As podcasters ourselves, we’re always looking for gear that’ll help self-broadcasters keep up with the big boys. This time we think we’ve found one of the ultimate devices.Plug your mic into the the iKeyPlus, or use the built-in one if you must, and it’ll record your musings to whatever portable hard-disk device is attached to the USB port at the other end. That could be an iPod, a USB pen, a portable hard disk – even some mobile phones.With options to record in unadulterated WAV or up to 320Kbps in MP3, sound quality will be as good as any MiniDisc recorder – the current favourite for getting audio in the can. And with dedicated recording controls, it’s far easier to use than the alternative, a standard MP3 player with mic-in. That chunky ‘Rec’ key is perfect for capturing audio on the spur of the moment. The large LEDs indicate audio levels, which can be adjusted using a dedicated dial, and a headphone socket lets you hear what your mic’s picking up.There really is nothing else quite like this for the price – and believe us, we’ve looked.
iKEY Plus Price: £180 On sale: Now Contact: iKEY Audio