NAMM 2018 is in full swing this week highlighting the best of what the audio/music production industry will have to offer over the coming year. All of the biggest music gadget companies flock to Anaheim, California to show off their newest products and this year is no exception. We have been bringing you some of the major announcements from the show over the past week (or more) and now it’s time to round-up the best of NAMM 2018… expand full story
Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.
We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… expand full story
December 9, 2017
In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Best Buy’s 3-day Apple event is loaded with deals, Pad & Quill Sale, Ralph Lauren takes 30% off holiday favorites and more… expand full story
December 6, 2017
Anyone who reads 9to5Toys on a regular basis is well aware of Apogee and its pedigree in the professional audio industry. Sennheiser is another one of those companies that has been creating high-quality and professional headphones, microphones and much more for many years. Well, the two brands are now coming together for the new Ambeo Smart Headset. Now available at Apple.com and in Apple Stores everywhere, the new smart headphones come with a number of interesting features as well as a solid listening experience for sans-headphone jack iPhone users. expand full story
November 18, 2017
In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Pre-Black Friday sales from Bose, Nike, Anker and many more, along with our annual Best of coverage and exclusive discounts on iPhone X cases…
November 14, 2017
Since the mid-80s, Apogee has been creating award-winning audio-to-digital converters and interfaces for some of the best recording studios on the planet. So when it decided to bring its expertise to the portable production world some years ago, it was an exciting proposition for producers everywhere. Back in 2011 it introduced us to the first of its all-in-one USB microphone/interface hybrids and has steadily made top ten lists ever since. The once current generation Apogee MiC 96k for iOS, Mac, and Windows devices has made our top picks lists for a while now, but it’s time for a new player to enter the fray.
Today, Apogee is announcing the brand new MiC+ for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and PC, along with the official price and release date… expand full story
November 3, 2017
Today we are taking a look at some of our favorite microphones for home recording, podcasts and well, anything you else you might need one for. While we have mainly focused this list on recording vocals or voice-overs, most of our picks also sound great with acoustic guitars and other instruments as well. expand full story
October 18, 2017
Recording on iPhone and iPad has never been so exciting. With the plethora of software in combination with the near endless list of hardware options out there, it is easier than ever to record full songs, podcasts and even soundtracks directly to a mobile Apple device. We have always been big fans of what IK Multimedia has done in the space and companies like Apogee and Focusrite continue to turn out high-quality recording solutions for mobile producers.
We thought it would be a great time, ahead of the busy holiday season, to break down some of the best options out there for 2017. Down below you’ll find our top picks for the best Lightning iOS Interfaces in various price ranges to keep the tape rolling on all your mobile masterpieces… expand full story
May 20, 2017
In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: we go hands-on with This is Ground’s new Apple Watch Band collection, the latest iPad gets another discount, Restoration Hardware has an iPhone/iPad accessory sale and we’re hosting a Twelve South giveaway. Head below for more.
May 16, 2017
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Having a nice mic for your Mac/computer isn’t a necessity for everyone, but it can come in handy for anyone recording voice-overs, song demos or even those that find themselves knee deep in video conference calls. There’s nothing worse than horrible audio during a FaceTime call with a client/colleague.
Personally, I need a mic for all of these reasons (and more), so I thought it was time to take a look at some of the best options and how to most intelligently spend my money. Some mics are insanely expensive and are certainly going to be overkill for your weekly podcasts and staff meetings. Others will suffice for live streaming and things of that nature, but just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to voice-overs and song recording. As a general rule of thumb, voice work and songs are going to require a more expensive, higher quality mic, than those of us just using them for other more casual reasons.
Needless to say, we will be focusing on the much more affordable USB mics, as opposed to your typical, pro analog options. Although we are going to go over some options for those looking to step it up a notch as well:
April 5, 2016
Apogee, one of the leading audio interface companies in the business, has just released its most affordable option for Mac yet. The new ONE for Mac is very much based on the company’s small-footprint ONE interfaces, but this time with a more focused approach just for Mac users. While you wont get the dual functionality of the previous generation iOS/Mac options, the new interface also won’t reach into your pocket quite as deep.
January 13, 2016
January 12, 2016
Adorama has another solid home audio bundle today with the best selling Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and Apogee’s Groove portable headphone amp/DAC for $329 shipped. Combining both items together, that’s $135 under the regular price and the best value we can find. Even at the lowest individual prices we have ever seen on these two items, you’re still saving more than $25: expand full story
January 4, 2016
December 18, 2015
Every year, Apple puts together a beautiful-looking holiday gift guide on Apple.com, packed with the latest iOS devices, Macs, and accessories people would love to receive as gifts. The hitch is that Apple’s prices are almost always full retail, with no discounting, so it’s easy to spend anywhere from $5 to $300 more per item than if you just shopped around.
This year, 9to5Toys and 9to5Mac have done the bargain hunting for you. We’ve found savings on virtually every item on Apple’s holiday shopping list, which this year is organized into 6 sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Using the links below, you can save up to $350 on a new 12″ MacBook, between $20 and $80 on many third-party accessories, and up to $130 on a pair of Beats headphones…
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