Audio Recording on iThings

Discussion of non-operating system issues related to iPods, iPhones, and the iPod Touch.
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Stephen Hart
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Audio Recording on iThings

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon May 09, 2011 3:01 pm

Sorry I missed the GarageBand demo last week.
I know there's a voice recorder included with iPhone. And I know that video recording also picks up sound well.

What I'm wondering is if there's anything better for recording sound on the iPhone. I see a lot of multi-track recorders in the app store--recording one track at a time, presumably. But those look more like apps for those who want to lay down tracks on the go. I'm wondering if the Voice Memos app can be beat for quality of recording.

One other thing: an external mic with an iPhone. I see lots of hits on Google, but can't really evaluate them.
This adapter--http://www.sonomawireworks.com/guitarjack/--looks good, but way too expensive, especially compared to this:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1105/11050 ... corder.asp

(BTW, I sent that link to my son, who does ethnobiology, which involves field interviews with humans. He sent it on to a former professor who's a pretty well-known linguist specializing in disappearing languages. His response: "Wow, you know my weakness for gadgets. I'm going to buy one ASAP.")

I guess my bottom line is that the Olympus recorder seems like a better way to spend audio recording money than an app or adapter for iPhone. OTOH, that's another gadget to carry around.
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Re: Audio Recording on iThings

Post by JerryFreilich » Mon May 16, 2011 8:37 am

I posted Stephen's question (above) to Dr. Peter Randlette, head of the audio production lab at Evergreen State. Here is his reply:

"In regards to mics for mobile devices, I think something more along the lines of http://www.bluemic.com/mikeyforipod/#/desc/ is a better choice for iwhatevers. The main issues is the noise level of the preamps, so I would assume for simple recordings of voice, some instruments, etc the Blue would be great. Quiet signals would need something better... The olympus looks cool, but is an all in 1 device....and the guitar jack is $200? WTF?"

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Re: Audio Recording on iThings

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon May 16, 2011 11:28 am

Thanks Jerry and Peter. Mikey looks good, and reasonably priced. I've bookmarked it. It's interesting that we can have studio-quality recording electronics in a $250 device--at least by spec--but microphones are still pretty pricey.
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