Best Audio Microphone


Professional polish, right out of the box
Since its 1990 introduction, the Reference Cardioid has become an industry standard, thanks to the deity-like presence and weight it imparts to pop, rock, rap, and R&B vocals as well as voice-overs. It’s also great for capturing massive drums when deployed on toms or overheads. Saxophones rule when recorded with this mic. In fact, the Reference Cardioid enhances any source, delivering punchy, larger-than-life tracks with that elusive professional polish, right out of the box. At Sweetwater, we consider the Reference Cardioid a “just add talent” mic. It’s a serious tool for making audacious statements with your music.

Big, bold, and beautiful
When it comes to microphones, there’s a certain alchemy that goes beyond specs. For the Reference Cardioid, Manley applied their considerable expertise in tube circuits to engineer a mic that calls to mind certain coveted vintage European tube mics. It features the same top-shelf components as Manley’s lauded Gold Reference mic, but has a thicker-gauge (6 micron) center-fixed cardioid-only capsule with a gold sputtered diaphragm. With its lavish tonal balance and liquid midrange, the Cardioid Reference is a first-call mic for guitars, drum overheads, saxophone, and of course, vocals. If you’re spending time trying to EQ and compress life into your tracks, perhaps you’re using the wrong mic. Try the Reference Cardioid. Which Manley mic is right for you? Check out our Manley Mic Comparison and find the one that best fits your needs!

iPhone 11 Night Mode Vs Pixel 4 Night Sight Comparison Sees Apple’s Phone Beat Google’s

A new side-by-side comparison between iPhone 11 Night Mode Vs Pixel 4 Night Sight sees the former beat Google’s phone. Here are the details.
The arrival of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max brought the announcement of the new Night Mode, too. With the new ability to take photos even in low light, the obvious comparison was with Google’s Pixel phones, powered by Night Sight.

Apple today released iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 softwarethat was released two weeks ago. This is the fourth update to the iOS 13 operating system that came out in September. 

The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple’s release notes for the software, the iOS 13.1.3 update introduces bug fixes and performance improvements. Full details below:iOS 13.1.3 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update

Apple’s iPhone SE 2 will start at $399, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts

In a new research report, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that prices for the rumored iPhone SE 2 will start at $399, MacRumors reports. Alongside the new pricing information, Kuo also used the report to re-iterate several of his previous predictions for the device, including that it will be powered by the iPhone 11’s A13 chip, will have 3GB of RAM, and will be released in the first quarter of next year.

Kuo also says that the new phone will be available with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage (although a report from earlier this year said it would only have 128GB), and will come in gray, silver, or red. He also said that the phone won’t include 3D Touch, although that’s less surprising given the feature has recently disappeared from Apple’s top-end devices. The analyst has previously said he expects the iPhone SE 2’s design to be similar to that of the iPhone 8, echoing a previous report from Bloomberg.
As 9to5Mac notes, a $399 starting price is exactly the same as what the original iPhone SE had when it launched way back in 2016, although it dropped to $349 by the time it was discontinued the following year. Selling cheaper devices like the SE is particularly important for Apple if it wants to compete on unit sales in markets like India, where phones costing more than around $450 only made up 4 percent of the market as of last year. The cheapest phone Apple currently sells is the iPhone 8, which starts at $449.

Ming-Chi Kuo updates 2020 Apple predictions for AR glasses, iPhone SE 2, iPad Pro, and MacBook

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is preparing to release the iPhone SE 2, a new iPad Pro with a 3D sensor for better AR support, a new MacBook equipped with a scissor-switch keyboard, and the long-rumored augmented reality headset all in the first half of 2020. The predictions were published in a new Chinese-language report that was reported in English by 9to5Mac.

Apple releases Philippine prices for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

MANILA, Philippines – Prices for this year’s iPhones have been released by Apple on their product website. 

The base iPhone 11 model’s price will start at P47,990. In Apple’s price tiers, the base iPhone 11 replaces the iPhone XR, which started at 50,990 last year, meaning the “budget” current-generation iPhone model is cheaper this year. The XR continues to be in production though, with prices starting at P40,990. (READ: iPhone XR vs. iPhone 11: Which should you get?)

The iPhone 11 Pro’s price will start at P67,990 while the Pro Max will start at P73,990. Last year’s equivalent models, the iPhone XS had a starting price of P67,990, the same as the 11 Pro, while the XS Max was slightly more expensive than this year’s model at P74,990. (READ: Everything Apple announced at its September 2019 event)

Here are the prices by storage variant: 

iPhone 11
64GB – P47,990
128GB – P50,990
256GB – P56,990

iPhone 11 Pro 
64GB – 67,990
256GB – P76,990
512GB – P89,990

iPhone 11 Pro Max
64GB – P73,990
256GB – P82,990
512GB – P95,990

The new MacOS, Catalina, is finally here — here are the biggest changes in Apple’s big software update for Macs

Apple has officially released Catalina,the next major software update for its MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro computers.
First announced during Apple’s 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Catalina introduces some big changes to native Mac apps, including the elimination of iTunes and the new ability to control your computer with voice commands.
Catalina also features some important updates for iPad owners and developers. A new app called Sidecar will let iPad owners use their tablet as a second screen, complete with Apple Pencil support. New developer tools for Catalina called Project Catalyst will also make it easier for iPad developers to bring their apps directly to MacOS.
After more than 18 years, Apple is ready to move on from iTunes. Rather than using iTunes as a catch-all for different types of entertainment, Apple is introducing three separate macOS apps for users to manage their content.
A macOS version of Apple Music will become the default app for users to manage their music library, while Apple Podcasts will organize podcast subscriptions. Apple TV will manage downloaded video content and introduce Mac owners to Apple’s streaming TV service.

Apple says some iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices have a problem that makes it so they can’t turn on, but it says it will fix them for free

If you’re still rocking the four-year-old iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, there’s a slight chance you may have run into a big problem where the phone simply stops turning on.
The silver lining here, if there is one, is that Apple said on Friday that it will fix that problems for free.

“Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail,” Apple says on a website dedicated to the issue. “This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between October 2018 to August 2019.”
If you think your iPhone 6 or 6S is subject to the problem, you can go to that site and plug in your serial number, and Apple will set you up with a repair.

The iPhone 6S holds an important distinction in Apple history: It was the last of the numbered iPhone line to come with a headphone jack, before it was taken out in 2016’s iPhone 7.
That’s led to some continued love for a device that’s otherwise getting long in the tooth, specs-wise — and why many were upset when Apple unceremoniously discontinued the iPhone 6S, and the similarly headphone-jacked iPhone SE, in 2018.

Apple is reportedly bringing back its smaller, cheaper iPhone in early 2020 — but this time it’s rumored to look like the iPhone 8

The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, cost just $400 — the iPhone SE 2 could come in around a similar price point, well below the $700 price of Apple’s new iPhone 11.

According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac, the new iPhone SE will arrive in the first quarter of 2020.

Moreover, Kuo, who has a good track record for reporting about upcoming Apple products, says the new iPhone SE will resemble an iPhone 8 but it’ll have the same chip powering it as the iPhone 11 — Apple’s A13 — and 3GB of RAM.

Apple has yet to officially announce a new iPhone SE model, but this is the second such credible report to suggest one is in the works. In September, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei published a report suggesting Apple was working on the rumored device. 

Representatives for Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

France has banned all children under 15 from using their phones in school

The ban, passed in July following a campaign pledge made by French President Emmanuel Macron, will affect elementary and junior high schools across the country as they return from the summer break.
The new law, which went into effect on August 5, bans all types of cellphones, as well as tablets and smartwatches.
While a ban on cellphones during class hours was already in place since 2010, the new law extends to breaks and mealtimes.
Schools are free to choose themselves if they will implement the ban for students over 15. There are also some exceptions to the ban, such as for students with disabilities.
Monday is the first day that French schoolchildren under 15 cannot use their cellphones at any point during the school day, thanks to a new nationwide law.