by: Josh Martin

“If you’re a bedroom producer, beatmaker or podcaster you should know what compression is and how to use it to make your tracks pop. For those whose knowledge remains on the fretboard, compression is simply the process of lessening the dynamic range between the loudest and quietest parts of an audio signal, giving it a professional sheen. Apogee’s latest USB microphone HypeMiC is marketed as a studio-quality introduction, though it might be underselling itself.”

“What makes the HypeMiC remarkable is its built-in analogue compressor of a quality normally found in extortionately priced studio condenser mics, now in a tiny USB package. The technological leap impressed vendors at this year’s NAMM who expected a banal revamp of the Mic+.The compressed clarity is still faithfully converted into audio via Apogee’s patented PureDIGITAL connection (24-bit sample rate and 96kHz resolution).”