Before you get started, please:
- read, understand and learn to love the legal terms and conditions,
- read through this entire guide at least once before you start implementing the steps.
Step 1: unpack your mikme pocket
Step 2: charge your mikme
- Use the USB cable included with your mikme to charge your device using either a wall outlet or a computer.
- Please be aware that the power source you choose needs to be able to deliver a minimum of 500 mA of charging current (if unsure, please see the markings on your charging device or check its manual).
- While charging, the power LED on the underside of your mikme will glow orange.
- It's best to let your mikme charge completely, which can take up to 5 hours. Once the mikme is fully charged, the power light on the back of your mikme will turn off.
- Not all chargers are built equally – some charge super quickly, and others, well... not so much. To ensure that you are always ready to record on the spot, it's best to check the battery status of your mikme before use. If the power light is...
blinking orange: battery capacity lower than 10%
steady orange: battery capacity between 10% and 35%
steady green: battery capacity higher than 35%
Step 3: take a look around
Step 4: connect the microphones your mikme
You can connect different types of microphones and audio sources to the mikme pocket:
- The included mikme lavalier microphone
- The optional mikme lavalier pro microphone for a wide range of use cases
- Handheld microphones with an XLR to Mini-XLR adaptor
- Other audio sources such as instruments, mixers... anything with a Mini-Jack to Mini-XLR adaptor or XLR to Mini-XLR adaptor.
Step 5: Pair mikme pocket to the mikme app
Download the mikme iOS app, open it, and follow the prompts to take a tour of the app and wirelessly connect your pocket to your smartphone.
Android user? We are currently in the beta testing stage. If you want to join our beta group please email us at email@example.com.
Step 6: record your first video
Step 6: follow these tips for sound success
You're almost ready to start recording! In order to get the cleanest, most awesome sound possible, make sure to honour these holy tenets of sound:
- Shh! silence everything you don’t want your mikme to record. This includes any nearby electronic devices that may cause processing noise.
- Record close to the sound source.
- When you clip on a standard or lavalier microphone check carefully to ensure that no clothes/fabric will interfere with the microphone head.
- We all love that feeling of a soft summer breeze, but let's face it, we'd prefer not to hear it in our recordings – always use a windscreen for outdoor recordings.
- Although tempting, don’t get your mikme wet. When we invent an underwater microphone, we’ll let you know.
- Disconnect your standard or lavalier microphone from your mikme pocket when transporting it.
- Never ever try and record something while the mikme is charging - the earth of your power outlet (this is the yellow/green cable you would discover behind your power outlet) will act as an antenna and add disturbing hum to your recording.
- Don’t lay your mobile phone on top of the mikme pocket or lavalier. Your phone has a strong CPU and antenna which creates electromagnetic fields.
- Put your phone on flight mode and then reactivate Bluetooth – this way your recording won’t be interrupted by a call.
Step 7: get out there and discover sound! The world is your oyster.
Go! Start recording :)