|MicFlex, by MacMice
The MicFlex is a USB microphone device for use with your Mac desktop, iBook or Powerbook. The microphone is attached to a better than CD-quality USB audio conversion circuit (16-bit, 48KHz sampling), housed neatly in a small aluminum pod at the end of a flexible steel tubing stand. The tube itself is satin polished, and is solidly mounted to an extra heavy hemispherical silver base (same based used with the SightFlex iSight web camera stand). The flexible tube with the microphone pod is about 18-inches above the base, and, the tube portion can be removed from the base for use with a portable laptop. The hemispherical base has an attached 5-foot long silver/clear braided USB cable. The MicFlex is plug and play compatible with all USB equipped Macs with OS 9.1, 9.2 or OS X 10.1 or higher. It is also plug and play compatible with USB equipped Windows 98Se, Win2000, or Win XP machines.
Using the MicFlex with my G4 tower, I attached the microphone to its base stand. The base is heavy enough to keep the microphone firmly in place, but not so heavy as to double as work-out weights. The bottom of the base has a smooth plastic finish, and can be placed on any surface. I simply plugged the microphone into the top of the base, then plugged the USB cable from the base into my USB hub. Again, it was great to be able to adjust the position of the microphone so that I could easily record from the comfort of my normal sitting position (or even my slouched sitting position).
To activate the MicFlex as my sound input device, I went into my Sound preference panel, and changed my input source. Choosing the correct input device, however, was slightly confusing, as there was no option that showed up as "MicFlex". There was "Audio In", "iVoice II", and "C-Media USB Headphone Set". Through the process of elimination, I determined that the MicFlex setting was under the "C-Media" description. That seemed kind of odd, since it isn't a headphone set, but choosing this option was the only selection that activated the microphone.
With the MicFlex hooked
up to my G4, it was time to test the audible quality of the microphone. I used Amadeus
II to record a number of voice recordings. Every single recording sounded consistently
good. It didn't provide the quality that you would expect from a professional microphone,
as you can hear a slight background hiss in the recordings. Nonetheless, I found
the audio recordings to be rich in sound, and enough quality for my needs.