Originally Posted by eesn
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.
Originally Posted by Oatbag
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
Originally Posted by Kvlt O)))
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.