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Recording with iOS devices
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:50:04 PM »
People have asked I start a thread regarding recording with an iPhone.

Some may think there may be issues, but It's not as scary as it seems.  One good thing is you can adjust the settings so you have to hold down 'stop' for 3 seconds to stop recording, so you don't worry as much about pressing a tiny record button twice putting the recorder back in the bag.  I'm using an Apogee Duet (iOS) interface which has very good preamps and DAC in one box.  You would need to power that Duet with external power such as a Lenmar DVD battery.  All the converting is performed in the Apogee Duet and the iPhone is essentially a bit bucket and DAW.  The breakout cables are kind of a pita in the field or even used on a desk, but it's ok.  You can purchase a breakout box which may make sense in the field but I haven't used one.  Recently I've been using a Sonosax SX-M2 into the Duet (line level) and just using the Duet's converters.  I like it.  Apogee Metarecorder is a basic free software for iPhone and I use Auria for iPad.

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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 09:56:37 PM »
Forgive my ignorance , but what do you do for storage?
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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2017, 10:42:35 PM »
I think all the Behringer mixers support iOS recording via USB - not sure about the phone though.
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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 12:19:50 PM »
Most of my stealth recordings are now done using an old iPhone 4s with 64GB of memory, and the Tascam iXJ2 IOS line-in device. It's a doddle to stealth basically.

I have some direct comparisons of using the iXJ2 and iPhone with the Sony PCM-M10 here:

https://soundcloud.com/quisquose/stealth-concert-recording-sony-pcm-m10-versus-iphone-tascam-ixj2-1
https://soundcloud.com/quisquose/stealth-concert-recording-sony-pcm-m10-versus-iphone-tascam-ixj2-ver-2

I'm looking to buy a proper XLR microphone soon, and when I do I will do some comparisons of wildlife recordings using my Sony PCM-D100 and the iPhone.



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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 01:20:02 PM »
Forgive my ignorance , but what do you do for storage?


The iPhone 6s has 64GB's storage.  The iPad 3 only has 16 GB's which sucks.  Considering 16GB's really means 12 and you have some apps that take up HD space you will need to transfer your files to an external drive frequently.  Also, with Auria/iPad if you are within about 1GB storage remaining the software will pause and ask if you want to continue.  So make sure you have 1-2GB's to spare minimum.


Also, you should set your iOS device to "Airplane Mode".

The Apogee Duet will charge the iOS device so you only need external power for the Duet.

I will post some pictures of the rig soon.
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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017, 01:56:54 AM »
Most of my stealth recordings are now done using an old iPhone 4s with 64GB of memory, and the Tascam iXJ2 IOS line-in device. It's a doddle to stealth basically.

Are there any newer alternatives available, since the IXJ2 is unavailable and outdated? Would be fun to try it out...
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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2017, 05:26:31 AM »
Most of my stealth recordings are now done using an old iPhone 4s with 64GB of memory, and the Tascam iXJ2 IOS line-in device. It's a doddle to stealth basically.

Are there any newer alternatives available, since the IXJ2 is unavailable and outdated? Would be fun to try it out...

Not really anything as useful currently. But the iXJ2 is still easily available on eBay. I think I paid £28 for mine, so about $35. You can use it with a newer iPhone/iPod with an adapter but I prefer to use my old 4s, it's got 64gb it's smaller and the battery life is actually better than my 6s. I keep my 4s with no apps other than the Rode Rec App on it.
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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017, 10:15:11 AM »
Most of my stealth recordings are now done using an old iPhone 4s with 64GB of memory, and the Tascam iXJ2 IOS line-in device. It's a doddle to stealth basically.

Are there any newer alternatives available, since the IXJ2 is unavailable and outdated? Would be fun to try it out...


I have one for sale.  Never used.

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Re: Recording with iOS devices
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2017, 09:00:15 PM »
I have the IXJ2 on iPhone 4 as well.  I bought it new for $19 about 8 months ago.  I've only used it a handful of times and not recently because I have a Tascam dr2d, but it was fine with CA-14.  I prefer the Rode recorder app over the Tascam app.  Its best use is for a quick soundboard patch when your main rig is too far from the board.  I have a cheap usb battery pack that I keep hooked up the the iPhone during use.  Super simple and probably easy to stealth with, though I don't stealth.  Just remember its all kind of plastic, so I would possibly be concerned about the structural integrity of the 32 pin connection to the phone when in a pocket stealthing in a crowd.  Though I have no knowledge of any structural problems. 
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