I was actually awarded this iRig Mic Cast after winning a remix competition locally. It is a portable electrets condenser microphone for iphones, ipads, and ipods. It connects right to the standard mini jack input on the devices and works with iRig recorder App (comes with this app).
Setting this microphone up is not hard at all, all you have to do is just plug it in and run the app. The app is free and this microphone only cost 40 bucks so there really isn’t anything to lose but the best part about it is that you will have a condenser microphone and the ability to record with you everywhere! We all take our phones with use ever where we go and it is just as easy to take this little microphone along for the ride to incase we get a song idea on the go. I love to use it to hum melodies into while I am driving so I do not forget them later. It has allowed me to get rid of my regular digital recorder that I was using for years.
When you get the iRig Mic Cast, it comes with a desktop stand for your phone or iPod/iPad. So that you can record hands free without even having to hold the phone. This will make the recording quality a lot better too without the mic moving around.
Getting out your recordings (out of the app) is kind of easy for me because I choose to just email them to myself. I think there is now a save to phone option right from the app but the app is not very good because it is very simple. There are not a lot of options to work with. However, there are some really good paid apps that are similar to the iRig Recorder app that will allow you to take it a lot further.
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Will Zégal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Mono microphone omni-directional.
A switch to low-high gain. That's all.
Installation: one branch. That's it.
The shape of the plug makes it compatible with the presence of a shell or bumper.
I use it mainly with a looper app, but RecForge Lite and J4T (4 tracks delay compensation for Android).
Qu'enregistrez you with?
- For the moment, especially voices
- What about the sound quality?
That is correct. No bouleversifiant. At the same time, the quality of the input smartphone to play.
- The micro manage to record loud sound levels without saturating?
Not tested yet
How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
- The headphone jack that allows monitoring
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
- On smartphone, except the headset mics, no.
How would you rate the quality / price?
- Average no more.
With experience, you do again this choice?
- Not on. But the experience is still fresh.
I wanted something that would allow me to work a bit with the beat boxing app Looper. Also you can record video interviews.
For the first point, it rolls. This is significantly better than the headset microphone.
The second will require further testing. IRig Mic Cast But being placed on the smartphone, it will forget noisy environments. At the same time, other solutions are clearly more cumbersome. Compromise, then.
One note: it comes with support for smartphones. Personally, I do not care. I would have much preferred (but really a lot) IK book a small plastic case for carrying the microphone from shocks and dust in a pocket or bag. Shame.
Well, this review is fresh, so to be taken lightly. I'll update.