I am sure we all aspire to having a Zoom or TASCAM field audio recorder; yes we all have smartphones, but the mics in them are just not up to the task even if the memory is there for storage.
Right? Well yes, but not insurmountable any more.
You see, German audio expert, Sennheiser, has released the “Memory Mic”, a small portable mic that uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your smartphone – iOS or Android – giving you the best of both worlds.
Unlike other devices though, you need to run a setup section from the APP to pair the smartphone to the Memory Mic – not just use standard Bluetooth pairing protocol. This only takes a few minutes and does some other stuff as well during the initialization process.
The Sennheiser Memory Mic, a white, matchbox sized affair with a rubberised, flexible belt clip, an record up to 4 hours in its own memory and does not need the smartphone to be connected to the smartphone. The clever bit is the APP that runs on the smartphone. After recording to the Memory Mic’s memory, you can then, with one touch, synchronise audio and video and mix audio from separate sources (smartphone and Memory Mic) all there in the APP.
The Memory Mic is charged via a USB cable (supplied) and takes around 2 hours for a full charge (70% in 1 hour). For the techno buffs, “Equivalent Noise Level” is 28dB(A) SPL, RF output is 10mW, frequency range 2.4 to 2.4835 GHz and frequency response is 100-20,000Hz. Bit resolution is 48kHz / 16bit.
The Sennheiser Memory Mic sells for AUD$379 and you can get more info at https://en-au.sennheiser.com/memory-mic