IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field User manual

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field User manual
iRig Mic Field
Stereo audio/video microphone
Table of Contents
iRig Mic Field3
Register your iRig Mic Field3
iRig Mic Field overview4
Installation and setup5
iOS Devices5
iRig Mic Field status LED8
Setting optimal gain on iRig Mic Field9
Positioning iRig Mic Field10
Using iRig Mic Field11
Recording audio11
Recording video11
Device with protective case12
Support and more info13
iRig Mic Field
Thank you for purchasing iRig Mic Field.
Your package contains
iRig Mic Field
Protective bag
Quick start guide
Registration card
iRig Mic Field is a pocket-size stereo microphone designed for audio and video field-recording applications.
Thanks to its exclusive rotating enclosure, iRig Mic Field doubles as the perfect stereo microphone for
professional audio and video applications. Now it’s possible to preserve accurate left/right stereo imaging for
high-quality audio recordings during video shoots.
iRig Mic Field connects digitally through the Lightning port of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, giving far superior
results than the built-in mono mic on the device. It features two high-quality near coincident capsules and a
24-bit A/D converter to ensure the best audio quality. A built-in headphone jack allows for real-time monitoring.
iRig MIC Field works with several IK companion apps including iRig Recorder 2 and many other iOS compatible
Core Audio audio and video apps (including GarageBand, Voice Memo, iMovie, etc).
Register your iRig Mic Field
By registering, you can access technical support, activate your warranty and receive free JamPoints™ which will
be added to your account. JamPoints™ allow you to obtain discounts on future IK purchases! Registering also
keeps you informed of all the latest software updates and IK products.
Register at: www.ikmultimedia.com/registration
iRig Mic Field overview
1. Two high-quality electret condenser capsules
2. Headphone out
3. Gain control thumbwheel
4. Status LED
5. Lightning connector
Installation and setup
iOS Devices
1. Connect the Lightning connector of iRig Mic Field to the Lightning port on your iOS device. The status LED
on iRig Mic Field will turn dark blue.
2. Download your preferred audio processing or recording app like iRig Recorder 2, and launch it. The status
LED on iRig Mic Field will turn bright blue.
iRig Recorder
3. Start field recording or talking into iRig Mic Field. iRig Mic Field is a side address mic, so place the mic as
4. Adjust the input level as required using the Gain thumbwheel.
5. Change iRig Mic Field’s orientation depending on whether you’re using your iOS device in landscape or
portrait position.
6. Lower the volume of your device by using the side volume buttons.
7. Connect your headphones to the iRig Mic Field headphone output jack to monitor your recording.
WARNING: Permanent hearing loss may occur if earbuds or headphones are used at high
volume. You can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound, which may sound normal but can
be damaging to your hearing. Set your device volume to a safe level before that happens. If you
experience ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use of earbuds or headphones
with your device.
iRig Mic Field status LED
The multicolor LED on iRig Mic Field gives you important information about the iRig Mic Field’s operating status.
Each status is indicated by a different color:
• LED is off: iRig Mic Field is not connected to any power source.
• LED is dark blue: iRig Mic Field is connected and in standby mode.
• LED is bright blue: iRig Mic Field is connected and active.
• LED is green: iRig Mic Field is active and the input signal is low.
• LED is orange: iRig Mic Field is active and the input signal is OK.
• LED is red: iRig Mic Field is active and the input signal is too high.
Setting optimal gain on iRig Mic Field
When you’re using iRig Mic Field check the status LED.
• If the LED is alternating between BLUE and GREEN or is always BLUE or GREEN, you should increase the iRig
Mic Field input gain by rotating the gain thumbwheel counter-clockwise.
• If the LED is sometimes flashing RED you should decrease the iRig Mic Field input level by rotating the gain
thumbwheel clockwise.
• When your level setting is optimal, the LED should alternate between GREEN and ORANGE.
Positioning iRig Mic Field
iRig Mic Field’s stereo microphone capsules are located on the front face of the unit (side address), on the side opposite to
the status LED. When recording, direct the side opposite to the status LED toward the sound source you want to capture.
iRig Mic Field’s unique rotation system lets you rotate and lock iRig Mic Field 90° for optimal audio/video positioning.
Depending on whether you’re using your iOS device in landscape position (e.g, while recording a video) or portrait position
(e.g, while recording audio) it’s possible to record the audio source with the correct stereo L/R panorama.
Using iRig Mic Field
Recording audio
iRig Mic Field has been designed to deliver the best audio quality. The two high-quality electret condenser
capsules make it an ideal microphone for stereo recording. Before you take stereo recordings make sure to
select and enable recording on both inputs of your audio recording app.
Typical audio sources that should be recorded in stereo are: concerts, bands, pipe organs, drum sets, choirs
and generally all the sources with a wide stereo extension.
You can also use iRig Mic Field to record high-quality mono instruments (such as voices or guitars): In this
case make sure to activate only one input of your recording app and to direct the corresponding capsule to the
Recording video
iRig Mic Field is a field microphone perfectly suited for recording video with high-quality audio. How many times
have you attended a concert of your favorite band and you’ve take a video of the performance with your iPhone
or iPad? And how many times, listening back to the recording have you noticed that the sound was completely
distorted and low quality? Now, with iRig Mic Field, you can record your videos high audio quality and a faithful
stereo image. And, thanks to the built-in preamp you can adjust the gain of the microphone for the best audio
quality. While you’re recording you can also monitor the audio with your headphones (make sure your app
allows for it) and via the status LED on the front of iRig Mic Field. When recording video make sure that your
video app allows for digital input and stereo recording.
You can monitor your recordings via the iRig Mic Field’s headphone output jack or via your device’s headphone
output jack.
TIPS: if your device’s headphone out is free and unobstructed from iRig Mic Field we recommend to use it
instead of the one built in to the microphone, due to the lower mechanical noise generated by the headphone
cable when connected directly to the mobile device.
If you are using the headphone output on the microphone, we recommend to lock the cable with your hand,
so that it moves the least possible to avoid unwanted noises. Similarly, if you use a tripod, make sure to fix the
cable to the tripod via tape or velcro.
Device with protective case
If you are going to use iRig Mic Field with a device with a protective case, make sure that the Lightning opening
on the case is wide enough to allow the iRig Mic Field’s Lightning connector to plug in to the bottom.
iRig Mic Field does not activate when plugged into my iOS device
Verify that you’re using a compatible device.
Disconnect and re-connect iRig Mic Field to verify that you have securely connected iRig Mic Field to the iOS device.
Sound is distorted.
Check that the input level on iRig Mic Field has been set properly. If the RED LED is lighting when you record on iRig
Mic Field, decrease the input level as described in this guide.
The iRig Mic Field status LED is always dark blue and I don’t get any sound.
In order for iRig Mic Field to turn ON, a Core Audio-compatible audio app must first be launched on your iOS device.
Be sure you are using an app that works with the digital audio input from the Lightning dock connector.
- Digital stereo field recording microphone
- Transducer type: Condenser, electret
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid
- Capsules configuration: Near coincident pair
- Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20kHz
- Max SPL: 115dB SPL
- Resolution & Sample Rate: 24 bit, 44.1kHz and 48kHz
- Gain range: 48dB
- Power: Powered by the connected iOS device
- Connector: Lightning connector
- Rotation system: 90° for optimal audio/video positioning and locks in place
- Controls: Gain thumbwheel and multicolor LED indicator
- Audio connections: 3,5mm headphone output jack
- Size: 57,5mm (H) x 50mm (W) x 16mm (D)
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for the complete warranty policy.
Support and more info
Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards.
Registration number for iRig Mic Field:
MSIP – REM – IK0 – 049900001
B 급 기기
( 가정용 방송통신기자재 )
Class B Equipment
(For Home Use Broadcasting & Communication Equipment)
이 기기는 가정용 (B 급 ) 전자파적합기기로서 주로 가정에서 사용하는 것을
목적으로 하며 , 모든 지역에서 사용할 수 있습니다 .
This equipment is home use (Class B) electromagnetic
wave suitability equipment and to be used mainly
at home and it can be used in all areas.
“Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified
by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of
this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance.
iRig® Mic Field,iRig® Recorder, are trademarks property of IK Multimedia Production Srl. iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Retina, Mac, iMovie and GarageBand are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in
the U.S. and other countries. iPad Air, iPad mini, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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