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Palovue iMic - Mid/Side Stereo Condenser Mic Test/Review

Here's a test/review of the iMic by Palovue - a made for iOS lightning condenser microphone. It's like the Shure MV88 but has additional headphone monitoring and charging port. In the video I do a mid/side stereo recording of some acoustic guitar, then convert to stereo using AUM (thanks for the help @j_liljedahl) and Youlean LM Lite.

How do you think it sounds?

Comments

  • Yowza, sounds great! I had no idea that this mic existed, much less the cool things you can do with the mid/side balance. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sounds like a toy... ;) but then it only costs as toy, so no complaints o:)
    (I was expecting a way higher charge)

  • McDMcD
    edited June 23

    FYI: It's currently $50 on Amazon.

    There's a stereo product at $75 that includes a headphone jack and power port which would be nice for my newer iPhone that doesn't have a headphone jack.

    PALOVUE Portable MFi Certified Microphone with Lightning Connector for iPhone iPad, Professional Digital Stereo Cardioid Condenser Mic with Charging Port and 3.5mm Headphones Jack for Recording

  • @Telefunky said:
    Sounds like a toy... ;) but then it only costs as toy, so no complaints o:)
    (I was expecting a way higher charge)

    Dude, I’ve been playing and recording a long time. That doesn’t sound like a toy. It’s not an AKG or Neumann but it’s not a toy

  • mike sounds good. btw was that "take a little bit of my heart"?

  • @Telefunky said:
    Sounds like a toy... ;) but then it only costs as toy, so no complaints o:)
    (I was expecting a way higher charge)

    I get you. I know you revere excellent in mic's and supporting hardware gear.

    But I tend to collect toys just because of the reduced prices because collecting state-of-the-art requires competing with pro's on prices.

    The headphone port and power port might make my iPhone
    a lot more useful device for field work when combined with a battery pack unit.

  • edited June 24

    Today there are some excellent toys... nothing wrong about it for 50 bucks. (as mentioned)
    Quote from their FAQ

    And iMic is a low-distortion digital microphone with A2M and DSP dual chips that effectively help reduce noise, so as to help you record the most high-definition and original sound.

    ps: I picked the category for the bold attitude of the site. >:)
    to be precise regarding the sound: it lacks a lot of typical steel string highs and the stereo field is way out of control. At least I can‘t remember similar drama from the few occasions I did mid side (with a ribbon and a cardioid).

  • Thanks for watching and the comments @lukesleepwalker @McD. For the price I'm happy with this mic, the build quality is solid - not cheap at all. As for the sound quality, I think once I'm used to the sensitivity of the mic (it's very sensitive) and with a bit of post-tweaking, the results should be good. Thanks for listening @Telefunky, you're right, the highs do slope off pretty quick, although that could be the old strings on my Taylor GS Mini - ultra-dead sounding. Will change my strings and do some more experimentation.

    Thanks @wag. Yes, that's (Take Another Little) Piece Of My Heart. I recently did an electric version which is here.

  • Really intrigued by this mic.
    Are you able to record into any app that receives audio and has anyone tried it with a usb c ported device via adapter?
    Thanks for any responses.

  • How does it compare to the Shure?

  • @Ben said:
    Are you able to record into any app that receives audio and has anyone tried it with a usb c ported device via adapter?

    Sorry, I don't have a usb c ported device - only iPhone with lightning port, so cannot test that. I have used the mic with several apps without issue, including the iOS video and voice recorder apps, Neon Audio Editor and TwistedWave. I've also tested recording and headphone monitoring in Cubasis 3, which worked great.

    @mistercharlie said:
    How does it compare to the Shure?

    I bought this mic as it seemed very similar to the Shure, but I don't have one to compare it to. The Shure has good reviews, and from a price point of view, I would hope/assume the quality is better.

  • @mistercharlie said:
    How does it compare to the Shure?

    Which Shure? Do you have a model number or link please?

  • @Ben said:

    @mistercharlie said:
    How does it compare to the Shure?

    Which Shure? Do you have a model number or link please?

    The Shure MV-88, as mentioned by the OP. It looks almost exactly like this one.

    https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/mv88

  • @pbelgium and @mistercharlie thanks for the responses. See that now in the original post. Got by me. Sorry

  • Had another little play with the iMic. Still haven't found the right balance of mic input level and guitar/mic position, but I'm getting there - still haven't changed guitar strings!

    Taylor GS Mini -> iMic (Mid/Side recording) -> AUM -> TB Equalizer -> AltiSpace 2 (EMT250 Plate)

  • Does it have any app that one can plug these types of iMics into an iPhone, have a singer plug a headphone into the iPhone, and record over a reference track?

  • @pbelgium said:
    Had another little play with the iMic. Still haven't found the right balance of mic input level and guitar/mic position, but I'm getting there...

    It‘s tricky because of the mic‘s design (they have a kind of explosion graphic on their site)
    The cardioid sits above the fig-8 capsule, which may matter for the small capsule diameter.
    I suspect the fig-8 is a 2 element system itself, not a dual-polarized capsule. (budget reason)
    That‘s why I assume a lot is done by the onboard DSP, resulting in exaggerated responses frequently.
    I‘d focus on the front mic and use the fig-8 with rather small channel (pan) displacement and lower level... or even on a separate „ambience“ stereo pair (if that split is possible).

  • @RajahP said:
    Does it have any app that one can plug these types of iMics into an iPhone, have a singer plug a headphone into the iPhone, and record over a reference track?

    Hi @RajahP the iMic is made for iPhone (or any device with lightning connector) and can record into any app, such as Cubasis, AUM, etc. You have to use the Palovue app to setup the mic - polar pattern, input gain, noise reduction, monitoring. You can plug in headphones to monitor and record over a reference track.

  • @Telefunky said:
    The cardioid sits above the fig-8 capsule, which may matter for the small capsule diameter.
    I suspect the fig-8 is a 2 element system itself, not a dual-polarized capsule. (budget reason)
    That‘s why I assume a lot is done by the onboard DSP, resulting in exaggerated responses frequently.
    I‘d focus on the front mic and use the fig-8 with rather small channel (pan) displacement and lower level... or even on a separate „ambience“ stereo pair (if that split is possible).

    Thanks @Telefunky. I can hear what you mean now about the stereo field and will try manually processing the mid/side in Cubasis - should give me more control to try out your suggestions. Cheers.

  • @pbelgium said:

    @RajahP said:
    Does it have any app that one can plug these types of iMics into an iPhone, have a singer plug a headphone into the iPhone, and record over a reference track?

    Hi @RajahP the iMic is made for iPhone (or any device with lightning connector) and can record into any app, such as Cubasis, AUM, etc. You have to use the Palovue app to setup the mic - polar pattern, input gain, noise reduction, monitoring. You can plug in headphones to monitor and record over a reference track.

    Thanks.. it would be nice if there was a simple app for a singer to just press a button and record a track with a reference source.. hit another button and upload/send his/her vocal track to a producer.. just a thought..

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