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Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch

You Pay: $49.99
Product Highlights
  • Switchable Mic / Line Input
  • Phantom Power for Condenser Mics
  • XLR Mic Input & Gain Control
  • High-Impedance Guitar Input
  • Headphone 1/8" Output for Monitoring
  • Mic Input Powered by 2 AA Batteries
  • Non-Powered Guitar Input

The pocket-sized Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a mobile recording studio. You can plug in a microphone, guitar or bass and use the latest guitar amp, recording and DJ apps to utilize different sounds, record audio and polish your tracks. There's an input setting to set the gain and you can monitor via the headphone output jack form your iOS device. Plus, the unit even has phantom power for condenser microphones. If you're looking to turn your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a portable practice rig, songwriting tool or recording device; the Tascam iXZ is the perfect interface.

Switchable mic/line input
Gain control and phantom power
Standard 1/8" (3.5 mm) headphone output
XLR mic input
High-impedance guitar input
Mic input powered by two AA batteries
Non-powered guitar input
Mic-In
Connector XLR
Input Level -42dBu to +2.0dBu
Maximum Input Level +2.0dBu
Input Impedance 2.4k Ohms
Guitar-In
Connector 1/4" (6.3 mm) phone jack
Nominal Input Level -21dBV
Maximum Input Level -10dBV
Input Impedance 470k Ohms
General
Phones/Line Out 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
Connection Plug 1/8" (3.5 mm) 4 Pole Plug, 5.9" (150 mm) for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad
Power Requirements AA batteries x 2 (when using microphone input)
Power Consumption 0.33 W (Phantom Power 5.0mA)
Battery Life (approx.) 15 hrs (Phantom Power 5.0mA)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 1.6 x 1.8" (10.6 x 4.0 x 4.5 cm)
Weight 3.7 oz (87 g)
Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    TascamiXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch
     
    4.3

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (26)
    • Easy to use (26)
    • Excellent sound (15)
    • Versatile (15)
    • Low distortion (12)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (22)
    • Home studio (15)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Professional recording (7)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Novice (10), Professional musician (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    For the money can't be beaten

    Great little piece of gear, very useful, costs as much as a XLR to iPhone cable adapter but gives you phantom power and guitar-in and active preamp with level control. Not only you...Read complete review

    Great little piece of gear, very useful, costs as much as a XLR to iPhone cable adapter but gives you phantom power and guitar-in and active preamp with level control. Not only you can use it to record to iPhone but with right iPhone headset to PC adpter you can use this with your dslr dor better audio. Only downside of the connector is that its bleeds signal from input to headphone out if you do overdubbing.
    Build quality is good as well as sound quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It Does What It Is Supposed To Do.

    I used this interface with GarageBand with no problems at all. It has phantom Power which allowed me to use my best condenser microphone and make a great sounding demo. The only problem with...Read complete review

    I used this interface with GarageBand with no problems at all. It has phantom Power which allowed me to use my best condenser microphone and make a great sounding demo. The only problem with it is that the cable that plugs into the headphone jack is only 6 inches long. This made for some awkward placement. I haven't tried it with guitar either so I don't how it will work for that application. If you need an interface and don't want to spend much this one will do the job.

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    4.0

    Awesome little interface!

    By AVGirl

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Battery Powered

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Professional Recording
    • Webcasting

    Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

    If you use a Macbook Air that doesn't have a microphone input, this is a life saver! I do webcasting using Adobe Connect, and this interface allows me to take an XLR feed off the audio mixer and send to the audio jack on the Macbook Air. The only reason it's not 5 stars is that it's battery only, no AC power...so it's constant battery changes boo :(

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    4.0

    iphone's best friend.

    By Abe Gadgetson

    from NYC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

      I am using it for making a home videos with my iPhone 5. You can plug in a mic condenser to it, or even direct in a guitar to your video without suffering the background noise. I am listening to myself while recording an electric guitar through my Digitech RP-255 headphones output. The sound is really clean and I am really happy with the sound. It is a better deal for me than invest in a stand alone camcorder.

      It is not ideal however to record music with Garagband since there is a leakage from the drums track in to the guitar track when tracking a song. Yet again, for this price, you cannot go wrong with this super handy gadget. Another great thing is that you can hook it into any smartphone without having to rely on any propriety cables.

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      2.0

      Not what I hoped for...

      By m

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

        I hoped for more, but this interface is very noisy and the mic preamp is has poor sound reproduction.

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        5.0

        Hypercool

        By HammerJam

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

          As a singer/songwriter this little gem is really pretty much indispensable. With the apps available I can collaborate easily at a moments notice with my friends and notebook song ideas on the spot.

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          2.0

          Not so great..

          By JV

          from San Juan Capistrano, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

            I was excited about the concept. The recordings are noisy compared to other semi professional products

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Phil

            from Cincinnati Oh

            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

            I love this thing. Does exactly what I need it to do. Maybe not as perfect as more expensive products on the market but for the price it can't be beat. It's also the first time I have ordered from here and everything went great. I will shop here again.

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            4.0

            Great interface!

            By Loge Mode

            from Pennsylvania

            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

            For what it is, it is a great tool for the road or mobile recording! I mainly use it with my iPhone 5c on garage band or to make decent quality voice memo recordings using the tascam and a condenser mic while jamming with my band. The quality is decent and very clear and the 1/4 inch intertwined with xlr input is an awesome feature along with the AA Battery phantom power. I recommend it to anyone with the intent for an iPad/iPhone mobile recording studio

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            5.0

            Great Interface

            By Interim Joe

            from Texas

            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

            This product does exactly what it is supposed to do... Works great!

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            4.0

            Nice Tool

            By WetReverb

            from Wa State

            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

            Works great for utilizing high quality mic in your recordings, especially video. I wouldn't count on it being a studio quality music interface but is handy in a pinch but my biggest issue is more available app functionality rather than the iXZ. With the processing power if the newer iPad/iPhones, I would expect more than the available offerings.

            If you really read the product description, I don't see how anyone would be disappointed. It's not a recording interface. It just offers audio options to get audio in to your device.

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            5.0

            Good, inexpensive interface

            By Hoggy153

            from Bloomington, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Low Distortion
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Broadcasts

              Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

              I use this for remote broadcasts to interface with my mixer when I have to use cell phone to transmit. It is far and away the most inexpensive way to connect the gear to a cell phone, and is versatile at the same time. While it is advertised to work with iPhones, I am using it with a non-smartphone that has the 3.5mm jack and it works well. The XLR and 1/4-inch connections provide connection versatility, and considering that I use it for phone audio, it sounds fine. The 1/4-inch guitar connection works fine without batteries in the unit by controlling the mixer output, but batteries will allow use with mic alone as well as the input gain on the iXZ. It is a great backup unit and you can't beat the price.

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              5.0

              small package, big results

              By KenM

              from Orangevale CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                Had to find a way to plug a "real" mic into my iPad. The Tascam interface made it simple, giving me the sound quality I needed. Big plus...I can also connect my guitars directly to the iPad for recording in GarageBand. Great product.

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                4.0

                Works, but no mounting options

                By Navigator

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                  After many attempts with different adapters and cable splitters, my failures provided an education in mic impedance which led me to search for an interface adapter to connect a condenser microphone to my iPad. Though I can not comment on the guitar interface, it is nice to have it as an option in one product at a great price. I have found that the VocaLive app works best for my needs with the iXZ Interface. My condenser mic has a 3.5mm male connector. I purchased a Male XLR to Female 1/8 (3.5mm) cable from BHPhoto which I found to not have a secure connection at the 1/8 Male to 1/8 Female point (not a secure point of contact for a strong and stable signal). Quick fix; taped the connection. I am looking to upgrade this weak area. This product needs a built-in mounting solution. There is space under the XLR jack for a hot shoe. I am NOT recommending that you disassemble body, move over XLR jack, drill a 1/4" hole through plastic, insert your mounting choice using lock washers, apply rubber or electrical tape over screw and reassemble AS THIS WILL VOID YOUR PRODUCT WARRANTY..

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this again & I did

                  By Megan

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                    This product does EXACTLY what it purports to do. We use it for reporting on the go, which we can quickly edit and post within minutes to Facebook, Twitter, etc. and it works fantastically. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get high quality sound onto their iPhone/iPad/iPod videos.

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                    5.0

                    AMAZING

                    By Kebrina

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                          Perfect for beginners!

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                          5.0

                          Great interface

                          By WesJT

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events

                            Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                            Exactly what I was looking for. Much better than the alternatives. I like that I can use xlr or 1/4". Phantom power is a huge plus!

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                            5.0

                            Good for record on Ipad

                            By The will

                            from Canada

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                              I use it with Garage Band and Amplitube2 on my Ipad 2.

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                              4.0

                              iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface

                              By Colorado Chris

                              from Colorado Springs, Co

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                                i bought this to use my guitar with garage band on my ipad mini. So far this has done what it supposed to with out issues. very easy to use really, i have put the output to my amp and it has a clear sound.

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                                5.0

                                Works perfect!

                                By Jared

                                from Kentucky

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Low Distortion
                                • Powerful
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                                  Love this product, works perfect with garage band. For a mere 25.00 I was able to replace my 700.00 foster digital recorder and will never look back. Buy this!

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                                  5.0

                                  does the job

                                  By Richard

                                  from Hollywood, CA

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Low Distortion

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                                    I use it for recording into my iPhone and iPad. Works just fine.

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                                    4.0

                                    Cool, cheap and effective little gadget

                                    By Irish Mike

                                    from Washington DC

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Mobile DJ
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Tascam iXZ Mic & Instrument Interface for iPad / iPhone / iPod touch:

                                      I'm a middle school music teacher who uses a lot of music technology. The school has just moved over to iPads from macbooks and I got one of these to try out. It works just fine and feels reasonably study - certainly there isn' really any thing that can break off - always good for schools - and it feels hardy enough on the outside but I can't vouch for long term. The great thing is, for $ it is fantastic value and is wonderfully flexible for my program. The sound is not studio quality but it is very good - much better than you would expect for $.

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