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Old July 29th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Recording Sound from an iphone

So the station I'm interning at right now wants our reporters to start doing teases with their iphones to post on our facebook page. Right now though the audio sounds like crap because it's just the built in mic. I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to record audio from a mic plugged into the headphone jack? I was thinking I could wire in a 3.5mm to XLR than plug in a mic or lav.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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There are mics for the iPhone. Jut try google. "iphone mic"
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Old July 29th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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I know there are mics available, I'd rather be able to just plug in the existing mics, rather than purchase new equipment, plus I still don't even know would it record the audio in video mode? I use an android phone so I'm not all familiar with iphone's
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Old July 29th, 2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Hi Tim,

Yes you can. I have an iphone and a 4-track recording program app I use with the mic/headset that came with the phone.

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Old July 30th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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Well many mics require power, even lavs and it's not clear if the iPhone gives any power to a mic - most likely not. You would need a dynamic mic. And this is for video or audio? A "teaser" could be either.

You could always record audio separately. I suggested the mics they sell specifically for the iPhone because I saw no preamps/mixers for the iPhone. So there may be a mic with a cable that would get the mic off the phone and closer to the person talking. But you need to do your research yourself. When you find the solution please make sure to post it.
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So the station I'm interning at right now wants our reporters to start doing teases with their iphones to post on our facebook page. Right now though the audio sounds like crap because it's just the built in mic. I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to record audio from a mic plugged into the headphone jack? I was thinking I could wire in a 3.5mm to XLR than plug in a mic or lav.
Check out the JK Audio 'BluePack' which uses Bluetooth to interface a standard XLR mic with a cell phone amd also provides an IFB return via a headphone output..
http://jkaudio.com/bluepack.htm

Note that there are two reasons your present audio sounds bad. One is the internal mic on the phone isn't all that great. But also remember too that the phone network is limited to a 3 kHz bandwidth so you're never going to get full-range audio on a telephonic, be it through the cell network or via landline.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 10:45 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, I realized I forgot to mention it's a wireless lav, so it is a powered mic, tested it out last night, works great actually, still getting some compression obviously. I'll post up on of the teases we did with it next time I'm at the station.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 02:51 PM   #8
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Recorder Pro App

Has anybody used the Recorder Pro App?

I have a project coming up where I need to record lectures and then add the audio to PowerPoint slides. Final output is YouTube. Will this app work for my needs? If not could you recommend an app (if something good exists)?

I realize it's only $0.99 and I could just buy it and try it but, I'm being cheap today. Thanks in advance.
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Really only you can tell. I say flip for the .99 and take a chance. That's less than a cup of Joe. I don't think there is going to be much quality difference between aps, as your hardware will stay the same. The best you can record on iPhone is 16bit.
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I got the app and made some tests. I used a Senheiser lav and made some tests. It sounds really good, especially for $0.99. Transferring the files is super easy too.
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How do you transfer the files?
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 10:08 AM   #12
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You can either transfer the files through iTunes, via email or via wifi. The app has pretty good instructions built into it.
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 10:41 AM   #13
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You could also try the "Blue FiRe" recording app from Blue microphones. It's free and quite good.

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Has anybody used the Recorder Pro App?

I have a project coming up where I need to record lectures and then add the audio to PowerPoint slides. Final output is YouTube. Will this app work for my needs? If not could you recommend an app (if something good exists)?

I realize it's only $0.99 and I could just buy it and try it but, I'm being cheap today. Thanks in advance.
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