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As more and more people rely on the convenience of their iPhone as a field recorder for ENG and interview applications, the challenge remains of how to get high-quality audio into the device. Zoom, a company that knows a thing or two about convenient field recorders, is set to meet this challenge with its newly announced iQ6 Stereo X/Y Microphone for Lightning-equipped iOS devices. If you think the device bears some resemblance to the extremely popular Zoom H4n, it is with good cause: the iQ6 features the same condenser mics found on that model.
The iQ6 connects to your iOS device via its Lightning port, and will track your audio in up to 16-bit/48kHz resolution. Its X/Y mics can be angled at 90 or 120 degrees, giving you some flexibility in the width of your stereo field, a handy feature allowing for a narrower field for interviews, and a wider field for concerts. You can adjust the input gain with the large mic gain wheel, while a 3-segment LED will give you a visual representation of your levels. The device even sports a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack that can double as a line output for redundant recording.
The iQ6 will work with Zoom’s free Handy Recorder app, which gives you the option to record as PCM or AAC files, as well as some effects such as compression, EQ, and reverb. Additionally, the iQ6 will work with Apple’s Voice Memo app and GarageBand, as well as most apps that can accept audio in from a microphone. Zoom even includes a removable spacer that lets you connect the mic to your iPhone without having to remove its protective case.
For more information on how to improve your audio quality when shooting video with an iPhone or iPad, watch this B&H video on the topic.