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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #1
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Record Audio from Sound Board using iPod?

I was originally planning on buying a Samson Zoom H2, H4N, or ProTrack Stereo Recorder to begin recording audio at concerts/weddings by using the house sound board, but began wondering if the iPod Touch had the same capability, perhaps by adding an app of some kind. I know there are voice recorders such as the Belkin that you can attach, but I was thinking more of connecting the iPod directly, by using a 1/4" to mini cable adapter. Is this possible? If so, what app would enable me to do this?
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #2
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Mono only, of course. And a mic-level unbalanced input only (on poles 3 and 4 of a 4-pole 3.5mm minijack plug). Griffin's iTalk Recorder is a free app. to try.

I should say: I've not actually tried this, but thought about it. Actually, I was wondering about using it as a pocket recorder for the groom with a lapel mic. Not tried that either yet.

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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #3
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Looks good - thanks. I saw on Griffin's site that the sell an external stereo microphone called the iTalk Pro that plugs into the iPod (for voice recording use), but I also wonder if you can plug a cable from the sound board straight in? If so, this is a great alternative to buying a similarly priced Zoom H2, although as mentioned, you lose mic balancing.
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Ah - I had assumed you were thinking of using the 3.5mm jack socket. To get a stereo input, you have to go in through the docking connector, I believe that's unbalanced line level, but I'm not sure of the pinouts, and it's not such an easy DIY job for making your own adapters...

I don't believe Giffin's iTalk Pro gives you balanced inputs.
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I'll stick with mono then. This will work perfectly. Thank you!
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Old October 13th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #6
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Keep in mind, the more complex the device, the more likely it will fail. I certainly wouldn't trust an iPod Touch and a freebie app to record mission-critical audio.
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I was originally planning on buying a Samson Zoom H2, H4N, or ProTrack Stereo Recorder to begin recording audio at concerts/weddings by using the house sound board, but began wondering if the iPod Touch had the same capability, perhaps by adding an app of some kind. I know there are voice recorders such as the Belkin that you can attach, but I was thinking more of connecting the iPod directly, by using a 1/4" to mini cable adapter. Is this possible? If so, what app would enable me to do this?
Michael, a couple of points regarding your plan, irrespective of how you capture the PA sound. All you'll get is the sound that's amplified for the audience - unless you're recording a big concert, many drummers will not be mic'd up so you'll not record them at all.

Using the PA at a wedding means your quality will depend on the quality of the PA gear.

In all cases your sound will be at the mercy of the PA mixer - if he decides to change the balance or doesn't maintain his gear properly, that will show on your recording also.

For instance, at a Wedding Fair in Manchester last Sunday the DJ/PA providing the sound for the catwalk show started getting badly distorted sound off the radio mic the commere was using. Whilst this genius engineer checked the speaker connections I pointed quietly out to him that the background music was perfect and that it sounded like a radio mic battery dying. It was.

Whilst recording the PA can get you out of a hole, there are better ways I'd recommend you try first.
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