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The all-new Mikey is the perfect tool for mobile recording. Featuring two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a stylish updated 230-degree rotating design. Mikey's three gain settings allow for a versatile recording experience for everything from a loud concert to a whisper. Record lectures, voice notes, live music, interviews, and more. Mikey also comes with its own soft carrying pouch for convenient storage and protection while on the go. Mikey turns your iPod into the coolest mobile recording device around!

Blue CEO John Maier announces availability of second generation Mikey.
(recorded with the new Mikey on iPhone 3GS with BlueFiRe)

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  • CD-quality audio recording direct to iPod
  • Perfect for lecture recording, concerts, voice memos, dictation, field recording, interviews, and travel journals
  • Innovative design allows for superior audio recording
  • Three gain settings to capture the clearest stereo sound
  • Seven angle adjustments for any environment
  • Certified for iPod touch 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod nano 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; iPod classic; iPod 5G
  • Works with iPhone versions 3GS and earlier
  • Compatible with most protective cases

As of September 15, 2012, Blue FiRe-- brought to you by Blue Microphones and Audiofile Engineering-- will no longer receive updates or support. Please click WARNING above for important information.

Blue FiRe was a simple to use professional quality stereo field recorder application built for the iPhone and iPod touch and optimized for the Mikey CD-quality stereo microphone. Coupled with the Mikey, Blue FiRe provides high-fidelity recordings in stereo, while allowing users to see the accurate audio waveform in real-time. Featuring the ability to create editable audio markers and tag them with location data. Blue FiRe from Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, in partnership with Audiofile Engineering, enables users to have a complete, high-quality mobile recording experience.

 

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  • What devices does Blue FiRe support?
  • My iPhone displays an error when I attach my Mikey. Why?
  • Can I adjust the input gain of the internal or headset microphones?

What devices does Blue FiRe support?
To see a full list of compatible devices, please see the comparison chart listed below.

  • Blue FiRe will run on the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch (second, third, and fourth generation).
  • Blue FiRe will also work with the original iPhone, but ONLY with the headset. This is because the internal microphone and speakers in the first generation iPhone only supports 8 kHz sample rate and Blue FiRe does not support sample rates lower than 11.025 kHz.

My iPhone displays an error when I attach my Mikey. Why?
When you attach the Mikey to your iPhone, you will be presented with this alert:

This is a harmless alert and the Mikey will work with no issues. Additionally, it is definitely a good idea to switch to airplane mode if you don't want your recordings interrupted by phone calls or SMS messages.

Please note, make sure you attach your mic and address the alert before you launch Blue FiRe. Blue FiRe sets its audio input as it launches.

Can I adjust the input gain of the internal or headset microphones?
Yes. Blue FiRe, starting with version 1.5.3, does allow you to increase the input gain of the internal microphone and headset microphone.

  • Recording In Stereo
  • Recording In Mono
  • How to adjust the input gain of the microphone
  • How to fast-forward to the end or rewind to the start of a recording
  • How to add a Marker to a recording

Recording In Stereo

Blue FiRe will record in stereo if the input source is stereo.

For example, the Blue Mikey is a stereo microphone. Connect the Mikey to your iPhone and launch Blue FiRe, then create a new recording using the "+" in the lower right corner of the Recordings List.

Now notice that the meter is stereo.

If you're using the iPhone's built-in microphone or Apple's earbud/microphone headset, a new recording will be setup as mono because these are mono microphones. Here's an example of a new recording using the iPhone's built-in microphone - notice the mono meter.

That's it! Blue FiRe simply recognizes the input type connected to the device.

How to adjust the input gain of the microphone
Blue FiRe, starting with version 1.5.3, allows you to adjust the input gain of the microphone. There are two ways to do this. The first is from the "Record" page. Simply press the rotary knob in the upper right hand corner which will call up a fader on the bottom of the screen:

The second way of adjusting the input gain is from the 'Settings' page, which can be accessed from the Record page as well:

How to fast-forward to the end or rewind to the start of a recording
Simply double-tap at the far right (fast-forward) or far left (rewind) of the waveform view.

How to add a marker to a recording
Simply tap the Playback Head. This will add a Marker when recording, stopped or playing back a recording.

  • Browser Access
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Why is my browser asking for a Name and Password when I try to transfer my recordings?
  • How do I set a static IP address on my iPhone?

Browser Access
Blue FiRe is the first recorder for the iPhone that allows you to choose your file format after you've created a recording. An easy way to download a recording from the phone is by simply enabling Blue FiRe's Browser Access. First, make sure your computer and iPhone are connected to the same wireless network. Then, simply tap the Globe icon at the lower left corner of the Recordings List...

... and switch "Enabled" to "On".

If you are using a browser such as Safari, OmniWeb or Camino, you can access your recordings via Bonjour in the bookmarks section of each browser (see below). Or, simply type in the web address displayed under the slider. You will see a list of all recordings in Blue FiRe. You can choose to download your recordings in AIFF, WAVE, or Core Audio Format. You can also download the recording's metadata as an XML or Text file. It's that easy!

You must have Blue FiRe running while accessing the recordings on your computer's web browser.

Using Blue FiRe's Browser Access Via Bonjour:

  • Safari: Bookmarks menu > Show All Bookmarks > Collections > Bonjour
  • OmniWeb: Bookmarks menu > Open Bookmarks Window > Collections > Local Web Servers
  • Camino: Bookmarks menu > Show Bookmark Manager > Collections > Bonjour

Please note that as of Blue FiRe 1.3 Browser Access authentication is set-up in Blue FiRe's global settings.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Uploading a Recording to an FTP server from Blue FiRe is quite easy. Simply tap the chevron to the right of the recording in the Recordings List, then tap the "Share" button in the toolbar at the bottom right. Next, tap the "FTP" button. Enter a server name, username, password and an optional file path. Tap the "Format" button to choose your desired audio format. Finally, tap the "Upload Recording" button. Tap the "Set As Default" button if you wish to save the server information entered for future uploads.

Why is my browser asking for a Name and Password when i try to transfer my recordings?
What you are seeing here is the Browser Access authentication dialog. This can be edited or disabled by selecting the iPhone's or iPod's Settings > Blue FiRe > Browser Access. Then by turning off Authentication, or editing the username and password. This is not enabled by default, sometimes users enabled it by accident.

How do I set a static IP address on my iPhone?
From your home screen, choose Settings > Wi-Fi. Tap the blue arrow button next to the name of your wireless network, then choose Static.

Enter your IP address, subnet mask, router address and domain name server address.

  • How is Blue FiRe different from other Recorders?
  • How do I prevent phone calls from interrupting my recordings?
  • Can I use Blue FiRe to record telephone conversations?
  • What uncompressed formats are available?
  • What is Core Audio Format (CAF)?
  • Why can't I transfer my recordings using Sync?
  • I purchased Blue FiRe using iTunes on my computer, now how do I get it on my iPhone / iPod touch?

How is Blue FiRe different from other Recorders?
Blue FiRe was created specifically for Blue Microphones, in partnership with Audio Engineering, to be a field recorder for the iPhone, not a voice or memo recorder. It is a truly professional recorder developed for audio professionals by audio professionals. It has many professional features other recorders don't. In addition to supporting stereo recording, it's the first iPhone recorder to display an accurate audio waveform in real time, and the first to support markers.

How do I prevent phone calls from interrupting my recordings?
If you are using an iPhone, we highly recommend that you turn on "Airplane Mode" to prevent SMS messages and phone calls from interrupting your recordings. Turning on Airplane Mode is easy. On your home screen, tap Settings. Move the Airplane Mode slider to on.

You'll notice an airplane icon in the upper left corner where you would normally see your service carrier name:

Can I use Blue FiRe to record telephone conversations?
No, this is not possible on the iPhone. It is a limitation of the operating system.

What uncompressed formats are available?
The uncompressed file formats for Blue FiRe are WAVE, AIFF, and CAF.

What is Core Audio Format (CAF)?
Core Audio Format is an audio file format developed by Apple. It is supported in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), and 10.3 (Panther) if QuickTime 7 is installed.

Core Audio Format was developed to free audio files of the limitations of older formats. It can contain many different audio formats, types of metadata, and more. CAF files use 64-bit file offsets, freeing it from the file size limitations of older formats. For example, a CAF could theoretically hold hundreds of years of audio. CAF files can also contain an unlimited number of channels.

Why can't I transfer my recordings using Sync?
You can not transfer your recordings using "Sync" because it is proprietary to Apple. As of now, only these items can be transferred using Sync:

  • Contacts
  • Calendar events
  • Notes
  • Music and audiobooks (related to the "iPod" music -- not related to FiRe)
  • Photos
  • Podcasts
  • Movies and TV shows
  • Applications

I purchased Blue FiRe using iTunes on my computer, now how do I get it on my iPhone/ iPod touch?
So you've downloaded Blue FiRe using iTunes on your personal computer and now you want to get the application on your mobile device? That's easy! You simply sync the application to your device.

Read Apple's guide to "Syncing Applications from the App Store".

  • How do I remove and reinstall Blue FiRe?
  • Help, Blue FiRe closed unexpectedly while in use!
  • My iPhone / iPod touch is not recognized in iTunes.
  • How can I tell if my iPhone hardware is working properly?
  • More resources for troubleshooting the iPhone / iPod touch

How do I remove and reinstall Blue FiRe?
If you are experiencing unstable behavior with Blue FiRe, you may want to remove and re-install the application. You can remove Blue FiRe from your device and/or remove Blue FiRe from your iTunes library.

To remove Blue FiRe from your device:

(Please note that you should download all recordings from your phone before removing Blue FiRe from your device. Removing an application from your device will remove all files associated with that application.)

  1. Touch and hold any Home screen icon until the icons begin to wiggle.
  2. Tap the "X" button on the upper left corner of the Blue FiRe icon.


     
  3. Press the Home button when done.

To reinstall Blue FiRe, simply attach your device to your computer and sync it via iTunes.

To remove Blue FiRe from your iTunes library:

  1. Click on Applications on the left hand side of the iTunes window.
  2. Locate Blue FiRe and "Control+click" and choose Delete from the shortcut menu.
  3. Select "Remove" when asked if you want to remove the selected application from your iTunes library.
  4. Select "Move to Trash" when asked if you want to move Blue FiRe to the trash.

To re-install Blue FiRe sign in with the same account you used to download it and select "Buy App" or tap the price on the device. The App Store will recognize that you've already purchased the application and will allow you to download Blue FiRe for free.

Help, Blue FiRe closed unexpectedly while in use!
Applications on the iPhone / iPod touch may close unexpectedly from time to time. This generally happens because the device is running low on application memory.

Apple provides some great tips to resolve this issue. Please follow this link to learn more:

My iPhone / iPod touch is not recognized in iTunes.
Apple provides these great resources if your device is not recognized in iTunes:

Windows:

Mac OS X:

How can I tell if my iPhone hardware is working properly?
If you think there is something wrong with your iPhone hardware, for example if the internal microphone or internal speaker volume seems low, then you should read through this helpful article from Apple:

More resources for troubleshooting the iPhone / iPod touch.
Apple provides great resources for troubleshooting your iPhone or iPod touch. See the following:


They really, really like MIKEY...

 

"The second coming of Mikey— with its line input jack, ability to charge an attached device via a USB cable, and its resistance to being overdriven— addresses many of my criticisms of the first Mikey." Go
 
"You can elevate your iRecording from black-and-white to colorful, full-dimensional, recording-studio quality." Go
 
"If you have a supported iPod or iPhone and a good enough reason to require a better microphone than what's built in, you'll be very pleased with the audio quality that Mikey 2.0 is able to deliver." Go
 
"If you need a little better acoustic recording from your iPhone or iPod, or if your portable device is simply fitting a little too easy into your pants pocket, Blue Microphones has your solution." Go
 
"It seems to me, this is a great product for a musician who wants to do some impromptu recording." Go
 
"Judging it based on its own merits, and with products it's officially compatible with, the new Mikey is easily a step up from the original and is therefore easily the best-sounding, most-recommendable iPod voice recorder on the market, making it a bona fide five star product." Go
 
"With the 2G, Blue has added a pass-through USB charging port, an external input, it has given a considerably larger range of motion to the tilt of the mic and the attenuation switch has been changed. What you end up with is one seriously great portable recording solution for your iOS device." Go
 
"Not only does Mikey complement recording technology, but now full-bandwidth audio can be captured, edited, uploaded and transmitted live from a from a cell phone. Blue Microphones has aided the process immensely. Mikey transparently and cleanly captures stereo audio and the quality is tough to match." Go
 

 

 




Mikey will transform your music experience! You can now record everything from a garage band to an open air concert hall by simply plugging in Mikey. Your ears won't believe the sound!

Records up to 500 ft.
Recommended Gain Setting: 3

Mikey Music Recording 1 :: mp3

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Mikey's high quality dual stereo microphones are the perfect solution for recording talks and lectures without hissing or buzzing. The simple gain adjustment and plug n' play ease of use make recording and synching to your iTunes account a snap!

Records up to 50 ft.
Recommended Gain Setting: 2

Mikey Lecture Recording 1 :: mp3

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The new must-have tool for reporters is Mikey. Field recording with CD-quality audio has never been easier! Mikey's unique rotating head and high quality input make digital voice recorders a tool of the past.

Records up to 20 ft.
Recommended Gain Setting: 1

Mikey Interview Recording 1 :: mp3

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Mikey is setting a new standard in dictation recording. Using Blue's award winning capsule technology, Mikey ensures the clearest possible recording in virtually any environment.

Records up to 20 ft.
Recommended Gain Setting: 1

Mikey Dictation Recording 1 :: mp3

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Capture the important moments in your life with Mikey. The convenience of your iPod coupled with Mikey's ease of use ensures that anyone can record CD-Quality audio anywhere, anytime.

Records up to 20 ft.
Recommended Gain Setting: 1

Mikey Voice Notes Recording 1 :: mp3

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