Fellow podcasters, take to your dictaphones, microphones and paper cups this week to spread the word: there’s a new mic in town, and it’s very, very cool.
Made by HHB, the FlashMic has a gig of flash memory built-in, meaning you can stop lugging around your MacBook to interview people while on the hoof.
It’ll record music, chats and more in uncompressed audio for 3-4.5 hours depending on quality, jumping to 12-18 hours if you opt for podcast-friendly MP3. We’re waiting to have a play with it for our podcast but it’s already been given the thumbs-up by someone at Stuff Towers: Sarah Kirkup, pictured below interviewing Lesley Garrett. Sarah works over the barricades from Stuff at sister mag, Classic FM.
The obvious bonus is that the mic’s wire-free and powers off old-fashioned AA batteries (pick up some rechargeable Ni-MHs to save cash and the planet). You can also tweak the mic’s settings – whether you’re recording a group or an individual, for example – by plugging it into a PC and using HHB’s software.
It sneaked on to shelves a month ago for £82. You can get yours via HHB’s website.
Update: We're afraid we were a little out on the price – HHB has just told us it's £700, not £82. Sorry if we've shattered your podcasting budget.
Sarah Kirkup (left), with Lesley Garrett