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HypeMiC and MiC Plus both feature a studio-quality condenser capsule for capturing hi-fidelity audio. The frequency response is smooth and evenly balanced, making it great for a wide variety of sound sources. This is partnered with a super low-noise preamp, built straight into the microphone to amplify its output. It can provide a maximum of 46dB, allowing you to capture the most delicate of sounds with minimal noise. The combination of the two equates to professional results with your recordings from either MiC.
When you think of a simple recording chain - from Microphone to a Digital Audio Workstation - it would normally look something like this:
Microphone > XLR Cable > Interface > USB Cable > Computer
HypeMiC and MiC Plus take the XLR Cable and Interface out of this equation, as it plugs straight into the computer via USB instead. The PureDIGITAL connection, featured in both MiCs, handles the conversion of analogue signal from the capsule, to the digital signal that's sent to the computer. Apogee’s conversion technology is well known for its transparency and accuracy, so you can rest assured that the audio you put in is exactly what you’ll hear coming back out. These converters can handle audio up to 24bit / 96kHz, which is more than enough digital detail for pro-level projects.
The headphone output, which appears on both the HypeMiC and MiC Plus, allows you to listen to audio coming directly from the MiC capsule, and also from the device you’re plugged into. The direct feed allows you to monitor yourself with zero latency (no delay time), which is pretty important when recording audio that needs to be in time e.g. for music.
Audio playback from your recording device is mixed direct feed, so you can listen to takes or overdub to backing tracks. The button above the gain wheel lets you set the perfect balance between you and the playback.
Cross Platform Compatibility
The MiC Plus and HypeMiC are compatible with a number of operating systems, and come pre-packed with three cable options, ensuring you can connect to your device straight away. When connected, you should see MiC appear in your DAW or App’s Audio I/O devices.
Both MiCs are compatible with the following systems:
Windows 10 - USB-A or USB-C included
Mac OS 10.9 or Later - USB-A or USB-C included
iOS 9 or Later - Lightning Cable included
To check full compatibility and other specs visit: https://apogeedigital.com/products/mic/specifications
Apogee provides some handy accessories to accompany both their MiCs. However, this is where we start to see a little difference.
MiC Plus comes with a small desktop tripod so you can place it on a desk or surface nearby. This is pretty useful if you need MiC Plus in close proximity to your recording device. It also comes with a microphone stand adapter, allowing you to place it on a full size stand for recording.
HypeMiC comes with a more premium package. The tripod stand & mic stand adapter are larger and more robust, offering better desktop placement and versatility. You also get a pop shield, which prevents plosives (‘puh’ and ‘buh’ sounds) from overloading the MiC capsule. Finally, HypeMiC comes packaged with a carry case, for added protection and for keeping all your accessories together when travelling. It’s worth mentioning that you can buy these accessories separately from all Apogee Dealerships.
And now for the most significant difference between the two Apogee MiCs...
The HypeMiC has a Built-in Compressor
The HypeMiC features a studio-grade analogue compressor, built straight into the signal path. This dynamic processor tames the dynamic range of your recording signal, meaning it brings out the delicate sounds while keeping loud ones in check. It does this in real time, so you end up with a professionally processed sound recorded direct to your device.
Compressors can be complicated to set up, but Apogee have simplified the one in HypeMic to operate in 3 switchable modes:
Shape it (Light Compression) - The minimal amount of compression, great for shaping the vocals and instruments in your music recordings.
Squeeze it (Medium Compression) - Great for podcasts, interviews and streaming when you want to squeeze a little more pop out of your voice.
Smash it (Heavy Compression) - Great for voice recording when you really want to smash it for that big broadcast sound.
You can switch between these modes by pressing the Gain Knob. Once the compressor is active, all you have to do is set your gain correctly, and the HypeMiC will do the rest. If you don’t want to use the compressor for recording, you can always just bypass it which removes it from the chain completely.