IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio Review

Today I'm reviewing another microphone from IK Multimedia, iRig Mic Studio.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to my 2017 iMac with the input gain set at 10:00. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $150.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Microphone Mount
  3. 5/8" to 3/8" Stand Adapter
  4. Desktop Tripod Stand
  5. USB-A Cable
  6. Lightning Cable
  7. Micro-USB Cable
  8. Storage pouch
  9. Documentation


  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-42dB
  4. Max SPL: 133dB
  5. Self-Noise: 11dBA
  6. Bit Depth: 24-Bit
  7. Sample Rate: 48kHz

Performance / Features

The build quality of this microphone doesn't give me anything to complain about. It has a metal body construction and a metal grill that feels sturdy. It is also a bit on the light side. These are all good attributes for a travel microphone. On the front you'll find a gain dial to adjust the microphone's gain, a multi-color LED light for metering, and a headphone volume control. Lastly, on the back of the microphone you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, which does not offer latency free monitoring.

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. They do not have any frequency response published, but while listening to the audio samples it sounds as though this mic has a significant treble boost which gives it too much clarity, to the point that it starts to sound unnatural. Additionally, this mic has a rather prominent proximity effect, so if you mic any source closely, you will get a slightly scooped mid tone. 

The polar pattern of this mic is cardioid. It didn't do a good job at background noise rejection. There was a slight volume decrease as you move around the microphone, but the ambient noise, keyboard noise, guitar noise will be apparent in your recordings. 

The overall performance of this mic is fine, but I'm becoming pickier, and more curmudgeonly. First, the preamp is relatively quiet all the way up to 100%, the main noise introduced was ambient noise. The tone of this mic is overly bright, and this adds too-much clarity in my opinion which leads it to sound somewhat unnatural. As I already mentioned, if you mix this frequency response with the proximity effect, you will likely end up with a slightly scooped mid tone. Also when I compared this mics samples against flatter mics like the NT1, it had a minimal nasal tone.


  • Convenient since it's compatible with multiple OS (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)
  • HD Recording (24-bit, 48kHz)
  • Relatively quiet preamp
  • Fairly good job at rejecting plosives


  • Overboosted treble frequncies
  • Lacks latency free monitoring
  • No specs included in documentation


This microphone is perfectly mediocre. Nothing really sticks out to me as a reason to buy it except for the almost universal compatibility. Other than that, I do not think that I can recommend it. This is mainly because the overly boosted high end leads to a unnatural tone which I am not a fan of.  I am also turned off by the lack of zero latency monitoring.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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BSP-113: Amazon Banking Services

On episode 113 I provide an update to my Twitch live-streaming, introduce a new segment where you guys tell me how dumb I am, talk about Amazon launching banking services, Mac OSX launching external GPU support, the first Chrome OS Tablet, the new iPad, Apple launching classroom tools, a new entry level GoPro, a serious issue with affiliate marketing, Jake Paul getting a talk show, Rhode Island blocking porn unless you pay, and much much more.

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00:38 - Update to Live Streaming
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02:24 - What You Had To Say (Getting Corrected by Viewers)
04:34 - Amazon Checking Accounts for Teenagers
07:31 - Mac OSX Launches External GPU Support
08:09 - First Chrome OS Tablet
09:30 - 2018 iPad Launch
10:45 - Apple Classroom Toolkit
12:38 - New Entry Level GoPro
14:03 - 90% Of Affiliate Posts Go Undisclosed
17:30 - Jake Paul Gets a Talk Show
20:14 - Rhode Island Blocking Porn Unless you Pay
23:28 - Apple TV Programming Coming 2019
23:55 - Ask Bandrew
24:12 - Email 1
25:06 - Can you quit caffeine?
26:05 - What is your dream job?
27:00 - Are panels beneficial for Fans & Creators?
29:40 - Is Roku the Best? 
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31:41 - Email 2
33:05 - Response to SP
33:40 - My Thoughts on Launching a Store
35:11 - Email 3
35:43 - Discussing Issues with C01u Pro
36:32 - Email 4
36:50 - How’d you come up with your intro?
37:26 - Do you have any future podcast plans?
38:29 - Outro 

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