Recording on an iPhone/Pad?
I've been approached by a group or two about virtual recording sessions, which is an interesting project. One problem I have is that my best equipment now would be an iPad (or iPhone 6). I am guessing that the mikes in that are not absolutely the best going.
Has anyone found a decent external mike for those devices? And what app seems to work best for the actual recording function?
I have used the iRig iMic Cast that plugs into a quad mini headphone/mic jack, but would recommend finding a better mic. It’s better than the onboard mic though.I think iKmedia also makes better mics for music.
Many of my colleagues in the recent Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony videos recorded their parts on iphones.
For a budget solution, a Blue Snowball USB mic ($70) and an Apple lightning-to-USB cable will let you record with a great "bang for the buck" setup.
It really depends on your budget.
Does the app matter? I haven’t heard a significant difference with different apps. Maybe if you’re streaming using diff audio codecs? I use voice memos. For mics I recommend a fifine one. It’s a FINE mic for the price.
We have one of the Shure ones, which was under $100, and it works reasonably well. It's not amazing, but it is certainly adequate.
You want to make sure your app gives you the traditional warmth of vacuum tubes.
I recommend buying a proper condenser microphone and usb interface and recording audio and video separately, then syncing it up later. It's a worthy and not exceedingly large investment—that is, IF you plan on recording again in the future. If you need a cheap solution for a one-off gig then I'm sure there's something to be found on Amazon.
If you are using a separated mic, then my following post from maestronet applies...
To answer your question about the app: yes, it does matter a lot! I, personally, always use the GarageBand app that comes free with any iPhone for recording myself when I'm in a hurry or just without any proper mic on me. It's great for what it is. Just make sure to go into the app settings and turn on the automatic track length, so that the recording doesn't stop after eight bars. I recommend playing around with the settings afterwards until it sounds best to you and exporting it via email or cloud, for example. It's quite straightforward and I'm sure that you can find tutorials online, too. You might want to check out Dolby On, too. It is easier to use and has decent sound quality, though it does lack clarity to my ears. But it's also worth a shot and free.
What would the world be like without Dolby?
Much more monotonous would be my guess, Paul ;)
Maybe they'd have invented digital earlier.
Or later, to avoid all the low-res stuff early on?