Apogee Mic 96k

Condenser microphone for Apple® iOS devices and Macs

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Apogee Mic 96k

Cutaway showing mic capsule, preamp, and A/D converter

Apogee's Mic 96k condenser microphone will help you record vocals and acoustic instruments to your iPhone®, iPad®, iPad mini®, iPod touch®, or Mac computer with studio-quality sound and fidelity. This combination microphone, preamp, and analog-to-digital converter makes it easy to capture the pure unadulterated sounds you need for clean recordings. Just plug it into your device, launch a recording app like GarageBand®, adjust the gain knob for an acceptable level, and you're set. For musicians, you can now literally mail a part in — just plug the Mic 96k into your iPhone, record, and send it off as an email.

High-quality electronic features

The cardioid pattern condenser microphone gets its power from your iOS device or Mac through the connection cable. The multi-colored LED indicator that'll tell you when the signal level is good (green) or too hot (red), so you can adjust the gain accordingly. The preamp provides up to 40 dB of gain so you'll always have a good strong signal for recording. The analog-to-digital converter gets up to 24-bit, 96 kHZ resolution for superior fidelity.

Practical considerations

The Mic 96k's die-cast zinc body and steel mesh windscreen protect the delicate internal electronics from those occasional bumps and hits. The Mic 96k comes with a tripod table-top stand and an adapter for use with a standard microphone stand.

Product Highlights:

  • condenser microphone for Apple iOS devices and Macs
  • includes tripod table-top stand and microphone stand adapter
  • cardioid polar pattern
  • all-metal construction
  • powered by your device via USB or iOS cable
  • built-in preamp with up to 40 dB of gain
  • gain control knob and LED level indicator
  • A/D conversion up to 96 kHz, 24-bit resolution
  • works with GarageBand and all Core Audio compatible recording apps
  • system requirements:
    • Apple mobile device iOS version 6.1 and later
    • Mac OS version 10.7.5 or later
  • comes with Lightning and USB connection cables
  • 30-pin connection cable available from Apogee
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • USB microphone (for Apple iOS/Mac)
  • 39" Lightning iOS cable
  • 39" USB Mac cable
  • Table-top stand
  • Stand adapter
  • Threaded-post
  • 2 Washers Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • Accessory brochure

Product Research


Apple iOS/Mac Microphone: The Apogee MiC 96k is a studio quality microphone you can directly connect to your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. About the size of an iPhone, the MiC 96k makes it easy to capture your best take with incredible quality. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to voice-overs, instruments to interviews and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad, iPhone or Mac with GarageBand.

Microphone, Preamp, & Converter: The MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one compact device. Apogee has carefully designed each part of the MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone. And it all fits in your pocket

  • Cardioid Condenser Microphone Capsule: The MiC 96k features a studio quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule with a sensitive transducer used to turn acoustic energy into a low-level electric voltage.
  • Microphone Preamp: The MiC 96k employs a studio quality microphone preamp with up to 40dB of "gain" needed to bring the low voltage mic signal to acceptable line level, suitable for recording.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz DAC: The MiC 96k uses a 24-bit/96kHz analog-to-digital converter to turn an analog sound like your voice or an acoustic guitar into digital information with pristine fidelity.

PureDIGITAL Technology: The Apogee MiC 96k's premium digital converter features PureDIGITAL technology, which delivers your voice or acoustic instrument's true tone to your iPad, iPhone or Mac without compromise.

All-Metal Construction: The Apogee MiC 96k features a die-cast zinc body and steel mesh housing around the microphone capsule.

Direct Connection to Apple iOS & Mac:  The Apogee MiC 96k features a proprietary port and includes a Lightning and a USB cable that provides direct connection to a Lightning iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) or Mac computer/laptop.

Control Knob + LED Indicator: The MiC 96k's control knob allows easy input level adjustment. Its multicolor LED indicates status and provides input level monitoring.

Applications: The Apogee MiC 96k can be used in a variety of recording applications.

  • Music: The MiC 96k is great for capturing vocals and instruments.
    • Vocals: Apogee's MiC 96k features a wide dynamic range for capturing any singing style and genre. From soft ballads to hard rock, your vocal recordings will be clear and detailed. And because you can easily set your level directly on the MiC 96k, your tracks will be distortion-free.
    • Instruments: The MiC 96k's preamp and A/D converter are designed to record the true tone of acoustic instruments. Recordings of acoustic guitar, piano, strings and percussion will all sound like you are in the room with the performance.
  • Audio/Video: The MiC 96k allows you to record audio while you capture video with your iPhone or DSLR camera.
    • MiC for Audio w/ iPhone Video: Apogee's MiC 96k takes your iPhone videos to the next level. Whether you are capturing a performance for YouTube, making home movies, or shooting an indie film, recording with the MiC 96k will bring studio-quality audio to your next production.
    • MiC for Audio w/ DSLR Video: Recording audio on a DSLR video shoot can be difficult, but with Apogee's MiC 96k and iPhone it's incredibly easy. Simply connect the MiC 96k to a boom pole using the included stand adapter, plug into your iPhone and begin capturing audio anywhere. You can then upload the files to your Mac and begin editing in Final Cut Pro. The MiC 96k is a great way to bring 48kHz HD sound to the cinematic image quality offered by cameras like the Canon 7D, Canon 5D and the Nikon D800.
  • Voice-Overs, Podcasts, & Interviews: The MiC 96k simplifies the recording process for voice-overs, podcasts and interviews and delivers professional results. With Apogee's MiC 96k and an iPhone or iPad you have an affordable setup that is easy to use and completely portable.

System Requirements: The Apogee MiC 96k is compatible with select Apple iOS devices running iOS 6.1 or later, plus select Mac computers running OSX 10.7.5 or later. Your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer must have GarageBand or other Core Audio software application installed.

  • iOS 6.1 or Later: Compatible with iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 6/6+, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPad mini
  • Mac OSX 10.7.5 or Later: Compatible Mac with an Intel processor, 1GB minimum of installed RAM (2GB recommended)
  • Software: GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage, Pro Tools (v9 and later), and any Core Audio compatible application for iOS or Mac

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