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Introducing the Zoom iQ6 iOS Microphone: H4n Sound Quality for iPhone + iPad


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.

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It looks great, but does there exist any hard case to protect it from tear and wear when carrying in a pocket? The H4 comes with a hard case, I would love to have a similar protection for this device. My H1 has multiple fractures from carring it in a photo bag too often.

Hi Attila -

Although Zoom offers no dedicated case for their new  Zoom iQ6 iOS Microphone, you might consider the solid black with black lining 1010 Micro Case from Pelican which is made to protect valuable small items. They have the same look as larger Pelican case. The case is watertight, crushproof and has a clear automatic pressure purge valve. The 1010 Solid Micro case has a matching speed lock and a black liner. It includes a ring and a lanyard for easy attachment. It includes a ring and a lanyard for easy attachment.

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Made of copolymer polycarbonate that makes it extremely strong and durable
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Why the iQ6 does not record at 24 bits / 48 kHz ?

Thank you.

Hi Yannick -

The new  Zoom iQ6 iOS Microphone max's out at  44.1 kHz / 16-bit, 48 kHz / 16-bit.  This a decision that resides with the manufacturer.  Zoom does not offer their specific reasons for a particular design specification or feature. Please contact Zoom directly if you desire this information:

Zoom Tel: +81-3-5835-2206Website: Samson (Distributor) Tel: 631-784-2200Email: zoom@samsontech.comWebsite:

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Hi Neal -

The latest update from Zoom estimates that the new  Zoom iQ6 iOS Microphone  will be available near the end of September 2014. The link to the iOS video tips is operational and is working fine.  please check your browser settings. 

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Interested in this product.  When will it be in stock? Also, the link to the video on audio tips for the iPhone/iPad goes nowhere.