Now that Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt has closed its doors it’s time to see what the event has brought for the mobile musicians among us. There was an impressive line-up of product releases across major brands in the industry making it hard to catch up on everything. Let’s have a look at the eye-catching mobile offerings from this year’s Musikmesse.
You might be familiar with the Tascam iM2, a friendly priced portable recorder for iPhone and iPad. For this autumn Tascam has announced the release of 2 new recording solutions that connect to your iDevice, the iM2X and the iXJ2.
The iM2X seems like the logical successor to the iM2 microphone. It’s a stereo condenser microphone that easily connects to and draws power from your dock connection. With the XY orientation of the mic heads and a possibility to swivel the device you can capture every sound around your iPhone or iPad in a 44.1kHz/16-bit quality.
The iXJ2 is a multi-purpose preamp for connecting any microphone or line-in instrument to your iDevice. This preamp has 2 stereo inputs for a single / dual mono or stereo recording depending on how you set the input selection switch (A/B/STEREO). You can define the input levels with 2 rotary controls using the input level leds as a guideline. The internal A/D converter converts your signal to a 44.1kHz/16-bit recording.
Both devices have a way of powering your iPhone or iPad with a dedicated USB connector. The iM2X and iXJ2 work best when used with the special Tascam recording app, but hopefully they’ll also function flawlessly with apps like Garageband and Auria.
Click the links below for the full specs on Tascam’s website.
You don’t have to carry around a heavy bag full of equipment anymore to make recordings on-the-go. A smartphone, tablet or tiny laptop can be all you need nowadays. However, if you’re aiming to be a professional it’s important to have your incoming audio be of the highest quality possible. Luckily it’s perfectly possible to achieve a high-quality recording with the microphones and accessories available today. The Apogee MiC is such a accessory, a portable USB-microphone that can also connect to your iPhone and iPad. Is this little mic worthy of the Apogee brand and suitable for the demanding mobile musician?