Apogee has announced an update to its digital condenser microphone, the Mic 96k. The new Mic Plus offers several improvements, in addition to the well-known Apogee preamp and A/D converter. With up to 46dB of on-board mic preamp gain, the Mic Plus records 24-bit audio at up to 96kHz. New to the design is a stereo headphone output for real-time, latency-free audio monitoring.
A Blend mix control is available to let users balance between live mic audio and playback. Apogee also switched the input gain control for a digital encoder rather than an analog knob, which is said to allow for more precise gain adjustments. There’s also a push to mute function for completely silencing the microphone.
The Mic Plus ships with three cables for connecting to Mac, PC and iOS devices via USB Type-A, Type-C, and Lighting ports. It’s supposed to be a plug and play microphone with no driver installation needed on both Windows and Mac. Just select the Mic Plus as the audio interface in use before you start recording.
Apogee also added a desktop tripod stand and a microphone stand adapter to the package. So it’s overall great value – Apogee-quality mic, preamp, and conversion; cables, tripod, mount. There’s no shock-mount or a windshield, but the brand isn’t positioning this microphone as a studio piece, though it will do a quite serviceable job in the right hands. It’s more of a high-quality podcast mic, which is fine. These usually go around $100 to $150, but the premium Apogee asks for is justified, knowing the manufacturing quality is high and the audio technology can be trusted to sound great.
Price and availability
The Apogee Mic Plus costs $250 and is available from today, November 15. It can be found at Apogee re-sellers and Apple stores, both online and offline.