Best Microphone for iPod Touch 2G Recording? Lets get Scientific!

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  1. linkycat

    linkycat New Member

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    iPod Touch Microphone Testing Thread - Help us out! FIRST TESTS POSTED

    The purpose of this thread is to compare different microphone options on the iPod Touch via similar recorded sound files.

    The user 'touchmymonkey' submitted the first recordings, and 'fasequeira' helped out with the Griffin SmartTalk files, which can be found below.

    To do this 'right', anyone who has ANY microphone for their iPod Touch, lets try to compile some similar data.

    Record yourself talking at normal volume for appx 20 seconds where the speaker would be if it were on a headset (appx at your collar), as well as 10 feet away (still appx 20 seconds and speaking at normal volume).

    Use the free app Griffin iTalk on the BEST setting so all tests are consistent:
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293673304&mt=8

    To transfer files from your ipod, use italksync
    http://italksync.com/

    PM me, and I'll host the file if you can't, you'll just have to email it to me.

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    Please download files only once, and please choose save-as. I'd like as many people to be able to listen to these as possible before i run out of bandwidth!

    Recording tests (alphabetical by product):

    Altec Lansing UHS307 Earclip-S In-Ear Headphones MSRP $39.95US (apple store link)

    Collar Test (http://dc19.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73232673/1873396e/Alteclansingcollar.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc19.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73232576/6a5f73b8/Alteclansing10ft.aiff)

    Griffin SmartTalk MSRP $19.99US (griffin technology site)

    Collar Test (http://dc35.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73244687/fcd6274/Smarttalkcol.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc35.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73244618/4eb0c4ac/Smarttalk10.aiff)

    Philips iPhone Microphone Adapter MSRP $9.99US (target store link)

    Collar Test (http://dc19.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73232785/774aeaa3/Phillipscollar.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc19.[PIRACY.4s].com/download/73232734/e3b903fe/Phillips10ft.aiff)
  2. touchmymonkey

    touchmymonkey New Member

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    PM'd you. Testing underway.
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    Responded!

    Thanks! touchmymonkey is going to test an AltecLansing adapter (model number on it's way) and the phillips adapter sold at target for 9.99.

    Anyone willing to test the Griffin or Monster adapters?
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    i just wanna know if for the ones that are mic only (like the italk) does the speaker in the 2g still work while your using it?
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    Actually it is the alteclansing inear earclips-s model # uhs307 from the apple store $40.
    Won't spoil the suspense and say which ones I thought were better.....yet

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    BTW, as I pm'd you, i have a couple of good sony mics but they don't work with the touch which records in mono....although one could use an adapter from stereo to mono....i might have one i can dig up.....as i also said for quality recording of music, etc, your gonna want something better than what i tested....or anything comparable to those......and once we get clarification of the "line-in" capabilities in 2.2 that might lead to other options for your purposes....
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    Thanks touchmymonkey for sending us the first batch of tests!

    I am uploading the files and going to edit my original post so all of the information remains central and easy to view!

    I have a decent Sony mic that I had used in my minidisc days as well, and was sad to see it didn't work with the touch.

    I would imagine the technology with all of these microphones will see a change, assuming apple's enabling of 'line-in' technology allows stereo sound or use of the dock connection... we'll see!?!?
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    I haven't found my stereo to mono adaptor, but I'm guessin' it would work with high end mics. Off to Radio Shack!
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    I'm inclined to think that yes they would - if you buy them make sure to send us sound clips! The pictures do not look like they have a mic - but the reviews of people who have purchased the item say it does in fact have one...

    ALSO, the post has been updated to include the Griffin SmartTalk!

    What do you think? I think the Altec Lansing is the clear loser for sound quality, and the Griffin SmartTalk and Phillips products are relatively similar (as far as this recording test goes).

    Noticeably different in the SmartTalk vs Phillips is the 'white noise' recorded by the Phillips is of higher frequency. General volume levels seem to be pretty similar to me, but I have to wonder if the Phillips doesn't record a more 'full-bodied' sound.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Hi all,
    I haven't listened to the Smartalk yet, but between the Philips and the Altec, I think the Philips is better and cheaper.
    I want to know if the Dealextreme microphone is really working because if it's working, it is very cheap

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    Sorry for my bad English, I'm from Holland

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