5G ipod audio input
Tue, 14 Feb 2006 05:16:48 -0000
The current fifth generation (5G) "full size" iPods have the ability
to digitize and store two channel audio in uncompressed WAV format at
rates up to 16/44.1 (i.e., CD quality, also used by Hi-MD minidisc).
However, there is no Mic or Line input jack on the iPod. You have to
supply audio input via the docking port on the bottom of the machine.
To date, two companies have announced audio interface units for the
docking port. The Belkin Tune Talk has two built-in mics and a
line-in port. Control is via menu choices made using the iPod touch
The XtremeMac Micro Memo has a mic attached to a miniature boom, plus
a mic-in port. The Micro Memo has a button that, when pressed,
interrupts whatever the iPod is doing and starts a recording session.
A 5G iPod with 30GB hard disc (enough to hold 49 hours of stereo
16/44.1 tracks) costs $300. The audio input devices cost about $80.
The iPod doesn't offer the features and convenience of a device
designed with recording as its primary function. But the iPod might
prove useful in situations where you don't want to pack your full
recording kit along.
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