The miniaturization of cameras is well advanced, even on large sensors with DSLRs and system cameras. At the same time, microphones haven’t changed as much, with only a few companies like Røde trying to minimize the footprint of new microphones and transmitting devices.
In comes Mikme, a little box-shaped microphone that promises to give studio-quality sound for on-the-go recordings. The recorder is built in, but it can also be operated through a dedicated smartphone app as well as a Mac or PC. Looks like a cool device to grab b-roll audio for video content on the go, easier to handle than most other recorders.
The makers behind the microphone come from a professional audio engineering background, with most of them former employees of AKG, the Austrian pro-audio maker, probably most famous for their “golden” studio headphones.
The guys seem to have hit a homerun with Mikme as their Indiegogo campaign overfunded within a few hours. Depending on the support package you choose, you currently can order one device for around $170 through campaign contributions.
We are in contact with the people behind Mikme and will take one of their prototypes for a spin soon.
Here’s an interesting tool that some filmmakers struggling with audio may like. Mikme is a wireless recording microphone, offering 24bit 96kHz audio at the touch of one button. Check out their Kickstarter campaign in the video below:
Mikme is discreet, small and simple. One top button turns the device one, records audio and plays back your last clip; it is designed to make audio capture incredibly easy. Further more at the base is control for volume, battery indicator, Bluetooth pairing, a 3.5mm output for headphones/camera etc and a USB for charging and data transfer.
The integrated iOS app boasts an easy-to-use interface, enabling you to transfer audio via Bluetooth and layer up to 8 tracks per recording.
Primarily designed at music artists that want to alleviate the complications of audio capture, however the simplified design could be an attractive form factor for filmmakers whom are less audio savvy.
Often with such simple devices, some may question the use in a professional environment. Mikme houses a 1″ condenser microphone, and captures in 24bit 96kHz format. Here’s the further specification:
Capsule – 1 inch, gold plated, condenser
Polar pattern – Cardiod
Audio frequency bandwidth – 20 to 20000 Hz
Sensitivity – 18 mV/Pa
Signal to noise – 75 dB-A
Preattenuation pad – 0 to -30 dB
Internal memory – 8 GB
Recording time – 180 hours MP4, 16 hours WAV
Bit depth – 24
Sampling frequencies – 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz
Processor – 168 MHz Cortex M4
Rechargeable Li-IO battery – 1000 mAh
7 hours battery-powered operation time
1/4″ threaded based for mounting
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will pay $179 for a Mikme, which is said to be a $120 saving from the predicted retail price. For info on further rewards and project plans check out the Kickstarter page.