Curious, has anyone investigated the sonics/noise floor of the most recent crop of iPhone mics in comparison with budget recorders?
I have a BLUE Mikey Digital that I've used with my iPhone4S, and I have to admit, that when I've tried to do some field recording with it, handling noise is fairly high, and stereo imaging is really lacking. I'm not sure about noise floor comparisons.
I've been tempted to make some type of Jecklin disc for it to help improve the stereo imaging, but that thing will end up much larger than the iPhone/Mikey Digital combination.
I think BLUE went 'flat' with the side by side arrangement of the capsules to try to keep the package size small, but unfortunately, in my opinion, this severely limits imaging.
I was in Nashville at a convention this past August and there was some very magical cricket/cicada sounds going on in the forest right beside the hotel that I wanted to capture. Very distinctive 'buzz' from the insects as a general ambience, and then very loud call and response in the trees to my left and right from some other critters (perhaps tree frogs?) should have been somewhat apparent in the recording but it was all pretty resolved down to mono - even listening on my Westone ES5 in ear monitors.
I bought this particular mic for the iPhone because it also allows me to plug in my electric guitar and use the amp simulation in Garageband - so it's almost a mini interface with a built in 'stereo' mic.
I might have to check out the Rode iXY now! Thanks for the GAS!