Retro mic turns your iOS device into a portable studio

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Samson Satellite mic
The Samson Satellite USB/iOS Broadcast Microphone brings the studio into the field.
Photo: Samson Technologies

CES 2019 bugFor musicians, podcasters and streamers, “the studio” is an iOS device in a living room, coffee shop or some crazy live event.

Samson Technologies rolled out a new microphone at CES this week that promises to gather studio-quality audio no matter the location.

The Samson Satellite USB/iOS Broadcast Microphone records 24-bit/96kHZ audio, features three selectable pickup patterns and delivers from a fold-back leg base that makes the mic look ready for a lunar landing.

Creatives, be it musicians or self-styled cultural observers, are able to practice their craft with portable devices, like the iPhone or iPad. Apps for recording music or spoken content significantly reduce cost barriers.

Samson Satellite mic
Samson provides USB and Lightning cables for its Satellite Broadcast Microphone.
Photo: Samson Technologies

Still, the content is only as good as the audio.

Samson has been around since the early 1980s and is one of the pioneer brands in wireless microphones.

For the Satellite mic, Samson provides a USB or Lighting cable for connection to any Mac, PC or iOS device.

The new mic has two 16 mm condenser capsules that capture warmth and clarity in vocals. It also features cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional pickups.

Samson equipped the mic with an internal shock mount to isolate the capsules from the body of the microphone, which reduces noise created from handling or table vibrations.

The mic has an aluminum body and steel mesh grill and stands a little over 8 inches tall. It has a retro appearance that looks straight from the desk of Edward R. Murrow.

Samson is aiming to get the Satellite mic on store shelves by May.