high quality mic for iphone?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by firewood, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors 603

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    What's the highest quality mic available which can be plugged directly into an iphone? (e.g. no separate pre-amp required) I'm looking for a better alternative to the mic on the iPhone's headset earbuds, for taking spur-of-the-moment field recordings with my iPhone.

    Thanks.

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  2. macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

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    Shure MPA?
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    I have been looking for the same thing and my conclusion so far is that I will have to hack a cable and make something myself. From what I can tell, if you used an existing mic/headset or audio/video cable with 3.5mm plug you could cut it and then wire to a stereo headphone jack and mono mic jack.

    I have a XLR to 3.5mm cable for plugging a mic into small inputs but it's 3.5mm plug is basically a mono audio connection so it wouldn't work with an iphone. I will need something that doesn't follow the same 4 contact configuration of the iphone jack. If that makes sense. You could even add a switch in there for pausing music since that happens just by shorting two of the conductors if I understand it correctly.

    Good luck. If you find something that you see as quality you should post. there's not many, but there are a few people interested in this.

    Also, you should check out an app called 4 tracks lite if you haven't already. It looks very promising.
     
  4. geerlingguy, Aug 25, 2010
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    macrumors 6502a

    geerlingguy

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    I've finally found a pretty good solution allowing me to plug in directly a Shure SM58/PG48/almost any dynamic mic, along with most lavalieres, a Crown SoundGrabber II PZM boundary mic, etc.
     

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