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Blue Microphones Tiki Ultra Compact USB Microphone

  • Compatibility - PC and Mac with USB 2.0+
  • Set Up - Plug n Play with no drivers needed
  • Audio - CD-quality, 16 bit 44.1 k, 40Hz-20kHz
  • Size - Less than three inches

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    Blue Microphones Tiki Ultra Compact USB Microphone Product Description

    Key Features

    • Compatibility - PC and Mac with USB 2.0+
    • Set Up - Plug n Play with no drivers needed
    • Audio - CD-quality, 16 bit 44.1 k, 40Hz-20kHz
    • Inner Workings - Two custom condenser capsules with advanced DSP
    • Size - Less than three inches

    The new Tiki is the world's first USB microphone that mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimizing background noise and knowing when to mute altogether. Tiki's two modes give any Skype user, podcaster or musician the versatility to quickly choose the best option in any situation. First, Intelligent Speech Mode brings your voice to the forefront of a conference call or chat while noise-canceling technology simultaneously minimizes unwanted, competing background noise. Natural Recording Mode captures a wide range of sources from vocals to acoustic guitar, recording high-fidelity audio with exceptional clarity. Tiki sets a new standard for crystal clear audio for wherever you go.

    Technology

    • Intelligent ultra-compact USB microphone
    • Brings your voice to the forefront using voice isolation and noise-cancelling technology
    • Improves vocal clarity for online communication like Skype and iChat, and voice recognition software
    • Reduces computer fan and typing noise by intelligently auto-muting
    • Recording mode optimized for podcasts and music recording
    • Multi-colored LED indicates muting status and more

    How does Tiki work exactly?

    It has two ears and a brain-- actually, two capsules and one very powerful (400MHz) DSP chip which constantly listen and compare the signal from the two opposite-facing cardioid capsules. The DSP decides which signals to pass through and compares the signals to help remove background noise. In addition, it applies noise-reduction algorithms co-developed with iZotope and then applies intelligent muting, which soft mutes whenever you aren't speaking.

    Who is iZotope?

    iZotope engineering is the leader in audio processing technologies-- they've developed many of the most popular audio processing algorithms as used in professional studio software, live/broadcast, video games and played an integral role in developing the noise-reduction modes used in Tiki's intelligent listening mode.

    Is Tiki good for recording?

    Yes. With the push of a button, Tiki's natural recording mode behaves like a traditional microphone, and applies only minor processing to add presence and proximity to the signal from the mic-- everything is done in real time, in hardware.

    Does Tiki require any software?

    No. All processing is done completely inside the Tiki hardware and requires no drivers or system resources to operate. Just plug it in and go!

    As the Tiki is a compact USB model, which is the recommended microphone conference applications if you had multiple people at a table for a "skype" style or "go to meeting style" in-office conference call?

    The Omni mode on Yeti or Snowball will be a better choice for a larger group conference calls with more than two people. While Tiki would work, it is inherently well-suited for picking up what is in front and behind—not all around—making it best for one-on-one or two-on-one conversations.

    System Requirements

    • PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional
    • USB 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)
    • Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher)
    • USB 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

    Blue Microphones

    Blue Microphones was founded in 1995 to improve the front-end of audio recording by utilizing the increased bandwidth benefits enabled by digital technology. Advances in digital processing (e.g. extended frequency response, dynamic range, project recording capability) fundamentally changed the recording process as well as the potential for microphone performance. Basing many of their concepts, designs, and technology on knowledge gleaned from years of repairing and improving classic microphones from a wide variety of manufacturers, but by simultaneously integrating new technologies, materials and a first-hand knowledge of today's recording process, Blue began to pioneer the perfect analog input devices for the digital age.

    Starting with state-of-the-art technology that ensures the purest possible signal path and Class A fully discrete circuitry with no ICs, pads, or filters, each microphone is designed to fill a specific role in a recording repertoire. Every single design contains its own propriety capsule that is hand-tested and approved to capture specific sonic signatures in specific ways. The first proprietary design, the Blueberry (Electronic Musician 2000 Editor's Choice Microphone of the Year) was designed and engineered at the behest of John Gass, a Grammy award-winning engineer/mixer, who asked Blue if it was possible to create a contemporary pop vocal mic that also substantially eliminated the need to spend hours "EQing" or over-processing the signal source. The Blueberry's success led to future Blue designs that focused solely on delivering the best possible reproduction of specific vocal or instrument types. The result is a portfolio of professional microphones that create a palette of sounds, enabling artists to realize the sonic landscape of their vision.

    At the turn of the millennium, after receiving an early version of Apple's software program GarageBandTM, the team at Blue realized that project studio recording presented the next revolution of the recording industry. Believing that the lack of a high-quality USB microphone to protect the signal source would slow down this revolution, Blue developed the Snowball, now the #1 selling wired condenser microphone in the world. Throughout the development process, the Snowball was designed specifically with musicians in mind; however, people very quickly began to adopt the product for consumer applications, such as podcasting, chat, and narration. Out of this, Blue's line of consumer audio products was born, solidifying Blue's belief that everyone, everywhere should have access to great audio.

    Blue is 100% committed to getting the very best microphones in the world into the hands of those who have a passion for high quality audio; this is our heritage and will always be the core focus of everything we do. We also realize that great sound enhances every environment, and for this reason Blue has leveraged its pro-audio DNA to launch a line of products catering to life outside the studio. These include high-quality USB products for both Mac and PC, iPod accessories, and an XLR-to-USB converter that allows everyone to take advantage of the quality and performance inherent in every Blue microphone on their computer. From the uncompromising and revolutionary Bottle to the HD audio/video Eyeball webcam, every product reflects Blue's rare expertise and inimitable design sense. We encourage you to audition each Blue microphone to discover the ideal sonic character for your audio needs.

    Technical Specifications

    Connections

    Connector Type USB 2.0 (4 PIN USB Type A)

    Microphone

    Response Bandwidth 40 - 20000 Hz
    Type External
    Microphone Technology Electret condenser
    Connectivity Technology Wired
    Frequency Response 40 - 20000 Hz

    General

    Recommended Use Computer
    Features Built-in DSP, auto mute
    Product Type Microphone

    Miscellaneous

    Cables Included USB extension cable
    Included Accessories Carrying case

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