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Old November 17th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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recommend mic for iphone 4s?

recommend mic for iphone 4s?

anyone care to recommend a quality plug in microphone for the iphone 4s?

it can be an omni or cardioid.

i would even be interested in a lav.

any and all thoughts would be great.

thanks in advance.

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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: recommend mic for iphone 4s?

was just looking into this right now myself. without an adapter you're kind of limited into what you can plug into an iphone because of the 4-pole TRRS headphone/mic jack and the lack of plug in power.

if you pick up one of these for $50 you can use any microphone you like:

Tascam iXZ
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Old November 17th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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Re: recommend mic for iphone 4s?

This could be a possibility too.

AR-4i | Audio Interface for iPhone 4 | Fostex

Details are slim and the Fostex site acknowledges some problems with the iPhone 4S (but not the iPhone 4) but it seems to have a dedicate A/D converter so should provide better sound (and 2 channels) than devices using the phone's headset socket.

I'm waiting for 4S bug and some reviews before deciding.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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Re: recommend mic for iphone 4s?

as long as you don't mind being limited by the built in mics. personally, i'd prefer to have the option to use a mic of my own choosing.

also, at $120 you're not too far off from a Tascam DR-40 which are going for $150 at B&H right now, and has 48V phantom power and XLR inputs.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #5
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Re: recommend mic for iphone 4s?

The Fostex device can take external microphones, but not XLR.

It is a pity that Apple doesn't have USB audio device capability on the iPhone, the way it does on the iPad.

If the need is for audio only, Ansel's suggestion of a separate, pocketable, device seems best. If it is to have good audio for video recording (say for citizen journalism projects) then we are a bit stuck for the moment.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 03:19 AM   #6
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recommend mic for iphone 4s?

anyone care to recommend a quality plug in microphone for the iphone 4s?

it can be an omni or cardioid.

i would even be interested in a lav.

any and all thoughts would be great.

thanks in advance.

be well

rob
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What sort of thing are you looking for?

MicW do a great little mic. for the iPhone - available in omni, cardioid or hyper-cardioid.

I'm thinking of getting the omni one myself for use with the sound level meter on the iPhone.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 09:50 AM   #7
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Tascam's iM2 stereo mic for iOS withstands 125dB SPL for $79 | The Verge
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