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  1. Søren
    October 29, 2012


    At which sound(pressure) level did you test the mic’s?

    I’m looking to replace the Tascam (http://www.solidstatesound.co.uk/tascam_dr-07_mk2.htm) I use to recording my band (drums, bass, guitar, vocal) at full volume in the rehearsing room?


  2. Niko
    December 7, 2012

    +1 with Soren, what is the result with highs volumes? rehearsal, gigs?, your “bests” results with the Apogee Mic will be the same in that case ?? not sure…
    You can easily record a human voice with an unplugged instrument but for a gig thats really different.

  3. Jeff Geerling
    January 23, 2013

    Great overview of some options here; I just wanted to point out that, using some adapters, I’ve also reviewed a lot of other microphones and audio devices with the iPhone/iPad, and posted the results on my website here: http://www.lifeisaprayer.com/articles/photography/iphone-4-ipad-external-mic-audio-input

    I haven’t tested the Apogee mic; might have to buy one and try it out!

    • steve
      September 7, 2013

      We do video interviews at events with our iphone that we post online. We need wired, handheld mics so they can display our flag.

      We all have iphone 5’s. We were using the IRig mics with our iphone 4’s (which are uneven at best and broke a lot) but they only seem to work sometimes iwth the iphone 5, even when we do suggested workarounds – like plugging in the headset.

      What would be your suggestion for a wired, handheld mic for the iphone 5 to meet our needs. We are able to pay up to about
      $150 for a good soltuion.

      Thank you!

      • Wayne
        September 11, 2013

        The Rode reporter mic is very nice, I just purchased one on special for $150 but no time for a review yet!

  4. Elena
    October 21, 2014

    My hostile neighbors play deep, very low-bass music and TV at all hours. My iPhone5s app, HT Recorder, doesn’t work well. I feel the vibrations, which the app doesn’t pick up and the recording sounds quieter than it really is. They wake me up in the morning, not to mention intrude at all hours. I can’t spend much, but it’d be worth it to get an app or a mic that WORKS. Have you tried the Rode mic, yet?
    Anything you can recommend to pick up these low vibration noises for a simple plain old person like me? (Not a giant techie.) – Thanks! – Sleepless in New York

    • Wayne
      October 22, 2014

      I’d grab an SPL meter off eBay. Then you can take measurements that an authority will listen to. And you can check recommended dB levels for sleeping times.

  5. Elena
    October 21, 2014

    Just read about the Rode … it’s designed “for rejection of wind and other low frequency environmental noises.” and “rejects frequencies below 70Hz.” Doesn’t sound like a mic to pick up low-frequency vibration noises from a stereo or TV.

    I’m desperate! Anyone out there with a suggestion?

  6. Russ
    December 13, 2014

    Can I record video with my iPhone but use one of these microphones to record the audio?

    • Wayne
      December 14, 2014

      Correct. When the mic is plugged in the audio comes from the microphone and records into the video you are recording.

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