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Quick Take: Movo MA5L Lightning Microphone

A miniature condenser mic for Lightning ports on devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPods

Movo, MA5L, Lightning port, smartphone microphone, smart device microphoneFrom the people who brought you inexpensive microphone solutions, now Movo introduces their MA5L, a miniature condenser mic for Lightning port devices such iPhones, iPads and iPods.

It couldn’t be any easier to use.  Simply plug it in and use your favorite software to record or use it as a live mic for CleanFeed or other live streaming services.

The advantage is it sounds better than what is built-in and provides a bit more control over the pick-up. The mic is omnidirectional and frequency response isn’t bad, listed at 50 Hz to 18 kHz. It can be pivoted, has a foam windscreen, and includes a very nice hard-shell carrying case.

On testing it, the pattern was clearly an omni, and it sounded like a decent inexpensive microphone. For just under $45 (street price), it probably would work nicely for a reporter using an iPhone for capturing live sound and events. Remember, that since the pattern is omnidirectional, it’s probably not best used in a noisy environment.

It should be noted that the design of the base of the mic (closest to the Lightning connection) is a little larger, so some phone cases may prevent a snug fit.