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Blue Microphones Tiki Ultra Compact USB Microphone

by Blue Microphones
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
RRP: 49.99
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  • Compatibility - PC and Mac with USB 2.0+
  • Set Up - Plug n Play with no drivers needed
  • Audio - CD-quality, 16 bit 44.1 k, 40Hz-20kHz
  • Inner Workings - Two custom condenser capsules with advanced DSP
  • Size - Less than three inches
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight68 g
Product Dimensions7.6 x 2 x 2.8 cm
Item model numberTIKI
Colour ScreenNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0078SAIUY
Best Sellers Rank 824 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available3 Aug 2012
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The new Tiki is the world's first USB microphone that mimics the intelligence of human hearing by focusing on desired sounds, minimizing background noise and knowing when to mute altogether. Tiki's two modes give any Skype user, podcaster or musician the versatility to quickly choose the best option in any situation. First, Intelligent Speech Mode brings your voice to the forefront of a conference call or chat while noise-cancelling technology simultaneously minimizes unwanted, competing background noise. Natural Recording Mode captures a wide range of sources from vocals to acoustic guitar, recording high-fidelity audio with exceptional clarity. Tiki sets a new standard for crystal clear audio for wherever you go.

Technology

- Intelligent ultra-compact USB microphone.

- Brings your voice to the forefront using voice isolation and noise-cancelling technology.

- Improves vocal clarity for online communication like Skype and iChat, and voice recognition software.

- Reduces computer fan and typing noise by intelligently auto-muting.

- Recording mode optimized for podcasts and music recording.

- Multi-coloured LED indicates muting status and more.

How does Tiki work exactly?

It has two ears and a brain-- actually, two capsules and one very powerful (400MHz) DSP chip which constantly listen and compare the signal from the two opposite-facing cardioid capsules. The DSP decides which signals to pass through and compares the signals to help remove background noise. In addition, it applies noise-reduction algorithms co-developed with iZotope and then applies intelligent muting, which soft mutes whenever you aren't speaking.

Who is iZotope?

iZotope engineering is the leader in audio processing technologies-- they've developed many of the most popular audio processing algorithms as used in professional studio software, live/broadcast, video games and played an integral role in developing the noise-reduction modes used in Tiki's intelligent listening mode.

Is Tiki good for recording?

Yes. With the push of a button, Tiki's natural recording mode behaves like a traditional microphone, and applies only minor processing to add presence and proximity to the signal from the mic-- everything is done in real time, in hardware.

Does Tiki require any software?

No. All processing is done completely inside the Tiki hardware and requires no drivers or system resources to operate. Just plug it in and go!

As the Tiki is a compact USB model, which is the recommended microphone conference applications if you had multiple people at a table for a "Skype" style or "go to meeting style" in-office conference call?

The Omni mode on Yeti or Snowball will be a better choice for a larger group conference calls with more than two people. While Tiki would work, it is inherently well-suited for picking up what is in front and behind—not all around—making it best for one-on-one or two-on-one conversations.

System Requirements

PC: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional

USB 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Macintosh: Mac OSX (10.4.11 or higher)

USB 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Box Contains

1 x Tiki USB Microphone
Extended Docking Cable
Carry Case


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sensitive micophone 3 Sep 2013
By Rob
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I purchased this to use on Skype.It is plugged into my laptop and I use my second hi-fi system speakers.
Speech is clear and defined and it operates as soon as you speak and turns itself off when not in use. The added bonus for me is its additional function as a recording microphone. I record my clarinet and saxophone playing with accompanying tracks and the Tiki is far superior to the microphone I was previously using. Thoroughly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional quality, if a bit odd looking 13 Nov 2013
By Adt
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As this was on a short term offer of half price I decided to try this out.

In both musical instrument and voice and as a very high quality noise cancelling video call microphone this would take some beating. Thought I'd send it back, soon decided to keep it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Google+ Hangouts on the go! 11 Dec 2013
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This is a small USB microphone designed for use on the go. It’s built to be used with a laptop, plugged in to a side USB port. It also comes with an extension cable for use with a desktop or a rear port.

One of the features is auto-mute, which confuses Hangouts, because a hardware mute alert appears in a big red bar across the top of the hangout until you dismiss it.

The auto-mute works very well. It has, in my testing, stayed muted as sirens have gone by, while unmuting whenever I actually speak. It’s a remarkably intelligent microphone in a small and convenient package.

The audio quality is everything you would expect from a Blue microphone. In hangouts, it’s almost as good as my Rode Podcaster.

The Tiki is also better at picking up audio from all angles, being less directional than the Blue Snowball ice that I've used in the past.

If you frequently work outside on a laptop, or in noisy areas, the Blue Tiki is a fantastic addition to your travel pack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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absolutely amazing product does exactly what you need for a mic of that price
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