June 5th, 2015 | by

app review: MicSwap

80%

What it Does

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MicSwap is a microphone modelling app for iOS. Record your voice or an instrument through your microphone and then hear what it would sound like through a different microphone/environment.

The Bottom Line

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Mic Swap isn't an app that will appeal to everyone, but it largely succeeds in what it aims to do.

Ease (4)
Intelligence (4)
Extras (4)
Gossip (4)

Ease:

4/5

The interface is attractive and intuitive to use. If you get stuck, there are plenty of instructions available on the developers website along with a range of videos demonstrating the features. If you are using headphones you can monitor the effects in real time until you find the sound you like.

Intelligence:

4/5

MicSwap is a unique app that stands out from the crowd. The technology behind it works quite well as long as you don't expect miracles from it (such as making your internal device mic sound exactly like a vintage Neumann mic).

Extras:

4/5

As well as recording your voice and changing the microphone sound, the app also allows you to import recordings made elsewhere and process them within the app. You can also export the processed files for use in other software or for sharing online.

Gossip:

4/5

User reviews of the app are largely positive. There are also several reviews on other websites that mostly praise the app for what it tries to achieve within an iOS environment.

Musician's Note

Ultimately Mic Swap aims to do something that is impossible – that is to make one mic sound like another with software. That said, the emulations do sound good and could be a useful tool for musicians working entirely on iOS devices. The ability to import external files processing is a particularly useful feature as the app itself does not offer advanced features such as multi-tracking and mixing like in GarageBand. There is a wide enough range of microphones to satisfy most users and as long as you don’t expect the emulations to be 100% accurate, you will likely be pleased with the results.

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  • Luis Maza

    Do you guys think I could use this app as a reference to purchase a new microphone depending on which mic goes better with my voice?