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Quite a while ago i went through a phase of doing online radio, this meant uploading voice clips for when I was recording idents. Unfortunetly for me my microphone broke so I had no way of recording. I also had little money as I was near the end of the month so for me I had to find a quick and cheap and easy alternative. I went to Maplin and the guy I was talking to suggested I use my iPod touch. I laughed at the idea as I said the sound quality would surely be terrible.
He pointed out this nifty piece of equipment which is this. It plugs in to where my headphones go and is quite sturdy, even though it plugs in to the headphone department you can plug headphones in to the actual microphone so there is still a place to plug it in. You can alter the settings of the Microphone although it is not really needed. I feel that the microphone for me personally helped me do my projects however I would say the price (£10) could have been better invested in to something with higher quality and that could be used on the computer.
As someone who make's a lot of videos for YouTube, I have tried a variety of different recording techniques for my voice. For a long time I have used the microphone on my iPhone 4S, and honestly the quality of the integrated mic is quite good. When I saw this I thought it would be interesting to see how much this could improve the quality, what I discovered is that it really doesn't do much...
Out of the box this little device looks quite cool, it has the traditional microphone look to it and doesn't stand out THAT much compared to the rest of your iPhone. It feels relatively well made if not a bit plasticy (that's a word trust me). The mic plugs straight into the head phone jack on the top of your iPhone, and honestly it feels quite stable when plugged in. It doesn't swing around annoyingly which was something I was worried about before buying, but it certainly passed the stability test. The problem with the actual body of this device is a switch on the front, this switch feels extremely weak and I wouldn't be surprised if it breaks after few months which is unfortunate. There is also a problem with how stable this mic is, it is attached so effectively that it takes quite a tug to remove it from your iPhone. Because of this I am worried that the plug itself will get stuck in the jack breaking the entire mic, this is a serious negative point for this device. The device also features an earphone jack which you can use to monitor your recording while you record, this is a very cool feature although honestly I don't like the sound of my voice so I only tested to see if it worked.
As I mentioned before, the front of device has a switch. It provides two options 'HI' and 'LO' which changes the overall sensitivity of the mic, by having these options you can stand further away while the option is on 'HI' and whatever you're recording will be more effectively recorded. I have tested this by standing on the other side of the room, and it worked relatively well but I wouldn't use it in this way anyway so it was only a random test. For my purposes the mic will only be on the desk in front of me, so the 'LO' option is more useful to me. While using the mic in this setting the sound quality was quite mediocre, the improvement is almost unnoticeable. Two free apps are available which are compatible with this device and both are very mediocre, there aren't a large amount features available but I suppose thats what happens when an app is free.
Ultimately, I probably wouldn't recommend this device for your iPhone. The mic on your phone is pretty much perfect the way it is and purchasing this will not make much of a difference. Honestly it will probably break after a few months which is pretty terrible, but maybe people with a gentler touch will not have this problem. Overall this device is very mediocre and honestly I don't think it is worth a purchase.