Tascam has introduced the pocket-sized iM2 stereo mic for iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch. They say that the iM2 turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a high-quality stereo recorder. A pair of condenser microphones of the same 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 optimal sound placement. The iM2 contains its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter for low noise and premium audio quality. Tascam tells us that, unlike mics that use the built-in iPhone preamp, the iM2 can handle up to 125dB SPL sounds for the loudest concerts and instruments.
Also enclosed 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, say Tascam, quick and easy to adjust without 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 Tascam's PS-P515U power adapter.
Paul Jenkins, Senior Vice President for TEAC America, told Sonic State,
"The iM2 stereo mic was a natural succession after our well-received launching of the iXZ mic/guitar interface in September. Anyone can come out with an iOS product, but we want to ensure that our portable devices are of the utmost quality and I believe this product will be another hit with our customers."
Tascam believe that the ultra-portable iM2 is a must have for musicians who want to capture inspiration on their iPhone or iPad without sacrificing recording quality. They say that iM2 is the perfect recording accessory for musicians of all skill levels available now at an unbeatable street price of $79. A PCM Recorder app, a perfect companion to the iM2 will be available shortly on the iTunes store at no charge. Features
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)