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Sound Design

Lightning iPhone7 Interview Microphones

So I’ve been looking at the current options of microphones compatible with the iPhone 7 Plus which I use. There are many, but very few that would give you the quality in par with this selective ones. You could use the built-in mic of the iPhone7 but at times, they are still not good enough when you need that that specific sound capture directionally for blogs and interviews or for proper ambient audio capture. Here’s some that should handle those projects for you. They are made specially to be plugged directly into your iPhone’s Lightning port and would sometime even come with a dedicated app to help you with the task in hand.

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SHURE MV88

As a mini shotgun directional microphone, the Shure MV88 definitely looks the part. It has a 90 degree hinge which allows you to adjust it to your audio source and get the best sound. The solid metal build mic comes with a windshield to use during windy day recordings. Do note that the MV88 is a condenser microphone that doesn’t require a battery, but it does draw on the iPhone’s power supply. Price: €159
www.shure.nl/producten/microfoons/mv88

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SENNHEISER CLIPMIC DIGITAL

Lavalier, or tie-clip, mics are the go-to mics for many audio and video pros. Sennheiser is renowned for its range of quality top-end microphones, so you should expect top-notch sound from its Lightning connector lavalier mic. The ClipMic Digital provides superb quality and is a bit of a bargain at €239 compared to other studio lav mics. There is no gain control so any volume adjustments will have to be made in-app, but reviews highlight Sennheiser’s tie-clip as an essential accessory.
sennheiser.com/clipmic-digital

 

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IK MULTIMEDIA IRIG MIC HD

IK Multimedia provide a range of different mics and accessories to attach your own professional microphones to the iPhone/iPad and Android phones. Its iRig Mic HD is a handheld microphone of outstanding quality that gets great reviews from users across the spectrum. For interviews, voiceovers or music, this handheld is a great option. The Mic HD has a solid metal body so it can take a few knocks. For around €239 it offers a pre-amp for better audio recording and gain control to boost signal
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigmichd

 

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ZOOM IQ6

Zoom’s iQ6 is an omnidirectional X/Y stereo microphone that will be familiar to users of the Zoom range of handheld audio recorders. The dual microphones have a crossover configuration that captures an excellent stereo audio image and can be changed from 90 to 120 degrees to get a wider angle. It has a headphone port so you can listen in to the sound you are capturing and at £70 is a quality mic at a low price.
https://www.zoom.co.jp/products/handy-recorder/zoom-iq6-professional-stereo-microphone-ios

 

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IK MULTIMEDIA IRIG PRO I/O

If you already own a bunch of microphones with or without an XLR connection, then IK Multimedia has something that would be the conduit for your smartphone. It’s most recent Lightning connector is called the iRig Pro I/O. At around €150 it’s a little pricey but delivers incredible quality. It has Its real advantage is in the quiet pre-amp audio quality and built-in phantom power – via a battery or wall plug accessory – so it doesn’t sap the iPhone.
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigproio/

What do you think? Have you got any preference mic or adapters that you use with the new iPhone7 or iPad? Let me know if you do! I’m always looking out for something new out there to have a compact rig with me for audio recordings.


Listening through Lightning

There is no sound from Lightning. What we hear is Thunder. – rastAsia

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Straight to the chase.

While Apple calls it ‘moving forward’ incorporating wireless audio into their latest handy. I smell it as their sly attempt to nudge sales via its headphone accessories. There’s now reason to actually visit the page to see ‘what solutions’ is in store to this new problem they’ve created. Brilliant. So yeah, there’s another trip to your wallet. All the moaning and groaning from new/old iPhone adopters (is inaudible) until now. Yes that headphone jack is missing.

For the record, its clearly mentioned that the Lightning Earpods and Lightning-To-Jack adapter is included in the box. The advertized cool wireless Airpods however would set you back $159. Knowing me, I think it wouldn’t take long before I lose the jack adapter. And I will also lose one side of the Airpods just as quick. My solution? I’ll tape the adapter to the dedicated earphone. Why would I want to conform using the Lightning Earpods when it’s not flexible to be used on other devices, say my laptop?

The rest of the audio world is observing with a smile.

Lastly, here’s a scenario:
If you’re on a private conference call with the Lightning Earpods and the phone battery is suddenly in desperate need to charge, there is no other way but to BT your audio and plug in your charger through the very lightning port. No BT headphone? Then you’re forced to take the call via speaker. The only solution that I can find right now to beat this is via Belkin’s Rockstar dongle which allows simultaneuos charging and talking. It’s a $40 solution to your future complains.

Whoever it is that approved the design to omit the audio jack ought to be applauded – with their face in between these two hands. Anyway, I think it’s also time to get an external flash drive before the phone gets you. You knew that already – no external microSD slot available like that of the Samsung S7.

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Røde Link vs Sennheiser G3

Somebody just told me that Røde Link system is better than Sennheiser’s evolution G3 which we use. 

Really? I thought I’ve been absent far too long from all these new techs going on in Australia. But a short specs googling read-out tells me this..

Røde Link is 2.4Ghz and limited to approx 100m line of sight up to max 8 channels. While I know Sennheiser G3 still has notorious max range of about 300m compared and smart pairing of up to 128 channels customizable. 

So which one was better you said?

But if course with the price point, røde will be more attractive and maybe simpler to use. That’s until you start making deeper system and audio comparisons.