Overview: The Zoom iQ7 is a high quality microphone designed
specifically for use with a Lightning connector-equipped iPhone, iPad, and iPod
touch. You can use it for making great audio recordings, or for excellent audio
for the videos recorded with your device. The microphone is adjustable, with
separate positions for audio and video recording. The iQ7 comes with a foam
windscreen, and a downloadable app for recording on your device.
Mid-Side Microphone: The iQ7 features two microphones in a Mid-Side
(M-S) configuration. The directional Mid microphone covers the front while the
bi-directional side mic covers the sides. The microphone can be aimed in one
position for audio recording, and rotated 90° for making videos. An arrow on the
top of the mid mic should be pointed toward the subject of the recording. Since
the Lightning connector can be inserted in either direction, you can point the
microphone away from the screen or toward the screen (for self-recording) and
get perfect left-right stereo orientation.
Microphone Gain: The microphone features a large rotary Mic
Gain knob for adjusting the recording level manually. Three LED lights beside
the Mic Gain knob provide a level indicator: One LED (green) indicates the level
is higher than -42 dB, two LEDs (green) light when the level reaches -12 dB, and
three LEDs (2 green, 1 red) light at a level of -0.25 dB.
Stereo Width Switch: A 3-way switch lets you set the stereo
width. You can select a stereo width of 90°, 120°, or M-S (mid-side). When M-S
is selected, a "raw" recording is made without a stereo width setting. If using
the Zoom HandyRecorder app, you can adjust the stereo width afterwards. If the
recording is made on a third-party app, the stereo width is automatically set to
Lightning Connector: The iQ7 works with all Lightning
connector-equipped iOS devices. It comes with an extended (3/8" long) Lightning
connector, and a removable spacer that makes it compatible with many iPhone,
iPad, and iPod touch cases. The iQ7's condenser mic receives power from the iOS
device. Lightning connector-equipped devices include:
- iPhone: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c,
- iPad: iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad Air 2,
iPad Air, iPad 4th generation
- iPod touch: iPod touch (5th generation)
Headphone/Monitor Output: The iQ7 has a 3.5mm headphone jack
on the side of the microphone that allows you to monitor your recordings or
listen to your recorded audio files. When using the HandyRecorder App, the audio
input through the iQ7 is output directly from the stereo mini-jack without
passing through the connected iOS device for latency-free direct monitoring. The
mini-jack can also be used as a line level output for connecting to a mixer,
amplifier, or powered studio monitors.
HandyRecorder App: Zoom's free HandyRecorder app allows you
to record high quality audio with your iOS device. For best quality, recordings
can be made in high-fidelity Linear PCM (WAV) at 44.1kHz/16-bit or 48kHz/16-bit.
To save storage space, you can choose AAC compression at 64 kbps, 128 kbps, or
160 kbps bit rate. The app can be used to edit recorded files, add compressor,
EQ, and reverb effects, and upload your recordings to SoundCloud or share by
email. The HandyRecorder app is available from the iTunes App Store, and is
compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.
- Maximum Input Sound Pressure: 120dB SPL
- Input Gain: +3dB to +43dB
- Dimensions: Width: 2.154", Height: 2.263", Depth:
- Weight: 1.2 ounces
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