Top Toy: Handheld Microphone for iPhone, iPad

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Artists looking to spout off songs, spoken word performances and catchy choruses on the go can now do so just as they would on-stage using the iRig Mic, the first handheld microphone for iOS devices.

Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can immediately record verses, ambient sounds or podcasts dynamically with the condenser microphone, which lets you lay down instrumentals or vocal tracks on-demand. Allegedly suitable for use with both lyrics and instruments alike, it’s also reportedly rugged enough to travel along on tour, and pick up noises at all volume levels including soft whispers and party-starting shrieks.

Able to be held or inserted into standard microphone stands, creator IK Multimedia says that the device can further be used with nearly any music app, potentially allowing impromptu karaoke sessions or portable jam sessions whenever the mood strikes. Compatible software programs offered out of the box include vocal effects processing toolkit VocaLive, sound capture application iRig Recorder and guitar effects processor AmpliTube.

Possibly enabling high-quality voice and acoustic capturing options suitable for use while in the field, the device, which includes a three-level gain switch and mini-jack connector, looks to support a wide range of audio sources. If actual recordings prove to be anywhere as robust, the $59.99 accessory could prove a handy tool for singer-songwriters, musicians and performance artists who suddenly get the urge to throw down.