Sunday, 16 May 2010

[creative-radio] iPod & iPhone Recording

Transom Tool: #iPod & #iPhone Recording


iPhones, iPods and other portable media players have included recording
utility applications for several years, but there haven't been good ways to
connect a high-quality microphone as an input. Even if one could, the rest
of the input circuitry was less than ideal, often resulting in noisy, grainy
or distorted recordings. Additionally, these devices often recorded at
unacceptably low quality. Some of these devices have been able to record at
high sample rates and bit-depths for some time, but getting a good quality
signal INTO the machine has been a challenge.

But now, a few different approaches have presented solutions for recording
onto an iPod. The first is the simplest: a high-quality microphone that
attaches to the dock connector on most iPods and iPhones. There have been
several such devices on the market previously, but the *Blue Mikey* from Blue
Microphones <> represents a significant advance
in quality. The second approach is more elaborate: an add-on accessory case
that connects to an iPod, and provides two built-in microphones, as well as
professional-quality XLR inputs for using external microphones. There are
two devices that use this second model: the *Alesis Pro Track*, and the *Belkin
GoStudio*. I've read enough reviews of the Belkin that mentioned its
background noise that I didn't bother considering it. We at Transom are
pickier than most about hissy mics, so when the general-interest reviewers
are complaining about it, we can be pretty confident that we'll be bugged by

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