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Zoom iQ6 iOS Lightning X/Y Microphone
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- The same condenser microphones as the world-famous H4n
- Adjustable microphone angles from 90 to 120 degrees
- Able to be used both on phones with cases and without
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In the box
The iQ6 has a classic brushed silver finish and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
- Foam Windscreen included.
The Zoom iQ6 stereo microphone
High-quality audio for today's iOS
At last, you can make great-sounding recordings with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! Just connect an iQ6 and get ready to capture the sound of concerts, interviews, meetings and lectures with astonishing realism. The iQ6 provides amazing sound in a package that's small enough to be slipped into your pocket, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
- Works with any Lightning-equipped iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
- Compatible with most iOS apps that support audio input from an external microphone, including GarageBand, Voice Memos, Camera, iMovies, Instagram, and Vine.
- Stereo X/Y recording for wide coverage while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition.
- Variable mic angles for a tightly focused image or immersive wide-angle stereo.
- Three-segment LED meters and analog-type mic gain wheel for visual monitoring and precision level setting, plus a dedicated headphone jack that doubles as a line output.
- Comes with extended Lightning connector and removable spacer that allows use with most cases.
- Free Handy Recorder app allows you to edit sound files and add effects.
Capture the moment
Turn your favorite iOS device into a field recorder by connecting an iQ6. Whether it's a podcast on the fly, an impromptu concert or band rehearsal or a sound effect you want to incorporate into your next video, you can count on the iQ6 to capture the moment with superior audio.
X/Y recording made easy
The iQ6 features two high quality unidirectional condenser microphones in an X/Y configuration, the same ones used in our world-famous H4n Handy Recorder.
X/Y stereo recording is a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. You can even change the mic angle from 90 degrees for a tightly focused image to 120 degrees for immersive wide-angle stereo. (US Patent 8184815)
It's all in the app
Download Zoom's free Handy Recorder app to add even more functionality to your iQ6. It provides a variety of effects such as compression, reverb and six-band EQ, as well as editing tools like Normalize and Divide. There's also an automatic recording feature that allows you to start and stop recording whenever a particular level is reached, convenient when recording lectures or meetings.
In addition, the Handy Recorder app allows the iQ6 to record audio in either linear PCM (WAV) format for full CD-quality, or in AAC format for smaller file sizes and faster data transfer. With Handy Recorder, you can even email your audio creations to friends and upload them to SoundCloud for sharing with the world.
|Mic configuration||Mid-Side (MS) stereo||X/Y stereo||Mid-Side (MS) stereo|
|Selectable stereo width||90˚/120˚/M-S||90˚/120˚||90˚/120˚/M-S|
|Analog-type gain wheel||N||Y||Y|
|Dedicated headphone jack||Y||Y||Y|
|Headphone jack doubles as line out||N||Y||Y|
|Hardware Auto Gain control||Y||N||N|
Zoom iQ6 iOS Lightning X/Y Microphone.
Top customer reviews
The free Zoom Audio Recorder app works well, and allows you to choose different audio rates to save as, and the audio quality and stereo imaging are simple amazing. I much prefer the X/Y audio instead of the Mid/Side style of audio. For my application, realism is everything, so the results from this unit very much matches what your ear hears. By contrast the M/S image sounds odd and not realistic at all. (I assume it's because it's subtracting the side mic signal from the center to yield a pseudo-stereo result.)
Two things to be mindful of:
1. Put your phone in AIRPLANE MODE before recording! I returned my original unit thinking I had a bad one because it was occasionally recording glitches, and the second unit did the same thing. I later realized that it is the WiFi antenna and/or cell signal that is being picked up by the (very sensitive!) microphones being so close to phones' internal antenna. In airplane mode, the audio is pristine and perfect!
2. The mic is held on only by the lightning connector. While I have no audio issues with it, I am somewhat worried about what will happen if it dropped or bumped. The dedicated recorder have the mic physically mounted to the recorder, and they also have a cage around the mics to protect them.
3. These guys are sensitive! Just like any other quality recorder, they will pick up handling noise if you are holding the phone in your hand. I highly recommend getting a tripod adapter for this if you are looking for perfect field recordings.
The only reason I did not give this unit 5 stars is the odd noise issue if the WiFi or cellphone antenna is turned on. Not a big deal once you know about it, but I like to reserve 5 star rating for perfect, no-surprises, products.
You will be very happy with your purchase!
But so far, I like it, with a few qualifiers:
the sound is great. I've had some older Zoom model recorders, and they've generally had great sound. As the mic is the most important part for that, this appears to be no different.
This is more convenient than a regular recorder however since you can record with it and immediately email the file out to the cloud or a computer. This outweighs the negatives, which I will now elaborate on.
1st. The biggest negative IMO is that it's not terribly well designed for attaching onto an iphone 7, or any i-device for that matter. the entirety of the mount is strictly the lighting port itself. given that this is a stress point, i don't know how long this is going to last in the long run. you would think they would have accounted for this somehow but nope. This also means there's no real good way to mount the device in a mic stand or anything.
Also, forget having your phone in any kind of a case and attaching this thing. it won't attach tightly enough (if at all) if there's any kind of case around the connection. Poor physical design overall, IMO. The best possible solution would probably be getting an extension cord or something, but then you have the mic head piece just dangling off the end. meh.
2nd. The software is problematic. it's not *terrible*, all the basic functions work, BUT it's buggy:
For example, i had bluetooth headphones running when i plugged this thing in. recording worked fine, but when it would go back to playback there was silence. it seemed to me that it wanted to play out of the headphone jack attached to the iq6, not the iphone. when i unplugged the iq6 it would ONLY play out of the iphone's speaker, so if i wanted to playback the audio, i'd probably need to either plug in a speaker to the audio jack, or email it to my cloud and play it from there. Overall this is pretty annoying. i guess the alternative is using a conventional recorder which would involve jacking the recorder into my computer, which is far less convenient, but the whole point was to take advantage of the software and i wasn't impressed.
so: forget wireless speakers for monitoring. forget *monitoring* unless you plug into the zoom's headphone out jack.
Most recent customer reviews
Was disappointed to find out that the auto gain feature in the app is not supported for this model.Read more