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Old 05-31-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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iPhone recording quality Q&A

didn't see a thread- so link me if need be. i'm sitting here on amazon scrolling through video cameras for my live show. previous owner of flipmino recorders. fucking love em. it died so i wanted the pocket size & plug&play push button on- push button record instant recording for on-the-go ease of use. but i dont think anything really exists anymore- saw a few on amazon i'm still researching.


is the mic quality on the iphone (4-6) good enough for field recordings? idk anything about mics but i figure if i can't get a low quality mic and video recorder, then i at least should make sure the high quality recording is top knotch. and the touch screen model for iphone i always exit the screen and make the picture blurry- zooming in cuz i cant hold it w one hand. what u think? what u kmow?

also i wanted a general discussion if anyone wants on iphone recording quality be it for pro video, or pro audio.

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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

you arent serious are you?

look at some audience-shot video on youtube of a concert.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

iPhones work well enough for field recordings but a gig will be too loud and it will be pointless. Why would you not record a line out of the PA? This is what sensible people would do

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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

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i wanted the pocket size & plug&play push button on- push button record instant recording for on-the-go ease of use. but i dont think anything really exists anymore- saw a few on amazon i'm still researching.
iPhone 4S for certain, and I expect any other phone, suffers from its own dimensions (read: tiny mic, tiny camera). With the 4S I'm afraid the recordings come out mono and the quality is shit - most notably in the bass where there's some strange comb-filtering going on. Sound quality is slaved to physics, slaved to physical size/volume of moving air in question.

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is the mic quality on the iphone (4-6) good enough for field recordings? [...] also i wanted a general discussion if anyone wants on iphone recording quality be it for pro video, or pro audio
From what I've discovered, the general discussion doesn't exist, as far as "phone" and "pro" are involved in proximity. Sure, in a pinch, if you've left your PCM-D50 at home, grab it with the phone. But otherwise, even a Zoom H1 does things immensely better. Then there's the UI - I dunno about you but I vastly prefer dedicated buttons to software-interpreted glass.

p.s. taperssection forums for gig recording.

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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

sweet! i want different sources for my gigs- but its pointless to have a video camera and extract the audio if it's gonna be the same quality as my field recorder- i didnt think about how bad the clipping is gonna be on the iphone lol- but now that i think about it having all three would be amazing for live tracks. i could have 3 different audio versions of a live show- plus i could do the line in recording but for me personally, i dont like just recording my live set and having that be my "live show" track. takes away from actually being there. um..... i was gonna say something else yall commented on.

ah yes- and buttons ftw obviously i'm in support of this lol.

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Re: iPhone recording quality Q&A

The on-board mic sucks for recording. Fine for taking voice notes, but not much else. There are plenty of microphones like the Zoom iQ5 which you can attach to an iOS device to use it as a field recorder. There are also similar interfaces which also contain line ins.

I haven't used any of these. However, I do use my Zoom H6n with my camera adapter to record straight to iOS and it's great.

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I've never thought about options like the Zoom iQ5 - that looks really interesting. I will have to check for some reviews.
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Re: iPhone recording quality Q&A

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The on-board mic sucks for recording. Fine for taking voice notes, but not much else.
Anyone who argues against this has never owned an iPhone. Worst POS in the world.
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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

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But otherwise, even a Zoom H1 does things immensely better. Then there's the UI - I dunno about you but I vastly prefer dedicated buttons to software-interpreted glass..
That's like saying that the best DAW's are the ones that can record four tracks at once to a cassette tape and come with a ping-pong function, but not much else

Plugging my Zoom into my iPhone and using it in the field is immensely better than relying on Zoom's shitty hardware interface. There's some cases where simply pulling the recorder out of my bag and hitting record is enough. But for the most part, having to hold the recorder in my hand in order to control it is a hinderance in the field and can ruin recordings.

There's a lot of advantages to this for field recording. For example, when I'm recording ambiences I typically mount my recorder on a tripod and then sit my iPad or iPhone underneath and start recording. I'm a compulsive time / level checker so being able to pick up the iOS device to check this is far more preferable than grabbing the device and potentially ruining that section of the recording.

Another example is when I want to record things while I'm moving. The two best places for my recorder are if I strap it to my chest, or mount it on my backpack. Anywhere else and the recordings will mostly contain case rumble. If I have to grab the recorder every time I want to start a new recording or insert an edit point, just about every recording will contain 30 seconds of rustling and case rumble at the beginning and end of every recording. So plugging it into the iPhone is much better. I simply mount the recorder and place it properly and then as I'm monitoring, if I hear something I like, I take the iPhone out and hit record.

Then there's cases where I'll want to sit the recorder somewhere remote from me while generating some noise on something (like banging on pipes). A three meter USB cable and an iPhone means I can monitor the input level from further away, stop and start recording, and review the results, all without displacing the unit's position.

Honestly, I grumbled at the cost of the $40 camera cable I bought for my iOS devices. But of every field accessory I've purchased, it is by far the most useful and valuable.

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I've never thought about options like the Zoom iQ5 - that looks really interesting. I will have to check for some reviews.
I'm assuming it's a similar capsule to the Zoom H6n M/S capsule, which is pretty good for stereo fields and mono recordings.

There are so many options for audio/MIDI interfaces and microphones available for iOS devices. There's also options like iRig for guitars etc. The other thing about iOS devices is that if you already have a USB audio interface, it may be supported. The only comprehensive list I've found was on some app's website.

For example, RME Fireface, M-Audio FastTrack, MOTU Ultralite and Focusrite Scarlett are compatible with iOS. To be honest though, I haven't tested out multi-track recording on iOS at this stage so I don't know how the storage would cope. But given how hot my little iggyPad gets when he's making noise, I would expect to be printing 16 tracks at once

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Anyone who argues against this has never owned an iPhone. Worst POS in the world.
In terms of audio quality for voice calls, iOS and Samsung sound amazing. The noise cancellation is really on the ball. But so far, I don't see any way of using this for voice recordings. But even then, the microphones are ridiculously small so everything will always sound like it's being recorded from the perspective of a fish in a tin can.

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Re: Iphone Recording Quality Q's & A's

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That's like saying that the best DAW's are the ones that can record four tracks at once to a cassette tape and come with a ping-pong function, but not much else
quote in question was "Sure, in a pinch, if you've left your PCM-D50 at home, grab it with the phone. But otherwise, even a Zoom H1 does things immensely better."

with "Then there's the UI - I dunno about you but I vastly prefer dedicated buttons to software-interpreted glass.." - try Sony's cheapest recorder - the M10, especially with the remote

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Re: iPhone recording quality Q&A

Necroing for random searches.

I've misplaced my Tascam and I was searching this with the possibility that I may be able to snag some recordings. But in the past I used a phone(not iPhone) and it rolled off my freqs...I suspected as much with this as well.

Don't care about the bass as much, just grabbing as much high-end as possible. Need to find my Tascam.

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