iPhone audio recording – Mikey

Just stumbled across this by accident – a video about an iPhone Mic called ‘Mikey‘:

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Not sure if it enables you to record great audio whilst recording video, or if it is just for audio. I do like the line in feature and the fact that you can charge it by USB power to stop it draining the iPhone’s battery. Hmm… I shall await the future release of the new Mikey and wait a while…

iPhone 4 filming

So a while back I got hold of an iPhone 4 deliberately to play with its HD filming capabilities; because I was dismayed at the utter lack of filming over the last 15 months of hell in my old job and also wanted to negate any excuses that I might have for the future: such as, I haven’t time to charge my video cameras up; I’ve run out of tape; I haven’t got my camera on me and am unable to capture this marvellous event happening in front of my eyes etc. Especially now that I’ve changed jobs for the better and am in a much more saner plane of existence, my excuse pool is very much shallower. ;0)

I know that the quality of footage will never hold up next to a Semi-pro HDV Camcorder when you’re needing to be able to push the footage in post, as there’s so little visual information to play with in comparison. I also knew that there wasn’t going to be even half as much control over what I shot or the quality of the sound. However, for quick ‘making of’s’ on set, for doing possible video blogs / podcasts, or capturing something worth sharing on the net that didn’t require the post polish, it was going to be a damn sight better than a Flip type camera.

It was the fact that you can now install the iMovie video editing app on it, and unlike any other phone out there [to my knowledge] you can film and edit and upload all from your mobile phone, that swung it for me and made me sign up to an exorbitant contract for pitiful data rates. But like any cynical sod, I firstly wanted to fully research the workflow and conduct a few misguided experiments. I wasn’t going to rush out there like many did, just to be the first iPhone movie (shot and edited on the iPhone exclusively) on the net; although the day I picked up the phone I was instantly inspired to write a very easy to shoot low budget comedy horror short – more news on that soon.

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The Levelator – amazing free audio tool!

I have just watched a very useful podcast – the latest episode from InsideHomeRecording.com where Derek Miller shows how he records his wife’s podcast. He shows the complete audio podcast production workflow and recording/studio set up and more importantly demos a tool I had not come across before:

The Levelator interface

Check out: THE LEVELATOR

Derek uses this before he puts his Aiff / Wav sound files into GarageBand and I think I will now be using it too. (more…)