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Ukulele_Eddie 05-07-2019 10:07 AM

Android Compatible Mic for under $150?
 
I have used a Zoom iQ7 mid-side mic with my iPad and been very pleased with the results. I really only use it for dry sound samples and my own practice feedback but I've had some highly experienced musicians comment on the recording quality (not the playing!). I recently switched to an Android phone and was wondering if anyone has recommendations for portable mics that would work directly with an Android phone (Samsung S10)? I still have an iPad so can use the iQ6 at home but sometimes like the convenience of just using my phone, especially when outside the home. I see loads of reviews of mics for iOS/Lightning but rarely see Android ones.

Thanks for any guidance.

Trevor B. 05-07-2019 01:37 PM

This link might provide some useful info.
https://www.micreviews.com/guides/be...ne-for-android

619TF 05-07-2019 02:11 PM

Just pick up an OTG ("On The Go") cable and you can plug in almost ANY USB mic to your phone. I've used my old Blue Yeti for just that purpose. Cables/adapters (they use both terms) can be had for under $10.

Ukulele_Eddie 05-07-2019 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by 619TF (Post 6056381)
Just pick up an OTG ("On The Go") cable and you can plug in almost ANY USB mic to your phone. I've used my old Blue Yeti for just that purpose. Cables/adapters (they use both terms) can be had for under $10.

Ah, that seems like the ticket. Thank you!

Beakybird 05-15-2019 11:40 AM

I just bought a Zoom H2n Handy Recorder, and the description says that you can use it as a USB Mic. Does anyone know how to interface this Zoom device with a phone or camera?

I just found the answer to my own question for the Zoom H1N:
https://www.google.com/search?ei=Oj7...oid+#kpvalbx=1

bsman 05-15-2019 12:11 PM

I have the iRig Mic studio large condensor mic and have found it excellent for recording on my phone or iPad. It also works with Android.

Fran Guidry 05-15-2019 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Beakybird (Post 6062442)
I just bought a Zoom H2n Handy Recorder, and the description says that you can use it as a USB Mic. Does anyone know how to interface this Zoom device with a phone or camera?

I just found the answer to my own question for the Zoom H1N:
https://www.google.com/search?ei=Oj7...oid+#kpvalbx=1

I've used an H2 as a camera mic by taking the headphone out and feeding that into the camera. I think I did a Homebrewed Music blog post about it:

http://www.homebrewedmusic.com/2010/...t-the-zoom-h2/

The H2n doesn't have a "pause" mode for setting levels like the H2 as I recall, so the procedure is just a little simpler.

Of course this technique requires a bit of investment in cables and perhaps an adapter or two and it relies on the camera audio circuitry which can be problematic. It seems like a hassle but with a little practice it's not that hard to sync external audio and replace camera audio in post, assuming you'll be editing the video at some point.

Fran

Beakybird 05-16-2019 02:39 AM

So if you use the H2N as a USB mic, the audio is saved to the Zoom's hard drive and not the phone's?
Do you have to press record on both devices to initiate recording?
The Zoom looks attractive for a live event where you might want the surround sound options to record the audience's reaction.

Fran Guidry 05-16-2019 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Beakybird (Post 6062958)
So if you use the H2N as a USB mic, the audio is saved to the Zoom's hard drive and not the phone's?
Do you have to press record on both devices to initiate recording?
The Zoom looks attractive for a live event where you might want the surround sound options to record the audience's reaction.

Using one of the Zoom recorders as an interface disables recording to the internal card.

When used as an interface the record button on the Zoom is not functional, it's constantly passing data to the camera/phone/computer and recording is handled there.

If the Zoom is connected via the headphone out or line out then recording can be to both the Zoom storage and the connected device and to do that you must press record on both devices.

Fran

Beakybird 05-16-2019 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fran Guidry (Post 6063179)
Using one of the Zoom recorders as an interface disables recording to the internal card.

When used as an interface the record button on the Zoom is not functional, it's constantly passing data to the camera/phone/computer and recording is handled there.

If the Zoom is connected via the headphone out or line out then recording can be to both the Zoom storage and the connected device and to do that you must press record on both devices.

Fran

Thanks, Fran!


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