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Tascam iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone

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TASCAM's iM2 turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a high-quality stereo recorder. A pair of condenser microphones - the same high quality as TAS...Click To Read More About This Product

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Stereo condenser mics with built-in preamp and A/D let you use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a recorder.

TASCAM's iM2 turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a high-quality stereo recorder. A pair of condenser microphones - the same high quality as TASCAM's best-selling DR-series recorders - plugs into the dock connector of your Apple device.

The microphones are adjustable over 180 degrees for the best sound placement. The uni-directional elements are arranged in an AB pattern for detailed stereo imaging while capturing the ambience of your room.

The iM2 is for iPod and iPhone 4 and above and contains its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter for low noise and great audio quality. Unlike mics that use the built-in iPhone preamp, the iM2 can handle up to 125dB sound levels to capture the loudest concerts and instruments without distortion.

TASCAM iM2 in use
Also contained in the iM2 is a stereo limiter to tame sudden loud sounds. The microphone level is adjustable with a knob on the side, making it quick to adjust without even looking at the unit. It's powered through the dock connector so no battery is required. A USB input is provided to charge your Apple iOS device for long recordings, either through a computer or TASCAMs PS-P515U power adapter.

The iM2 works great with just about any recording app, including the built-in video camera. Record stereo sound while you capture hi-definition video on your iPhone to capture every moment with clarity and realism.

The ultra-portable iM2 is a must have for musicians who want to capture inspiration on their iPhone or iPad without sacrificing recording quality. It's the perfect recording accessory for musicians of all skill levels available at an unbeatable price.

  • Live Recording “ Record your own concerts from the front of the stage, or record a friends from your shirt pocket
  • Songwriting “ Use an app like TASCAM Portastudio to build up a song before presenting it to the band on your iPad
  • Rehearsal Recording “ Plug in a mic to capture band practice without overloading your iPhone
  • Video Filming “ Record stereo audio to go with your videos, whether shooting a live performance for YouTube or a birthday party with your family
  • Sound Effects Gathering “ Record sounds in the outside world, then drop them into your productions or remixes

As long as you've got your iPhone with you, you may as well record too. Order today!

  • Stereo condenser microphones for iPhone 4, iPod Touch or iPad dock connection
  • High-quality stereo condenser microphones - same as our best-selling DR-series recorders
  • Microphones adjustable 180 degrees front to back
  • Built-in analog to digital converter and microphone preamp for low noise recording
  • 125dB SPL maximum level for recording loud shows without distortion
  • Switchable limiter attenuates high-level signals to prevent recording overload
  • Adjustable input level control
  • Powered through iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch dock connector
  • USB input allows the iPhone or iPad to be charged from a USB connection or optional TASCAM PS-P515U
  • CD-quality digital recording (44.1kHz/16-bit linear PCM)
  • Compact size ideal for mobile use
  • Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPad, iPad 2
  • Dimensions: 2-5/16" W x 2-3/16" H x 3/4" D
  • Weight: 1.05 oz
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(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Review of Tascam iM2 Microphone

By James Amsden

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Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

Great value.
Just got mine yesterday and have had a chance to try it out and compare with other mic options on iOS. I tried it with an iPhone 4S and iPad2 using GarageBand. First impressions: this is a very well designed product. It nicely solves all the problems with iPhone/iOS mics by providing stereo, mic preamps, A-to-D conversion and a USB interface, all in a small, light package that can be powered directly by an iPhone. Construction quality appears great.

I then compared a mumber of mic options for iPad by recording the same acoustic guitar track at the same mic position. Here's the somewhat subjective results, from best to worst:

1. AT4047 LDC mic into the Alesis IODock. This was unsurprisingly the best sound. However a LDC (Large diameter condenser mic) isn't necessarily the best choice for acoustic guitar. I used this as my reference for comparison. The IODock is also quite convenient and works with your existing mics, MIDI and guitar, but 1) doesn't work with iPhone, and 2) isn't that portable.

2. Tascam iM2: I recorded only the left channel mono for more consistent comparison. The sound was really quite good. There was less bass, but that's to be expected comparing an LDC with an SDC, and the result was actually good for an acoustic guitar. But I didn't detect any odd coloring, or high-end rolloff. The comparison was quite good.

3. Samson Meteor Mic: This was a bit surprising. The Samon is (more or less) and LDC, and did have better bass than the iM2, but by compaison wiht the AT4047, it was somethat colored in the upper midrange, and not in a particularly plesant way.

4. iPad 2 built-in Mic: This isn't really that usable because of the 200Hz high-pass filter Apple uses on the iPhone and iPad mics. The built-in mic was also very noisy compared to all the others where noise wasn't an issue at all.

So the iM2 seems to be a great choice. However, there were some problems:

1. The iM2 isn't that "hot", I had to have the gain all the way up to get a good level for acoustic guitar with the mic 12" from the 12th fret. That's probably hot enough for most applications though. The Meteor on the other hand is very hot and has no external gain control. Note that until iOS 5, there was no way to control the Meteor mic gain except through physical distance. You could turn down the input volume, that that didn't effect the mic gain - the mic would still distort. This is fixed in iOS 5, but only in GarageBand. Changing the gain on the mic input in GarageBand actually changes the gain in the Meteor mic, same as on Mac OS X, and the clipping is removed. However, so far, that only works in GarageBand.

2. You have to put the iPhone in airplane mode before using the iM2. If you don't pluggine in the iM2 will turn off the radios anywany leaving "searching...." in the status bar. That would be no problem, but when you unplug the iM2, it the iPhone seems to be unable to turn the radios back on - you seem to have to manually switch in and out of airplain mode, and turn WIFI off and back on to get the phone connected to the network again.

3. The iM2 causes a lot of confusion with what device is providing iOS audio. If you have headphones plugged in, plugging in the iM2 turns them off. You can get the headphones to trun back on by unplugging and then plugging them back in - but then the iM2 appears to be only a mono mic - the stereo choice in the GarageBand input disappears. This wasn't a problem with the Meteor or MultiTrack recorders - only GarageBand. So its likely just a software bug. But a bit of a pain.

These problems asside, this is a great mic choice for portable recording, and possibly by far the best choice for iPhone 4.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Quality - but verify COMPATABILITY!

By Yehuda

from Baltimore, MD

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Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

See above
From reviews on other websites and hearing samples, this looks like a real quality item.
HOWEVER, before you buy, please be advised that the iM2 is only compatible with iPhones and iPod Touchs version 4 and above. IT WILL NOT WORK WITH EARLIER VERSIONS (not even with the new software installed). The description on the website is not clear on that issue, and yes, I had to buy the item before finding out the the iM2 won't work with my iPod Touch 3G. Argh.
It's Tascam...pretty good reputation!
Why spend the money for a separate device when you can buy this attachement?

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Value!

By J. Daniel Jones

from San Diego, CA

Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

It does what it advertises, sounds great, easy to use. I HIGHLY recommend you use BlueFire recording software with this product. The intro version is free and the full version has a small cost. I use the freebie as it does everything I need. I also have the Tascam Recording software (also free) and it works fine as well. Getting the files off your phone is just cooler with the BlueFire Wi-Fi system.
I don't really use the limiter or the volume, but they seem to work fine.
For what it is, the quality of the recording is fantastic. I mean, for critical applications I have much better tools, but for certain purposes, this works great. I use it to get bed level location sound to add to commercials and other audio products and this product shines!
I got it on sale and thought that was a pretty good deal. For a little more, you can find a DR-08, of which I own two. They seem to use the same condensor mics but has the whole recording mech as well. I haven't done a "side by side" but I think that with the same configuration and sample rate it would be hard to tell the difference.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Good for the price

By NuMetalShouldDie

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Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

I only I've it a 9 due to the app incompatibility and the annoying way I have to use the tascam app I get the file to my computer. Otherwise it's totally awesome and ABSOLUTELY WORTH $50!
Pretty straightforward- input gain, limiter on/off switch and the mics can be rotated. The tascam PCM app seems to work well, but I wish I could export/email the files instead of having to upload them to soundcloud and then download them so they can be edited. This does not work with the iRig recorder app, which kinda sucks because I can email those files to myself.
The mic sounds fantastic! I threw it up on a window ledge and recorded some songs at practice and it sounded very uncolored. What I heard in the room was what I heard on my computer later.
Despite the app limitations this is awesome... The mic doesn't distort (it's made to handle high SPL) and the quality is very very good. I can't wait to record a few live shows.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Maybe it was just me...

By Marshall

from Laguna Niguel, CA

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Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

Maybe I got a bad one. Maybe I did something wrong. But I spent about two hours working with it, testing it, never got the sound to sound like it did in the demos and the wave-form when I imported it was too "thin" to use.

But the problem must have been me, or it may have been a defective unit.

However, I very much disliked the software that they force you to use, and it doesn't work with iTalk or any other recording apps.

I sent this back. I'll try again with a next iteration.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Tascam Fan

By Snowmann002

from Houston, TX

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Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

Low cost, high quality, great sound = great overall rating. I reserve a 10 rating for a Neuman mic into Pro Tools.
Give it an 8. Not enough space on this tiny device to put anything else in the way of features, and what it has - limiter, record level, and power in put - are sufficient.
Carried around for a few days in my pocket with my car keys and pocket knife, and it still works great.
At current Musician's Friend pricing this is truly a fantastic value!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Impressed for something so small

By Elias Herrera

from Modesto, CA

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  • Compact
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    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM iM2 Microphone Interface for iPhone:

    So, to begin with... I'm a 17 year old musician. I write, compose, and produce music. I am an amateur at recording, I'm using GarageBand iOS and Mac. Obviously, the iPhone 4s mic isn't the greatest, but as soon as I ordered this, just receiving it today! Tried it out... and my goodness—you hear a large difference in clarity, depth, and especially the acoustic! It's really bizarre how this small little condenser mic can do the job on improving tone on vocal and instruments, so it's totally worth the buy, Tascam never fails on recording, I trust them.

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