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Now Rob, this is great. Its small, compact, compared to the field recorders I used to use. This is really tiny. You have such a thin, svelte unit there. >> This is the newer model. No Rich, this is my iPhone. >> Here's the thing is that your iPhone, your Android phone, you know, that kind of thing. At the heart, they're kind of are recorders right. You record things to them all the time. Voice instructions, they store photos and videos, they have microphones in them and that kind of stuff. And you know, this is an alternative work flow to the dedicated digital audio recorder and this really useful in situations where you want to be small and compact but have some nice digital audio recorder functionality.
And the guys at Zoom make this little guy. >> The same guys at Zoom make that. >> Right. This is called the iQ5 and yes it comes in black or white to match the color of your iPhone if you're sort of aesthetically conscious and you want things to match. >> I make it white even though my iPhone is black so it's easier to see in the production gear bag. >> Now the really cool thing about this, the kind of styled microphone has been out there for a while. There were ones that used sort of Apple's dot connector. Which is that 30 pin wider connector. This was one of the first ones on the market with a lightning connector.
That small little form factor right there, plugs into newer iPhones. And the thing I really like about this. It's really small, really easy to throw into the bag. And it's got a lot of really cool features. We can adjust the phase with sort of an angle of recording this little switch here. We can actually reposition the microphone as needed and adjust the split by adjusting this little knobber here. On this side, you have manual gain control so this little slider here, but here's where it all comes together. I can simply take this guy, plug it into the bottom of my iPhone. I downloaded the free, handy recorder app from Zoom >> Which by the way pretty much digitally recreates the Zoom H4N.
>> And if you look at the foot of this and you look at the front of this they look very similar. And in fact, they are almost identical. And from the app itself, I can control things like the format that I'm going to But I'm recording uncompressed audio like a wave or I'm going to record mp3 or AAC. I can adjust things like the file name, things of that nature. I can add effects like EQ, and stuff like that. And here's why it's so cool, is that in a lot of situations. Let's say you're just doing a run and gun interview. You're out there in the field and you just need to get a byte from somebody.
So me as the interviewer I don't have to wire you up with a LAV or stick a big boom in your face. I can just say, hey Rich how you doing? >> And place that just slightly below, out of camera. So if you're framed up for a bust shot you can place it just below and it works. And the app will run without this connected, right? >> Absolutely Rich, and it will just use the built in microphone of the phone. >> And in that case you can actually improve upon that because you can get a splitter cable. Now you'll note on this end that there are three rings indicating that there's a mic as well as a stereo connection.
On this other side of this cable it's a specialty cable this is not a y splitter so your kids in the back seat could share the same iPad. This is actually a splitter taking it separate. So on one side is only headphones and the other side is mic input. This will allow you to then take something like a small lavalier mic and connect that. And then place that on your subject. And then in the other side, you could actually plug in a pair of headphones to monitor. And this is kind of cool. So, this will allow you that flexibility. So, I do love this.
Both Rob and I own the zoom device here, which is great for that build-in mic. It's easy, in your pocket, you pop it out. You're at a trade show or a meeting or an event and you need to quickly record, that's great, but I also keep this cable which gives me the flexibility to plug in both real headphones and a fairly real mic. Now, you know, this is not a great mic, but this is a decent mic, it's a road lavalier type microphone. >> Yep. >> It's professional enough you can actually position it and clip it on. >> Yeah and the unique thing about this is the actual connector itself. You traditionally see lavs with, you know, mini SLR or you know, some sort of quarter inch jack, this is nice because of this 8th inch jack that you can plug in to sort of consumer level devices.
>> Yeah so this is essentially a decent enough mic that works well, and of course you can get an adapter as an xlr dominion and everything else. But this mic doesn't need any power so it works well with that device. So. Most of you are walking around with a smartphone or a tablet, I can not recommend that zoom app enough even if you don't have the zoom hardware device it's still incredibly useful, but I would add this to your bag
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