Zoom iQ7 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices
- Compatible with iOS devices with Lightning connector
- Works with free Handy Recorder App as well as video camera
- Allows 90, 120, and Mid-Side recording
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In the box
The iQ7 comes with a foam windscreen and a one-year limited warranty.
The Zoom iQ7 stereo microphone
Superior stereo on the go
The iQ7 mid-side stereo condenser mic is the ideal audio accessory for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Lightweight and compact, small enough to fit in your pocket, it is perfect for capturing music as well as video with great-sounding audio. Now anyone can create pristine quality recordings everywhere they 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
- Mid-side recording for adjustable stereo width and perfect mono compatibility
- Unique rotating mechanism ensures correct left-right stereo orientation whether used in portrait or landscape mode
- 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
Create and innovate
Prepare to make your mark on the world. The iQ7 adds a whole new dimension to iOS audio, providing extraordinary sound quality and comprehensive control, everything you need to move from bystander to creator.
Mid-Side recording made easy
Mid-side recording is a great way to capture stereo sound. The iQ7 contains two microphone elements: a directional 'mid' mic that captures audio coming from in front, and a bidirectional 'side' mic that covers the signal all around you.
A simple three-way stereo width switch on the iQ7 allows you to customize your recordings to your environment: Set it to 90° to focus on an individual sound, or 120° for a wider sound-stage that incorporates the surrounding ambiance. For even more control, you can record the mid and side mic signals as 'raw' M-S data so you can later adjust the stereo width from 30° to 150° with Zoom's free Handy Recorder iOS app.
It's all in the app
Download Zoom's free Handy Recorder app to add even more functionality to your iQ7. In addition to providing MS decoding for variable stereo width, it offers a variety of effects such as 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 iQ7 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||Y||Y||Y|
|Dedicated headphone jack||Y||Y||Y|
|Headphone jack doubles as line out||Y||Y||N|
|Hardware Auto Gain control||N||N||Y|
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When you're ready to take your iOS audio to the next level, plug in a Zoom iQ7. This compact yet full-featured mid-side stereo condenser mic is perfect for capturing music as well as video with outstanding audio. With the iQ7, you can create great-sounding recordings on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch any time, any place.
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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.
The lightening connection fails most of the time. Hand holding the phone with the microphone is pointless because the slightest movement can switch the recording from Stereo to Momo. Between the cheap plastic and faulty connection issues, this is one of the worst electronic products i’ve purchased in a long time.
*On a side note it's also very durable. I've dropped this thing at least half a dozen times and its still working fine.
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