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Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products

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Product Highlights
  • Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
  • Attaches to Dock Connector
  • CD-Quality Digital Recording
  • 180° Adjustment from Front to Back
  • Built-in Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • Integrated Microphone Preamp
  • Adjustable Input Level Control
  • Compact Size for Portability

While there are many apps that enable recording using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, Tascam's iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products provides you with an external pair of condenser microphones that plug into the dock connector of your chosen device. The iM2 has several recording features that make it easy to use and allow for superb audio recordings -- while its compact size means it can tag along pretty much anywhere you go.

For the best sound placement, the microphones can be adjusted 180 degrees from front to back. The uni-directional elements are arranged in an AB pattern for detailed stereo imaging while capturing the ambiance of the recording room. The iM2 has its own microphone pre-amp and analog to digital converter for low noise and exceptional sound quality. The unit can handle up to 125 dB sound levels for capturing varied noise levels without distorting the sound. The iM2 also has a stereo limiter to subdue loud bursts of sound.

A knob on the side adjusts the microphone level for quick adjustments. While it's powered by your device, it has a USB input so that you can charge your device through a computer or power adapter to avoid cutting off extended recordings due to a drained battery. Whether you're recording live audio, writing songs using the help of an app, recording during rehearsals or gathering sound effects for productions or remixes, the iM2 is both useful and affordable.

Microphone Basics
  • Stereo condenser microphones for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 4G, iPad, iPad 2
  • 180 degrees of adjustment from front to back for best sound placement
  • Compact size allows for maximum portability
Recording Features
  • Built-in analog to digital converter and microphone preamp for low noise recording
  • 125 dB SPL maximum level for recording loud audio without distortion
  • Switchable limiter attenuates high-level signals to prevent recording overload
  • Adjustable input level control
  • CD-quality digital recording (44.1 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM)
Power & Charging
  • Attaches to dock connector and is powered through iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • USB input allows the device to be charged using a USB connection or AC adapter
Compatibility iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 4G, iPad, iPad 2
Maximum SPL 125 dB
Recording 44.1 kHz / 16-bit linear PCM
Adjustments 180° from front to back
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 2.2 x 0.75" (58 x 56 x 19 mm)
Weight 1.05 oz (30 g)
Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    TascamiM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products
     
    4.0

    (based on 99 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (64)
    • Good audio (61)
    • Compact (59)
    • Easy to use (59)
    • Versatile (22)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (9)
    • Unreliable (4)
    • Not durable (3)
    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (46)
    • Outdoor events / games (41)
    • Performances (35)
    • Home studio (24)
    • Professional recording (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (48), Professional musician (17), Tech savvy (12), Novice (8), Business professional (6)
      • Usability:
      • Simple controls (4)
      • Media:
      • Easy to download media (3), Easy to use media player (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice but some issues

    Good quality recording and portability. I use this for recording live music and voice overs. But here are some problems:1) Gotta switch to mono if you use during movie record since mic...Read complete review

    Good quality recording and portability. I use this for recording live music and voice overs. But here are some problems:1) Gotta switch to mono if you use during movie record since mic orientation will be top to bottom instead of left/right. Assuming horizontal screen during recording.2) Seems the 4S issue with cell signal/wifi disconnecting is a known problem, but from what I can gather is an Apple problem since an iPhone 4 I tested doesn't have any issues. Anyway, no biggie because you should put your device in airplane mode anyway for best quality and no interruptions.3) Tascam free app is very quirky, but there are better ones that you can buy like TwistedWave.4) Does not fit securely on the connector, but not so much that I'm afraid it will fall off. It weighs very little fortunately.5) exporting .mp3 files is much more difficult than it should be, but that is also due to Apple iOS and not this product. Could be a deal breaker to some and purchase a complete self contained portable recorder instead.6) Product feels very cheap and doesn't fell like a [$] mic. Recording quality is good though. If this cost $50, I would probably go with 5 stars. While that doesn't change the recording quality, I have a hard time believing this product is going to last longer than 1-2 years due really cheap plastic components.7) There is still debate on if monitoring through headphones works or not. Some have claimed that it works for certain apps and only when using a headphone that doesn't have a built in mic. I have had no luck with the combination of Tascam app and standard iPhone headphones.8) Yeah! A USB port to power the phone through the mic. Booo!, mini USB connector from the 90s when everything else (even Kindles) have moved to micro USB. Man I wish I didn't recycle the 10+ mini USB chargers that I had when Nokia and Blackberry phones were the rage.Overall, a lot of nit picky issues but keep in mind, the same issues on a product that is not related to Apple will get two stars less.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Tascam iM2 Stereo mic

    This works well with Garage band. The sound quality is a huge improvement over the ipad mic(obviously)
    The Tascam app is a HUGE failure being linked to sound cloud exlusively. Ijoined sound...Read complete review

    This works well with Garage band. The sound quality is a huge improvement over the ipad mic(obviously)
    The Tascam app is a HUGE failure being linked to sound cloud exlusively. Ijoined sound cloud to test the mic and app, but I sure dont plan on paying to access my own recordings,and the free version only allows 2 hrs of recording time.

    Reviewed by 99 customers

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    4.0

    Works great

    By Butch_M

    from Lock Haven, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Professional Recording
      • Run And Gun Journalism

      Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

      I use this with iPhone 4s and a iPod Touch 4th gen for recording secondary audio mostly for run and gun news/sports interviews and audio note taking. Works great. Excellent sound reproduction.

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      5.0

      Great quality at affordable price

      By Mak

      from Vancouver

      Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

      I am happy with the quality at this price. It was easy to install both hardware and the application. I just had a problem with closing the application after recording. It could be the iPhone at the time.
      It took me few min to figure out how to use the application. It is OK but it needs improvement.

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      3.0

      Big Upgrade to Onboard Mic

      By JD

      from Manhattan Beach, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

        Bought the iM2 so I could shoot video of small club music performances on my iPhone. It's a great upgrade to the built-in mic and has the big advantage of pivoting so that the mic is directed to the video being shot. That said, if you're looking for high end recording you should probably go with a dedicated recorder. But for quick and easy iPhone video, it's a huge improvement, especially for the cost.

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        5.0

        Excellent add on for my iPhone 4S

        By Mechanaxe

        from Southern California

        Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

        I use the iM2 mainly for work. No need to carry a separate recorder as I plug this into my phone (the case does have to be removed) and monitor with some AKG noise cancelling ear buds. Since my ears have lost some of the high frequencies, I use the iM2 as an amplifier/recorder to pinpoint noises present in our automobiles. For the price, what a greatoa edition ol to my diagnostic toolbox. I also bought a second one for personal use. Seems well made and have not had any issues.

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        1.0

        Not worth it

        By Breschtastic

        from Jasper IN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

              Once you get, you have to download the app that goes with it. (WHICH IS BAD) I probably be better off using the original mic on my phone..

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              4.0

              Records Extreaml Loud Levels

              By Bo

              from NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                I like that it can record extreamly loud levels without distortion. For the price I think it beats other similarly priced mikes.

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                4.0

                Great Portable Mic

                By Jeff from Away

                from Kittery, ME

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                  I use this mic for recording demos with guitar and vocals as well as live recording for reference. It is clean and full sounding.

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                  5.0

                  great products

                  By jsoucy

                  from Rivière-du-loup, QC

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                  when i'm on a shoot and i can't keep me h4n with me, this little mic do well the job

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                  3.0

                  Tascam iM2 Stereo mic

                  By Pat F

                  from Santa Rosa, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Live Sound Aquisition

                  Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                  This works well with Garage band. The sound quality is a huge improvement over the ipad mic(obviously)
                  The Tascam app is a HUGE failure being linked to sound cloud exlusively. Ijoined sound cloud to test the mic and app, but I sure dont plan on paying to access my own recordings,and the free version only allows 2 hrs of recording time.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Sound Muted

                  By Bobby

                  from NYC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                  I am using this to pick up speeches by faculty members.

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                  5.0

                  Huge improvement sound quality

                  By SteveFreides

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                    Recording quality using Garage Band on my iPad2 is near studio quality, in my opinion, with this mic. Easy plugin to charging connector.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Convenient and Passable Quality

                    By Plan 9 Studios

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amatuer Filmmaking
                      • Interviews
                      • Location sound
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                      When I think of the days of hauling my Nagra around, this is absolutely amazing. It's always in my pocket ready for when those unique sounds jump out. The stereo spread is a little tight, and I'd have preferred much more discrete imaging, giving me the option to mix it back in focus, and the quality is a little upper-mid-rangy and less sweet than a high end condenser, but for $[$], I almost feel guilty complaining. It's extremely convenient and is always there when I need it, without dragging my entire rig around. And honestly, the audience will never hear the difference.

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                        3.0

                        TASCAM SOFTWARE NOT UP TO PAR

                        By MEG

                        from Miami, Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Very Utilitarian

                        Cons

                        • Software Poor
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                        I like the mic. It worked great with Garage Band on my iPad2, however when I attempted to use it with the Tascam software, I found the software to be not very intuitive and difficult to understand. However I will say the quality of the audio was pretty good. Can't beat the price for the quality one gets.

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                        5.0

                        Under Promise Over Deliver

                        By Tony the Tiger

                        from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                          I am absolutely thrilled with the service. They promised delivery of up to 6 days and I received it in three days. Microphone is all they said it would be and I am very pleased with the quality of sound.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Swell Mic, but it Needs a Boost

                          By Booker

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Needs A Connector Adapter

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                          This is a great microphone for field recording of groups, or one-on-one interviews. Taking it outside, the mics have limited range, so don't plan on recording any rare bird-songs, or distant environmental sounds. The phones work best within a few meters or less.

                          There are some very good apps available for these, one is free but you will have to live with pesky pop-ups because using the app allows adverts to intrude in the bottom of the screen.

                          There is just one major flaw with the iM2, and that is it's not being stood off far enough from the iPhone or iPad connector to allow for interference from cases, and covers. That problem is solved by getting a 30-pin extender, or in the case of the iPhone5, and adapter.

                          B&H should really offer those accessories right beside the wind-screen fur ball.

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                          4.0

                          Bought a second one

                          By MillerC

                          from Springfield, IL

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                          I use these to record live music on my iOS devices. It picks up everything from the lowest low to the highest high. Level and limiter controls are right on the mic for easy adjustment. Being able to edit and upload directly on device is a huge advantage over a dedicated field recorder.

                          Annoyance: Mic takes over iOS audio interface, so you have to remove the mic to playback, and you cannot monitor the recording through the headphone jack unless using the official Tascam app.

                          Weakness: Build quality is cheap. The housing cracks easily.

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                          5.0

                          Great Sound!

                          By BubbaGumpShrimps

                          from Oxford, PA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                            Tweak the volume level so that it doesnt overdrive the input and this thing sounds fantastic

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Tascam IM2 Stereo Mic for Apple iOS

                            By The RoB KaCeY Phyle

                            from Stockton, Ca.

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                              I do voice work, and wanted the IM2 for a bit of remote work. I was amazed at how simple it was to record, upload to DropBox and import into my Adobe Audition software for editing. It's deceptively light in weight, but the quality is rather amazing for its size. I'm well pleased, and for the price, you be pleased as well.
                              Robert Baughan aka RoB KaCeY

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                              4.0

                              Nice product for the price

                              By Videoman21427

                              from Delaware

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                                Nice unit works great for on the go recording.

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                                5.0

                                Very Happy

                                By Dee

                                from South Florida

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products:

                                  I purchased to use both in a school setting to record lectures, and to record my band with the iphone. So far so good! If you're looking for professional recording, this isn't for you. But the audio on my iphone recordings are MUCH better now!

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