The iPhone’s microphone lacks high-quality audio for podcasts, reporting, or video projects. What you need is a stereo microphone, such as the iXY Lightning from RØDE, which connects to your phone through the Lightning connector (a 30-pin version is available too) — the improvement in recording quality is huge.
For those who capture audio out in the field — reporters, podcasters, musicians, etc. — a nice recorder is a must. One of the most trusted brands in the audio-recorder world is Zoom, whose H4n is the go-to gadget for podcasters such as Marc Maron and Chris Hardwick. Recognizing that folks may not want to carry a bulky recorder with them in addition to their iOS devices, Zoom has released the iQ5.
In the world of Mac audio hardware, Apogee has always been the Rolls Royce of interfaces and converters in professional studios, as well as the luxury choice for serious hobbyists. Apogee’s original MiC microphone is one of the more popular bus-powered mics for folks needing a single unit that works on both Macs and iDevices. This newest incarnation of that microphone, the MiC 96K, brings the already stellar sound quality up to the highest pro-level standards.
There's a reason that — on many people's devices — Apple's Voice Memos app lives in a folder called "Unused" way back on your last home screen. Despite its many talents, the reality is that the mono mic in your iPhone or iPad just isn't that great at capturing audio. Blue's Mikey Digital brings high-quality portable recording to your pocket, via a 2.9-ounce stereo microphone.
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Bigfoot may get the majority of the media’s attention, especially after his stint on The Six Million Dollar Man. But the real star in the half-man/half-bear/monkey/gorilla arena is the Yeti. While Bigfoot is out stomping his footprint into mud, the Blue Microphone Yeti (shown left at very close to its actual size) is doing a bang-up job recording your podcasts, band practices, and events. Pretty good for a mythical creature--er, an affordably priced USB mic.
Podcasters, singers and anyone who wants to look like Edward R. Morrow, should give the Blue Yeti a look. If you're more of the on-the-go sort of audio recorder, the updated Blue Mikey iPhone microphone could be the audio ticket for you.