use. I have an iPhone 6 currently and it plugs directly into the lightning port. Another cool feature is the indicator light which glows Blue, Green or Red.
- Blue means you are connected and everything is working
- Green means the sound input volume is perfect
- Red means that the mic is picking up too much noise and you need to adjust the input by moving the mic further away from your mouth or by adjusting the input dial
This handheld mic is perfect for on the spot interviews and crowded locations where you want to focus on your voice and not the background noise around you.
Next is the iRig Mic Lav 2-pack. Amazing for hands free “discreet” video where you don’t want to raise your voice to be heard by your smartphone mic. Another cool feature is that you are able to connect 2 of these mic’s together so you are able to capture a two person interview without having to miss any of the conversation. Great for on the spot podcast or radio interviews that you want to incorporate at a future date.
Both of these iRig Mic’s are compact and easy to store in my backpack. In fact, I plan on having them with me whenever I’m on an adventure. you never know when great sound will be needed for a video.
If you are doing a lot of video or want to do more I can’t recommend these products enough. I’ve used them before on shoots when friends and colleagues let me borrow theirs and now that I have my own I am thrilled. Thanks IK Multimedia for sending these over to me for review. They are now part of my essential packing checklist.
Check out this video I shot at Lumina Borealis in Kingston recently using the iRig Mic Lav. It was a bit windy, but the mic did a better job than if I had not used it.